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Over 100,000 People Are In A Job But Still in Poverty”

WIT lecturer Dr Paul Clogher is enthused by the new MA in Social Justice and Public Policy.
While the economic recovery is in train, inequality in Ireland is starkly evidenced by the fact that over 100,000 people currently in work are living in poverty. That deeply worrying statistic (as measured by the Central Statistics Office) was shared by Social Justice Ireland (SJI) Director Sean Healy at WIT on Wednesday last at the launch [...]

Taoiseach: “We Must Atone for a Lost Decade”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addressing the WIT Arena at the 'Project Ireland 2040' roadshow on Friday, March 9th. 						| Photos: Noel Browne
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that the current Government – and future administrations – must make every effort to atone for a ‘lost decade’ on a range of fronts, including housing, health, transport and education. Speaking at the ‘Project Ireland 2040′ roadshow held at the WIT Arena on March 9th, Mr Varadkar stressed the need to “embrace [...]

Laura Dreams of Her Day at the Dome!

Michelle Heffernan Reports Introducing The Munster Express 2018 Waterford Rose Candidate Laura Kiersey This year, The Munster Express has the pleasure of sponsoring Laura Kiersey, an exceptional 25-year-old who has happily declared her candidacy for the 2018 Rose of Tralee International Festival. This year over 18 girls from Waterford City and County are competing to be selected [...]

Taoiseach Calls for Progress on Waterford/Carlow TU Bid

WIT President Willie Donnelly chatting on Friday last with Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD and Carlow IT President, Dr Patricia Mulcahy.					| Photos: Noel Browne
TUSE application due in second half of this year Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and IT Carlow (ITC) have been urged by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to advance their merger process if they wish to achieve a Technological University of the South East (TUSE). Mr Varadkar made the call at the Project Ireland 2040 showcase held at [...]

“I Just Wanted to Ask A Question”

24/7 campaigner Willie Doyle waiting to ask a question at the Project Ireland 2040 event in the WIT Arena on Friday last. He didn't get to field a query to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar due to "time constraints". 						| Photo: Noel Browne
Cardiac campaigner denied chance to make UHW query to Taoiseach Well-known cardiac campaigner Willie Doyle was literally left standing at the WIT Arena on Friday last, when his hopes to field a question to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar about cardiac services didn’t come to pass. A frustrated Mr Doyle stood quietly and respectfully with a raised arm during [...]

Further Call for Clarity on Kenneally

Concerned: Councillor Mary Roche.
Eoghan Dalton Reports Waterford Fianna Fáil Councillors have been called on to again clarify whether members of the party were aware of the crimes of convicted paedophile Bill Kenneally before it came to the public’s attention. Last month Cllr Adam Wyse (FF) told a sitting of Waterford City and County Council that the party, as “a volunteer [...]

Signs of Life for Ferrybank Centre

The increasingly grimy look of the Ferrybank Centre is to be rectified in the coming weeks, much to the relief of local Councillors
The interior of the Ferrybank Centre has been significantly reconfigured over the past year in an effort to put one of the region’s most prominent Celtic Tiger ‘white elephants’ into viable commercial use. The latest update provided to Piltown Municipal District Councillors by Kilkenny County Council has boosted hopes that sections of the vast building [...]

A Vision for The South East

Arc Labs at WIT: Ibec believes the establishment of a Technological University for the South East  will be critical to the region's economic development
In partnership with Project Ireland 2040, an initiative of The Government of Ireland Project Ireland 2040 is the Government’s overarching policy initiative to make Ireland a country ‘that reflects the best of who we are and what we aspire to be’. Project Ireland 2040 is the strategic policy and planning framework for the social, economic and [...]

Further Fears over Tramore Secondary School Places

Fenor NS student Lucy Hutchinson.
FEARS have reignited amongst concerned parents in relation to securing places at a local secondary school. Fenor National School has traditionally served as a feeder school for Ardscoil na Mara in Tramore (which replaced the CBS and Stella Maris secondary schools). However, the family of one 11-year-old living in Tramore received a letter to say she has [...]

Defective Ferrybank Properties in sharp Focus

The unsightly area alongside houses in The Crescent.
RESIDENTS in a Ferrybank estate face disruption as steps are taken to carry out remedial work on their defective properties. Properties at The Crescent were built by a local developer 10 years ago for Waterford City & Council on Kilkenny County Council land. The development of 42 houses had been built to roof height when the company [...]