Road Safety Authority Check it Fits Service


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This May the RSA’s Check it Fits service will be visiting County Waterford. Did you know it’s the law that all children under 150cms or 36kgs must use a child car seat appropriate to their weight and height. In Ireland as many as 4 out of 5 child car seats are incorrectly fitted which can lead to serious injury or even death in a collision.


Since October 2013, the RSA’s ‘Check it Fits’ Service has checked over 21,000 child car seats and restraints in Ireland. Worryingly, 79% of seats required a major adjustment, of which 3% were deemed not fit for purpose and condemned, meaning they could have caused injury or even death in the event of a collision.


The Check it Fits service is quick, it’s easy, it’s free. On the day our experts will advise on how to fix any problem, demonstrate how to fit the restraint correctly and answer any queries participants might have. Our experts aim to put parent’s, grandparent’s and guardian’s minds at ease that their child’s car seat is safely and securely fitted in their car.


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Teachers looking to move up the career ladder invited to Education Programmes Open Day at WIT Arena


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People interested in finding work as teachers in further education or existing teachers hoping to climb the career ladder are invited to attend the inaugural Education Programmes Open Day at the WIT Arena from 10am-1pm on Saturday, 22 April.


Waterford Institute of Technology’s Department of Education runs a number of programmes that have Teaching Council recognition and attracts students from far and wide on its variety of courses for educators.


As well as a suite of undergraduate programmes, WIT has a set of unique level 8 and level 9 programmes delivered through flexible and blended learning; some are block delivered and others run in Dublin and Cork as well as Waterford.


Helen Murphy, the Head of the Department of Education welcomes people in education or interested in education to come along to find out which course can help them to reach their personal or professional development goals. 


“Our programmes are flexible, responsive and connect teaching with practice. We have been working with adult learners for over 30 years and have a long history of supporting adult education. We offer programmes from NFQ Level 6 up to NFQ Level 9. For detailed information on the event and individual programmes see,” she says.


Course options vary from those for aspiring leaders in education at primary and secondary level to programmes for those wishing to pursue a career in adult or further education.


"The need for tutors working in adult and further education to possess a recognised third level qualification in pedagogy has been set out in the National Strategy for Further Education and Training (SOLAS, 2014)," Murphy explains.


The current portfolio of Education Programmes spans undergraduate programmes from Higher Certificate to Honours Degree level and a postgraduate portfolio that includes a range of Masters Programmes in; (i) teaching and learning in further and higher education; (ii) management of education and (iii) adult education, further education, community development and adult literacy. 


“All of our programmes were designed for practitioners working across the education spectrum (primary, post-primary, further, adult and higher - education) to address the CPD needs of these sectors and to reflect the changes taking place in education practice and policy.”


For those wanting to make the most of the Easter Break – the WIT Arena is next to one of the entrances to the newly-launched Waterford Greenway. People attending the event can spend the afternoon on the greenway if they wishalt




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Sale of Ard Ri Hotel, Waterford City


Sherry FitzGerald John Rohan is delighted to confirm the completion of the successful sale of The Ard Ri Hotel in Waterford City.


The iconic building which dominates the skyline immediately north of the River Suir had been closed for a number of years and fallen into significant disrepair. In its earlier days the hotel had operated as one of the most successful in the city offering a wedding venue, conference centre, holiday accommodation and a leisure centre. Situated on an elevated site of approximately 21 acres The Ard Ri Hotel offers magnificent views over the River Suir and the city of Waterford, together with generous parking and large gardens.


While the premises is in need of a complete refurbishment, the property offers enormous potential in many ways to the new owner Seamus Walsh who intends to invest heavily in this project, which in due course will emerge as a re-modelled hotel. Seamus is no stranger to Waterford, having purchased Waterford Castle Hotel in 2015 and turned it into another outstanding achievement.  We wish him good fortune with his new venture.


The new owner Seamus Walsh states, “It is fortuitous that my purchase of The Ard Ri Hotel coincided with the recent good news regarding the Saudi company Fawaz Alhokair Group’s intended purchase of the development site on the North Quays. I see huge opportunity for development in this area and look forward to transforming my new hotel to its former days of glory in these more modern times.”

Statement by Professor Willie Donnelly, WIT on launch of THEA


Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is proud to be a founding member of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), which was launched formally today (Monday April 3rd) by the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD.


The launch of the THEA marks a significant step in Irish higher education and affords WIT the opportunity to reflect on our distinct contribution, together with the other thirteen institutes of technology, to Irish society. Over recent decades Ireland has consciously fostered a diverse higher education landscape in which the institutes of technology have played a seminal role.


The fourteen member institutes within the Technological Higher Education Association are themselves diverse but they share much in common including the role of providing apprenticeship training in higher education; integration of entrepreneurship and work experience; optimum expressions of regional support; the digitalisation agenda; and a strong focus on work-based learning.  


We can celebrate the particularly successful role that we have played in widening access to higher education and the manner in which we have largely removed geographical location as an access barrier, contributing considerably to greater social equality and cohesion. 


The keynote address at today’s inaugural conference by Dr Charles Larkin of Trinity College clearly demonstrates that institutes of technology are an essential part of the economies of regional Ireland and that each job at WIT generates an additional 7.48 jobs in the local economy.


Today’s conference was also reminded that the third level technological sector is in the midst of a funding crisis that must be addressed. The sector has seen a decrease in the state grant of 35%, a drop in core staffing levels of 12%, a virtual halt to capital investment and an increase in student numbers of 30% between 2008 -2015. The sector has relied on increased productivity from its talented staff at a rate that is not sustainable in the longer term. 


We welcome today’s discussion on income contingent loans and strongly support the view that funding solutions should not limit student access.  


Facilitating access to higher education on the part of a larger proportion of our society is the single greatest achievement of the technological sector and we have expanded countless individual’s horizons while also enhancing the welfare and quality of life for our society as a whole.alt

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