The boundary commission has recommended an extension for Waterford into South Kilkenny.
The redrawing of the county boundary between Kilkenny and Waterford would see 20,000 acres transferred into Waterford. The final decision will be a matter for Minister Simon Coveney. South Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan has threatened to resign his Dáil seat if the boundary change went ahead and said Fine Gael would lose significant support in south Kilkenny.
Former Mayor of Waterford Cllr. John Cummins has called on the government and Fianna Fáil as the supporting partner to implement the recommendations as a matter of urgency. The recommendations of the three strong commission are to implement "a new Boundary between the Authorities that will move the entire Electoral Area of Kilculliheen and those parts of the Electoral Areas of Aglish and Dunkitt contained within the Area of Interest that lie south of the N25 bypass to the control of Waterford Council". [source: WLR FM]
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has announced its President’s Scholarship scheme is to run for a second year. The scheme encourages and rewards inspiring people who show a capacity to shape a better society.
Five exceptional people are awarded scholarships with a total value of up to €12,000.
Scholarship applicants must have listed one of WIT’s 70 CAO courses as one of their choices on their CAO application before applying. If they haven’t yet listed choices, they can do so ahead of the scholarship deadline while the CAO change of mind facility is open between 5 February and 1 March. The closing date for President’s Scholarship applications is Friday, 7 April at 5.15pm.
WIT President Prof Willie Donnelly said that WIT welcomes applications from prospective students who are inspiring in their actions and behaviours.
The inaugural recipients of WIT’s President’s Scholarship programme were recognised at a ceremony recently.
Addressing the scholarship recipients, WIT President, Prof Willie Donnelly said: “WIT believes that education is not about CAO points but about recognising the student as an individual.”
“The President’s Scholarship recognises and rewards young people for their leadership in their community. Having met the recipients of this year’s awards I was strong from their energy and enthusiasm. They bring a very special dynamic to WIT which benefits the Institute and their fellow students,” he continued.
The 2016 President’s Scholars are:
Louise Dunphy, Bachelor of Business (Honours) from Waterford who has participated in the arts and cultural sector.
Gareth Dineen, BEng (Honours) Mechanical & Manufacturing Technology, from Tramore, Co Waterford who has an affinity for technology and would like to work for the European Space Agency.
Hannah Nash, BA (Honours) Exercise & Health Sciences, Monkstown, Co Dublin, plays camogie and football for Cuala GAA club in Dalkey and is former head girl of Coláiste Íosagain in Co Dublin.
Cian O’Grady, BA (Honours) Social Care Practice, Herbertstown, Co Limerick, earlier this year won the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards. He is working on a social enterprise that would help the homeless.
Róisín O’Donnell, BSc (Honours) Agricultural Science, Poulmucka, Clonmel, Co Tipperary who is currently working towards her gold Gaisce award having already achieved both bronze and silver and works part time with the Farm Relief Services when not helping out at home.
The Local Enterprise Office presents the Student Enterprise EXPO at the W.I.T. Arena in Carriganore
The breadth of talent is amazing at the 2nd Waterford Student Enterprise Expo on the morning of Friday February 3rd with over one hundred businesses showing their ideas and talent.
Nearly 1,000 students started the Local Enterprise Office’s Student Enterprise Awards in September of last year and now these students from fifteen secondary schools in Waterford will showcase their business ideas to the public from the W.I.T. Arena in Carriganore.
All are welcome to attend, and to meet the students, see the new innovations and even buy some of the products. WLR fm’s Eamon Keane will be broadcasting Deise Today live from the event between 10am and 12 noon.
Transition year students from Ring, Lismore, Dungarvan, Tramore and Waterford City will be represented at this bigger and better Waterford Student Enterprise Expo, hosted by the Waterford Local Enterprise Office.
Richie Walsh of the Local Enterprise Office commented on the importance of the event, “The Expo gives the students a wonderful opportunity to experience interacting with the public and communicating their ideas.”
“We at the Local Enterprise Office in Waterford would like to invite everyone along to this FREE event on the morning of Friday February 3rd in the W.I.T. Arena. Every corner of the county will be represented, so we hope there will be lots of visitors from all over Waterford.”
The students, schools and Local Enterprise Office appeal to the public to visit the Student Enterprise Expo to support the work they have put into their businesses and encourage their efforts. Keep up to date with the students’ progress on the Waterford, Student Enterprise Awards Facebook page or follow the event on Twitter via #WfdStudentExpo.
For more information please contact your Local Enterprise Office at 35 the Mall in Waterford City or Civic Offices in Dungarvan. Alternatively you can email
On 27-28 January 2017 the Architectural Research Group (aRCH) at Waterford Institute of Technology will host the sixth annual AIARG conference.
The aim of the conference is to highlight new areas of architectural research, encourage collaboration and facilitate dissemination of findings as well as encouraging the participation of practicing architects who wish to further their research interests.
Aleksandar Kostić, Acting Head of the Department of Architecture and Chair of the AIARG 2017 Organising Committee, said, “WIT is delighted and honoured to host this renowned conference, which gives us the opportunity to showcase the great work done within the Department of Architecture as well as the city of Waterford.”
The All-Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG) is an organisation that aims to promote architectural research within practice and academia. The group was founded in 2010 through the collaboration of the seven schools of architecture in Ireland, both north and south, including WIT and continues to be made up of members of the seven schools of architecture and professionals interested in architectural research. Each year an architecture conference is held in one of the schools – this is the first time it is to be held in Waterford.
There are a range of themes organised for the conference such as Minor Woods of Ireland, Intertidal Infrastructure, Domesticity at the Crossroads; Irish Housing Design 1955-1980 as well as Architectural Education in the Age of Globalisation, which has attracted around 70 speakers and session Chairs from inter alia UK, US, China and Spain from both the world of academia as well as industry.
There are four keynote speakers attending: Peter Buchanan, celebrated author of Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Complete Works, Ten Shades of Green and most recently, The Big Rethink series in The Architectural Review; Jane Rendell, prolific author and Professor of Architecture and Art, and Vice Dean of Research at the Bartlett, UCL; Jonathan Hale, architect and Associate Professor & Reader in Architectural Theory; and Shane O’Toole, co-founder of Group 91 Architects, co-founder of DoCoMoMo Ireland, inaugural director of the Irish Architecture Foundation and twice Ireland’s Commissioner for the Venice Biennale.
RIAI approved CPD points are accredited to the conference.
Financial support has been provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs under the Government Policy on Architecture 2009 – 2015 Implementation Programme (GPA).
Former Clinical Director of the Southwest Hospital Group and spokesperson for campaign group Health Equality For the South East (www.hefse.com) Dr. Rob Landers, has given a guarded welcome to the news of a mobile Cath lab service to arrive on site at UHW in coming weeks. The announcement was made today by Minister John Halligan who said he has reached an agreement with the Minister for Health and HSE to place a mobile Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford.
Dr Landers says ‘the mobile lab has the ability to significantly increase the number of patients having diagnostic procedures at the regional cardiac centre in UHW’. ‘This in turn will help to ease service and emergency planning in the hospitals main Cath lab’ he said. ‘Activity in the mobile lab can be done at very favourable cost and without requiring any additional consultant expenditure’. ‘In addition it ensures that patients requiring follow on treatment post diagnostic such as PCI (stenting), can be scheduled that same day in the main lab’ he said. ‘This a significant improvement to having patients travel to Cork for diagnostic treatment and then return to the waiting list in Waterford for follow on procedures’ – a fact for 300 patients now targeted in a recent HSE service plan.
Dr Landers however did point out that this mobile service will not deliver a 24/7 Cardiac Care Program for the South East region. He noted remarks made by Minister Halligan that certain other clarifications have to be realised in order for the mobile lab to proceed on site. ‘I am mindful of comments made by the Minister that as part of the agreement further steps as yet undetermined are required including a follow on review’. Dr. Landers cautioned that related terms of reference to such review need to be considered carefully by Minister Halligan and south east cardiology consultants.
Dr Landers reiterated the importance of having the mobile lab situated as soon as possible and within weeks, so that impact can be created to the significant long term waiting list at UHW. ‘This is welcome news in terms of diagnostic access but we still need to keep our focus - emphasis must remain on the provision and enhancement of our emergency cardiac access at UHW’ he said. ‘We need patient equality with all other regions by having a 24/7 cardiac cover for the South East population based at UHW’.
Dr Landers said he and HEFSE are still calling for people everywhere in the region to support the protest march planned in Waterford for Saturday, January 14th. ‘The primary aim of this campaign is to deliver 24/7 cardiac care for the South east region including emergency cardiac access and in that respect nothing has changed’ he said.
New €20m WIT Arena is location for two back to back Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) open days for prospective students on 20 January and 21 January
CAO applicants, school leavers, their teachers and parents, as well as graduates and adults interested in part-time, postgraduate and full-time undergraduate study can start the new year with new ideas with a choice of two WIT open days this January.
The WIT Arena, which officially opened its doors to the public in September 2016, is the setting for the open days on 20 and 21 January 2017. Students from schools across the region are among thousands to see what options are available on their doorstep at the region’s largest institute of technology.
“This is a great opportunity for prospective students to get an exclusive look at the impressive facilities that will be available to them if they are offered a place at WIT,” explains Dr Derek O’Byrne, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Registrar of WIT.
“The traditional schools’ open day will run on Friday, 20 January with a focus on information for secondary school students, students in further education colleges, and other CAO applicants, including mature students,” he said.
The institute has 70 CAO courses across a range of disciplines including business, engineering and architecture, sports and nursing, law, social sciences, arts and psychology, the creative & performing arts, languages, tourism and hospitality, science and computing.
“We have 70 courses which include broad entry options for students who are interested in a discipline and not sure yet what they’d like to specialise in. We also have quite specialised programmes which give students a good third-level education as well as a specialism.”
The following day, Saturday 21 January is the #StudyatWIT Open Day which will have information available on the courses available across WIT’s schools of Lifelong Learning, Humanities, Engineering, Science & Computing, Health Sciences, Business.
“Our suite of courses in the part-time and postgrad area is truly diverse, ranging from traditional short courses and part-time options to specialist programmes for education, science and engineering professionals, drawing students from around the country as well as the region.”
Dr O’Byrne urges anyone with an interest in pursuing third level education to come along to either open day and discover if there is something for them.