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‘How can anyone plan a future working like this?’

Approximately 160 Dunnes Stores workers in Waterford and Dungarvan took to the streets on Holy Thursday for a one-day national work stoppage in protest over working hours and earnings security and the right to trade union representation. Dunnes Stores in City Square and Michael Street in the city and [...]

Diocese prepares for ordination of new Bishop

BISHOP Elect Alphonsus Cullinan will be ordained as the new Bishop of Waterford & Lismore this weekend. In advance of his ordination at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Waterford on Sunday April 12th (Divine Mercy Sunday), Fr Cullinan spoke with local media about embarking on his new role. Importantly, the Clare native (whose [...]

Man airlifted to hospital after fall in Comeraghs

A man in his 30s is recovering at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) following a fall close to Mahon Falls in the Comeragh Mountains early on Easter Sunday morning. According to initial reports, the man was one of two friends who had pitched tents and camped on the mountain over the weekend. He suffered spinal and shoulder [...]

National Lifeguard Training Centre opens in Tramore

Tramore’s National Lifeguard Training Centre ‘wouldn’t be out of place in Miami or Sydney’, according to Tramore-based politician and Irish Water Safety volunteer Lola O’Sullivan. The €500,000 on the Lower Prom, the first of its kind in the country, was officially opened on Monday. The new ocean-themed building was built through a partnership between Tramore Surf Lifesaving [...]

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TD: ‘Teaching has been reduced to crowd control’

More than one in four primary school children in County Waterford are now being packed into classes of 30-plus, according to local Independent TD John Halligan. Responding to statistics which show the percentage of primary children in county Waterford in a class of 30 or more went from 22.1 per cent in 2011/2012 to 27.9 per [...]

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Cash injection for social housing

Over €35 million has been allocated to Waterford City and County Council for social housing projects up until 2017. Announced last week under a national €1.5 billion scheme, the funding will facilitate delivery of 760 housing units in Waterford. And it will, according to Minister of State Paudie Coffey, result in a 40 per cent [...]

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French students accorded civic reception

Students from Jules Rieffel School in Waterford’s twin city of St. Herblain , were accorded a special civic reception at the Mayor ‘s parlour. The Jules Rieffel School are on the second year of an exchange visit with the transition year of the Presentation School in Waterford. Mary Ryan Principal of Presentation [...]

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It’s Time To Enable Waterford’s Disabled

Improvements in the provision of public transport for people with disabilities in Waterford, along with a range of other access-related issues took a significant step forward on Wednesday night last at Dooley’s Hotel. At a conference organised by the Waterford Disability Network (WDN) titled [...]

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The Gloves Are Off

The first unofficial blows of the general election campaign have been struck between sitting TD, Minister of State Paudie Coffey and Sinn Féin candidate, Senator David Cullinane in the wake of the sexual abuse revelations made by Paudie McGahon. In a statement, [...]

Waterford set for St Patrick’s Day

Waterford City is set for a great day of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations on Tuesday next starting with a performance of Irish dancing from the McGrath School of Irish Dance on The Mall before the annual parade. The parade will start at 1pm with over 50 colourful entries including Spraoi and the ever popular Children’s Grouplink [...]

Tricolour Festival held in glorious city sunshine

he Fifth 1848 Tricolour Celebration was held in Waterford last weekend, with the ceremonial flag raising ceremony held in glorious sunshine on The Mall on Sunday. Two ambassadors attended the event: from France, Jean Pierre Thebault and Canada’s Kevin Vickers, who, as Sergeant at Arms in the Canadian Parliament, gained national hero status when ending [...]

Hospital Heartbreak

A Cheekpoint man recuperating from coronary stent surgery at University Hospital Waterford who complained of chest pains on a Sunday afternoon was told he was suffering from a panic attack and no consultant would be available to see him until the following day, [...]

Garda drugs unit reduced by 50%

Waterford’s drugs unit has seen its staffing levels cut by 50 per cent over the last four years. During the same period, controlled drug offences in the Waterford Garda division fell by almost 44%, a clear indication of the catastrophic effect that cutbacks to policing services are having on local detection rates. Information released in a [...]

Excessive radon levels in Portlaw

Excessive levels of radon have been recorded in Portlaw. Radon is a known carcinogen and a major cause of lung cancer. A high radon level can be found in any home in any part of the country, but such homes are more likely to be located in High Radon Areas. Sinn Féin Cllr Declan Clune highlighted the [...]

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HOPE DESPITE THE ASHES

Ballybeg community rallies after double arson attack Up to 500 children and teenagers in the Ballybeg area were displaced this week after arson attacks gutted the Ballybeg Youth Resource Centre and caused extensive damage to St Saviour’s GAA Club, with the loss of tens of thousands of euros worth of equipment, priceless memorabilia and old [...]

Lecturers still opposed to Waterford/Carlow merger

Lecturers say they are unconvinced by the academic rationale for the proposed merger between WIT and IT Carlow. Last week, representatives of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) met with Michael Kelly, who was assigned by the Minister for Education to consult with stakeholders regarding the South East Technological University (SETU) proposal. The TUI, which represents over [...]

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Council announces legacy project

The OPW have agreed a budget of €91,600 for new arts projects for Waterford this year. In 2013, former Director of Services with Waterford City Council Colette Byrne initiated discussions with the OPW to release the per cent for art allocation relating to the flood relief works to go towards public arts projects in Waterford [...]

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Living In Fear

A mother of two whose home at Ardmore Park was subject to an ‘elaborate hoax’ on Saturday morning last was previously sent a bullet in the post, it has emerged. The discovery of a suspicious device in the front garden of her property, believed [...]

Cuts in direct bus links to Dublin are criticised

In the wake of the news that Carrick-on-Suir has lost its direct bus link to Dublin, which led to a protest at the Waterford terminus on February 14th, Bus Eireann has announced further cuts in services linking the region to the capital. A total of 93 services are [...]

Sports Minister shocked at Ballybeg fire damage

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring visited Ballybeg on Thursday last and he expressed his horror having witnessed the extent of the damage at the facilities targeted during the recent arson attacks. Accompanied by colleague and fellow Minister of State Paudie Coffey and Councillor John Cummins, their first port of call was [...]

“Stay The Course”

The long-awaited issuing of pensions for 1700 former Waterford Crystal employees will be delivered ‘without undue delay’ once members return a second letter issued to them by the Department of Social Protection. A well-placed source told The Munster Express that the procedures required to ensure the [...]

Tributes paid to ‘The Purple Lady’

TRIBUTES have been paid to an elderly woman who died in a house fire in Tramore last week. The fire broke out shortly before 1am on Thursday last at a house on Priest’s Road. Members of the emergency services and a neighbour managed to carry Catherine Coughlan out of her detached bungalow after the fire was [...]

“Like A Scene From A Movie”

A witness told a murder trial in Dublin last week that the accused stamped on his alleged victim’s head, saying: ‘This is out of American History X’. Gavin Walsh (21) was giving evidence on Tuesday last in the trial of a 20-year-old Waterford man charged [...]