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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Local Minister of State at the Department of Education John Halligan T.D. officially opened the new €9.5 million St Martin's Special School building at St John's Villas, Lower Grange, Waterford.

The 3,765 sq m building, which replaces St Martin's former school premises in Ballytruckle Road, caters for 66 learners aged from four to eighteen years of age with mild, moderate and severe/profound learning difficulties.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Halligan said the State's investment of €9.5 million into the construction and fitting out of the new school building was 'money well spent', to ensure the delivery of a' bright, purpose-built facility that offers St Martin's staff the space and flexibility they need to deliver high-quality education':

"This purpose-built school building was designed to align with the complexity of needs of all

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Calling all comedy fans! The greatest family comedian of our generation 'Brendan Grace' proudly presents 46 years in the Comedy business and most of this time at the very top of his profession.

Brendan's latest show features the best and most requested pieces from his vast repertoire over the last 46 years. His sense of timing and ability to read an audience is without equal. A brilliant character actor, his 'Bottler' character is legendary and his interpretation of the 'Irish Wedding' will forever remain a masterpiece.

Apart from his obvious 'star quality' in all aspects of his performance Brendan's drawing power is enormous and the 'House Full' sign is the norm rather than the exception at his concerts.

Brendan makes his return to Theatre Royal Waterford on Saturday July 7th,

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Capital funding of €825,000 has been announced by local Minister of Skills John Halligan TD for the purchase of equipment for new Electronic Security Systems and Plumbing apprenticeship syllabi at Waterford Institute of Technology.

The grant includes €575,000 for an Electronic Security Systems apprenticeship and €250,000 for a Plumbing apprenticeship and will enable WIT to purchase equipment and carry out enabling works required to support the rollout of the new syllabi.

Minister Halligan said the WIT allocation is part of an €8 million Capital Investment Programme for Apprenticeships in ten Institutes of Technology, announced by the Government:

"This funding will specifically benefit students already in the apprenticeship system, ensuring they have access to the most up-to-date and industry-relevant programmes and equipment, to prepare them for our modern workplace.

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

McHugh Glynn & Associates is a firm of Quantity Surveyors and Loss Assessors based in Waterford and Tipperary. It is co-owned by Garreth McHugh & Declan Glynn, They specialise in the design of one off properties, extensions and specialist commercial buildings.

The Loss Assessing side of the business however is becoming increasingly larger. A Loss Assessor, is someone who deals with an insurance claim on behalf of the insured to ensure the sum payed out by the insurance company is the best deal for the client. The claim may be caused by fire, burst pipes, storm or burglary on a domestic or commercial building. This involves agreeing a scope of works and preparing detailed claim documents.

Unfortunately, many people who make an insurance claim on their property are unaware that they are entitled to use the services of a Loss Assessor,

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Garda social media has been very active promoting the success of Operation Enable in the greater Dublin area.

'Operation Enable' is a multi-agency initiative between An Garda Síochána, Dublin City Council, Dublin Street Parking Services, the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland and Irish Wheelchair Association.

This operation has been focused on catching and prosecuting drivers who are using fake disabled parking permits and illegally parking in marked disabled parking spaces. At the Joint Policing Committee Meeting in April, Cllr Eddie Mulligan, Fianna Fail, formally requested that Gardaiand Waterford Council extend Operation Enable, to include Waterford.

The Councillor also asked for an update on enforcement of the number of illegally parked cars and other vehicles, in disabled car parking bays. "The availability of wheelchair accessible parking spaces is an essential lifeline for motorists with disabilities. Far, far too often these spaces

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Wednesday, 13th June 2018

GLORIOUS weather on Sunday spurred thousands to pack into their cars and head for Curraghmore for what was the biggest and best Waterford Country Fair on record.

From early morning, cars and jeeps with horse boxes arrived and hundreds of cars made their way across the dusty path down towards Curraghmore for what was a magical, mystical day with funds raised going to Make A Wish Ireland.

Very early, provisional estimates suggest that at least 5,000 people attended.

The Make A Wish volunteers greeted festival-goers as they lined into the venue from 10am. Regional Co-ordinator, Trisha Quinn, was delighted with the reception they received.

"This was a great family day out and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to chat with people and make them aware of the work we do.

"It truly is

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Wednesday, 13th June 2018

Caroline Kelly, manager of Travel Creations in Lisduggan Shopping Centre passionately told the Connect Effect group about her experience to date and the services offered by Travel Creations.

Caroline first did a language and marketing course in the WRTC. After working initially in the food and beverage industry, Caroline pursued a career in travel in 1996. Caroline is a long-time employee of Travel Creations.

Travel Creations is in existence for over 30 years and was sold to J Barter, established in 1865, which is the oldest travel agents in Ireland. Travel Creations is an independently owned and bonded travel agency with currently 25 staff between four office locations in Ireland.

Travel creations is a one stop shop and caters for all your travel needs. Services offered include flights, ferries, accommodation, traditional tour packages, campaign, river and sea

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Wednesday, 13th June 2018

NOW is the time to work together and voice our collective opinion, according to Cllr Eddie Mulligan. He is calling on ALL the people, across Waterford and the wider South Eastern region, to use their keyboard, on the matter of the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services.

In December 2017 Cllr Mulligan advocated, in the aftermath of the Herity Report debacle, that the only way to access adequate 24/7 cardiac services for UHW and the SE region was through a National Review.

He stated that, "Unfortunately, I do think that this National Review is the only documented evidence that will overrule the Herity Report, in the mind of Minister Harris and his departmental colleagues.

"I welcome Professor Nolan’s appointment, however, I feel it is disproportionate that only two of the fifteen other members of the Steering Committee are patients. There should be, at

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Wednesday, 13th June 2018

Deise ARA

Our last meeting before the Summer break will be in the Woodlands Hotel on Thursday, 14th June. Please bring €50 deposit for the Westport trip, and €55 for Riverdance in the Gaiety on 17th July. And, most importantly, please don’t forget to bring your work for our Arts and Crafts exhibition!

Beat The Ferryman

The 3rd Annual "Beat The Ferryman" Open Water 600m Swim is on Saturday June 23rd at 3pm from Ballyhack Co Wexford to Passage East Co Waterford. Open to all Competent swimmers over 15 years. Entries are being taken at the moment on totaltiming .ie An exclusive Swim Hat to first 250 entries received online. Wet Suit and Non Wet Suit Categories for both male and female.Last year the event had an entry of 200 from many parts of Ireland .This is a fund Raiser

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Tuesday, 5th June 2018

John O’Shea exits on winning note

Waterfordman John O’Shea exited his international soccer career on a winning note when Ireland beat USA 2-1 in Saturday’s friendly. John captained the Irish squad and received a standing ovation in the Aviva Stadium. He walked onto the pitch carrying his daughter Ruby and his son Alfie walking alongside him to an emotional farewell. President Michael D. Higgins paid tribute to the Republic of Ireland international and said he had been a tremendous representative forIreland over the 22 years he had played for his country, 17 of whichwere at senior level. The President said: "Since winning the UEFA Under 16 European Championships in 1998, and his debut in the senior team in 2001, John O’Shea has been one of the most inspirational, committed and admired

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Letters to the Editor

  • Our View

    Rush to CriticismThere are not many people who at this stage have not heard about the Cash family and what happened to them. The mother and six of her children had to seek accommodation in the Tallaght Garda Station last week as they had absolutely nowhere to turn to. It led to an outcry as pictures of the young children sleeping on seats were posted to social media by the mother.Understandably there were a lot of people who were saddened to see that in this day and age that a family had to resor …

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