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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

The LAN event was held in Carrickphierish Library on 5th December 2017 as part of the global 16 Days of Action opposing violence against women which runs annually from 25th November (International Day Opposing Violence Against Women) to the 10th December (International Human Rights Day).

The event was attended by approximately 60 people and aimed to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence with a particular focus on the impact on young people & ways of addressing it.

Local Area Network member Kay Scanlon, Department of Social Protection, introduced and chaired the event.

The following Organisations presented information on domestic violence, its impact and the supports & services available for young people in Waterford:

Heather Sinnott - Le Cheile

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Councillor Eddie Mulligan, Fianna Fail, is sickened that Waterford’s Government representatives, Minister Halligan and Deputy Deasy, have accepted Minister Simon Harris’s timelines in relation to last week’s announcement of the National review of Specialist Cardiac Services.

According to Cllr Mulligan, "Minister Harris appears to be speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He has stated in the same press release that "He is committed to ensuring that all Irish citizens have access to safe, high quality and evidence based care, which is in line with international norms”. To me he is achieving this by kicking OUR can down the road. He almost certainly hopes that the region’s 24/7 cardio care will become part of the next Programme for Government. He is quietly clearly prepared to make decisions at detriment to the lives of the people living here, in the South

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Over €1.7 million in funding has been approved for LEADER projects across Waterford to date in 2017, Minister of State John Halligan T.D. has confirmed.

Twenty-one local projects have benefited from the targeted rural development scheme, with the funding specifically prioritising Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation; Social Inclusion; and Rural Environment projects

Amongst the most recent Waterford initiatives to receive LEADER funding is €41,000 to Dungarvan Scouts, for an extension to their facilities.

Other key beneficiaries this year include Blackwater Distillery, Rathgormack North Waterford Community Development Ltd and Hugh Kavanagh Engineering Ltd, who each received €200,000. Ardmore Open Farm Ltd received €143,247 for Ardmore Glamping Pods; Tallow Community Centre Ltd received €130,619.94; and Kenneally Steel Fab. Ltd received €140,895.50 for an Automated Drilling Line.

Minister Halligan said there had been significant progress with the scheme since Minister for Rural and Community Development,

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Waterford traders are forecasting a bumper Christmas shopping bonanza as thousands of eager shoppers pour into the City on a spending spree.

Speaking on behalf of Waterford Chamber members, CEO Gerald Hurley said: "While it is a little early to comment on exact figures, the feedback in general has been good from our retail members. Spend is up, particularly on individual items and footfall is strong. However, there is still a lot being lost to the likes of Dublin and Cork due a lack of the bigger brands. It is estimated that there is a 60% retail leakage in the region, which equates to €350 million in retail spend. Having said that, with the future plans for the likes of the North Quays and Michael Street, that issue will be addressed by

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Waterford City’s Rapid Cabs and Winterval offer top five safety tips for going out this Christmas season

1. Plan your night out, tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.

2. You, your family or friends should never walk home alone. Remember, safety in numbers. If you have no other option, walk in well-lit areas.

3. Take care when carrying your handbag, smart-phone or tablet in crowded areas. Keep them in a safe location, within view.

4. Take care of your Christmas shopping and never leave it unattended, especially in your car.

5. Never ever drink and drive, and if you are celebrating over Christmas be careful as you might still be over the limit the next morning.

Christmas is a special time of year, especially for those in Waterford City. The City

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Ladies and gentlemen of Waterford gathered at TRM on Michael Street on Friday evening last (December 1st) for a showcase of seasonal style at the TRM event 'Festive LOVE’ all in aid of Waterford Hospice.

Owner of the fashion store Elaine Roche spoke of the need to raise vital funds for the cause so close to her heart, guests supported the event generously and enjoy foods and drinks sponsored by WorldWide Wines, Tia Maria Disaronno, Thin Gin, Heineken, Blackfriars, Ardkeen Stores and Goresbridge Trout Farm.

A fashion showcase from the styles available in store this season at TRM was modelled and Urban Hype Hair Salon and Raf’s Barbers provided key styling tips for the season and guests enjoyed goody bags sponsored by Urban Hype. Commenting

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research & Development, John Halligan TD, has announced the establishment of the NDRC@ArcLabs Start-up Accelerator programme, supported by Enterprise Ireland, to further enhance the start-up ecosystem within Ireland.

The accelerator, which is based in ArcLabs at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), is open to applications from potential teams or individuals both in Ireland or overseas, in all technology sectors.

The investors and supporters of NDRC@ArcLabs, in addition to Enterprise Ireland, include Suir Valley Ventures, Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, South East BIC, and Local Authorities of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Centres.

There are 10 slots available within the 'NDRC@ArcLabs’ Accelerator Programme with the first cohort to commence in early 2018. Successful applicants of the Enterprise Ireland supported accelerator programme will receive membership and a place within

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

The HSE’s community healthcare services in the South East – as part of working with people who use mental health services and with their family members, carers and supporters – are establishing a new, local forum in Waterford.

The local forum serving Waterford City and County will exist, as a resource for service users and family members, carers and supporters to voice their experiences, raise issues and be consulted and involved in mental health services developments in their area.

The establishment of the forums are a development following on from recommendations in the national mental health strategy "A Vision for Change” and the HSE’s own national strategy for service user involvement. The HSE’s 2015 mental health division operational plan included the strategic priority "that Service users, families and carers are central to the design, planning, delivery and evaluation of services."

With an increased

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Purple Flag Waterford, partnering with WIT Students Union and working with local venues, have launched ‘Ask For Angela’ - a simple code-word campaign for people feeling unsafe while on a night out. The campaign, welcomed by local venue owners and managers as a positive step in raising the perception of safety in Waterford, will be fully in place for the busy Christmas party season.

Eric O’Brien, Chair of the Purple Flag Working Group, outlined that the 'Ask for Angela' campaign gives assurance that where required, assistance is available. He commended the support shown by venues who will display campaign posters encouraging those in a situation where they feel vulnerable to approach staff and ask for 'Angela'.

"This code word will alert staff that help is needed to get out

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Waterford’s stunning Greenway will be a sea of red of Sunday, December 3, as families from all over the region and visitors to the area get on their bikes for the free Dungarvan Aglow 2017 Cycle with Santa.

The Waterford Greenway has been a major boost to the region with hotels and other accommodation providers, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, cycle hire outlets and other touristrelated services all reporting a boom in business and jobs since it opened earlier this year.

The free Cycle with Santa event is perfect for anyone planning a cycle on the Greenway and starts out from the Scartore Car Park on Ballinroad on the Waterford side of Dungarvan at 2.30pm.

Cycle with Santa organiser and chairperson of Dungarvan Aglow, Colette

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    No Gun ControlAs much as you might sympathize with the students and families of those who were at the center of one of the worst high school shootings in Florida last week, you easily get the impression that their deaths were all for naught. There is absolutely no way, following the 17 deaths at this shooting, that the law makers in America will bring in legislation that will see the curbing of gun use and gun ownership in that country. It is just not the American way.In actual fact if past histor …

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