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Civic Trust’s salute to Thomas Mackesy

Pictured are Mayor Of Waterford City & County Pat Nugent, Des Griffin (President, Waterford Civic Trust) and Professor John Hyland. Also included were Mr Joe O'Beirne, Jarlath Fallon and Donie Brazil (Civic Trust), Edward McBride (Great Great Great Grandson), Dean Maria Jansson, Mr Gordon Watson and Mr Martin Donnelly (Senior Lecturer in Otolaryngology, RCSI, UHW).
Eoghan Dalton Reports Waterford Civic Trust paid tribute to a former mayor and veteran of the Napoleonic Wars with the group’s traditional blue plaque last week. Born in 1790, Dr Thomas Mackesy fought at the Battle of Waterloo before becoming the first president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland from outside of Dublin. First learning from [...]

Rural crime remains a “deep rooted concern”

Criminal activity in rural areas remains a source of huge stress and concern to elderly residents living in isolated communities, according to Muintir na Tíre.
Muintir na Tíre calls for further measures against repeat offenders Rural crime, and the potential of criminality in isolated areas remains a deep-rooted concern for elderly residents, particularly for those living on their own, according to the Chief Executive of Muintir na Tíre. And last Tuesday night’s aggravated burglary at the local shop in Clonea Power [...]

The Herity Report was “cherry-picked”

A group pictured at the walk to raise awareness for the need for a second Cath lab in UHW which was held in Waterford on December 26th
NEW documentation shows that Herity Report figures were ‘cherry picked’ and the need for a second cath lab and 24/7 cardiac cover at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) ignored, according to campaigners. The documentation, which was received under a Freedom of Information request on cardiac care in the South East, relates to submissions made to Dr Niall [...]

Waterford named as Ireland’s Cleanest City on latest IBAL Table

Morning mist near the Holy Family Church in Ballybricken. Waterford remains Ireland's tidiest city.  									| Photo: Noel Browne
DESPITE numerous litter blackspots still existing in Waterford (such as in Kilbarry), the city once again performed strongly in the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) Anti-Litter League. While Ennis is named as the overall cleanest town for 2017, Waterford City ranks in 13th position as Ireland’s cleanest city and is designated as being ‘Cleaner than [...]

Councillors set to unanimously back motion on convening inquiry

Seeking support: Councillor Declan Clune.
Eoghan Dalton Reports Waterford City & County Council will be called on to support the convening of the Commission of Investigation into how State Agencies handled the Bill Kenneally case at their Plenary meeting in Dungarvan this Thursday. The cross-party motion reads: “That Waterford City & County Council calls on the Minister for Justice, Mr Charlie Flanagan [...]

Dying Father’s “Harrowing” time at UHW

Happier times: the Gallagher family pictured with their late father, Michael Gallagher, who is also pictured inset.
Eoghan Dalton Reports A Waterford man who came to national attention last week has described his dying father’s “harrowing” experience at University Hospital Waterford, saying that the hospital is badly under resourced with unsafe conditions for patients and staff alike. Michael Gallagher (75) was admitted to UHW with severe abdominal pains and a shortness of breath last [...]

Councillors call for action against storm “daredevils”

The Guillamene at Tramore pictured during Storm Ophelia. 		| Photo: Noel Browne
WATERFORD Councillors have unanimously supported a motion calling on the Government to make it an offence for people to enter seas or rivers during a Status Red weather warning. The motion also seeks to make it an offence for people to enter seas or rivers when such areas have been closed by either a local Council [...]

Major city traffric changes put on ice

The new one-way system to come into effect on January 10th has been described as a "giant roundabout".
SIGNIFICANT traffic changes planned for Waterford City have been put on hold until the New Year. Waterford City & County Council did not implement its proposed one-way system in the Railway Square/Manor Street/Bath Street area on Friday December 15th as planned. These changes will now commence on January 11th 2018. Traffic management will be in place at [...]

Save the Hennebique!

The Hennebique grain store building on the North Quay, the last physical reminder of the site's industrial past.
Save the Hennebique Building: that’s the appeal which has been made to all 32 Waterford City & County Councillors in a submission to members, as well as the Council’s Planning Department by Waterford People Before Profit (PBP). In a submission which runs to nearly 2,000 words, PBP acknowledges “the good work done in recent times [...]

Quarter of a million visitors to Greenway since opening

New survey reveals extent of amenity’s success ALMOST a quarter of a million people have used the Waterford Greenway since its official opening last March. Impressive findings from an extensive survey on the Waterford Greenway have revealed the huge success of the new amenity. The results of the AECOM Waterford Greenway Intercept Survey, which features responses [...]