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Status quo no longer good enough for Waterford City – Coffey

 

Fine Gael Waterford Senator Paudie Coffey has said that the boundary review between Waterford and Kilkenny has the potential to reinvigorate the South East Region for the benefit of Waterford and Kilkenny should an extension be granted.

 

It is important to note at the very outset that this review is one of six being carried out on cities and large urban areas that are restricted from a planning and development point of view around the country - therefore Kilkenny and Waterford are not being singled out for any special treatment in this regard. The other cities and town boundaries being reviewed include Cork, Galway, Athlone, Carlow and Drogheda.

 

The review is being carried out by an independent commission that has been tasked with carrying out an objective and fair analysis and then make recommendations on how best to proceed. This issue has never been about a change in county identity and culture - My strong view is that existing county identities should be respected in any proposed new arrangements, this issue is purely about examining administrative changes to allow the City to develop in a positive way so that it will benefit all in both Waterford and Kilkenny counties.

 

Waterford City is the leading urban center in the South East region and we simply have to be ambitious for our city and allow it the scope and space to grow naturally so that we can compete with other regional cities. The only way this can happen in a sustainable way is to grow the city out from the City center, over to the northern side of the river Suir - if this happens I have no doubt that this will benefit all citizens in both  neighbouring jurisdictions of Kilkenny and Waterford. 

“Despite many accusations and some of them personal towards me; my only intention ever is to ensure that Waterford City and the South East Region could compete on a national footing with other regional cities in the long term.  We need to plan and act coherently with a regional vision if we want to fully develop the South East, by remaining stagnant and protecting the status quo we will not achieve this.

 

I have resisted to date to respond publicly to many accusations against me from politicians and Kilkenny based media as I did not wish to inflame the situation any more than it has already been by others making outlandish statements and false accusations on the matter, however due to the seriousness of commentary in recent days I feel I must strongly state my views on this important matter

 

The City needs the tools to expand and be the economic driver for the region that it has the potential for, that is why, when I was a Minister of State in the last government I:-

 

- designated the North Quays as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ), only the second outside Dublin,

- ensured the north Quays redevelopment is in the Government Capital Stimulus Plan 2016-2021

- supported the review of the City Boundary which is presently underway

 

Now more than ever we need a strong united voice emanating from our City and that is why I was amazed to hear FF TD Mary Butler publicly undermine the review status even before a report has been published by the independent commission.

Deputy Butler is not only at odds with the management and executive of the City and County Council, she is also at odds with her FF Council colleagues on this issue but even more bizarrely, Deputy Butler was a member of the same Council that made such a strong submission on this issue to the independent commission during the consultation phase - what may I ask has changed since then that has caused Deputy Butler to change her position on such a critical and strategic issue for Waterford City?

 

In my view Deputy Butler has politically torpedoed Waterford City's best opportunity of economic growth even before it has had a chance to make its case, that is totally irresponsible in my view from a Waterford Public Representative and she urgently needs to clarify her position. 

 

Senator Coffey concluded by saying; “I will accept the finding of the independent boundary commission whatever it may recommend; however I am concerned given the commentary in recent days that's Waterford Citys opportunity may be seriously damaged. 

 

It is my hope that Minister Coveney and the Government will act on its recommendations and findings and not be distracted by Fianna Fail who in my view are currently doing politics in "lowest common denominator" fashion that benefits nobody.”

 
Purple Flag Waterford - Christmas 2016

 

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Light up Christmas with Waterford Rotary

 

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This Friday, December 16th, the Rotary Club of Waterford launches its 19th annual Memorial Christmas Tree at 12 noon at John Robert’s Square in Waterford City.

 

The Memorial Tree Appeal, officially launched by Santa and his Elves will, as always, be a central feature in Waterford City’s Winterval Festival.

 

This Christmas though, the Waterford public will have two ways to remember their loved ones. They can of course call to the Memorial Tree in John Roberts Square as always, but this year they can also post their memory on line via the Waterford hospice and Rotary Club website’s.

 

Mr. Ger Sheridan, President of the Rotary Club of Waterford said, “For 19 years the Rotary Club of Waterford Memorial Christmas Tree has been central to Christmas in Waterford. Most of us have been touched by the wonderful work Waterford Hospice does in our community. This year we have added a virtual tree to facilitate donations.

 

"From Friday the Waterford public can purchase ribbons in John Roberts Square, or right now purchase a light and record a memory by logging on to www.waterfordhospice.ie/memorialtree."

 

The Memorial Tree will open this Friday Dec. 16th at 12 noon and open every day from then until December 24th from 12 noon until 5.30pm daily.

 

In 1998 the first Christmas Memorial Tree appeal was established by the Rotary Club of Waterford to help raise funds for the development of a 20 bed Regional Palliative Care Unit on the grounds of University Hospital Waterford. To date the initiative has raised nearly half a Million Euro for Waterford Hospice.

 

As well as raising much needed funds in Waterford for the Hospice Movement, the Memorial Tree Appeal provides people with a means of remembering their loved ones in a dignified and meaningful manner. Indeed over the years the Christmas Memorial Tree Appeal has become synonymous with the celebration of Christmas in Waterford and enjoys widespread support from the public.

 
Leverage Game Night

 

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Wild Oats Soap makes good pure business scents!

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Wild Oats Soap, a Lismore kitchen table start up, borne from a love of natural oils, pure scent and the dearth of soap products for sensitive skin has recently won contracts to supply some of Ireland’s leading retail outlets.

 

The idea to produce fresh fragrant soaps for sensitive skin was the brainchild of marketing professional Karen Cottier back in 2013.  Three years later, Karen was joined by analytical scientist, Deirdre Meany and Wild Oats Soaps Ltd was founded.  In less than a year, Wild Oats Soap, has expanded its range to include not just soaps, but baths milks and body oils.

 

Before developing its Tender range, Karen and Deirdre approached Waterford Local Enterprise Office to enquire about what support services were available to help them grow their business. 

 

“Upscaling and developing new ranges takes time, money and support.  With the help of Waterford LEO in the form of business advice, mentoring, training and financial support we were able to focus on developing the business and hone our strategy.”

 

Karen added, “Any small business owner will tell you there aren’t enough hours in the day.  However, the support of Waterford LEO gave Wild Oats the time and the opportunity to expand production, explore new markets and export potential.”

 

Wild Oats Soaps is produced using hand-picked local botanicals, which are then mixed with the finest oils.  In addition, they are further blended with Flahavan’s Organic Oats, which provide a natural form of nourishment and protection for the skin. 

 

From the kitchen table to the shelves of leading pharmacies, Ardkeen Quality Foodstores, Kilkenny Design Centre, Galway’s Evergreen chain, Nicolas Mosse Pottery in Kilkenny amongst many other stores, Wild Oats Soap is much in demand both as a beautiful gift and for the many Irish people suffering from skin problems who want scent free, detergent free, natural and moisturising soap products.

 

Mr. Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at Waterford LEO said that the combination of Karen and Deirdre’s diverse yet complementary skillsets, along with their determination to create a quality and attractive product were the keys to their business success.

 

“Karen and Deirdre came to us with an attractive, well researched product.  They identified a gap in the market for tender skin products and created this product that perfectly fit that gap.”

 

“Waterford LEO was delighted to support them by providing mentoring and a capital grant to move into a more suitable production facility. Seeing a product that started in the kitchen and is now a prominent feature on the shelves of leading pharmacies and retailers is a ringing endorsement of the hard work and dedication of Karen and Deirdre.”

 

If you have a business idea and would like to find out more about what support services are available, call Local Enterprise Office Waterford on 0761 102905 or call into the offices at 35 The Mall, Waterford or The Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.

 

A list of LEO support services is also available on www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford

 
Let's paint Waterford RED for the St. Vincent de Paul Waterford!

 

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Continuing our tradition of Wear Red Day, WLRfm are asking you and your colleagues to join us on Friday, 16th December, wear Red To Work and make a donation to the WLR FM Christmas Appeal.

 

Whether you want to wear a red dress, a red tie or a full on Santa suit, it's totally up to you. But join us for the festive fun, we'll give you plenty of plugs and thanks on-air and you'll be helping people in need in Waterford.

 

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