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Admission types at Oasis House close to parity

Oasis House, which first opened its doors in Waterford in 1989.
Calls to 24-hour helpline increase The number of homeless-related admissions to Oasis House in 2017 came close to reaching parity with the numbers accessing the service due to domestic abuse. According to the Oasis Housing CLG Report for 2017, 40 women entered the Morrisson’s Road-based service due to homelessness, compared to 46 domestic abuse admissions. [...]

Giant solar farm on Copper Coast tagged ‘an insult to the community’

The giant solar farm is planned for Rathnaskillogue near Stradbally and Bonmahon, which has been criticised by community activist and local election candidate Ann Troy.
CONCERN is mounting over plans to construct a 500 acre solar farm in Mid County Waterford. The controversial proposal is centered on the area of Rathnaskillogue near Stradbally and Bonmahon on the Copper Coast – an area which recently fought plans to erect giant wind turbines. Highfield Solar Ltd. is to stage a public information meeting on [...]

‘Borderline recession’ in the city says Mulligan

Some 13 businesses closed their doors in the city centre last year, with six of those still empty, including Mothercare in George’s Court (pictured), Alfie Hales in Arundel Square and Sam McCauley’s on Broad Street.
Eoghan Dalton Reports A report examining city centre trading has made for sobering viewing, according to one Fianna Fáil Councillor. The health check, produced by the local authority’s economic team for the Waterford City Centre Management group, covers the period July to December 2018 and contains a number of key indicators of city centre viability such as [...]

CONCERNS WITH CITY TREE CHOP

A photo of a felled tree on Henrietta Street, courtesy of John Cloono.
Eoghan Dalton Reports A tree felling drive in the city centre has been met with disappointment by some locals. 13 trees outside the Tower Hotel on The Mall and another nine trees on Water Street are some of those that have been cut down in the past month. Others have been cut down on Broad Street and [...]

CARELESS DRIVING VERDICT

The late Katie Murphy.
State sought dangerous driving charge for teen Edward O’Shea, of Magnh, Fenor, is to appear in Waterford Circuit Criminal Court on February 26th to learn his sentencing date, having been found guilty of careless driving causing death in the case of Katie Murphy (16) from Ballinamona. The 19-year-old had been at the [...]

Des and Mona to lead Patrick’s Day parade

Des and Mona Manahan, who have been selected as Grand Marshals for this year's St Patrick's Day Parade.
Des and Mona Manahan have been chosen as this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals in Waterford City. Des and Mona have had their true love story shared all over the world in recent months and have appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’, ‘This Morning’ and BBC News and have appeared in articles all over [...]

Nurses thank Public

A group of nurses and midwives pictured during last Wednesday's INMO action at University Hospital Waterford. 	| Photo: Mick Wall
The chair of the Irish Nurses And Midwives Organisation’s (INMO) strike committee at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) has thanked patients (and their relatives) for the understanding shown during last Wednesday’s industrial stoppage. Mary Donnellan, a Clinical Nurse Manager at UHW’s Emergency Department said that she and her colleagues frequently find themselves apologising to patients given their [...]

Coffey to Pursue Retrial

Eoghan Dalton Reports Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey has confirmed he is pursuing a retrial in his case against the publisher of the Kilkenny People, concerning an allegation that the newspaper defamed him. A jury failed to reach a verdict in the case last December, which arose following a January 2016 article carrying the headline ‘Coffey [...]

Children under 14 “wielding knives” in Williamstown

A gorse fire in Williamstown. 						| Photo: Noel Browne
THREATS made by knife wielding children are among the litany of issues which continue to plague a local sports facility. Concern is mounting over the level of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage taking place at the Williamstown Sports Complex. Raising the issue at the January Metropolitan District meeting of Waterford City & County [...]

Kenneally sent forward to Circuit Court

Bill Kenneally.
Former basketball coach Bill Kenneally has been sent forward to the Circuit Criminal Court for 171 charges alleging he sexually assaulted three boys in the 1970s and 1980s.Mr Kenneally (68), formerly of Summerville Avenue, Waterford City, appeared before Waterford District Court yesterday to be served with a Book of Evidence detailing the charges against him.The [...]