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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Waterford Institute of Technology to host sixth All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG)

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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).


To register and for more information:

Press Statement: Health Equality For the South East


Former Clinical Director of the Southwest Hospital Group and spokesperson for campaign group Health Equality For the South East ( 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.

Fresh start to the New Year as WIT hosts two open days for prospective students


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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.


The traditional CAO deadline is 1 February.

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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.”

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