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Ferrybank solicitor plays part in massive legal settlement

Big news in Australia: Ferrybank-born solicitor Rory Walsh
errybank-born lawyer Rory Walsh from Ferrybank has played a major role in a massive legal case in Australia which has led to a settlement of 70 million Australian dollars (€50m approx) for a large group of refugees detained in Manus Island. Rory was group leader on the case for the Melbourne-based law firm Slater Gordon in [...]

The Apple Market is Re-born!

Mayor Pat Nugent delivering his speech at the official re-opening of the new look Apple Market. Inset: Mayor Nugent cuts the tape with Jim 'Flash' Gordon of the Apple Market Trust.
ity & County Mayor Pat Nugent officially opened the new-look Apple Market on Friday last following a multi-million euro investment that has seen the historic trading area transformed to a contemporary urban quarter. A €1.2m steel and glass canopy now covers the one-time market and opens the area which has a high concentration of bars, restaurants [...]

City roundabouts are branded “deplorable”

Critical: Cllr Cha O'Neill.
ERTAIN roundabouts across Waterford City are in a “deplorable condition”, according to a local Councillor. At the July Metropolitan District meeting of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr Cha O’Neill (Ind) said he had already raised the issue of maintenance of roundabouts on numerous occasions. “Could someone tell me once and for all, who is going to [...]

Pieta’s ascent of Kilimanjaro raises over €170,000

Enda O'Doherty pictured at Barafu Camp with Ireland's most famous washing machine, the day before the Pieta Challenge team reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Also pictured are the group of Pieta Challengers, including his wife Maeve, who magnificently made the peak.
35-strong group of hikers, predominantly from Waterford, who endured a 12-day trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, has so far raised in excess of €170,000 for Pieta House. And while the group’s talisman, De La Salle College teacher Enda O’Doherty, had to halt his ascent on medical advice (as was the case for [...]

Mayor should reflect the ‘will of the people’

City & County Mayor Pat Nugent. "I have no interest, good, bad or indifferent."
OCAL elected representatives, including Waterford’s Mayor, should reflect the “will of the people” especially when there is overwhelming support for a certain action. That’s according to a local campaign group opposing the construction of giant wind turbines in Mid County Waterford by BSB Community Energy Ltd. Mahon Valley Against Turbines were responding to the decision by Mayor [...]

Tramore’s Tina gets to ‘heart’ of the matter

Tina Schley with her son David, niece Alex and a Garda on duty in Cork last Sunday.
AMPAIGNERS calling for 24/7 cardiac over for Waterford and the South-East brought their efforts to Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday last in innovative fashion. Waterford and Wexford’s star hurlers weren’t the only people who were asked to pose for photos as Tina Schley was inundated with photo requests thanks to her eye catching outfit. Tina, who is [...]

Deficit in cardiology services “a scandal” says IFA Chairman

Waterford IFA Chairman John Fitzgerald: "We have every right to full cardiac care in this region."
aterford IFA Chairman John Fitzgerald has described the absence of 24/7 cardiac care services and a second Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) as ‘a scandal’. During an extensive interview on WLR’s ‘Saturday Show’, Mr Fitzgerald said that the death of farmer Thomas Power on June 18th “brought it home to an awful lot of [...]

Greenway champion “snubbed” by Council

‘The Greenway Man’ Garvan Cummins pictured with RTÉ’s Ray D’Arcy.
NE of the original champions of the Waterford Greenway says he feels snubbed by Waterford City & County Council. Garvan Cummins, who has been a campaigner in a voluntary capacity for the Greenway for many years, operates ‘The Greenway Man’ bike hire and tours based at Durrow. Having devoted huge amounts of time to promoting the project [...]

“There’s no policy appetite to address regional weaknesses.”

“In particular, the very pronounced deficit in regional education capacity, acute hospital services, IDA and Enterprise Ireland (EI) activity drives ever lower job quality. While nationally over €1.7bn has been invested in higher education capital projects, there was no State investment in any projects in the South East (SE); suggesting there is no policy appetite [...]

Carrickpherish Centre looks set for closure

Not pleased: Cllr Eamon Quinlan outside the Carrickpherish Community office.
LOCAL Councillor has condemned the planned closure of the Carrickpherish Community office by Waterford City & County Council. The office, which has been in operation for a number of years by the Council, has been a frontline service provider for the Carrickpherish community as well as Gracedieu, Bilberry and neighbouring estates. Cllr Eamon Quinlan (FF) said [...]