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Europe Direct

Wednesday 27th September, Boxworks, Waterford City at 6pm

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The Panel

Emma Kerins, International Affairs Executive, Chambers Ireland

Professor John O’Brennan, Professor of European Integration at Maynooth University

Dr. Mary Murphy, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, University College Cork

June Fardey, Waterford Small Business and Agri Lending Advisor for Bank of Ireland

Chair: Eugene Crehan, Director of Programmes, CEDRE School of Business, Waterford Institute of Technology

Are you an SME or an entrepreneur with an idea but need funding? Would you like access to major investors throughout Europe? Would you like to find out about the new investment friendly environment with less red-tape for investors and entrepreneurs with good ideas? Do you want to access support for Irish SMEs on how to benefit from the Plan?

What type of companies can benefit?

  • Research-based and innovative SMEs and Small Mid-caps established and operating in one or several EU Member States (InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility)
  • SMEs and Small Mid-Caps who need a kick start to launch and expand their businesses (RSI)
  • Micro or Social -enterprises who may be having difficulty in accessing credit from other commercial lending providers (

The panellists will give the background to the investment plan and its impact to date and will discuss how it applies to Ireland and locally. They will be covering funding applications and EU grants.

The Investment Plan for Europe aims to generate at least €315 billion of funding for projects in key strategic areas to get more people back to work and stimulating economic growth

There will be time given for a Q&A.

Book your FREE place here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-eu-investment-plan-what-is-in-it-for-you-tickets-37876891803

The Europe Direct Centre is based at Central Library. For more information contact Sinead O’Higgins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Soccer scholarship 2017 announcement

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Waterford FC have announced the new Waterford FC (WFC) Soccer Scholarship Programme for the 2017/2018 season.

The initiative is aimed at supporting players who will combine their academic studies at WIT while playing in the League of Ireland with WFC. The package will include financial support, academic support, strength and conditioning, access to the high performance unit at the WIT Arena, medical support and athlete development workshops such as, nutrition, cooking and mental health.

This season Paulstown, Co Kilkenny twins John and Paul Martin will benefit from the WFC Soccer Scholarship Programme as they begin their studies at WIT.

Paul is studying Bachelor of Business Studies (Hons) and John is a student on the BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Performance.

Speaking at the launch of the Programme WFC Director of Football Pat Fenlon stated that the “WFC Soccer Scholarship Programme highlights the importance of developing players both on and off the pitch.”

Alan Malone WIT’s Sport Scholarship Coordinator added that the programme “easily allows players to combine their studies and soccer career all in the one locality” and hoped that future students would view WIT as an “attractive place for soccer players to come and develop with the help of the WFC Sport Scholarship Programme.”

The Sports Scholarship Programme at WIT offers an athlete led development programme aimed at supporting the overall development of high performance athletes in a wide range of sports. The programme gives talented athletes the opportunity to develop their sporting and academic career by offering a network of support services and expertise which is tailored around the specific needs of each individual athlete. 

More information available at www.wit.ie/sportsscholarships

regional assemblyJohn Paul Phelan T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with special responsibility for Local Government and Electoral Reform formally opened the new Assembly House in Waterford on Friday 8th September. The Assembly relocated to 30 O’Connell Street, demonstrating our firm commitment to the city of Waterford. The Assembly located in Waterford in 1999 and when the decision was made to find a permanent home, a city centre presence was deemed critical. City centres thrive and maintain a vibrancy when active business and social communities abound.

Our new headquarters on O’Connell Street, is housed in a building constructed between 1919 and 1922. It was one of the first concrete framed buildings in Waterford city, although dressed with a classical cut limestone façade. Purpose-built for the Provincial bank, it later became the AIB bank, continuing to house a bank until the early 1990’s. It was subsequently converted into the Bank Bar and Restaurant in the mid 2000’s, and traded as such for a couple of years.

Minister Phelan complemented the Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Brennan, the Director, Mr. Stephen Blair and the members of the Southern Regional Assembly on choosing to locate in the centre of Waterford. It is “testament to your commitment to regional development and a symbol of the rise of the provincial Ireland to see a building of this standing in use in the heart of the city” he said. The Minister told assembled guests of the important role the Assemblies have assumed in regional spatial and economic development. He urged the forging of a common purpose that speaks of regional, that in turn benefits the local. Emphasising the role of region in planning for the future, Minister Phelan spoke of his and the Government’s support for strengthening of the regions, which he envisages as a natural outcome of the new National Planning Framework. “As representatives of the Southern region, I urge you to unify in your focus to build and consolidate the strengths of your region and also to lift those parts of the region that lag behind”.

Mr. Stephen Blair addressing the invited guests said “As a regional development and planning agency, we are keenly aware of the trend that occurred over recent decades, the hollowing out of the core of many of our urban centres. Our decision to maintain a city centre presence, is our effort to stem that tide and contribute in some modest way to the vibrancy of this proud and ancient city”.

Regional structures are in place for over two decades in Ireland with the former Regional Authorities established in 1994. Regional structures are still arguably a relatively new phenomenon in the Irish administrative and political landscape. The Assemblies themselves were established in 1999 with recent reform altering the geography and increasing the scope of their responsibilities. With 34 members and a staff complement of 25, the Assembly strives to drive the social, economic and sustainable development of the Southern region. We envision a prosperous region for all citizens.  Cllr. John Brennan, Cathaoirleach, noted “the success we have enjoyed in the management of European programmes and more latterly in laying the bedrock for regional economic and spatial strategies, strengthens the argument for regional structures in Ireland”.

The new premises allow all staff to be housed together under the one roof and our commitment to effective regional development and sustainability is consolidated by this move.


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