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Council to ‘counterbalance’ recent tree felling

DURING National Tree Week, Waterford City & County Council is to ‘counterbalance’ controversial recent tree felling. The Council has attracted stinging criticism in recent weeks for largescale tree felling across Waterford City and County. However, with National Tree Week taking place from March 31st to April 7th, a local Councillor believes there is a chance [...]

Students strike for the planet outside City Hall

Students gathered outside City Hall beneath the Civic Trust plaque dedicated to when the great reformer Frederick Douglas spoke in Waterford
Eoghan Dalton Reports Students from Newtown School followed in the tradition of the city when they took to the streets as part of the global School Strikes for Climate Change last Friday morning. Over 30 of the school’s students, drawn from all years at the school, marched on the council offices at City Hall on The [...]

Local decision prompts nationwide examination of repossession practices

Eoghan Dalton Reports A surprise decision to give lengthy adjournments to a number of repossession cases at Waterford Circuit Court last week has resulted in a nationwide examination of practices. An adviser from the State’s free Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs) appearing on behalf of defendants in arrears told the court last Monday 11 March that [...]

North Quay site works inch nearer

The re-assertion of Falcon's commitment to the North Quay and Michael Street developments was widely welcomed last week
Dermot Keyes & Eoghan Dalton Long-awaited works on Waterford’s North Quays will commence in the fourth quarter of this year after Falcon Real Estate Development re-asserted its commitment to the €350 million project last week. In a statement issued just hours before our last edition hit news stands, a Falcon spokesperson confirmed “that work on the [...]

Death of former TD & Councillor Jackie Fahey

Fianna Fáil stalwart Jackie Fahey died in the early hours of Monday morning. He was 91 years of age. Mr Fahey, who was born in Clonmel in January 1928, was a member of Waterford County Council from 1950 to 1970 and in 1965, became a TD for the Tipperary South constituency, having previously contested the [...]

Next cardiac care demo on April 13th

Regional cardiac campaigners are set to march in Dublin on Saturday, April 13th.	  | Photos: Mick Wall
Eoghan Dalton Reports A new date for a cardiac campaign march in Dublin has been set for Saturday, April 13th. However, the announcement has been overshadowed by one campaign group’s claim that other groups are “blatantly disregarding and virtually ignoring” it in negotiations. A previous scheduled for to take place last weekend in Dublin was called off [...]

Guilty plea entered after young woman recounts Quay stabbing

Two women pleaded guilty to assaulting another woman on the city’s Quay during a jury trial held in Waterford Circuit Criminal Court last week.The women had each pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault contrary to section three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997, but changed their pleas after samples of [...]

Council’s rules on chains up for re-examination after colourful exchange

Cllr John Cummins
Eoghan Dalton Reports A colourful disagreement between two City Councillors means on Monday last (March 4th) the rules around the wearing of mayoral chains are set to be examined once again. In a scene that caught the attention of many other Councillors at City Hall last Monday, ahead of the Freedom of the City ceremony for [...]

NEWTOWN’S €16M PLAN

A concept drawing of how the €16m project at Newtown School may look upon completion.
City school set for major expansion A major expansion at Newtown School, with an anticipated investment totalling €16 million, is set to be delivered by 2022 and will pave the way for a 50 per cent increase in student numbers. As detailed in the school’s project brochure: “This major development plan will ensure that Newtown [...]

‘The Last Post’ in Passage

Ann Carey locks the door of the Passage East Post Office for the final time following its closure on Friday last. Photos: Noel Browne.
ANOTHER chapter in the history of Passage East ended on Friday last with the closure of the village’s post office. Ann Carey, postmistress for almost 30 years, was joined by family and friends as she retired shortly after 5pm on March 1st. Despite inclement weather conditions, a large contingent of well-wishers from Passage East and the surrounding [...]