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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

It has been a great start to the year for all at one of Waterford’s most popular hotels as the Fitzwilton Hotel were awarded the top prize at the annual Irish Accommodation Services Institute Awards for 2017 in Dublin.

Having achieved silver in this category in 2016, the Fitzwilton Hotel claimed the overall Supreme Award for 2017 recognizing the hotel as the best 4 star property in Ireland in exceptional standards across a range of services such as cleanliness, guest services, servicing of rooms, bathrooms and public areas.

Driving this successful achievement was Accommodation Manager Ms. Lorraine O’Brien who proudly stated 'we are over the moon to receive this very prestigious award. It is a wonderful achievement for the dedicated accommodation staff at the Fitzwilton Hotel and it is great to see their hard work and commitment recognised on a national level’.

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

The publication of the National Development Plan last week has been welcomed by all political quarters in Waterford city and county. Minister of State, John Halligan, T.D. has said that a special €2b. fund has been created to "facilitate a transformative redevelopment of Waterford’s North Quays and other major urban regeneration projects nationally."

Capital funding of €21m. has also been earmarked for a new ward block including the new Palliative Care Centre on the grounds of University Hospital, Waterford.

A further €2.2b. has been allocated for Highe Education infrastructure in the Development Plan, which notes that the development of a multi-campus Technological Universities including he Technological University for the South-East (Waterford IT and IT Carlow), will receive support under this allocation. This does not

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Tricolour at 33 The Mall, to be celebrated at this year’s 1848 Tricolour Celebration

This year’s 1848 Tricolour Festival Waterford City, celebrates the 170th Anniversary of the raising of the first Irish Tricolour by Thomas Francis Meagher at 33 The Mall, Waterford. Now in it’s 8th year the Irish Tricolour

Celebration continues to gain momentum on national and international levels.

Committee Chairman, Paul Dower commented, "We are delighted to introduce our new programme of events for 2018, this year is a special year for the 1848 Tricolour Celebration and our programme of events will not only include some new additions, but on the Saturday we will move inside Waterford Medieval Museum for a series of intriguing lectures on Thomas Francis Meagher. These talks have been specifically chosen to celebrate

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Have you ever asked questions of the world around you?

- Have you ever watched the news and thought that doesn’t look right?’

- Have you ever thought to yourself there is more to a subject than may appear on the surface?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, then the Open Minds Conference is for you! Last year 150 people gathered for the conference from 9 different counties, from Spain to France, from the UK to afar as the U.S.A., many visiting the ‘Viking City’ for the first time and experiencing all of the beauty of one of Irelands oldest and most historic cities.

If you have been searching for an action-packed event that will broaden your understanding of the world around you and invite you to consider a breath-taking array of new perspectives, look no further than the Open

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Thousands of people from Waterford were joined by neighbours from Kilkenny, Wexford and Tipperary to protest at the lack of 24/7

Cardiac Care for the South East on Saturday 10th February last.

Organised by a number of local and regional advocacy groups, the ‘Have A Heart’ march left from the Williamstown Centre in Ardkeen at 2.15pm and made it’s way to the grounds of University Hospital Waterford.

No More "Fudge"

In a statement issued on behalf of The South East Patient’s Advocacy Group (SEPAG) dated 12th February 2018 Hilary O’Neill, Chairperson said:

"We would like to commend each and every person from the South East who came out on Saturday to defend our right to 24/7 Cardiac Care at UHW.

We understand that all 19 Oireachtas members from the southeast are meeting with

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

This operation constituted a high visibility targeted tactical deployment of resources in the Waterford District designed to prevent crime, disrupt criminal activity, arrest criminals wanted for crime, warrants and enhance public relations.

Searches, arrests and warrant executions were carried out throughout the City. Checkpoints were conducted on all the approach roads to Waterford City and within City on the 6th & 7th February 2018.

Crime – Arrests & Searches

This crime operation was carried out on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th February 2018. It featured arrests and detentions against all active burglary and theft criminals in the Waterford District.

Currently a total of 31 persons have been arrested;

- 18 persons arrested for crime

- 13 persons arrested on warrant.

8 of these persons were detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

The McDonald’s restaurant on Cork Road, which is owned by local franchisee Joe Byrne, has received a major €750,000 digital makeover that has created 10 new jobs for the local area. The innovations are aimed at improving the customer experience at the restaurant, which is currently closed for refurbishment and is set to re-open for business on Friday, February 9th.

To improve the speed and ease of ordering, customers will have the option to use one of the restaurant’s self-order kiosks. These allow customers to browse the menu, review nutritional information and personalise their meals, giving diners more time to consider their food and drink choices. New dedicated dining room hosts will ensure the ordering process is as quick and easy as possible.

Table service will also be introduced to take the hassle out of finding somewhere to sit when carrying food,

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has said the decision by the Government to start reimbursing children and young adults with diabetes who use FreeStyle Libre is a positive step but more clarity is needed on how the process will work, and who will be allowed benefit.

Deputy Butler was commenting after the HSE announced that FreeStyle Libre which allows blood glucose levels to be monitored without invasive finger-prick testing would be reimbursed.

"This week I raised this issue during a special Topical Debate in the Dáil where I challenged the Minister of State representing the Government to give patients with diabetes and their families the answers they need.

"This is potentially a game changer for the 190,000 people living in Ireland with diabetes. I am aware of some patients in my own county who need to check their glucose levels up

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Waterford Fianna Fail Councillor Eamon Quinlan called on Waterford’s Local Authority to adopt an approach of regional dominance for the South East and be prepared to ‘go it alone’ when necessary, even in the face of objections from other South East counties. Speaking on this topic Cllr Quinlan said "Cooperation on a regional basis has its uses but we need to move away from a ‘cooperation at all costs’ mentality as I feel this is making Waterford lose its edge compared to other regional capitals. We have seen flat out obstructionism to Waterford’s progress as the capital and economic centre of the region. Other counties have followed a policy of attempting to build up with the goal of overtaking Waterford and this has resulted in a fragmented region with no true clusters of economic industries or population centres on the

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Petermarkathon raising €65,000 to support the vital work of The Simon Communities Ireland

Stylish pyjama parties, fancy dress parties and bake sales, – maybe not what you’d normally expect to find at Peter Mark’s Waterford Salon!

For one weekend every year, the Petermarkathon fundraiser means just that and it’s always for an amazing cause. This week, Peter Mark City Square Waterford celebrated their part in raising a fantastic €65,000 for the Simon Communities and specifically contributed to maintaining the support facilities for homeless individuals in crisis as part of the "Make it Home" campaign. The charity focuses not on managing but ending homelessness, ensuring that people on the edge maintain and keep their homes. The overall aim of the "Make it Home" campaign is to keep and ensure homes for some

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