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Temporary Closure of former Railway Bridge/Greenway Footbridge adjacent to Civic Offices,Dungarvan

Irish Water Contractor, David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd working on behalf of Irish Water will be undertaking essential Maintenance Work on Air Valves next week from Monday April 8th. to Friday April 12th. inclusive on the footbridge adjacent to the Council Civic Offices. Through Pedestrian and Cycling Traffic will be prohibited during this period of time. Such Traffic will be diverted.

See below the Temporary Traffic Management Plan and circulated letter, showing the Diversion on both approaches to the Greenway Footway Bridge.

Meabhrúchán : Scéim Athnuachana Bailte & Sráidbhailte 2024 Léiriú Spéise

Town & Village Renewal logoRiarfaidh Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge Scéim Athnuachana Bailte agus Sráidbhailte 2024, arna maoiniú ag an Roinn Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail. Maoinítear an Scéim Athnuachana Bailte agus Sráidbhailte faoi Thionscadal Éireann 2040 agus is príomhthionscnamh í de chuid Ár dTodhchaí Tuaithe — Beartas Forbartha Tuaithe na hÉireann 2021-2025. Tá cuspóirí Scéim Athnuachana na mBailte agus na Sráidbhailte 2024 dírithe ar ailíniú a dhéanamh leis na gealltanais laistigh dár gcáipéisÍ pholasaí Ár dTodhchaí Tuaithe agus Tús Áite do Lár an Bhaile.

Tá an Scéim Athnuachana Bailte agus Sráidbhailte dírithe ar a chinntiú go bhforbrófar bailte agus sráidbhailte tuaithe i bPort Láirge agus áiteanna níos tarraingtí a dhéanamh díobh chun cónaí agus oibriú iontu agus chun a n-acmhainneacht eacnamaíoch a mhéadú.

Tá léirithe spéise ó bhailte agus ó shráidbhailte á lorg anois ag Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge chun tionscadail oiriúnacha a mhaoiniú faoin tionscnamh seo. Is féidir foirm léirithe spéise agus sonraí faoi imlíne na Scéime a fháil trí ríomhphost a chur chuig townvillagerenewal@waterfordcouncil.ie agus tá foirmeacha léirithe spéise comhlánaithe le seoladh ar ais roimh 5.00i.n. Dé hAoine 19 Aibreán 2024.

Beidh gach iarratas faoi réir próiseas roghnúcháin a úsáideann Critéir Náisiúnta. Forbrófar iarratais léirithe spéise roghnaithe ina dtairiscintí mionsonraithe lena mbreithniú do Scéim
Athnuachana Bailte agus Sráidbhailte 2024.

Supporting Waterford Communities Fund 2024 recipients

Waterford City and County Council, at its plenary meeting on 14th March 2024, approved the attached allocations under the Supporting Waterford Communities Fund 2024. There are a total of 288 recipients of the scheme.

The funding was available to residents associations, community groups and sports clubs which are engaged in providing community services or carrying out improvement works to local communities.  The initiative provides funding to support groups, with their running costs such as utility or insurance bills, as well as with improvements of local facilities. Groups can use the funding to carry out necessary repairs and to purchase equipment such as tables and chairs, tools and signage, laptops and printers, lawnmowers, canopies and training equipment.

Reminder: Expressions of Interest sought for 2024 Town & Village Renewal Scheme

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Waterford City & County Council will administer the 2024 Town & Village Renewal Scheme funded by the Department of Rural & Community Development. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is funded under Project Ireland 2040 and is a key initiative of Our Rural Future – Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025. The objectives of the 2024 Town and Village Renewal Scheme are focused to align with the commitments within Our Rural Future and the Town Centre First policy documents.

The focus of the Town & Village Renewal Scheme is on ensuring the development of Waterford’s rural towns and villages and making them more attractive places to live and work and increase their economic potential.

Waterford City & County Council now seeks expressions of interest from towns and villages, for funding of suitable projects under this initiative. Expression of interest form and details of the Scheme’s outline can be obtained by e-mailing townvillagerenewal@waterfordcouncil.ie and completed expression of interest forms are to be returned before 5.00pm Friday 19th April 2024.

All applications will be subject to a selection process using National Criteria.  Selected expression of interest applications will be developed into detailed bids for consideration for the 2024 Town & Village Renewal Scheme.

Waterford receives €506,693 in funding for Built Heritage

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Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has announced funding under 2 schemes for Protected Structures and historic buildings – the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) 2024 and the Historic Structures Fund (HSF) 2024.

In Waterford, funding of €242,400 will be provided for 27 projects under the BHIS scheme and will support  works such as   the repair of historic  roofs,  walls and chimneys, repair of joinery and  repair of historic stained glass  for private and public buildings in the city and county . This includes  €73,793  which has been ring- fenced  specifically for thatch house projects

Funding of €264,000 has been allocated  for 4 projects under the HSF  €50,000  for Mount Melleray  €50,000  Whitfield Court, €50,000  for  Curraghmore House  and €114,000 for St Augustine’s Church, Abbeyside, Dungarvan.

Temporary Road Closure – O’Connell St., Waterford

Temporary Road Closure notice

Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council, in exercise of its powers pursuant to Section 75 Roads Act 1993, propose to close the following road to through traffic from 5.00pm Friday to 12 midnight Sunday each week commencing on 29th March, 2024 to 29th December, 2024.

Road to be closed

  • O’Connell Street, Waterford from its junction at O’Connell Street/Thomas Hill to the junction of Sargents Lane/O’Connell Street.

Diversion Routes (one way system)

  • Thomas Hill (L15021-1) from its junction with O’Connell street towards its junction with Meeting House Lane.
  • Meeting House Lane (L-15022-1) from its junction with Thomas Hill towards its junction with Sargent’s Lane.
  • Sargents Lane (L-15023-1) from its junction with Meeting House Lane towards its junction with O’Connell Street.

Objections or submissions may be made in writing to the “Director of Services, Roads, Water and Environment, Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford” not later than 4pm on 18th March, 2024.

Estates Taken in Charge – Doneraile Court, Tramore

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 11 Subsection (1) (b) (iii) Roads Act 1993 that Waterford City and County Council propose to declare the roads mentioned here to be Public Roads.

  • Doneraile Court, Tramore

The drawing indicating the roads to be taken in charge are available for inspection on our website or copies can be viewed in our Customer Services Departments in Davitt’s Quay,
Dungarvan or Bailey’s New Street for a period of one month up to and including 16th April, 2024.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposal to declare the roads to be Public Roads may be made in writing up to 30th April, 2024. Please include the name of the development in the submission subject line.

By Post: Aideen Jacob, Administrative Officer, Roads Department, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford.
By Email: submissionsroads@waterfordcouncil.ie (Please put ‘Taking in Charge – Doneraile Court, Tramore’ in the subject line)
By Phone: 0818 10 20 20

Scéim Athnuachana Bailte & Sráidbhailte 2024 Léiriú Spéise

Town & Village Renewal logoRiarfaidh Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge Scéim Athnuachana Bailte agus Sráidbhailte 2024, arna maoiniú ag an Roinn Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail. Maoinítear an Scéim Athnuachana Bailte agus Sráidbhailte faoi Thionscadal Éireann 2040 agus is príomhthionscnamh í de chuid Ár dTodhchaí Tuaithe — Beartas Forbartha Tuaithe na hÉireann 2021-2025. Tá cuspóirí Scéim Athnuachana na mBailte agus na Sráidbhailte 2024 dírithe ar ailíniú a dhéanamh leis na gealltanais laistigh dár gcáipéisÍ pholasaí Ár dTodhchaí Tuaithe agus Tús Áite do Lár an Bhaile.

Tá an Scéim Athnuachana Bailte agus Sráidbhailte dírithe ar a chinntiú go bhforbrófar bailte agus sráidbhailte tuaithe i bPort Láirge agus áiteanna níos tarraingtí a dhéanamh díobh chun cónaí agus oibriú iontu agus chun a n-acmhainneacht eacnamaíoch a mhéadú.

Tá léirithe spéise ó bhailte agus ó shráidbhailte á lorg anois ag Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge chun tionscadail oiriúnacha a mhaoiniú faoin tionscnamh seo. Is féidir foirm léirithe spéise agus sonraí faoi imlíne na Scéime a fháil trí ríomhphost a chur chuig townvillagerenewal@waterfordcouncil.ie agus tá foirmeacha léirithe spéise comhlánaithe le seoladh ar ais roimh 5.00i.n. Dé hAoine 19 Aibreán 2024.

Beidh gach iarratas faoi réir próiseas roghnúcháin a úsáideann Critéir Náisiúnta. Forbrófar iarratais léirithe spéise roghnaithe ina dtairiscintí mionsonraithe lena mbreithniú do Scéim
Athnuachana Bailte agus Sráidbhailte 2024.

Expressions of Interest sought for 2024 Town & Village Renewal Scheme

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Waterford City & County Council will administer the 2024 Town & Village Renewal Scheme funded by the Department of Rural & Community Development. The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is funded under Project Ireland 2040 and is a key initiative of Our Rural Future – Ireland’s Rural Development Policy 2021-2025. The objectives of the 2024 Town and Village Renewal Scheme are focused to align with the commitments within Our Rural Future and the Town Centre First policy documents.

The focus of the Town & Village Renewal Scheme is on ensuring the development of Waterford’s rural towns and villages and making them more attractive places to live and work and increase their economic potential.

Waterford City & County Council now seeks expressions of interest from towns and villages, for funding of suitable projects under this initiative. Expression of interest form and details of the Scheme’s outline can be obtained by e-mailing townvillagerenewal@waterfordcouncil.ie and completed expression of interest forms are to be returned before 5.00pm Friday 19th April 2024.

All applications will be subject to a selection process using National Criteria.  Selected expression of interest applications will be developed into detailed bids for consideration for the 2024 Town & Village Renewal Scheme.

Waterford City and County Council launches Election Hub ahead of Local Elections 2024

Waterford City and County Council recently launched its dedicated Elections Hub site.

The online hub Waterford Elections 2024 provides real time information ahead of the upcoming local and European elections.

The site contains information about the local and European elections, details of Waterford’s six electoral areas, along with information about voting eligibility.

This, the first dedicated election hub to be rolled out by a local authority in Ireland, was designed by Waterford City and County Council’s GIS and Data Transformation team.

Commenting on the launch of the hub, Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway said, “This is an informative, accessible, and easy-to-use resource, available in Irish and English, that will answer the questions Waterford’s electorate is asking.

“It offers key information in the run up to the elections such as providing directions to assigned polling stations and local electoral area maps which will prove very useful and make the voting process easier.”

The mayor added, “We are particularly proud that the hub is also available in Irish. As a Gaeltacht County, this resource will be a valuable and trusted source of information ‘as Gaeilge’ for all our citizens to make informed choices at the ballot box.”

Jon Hawkins, Waterford City and County Council’s GIS Project Lead, explains the premise of the hub. “Waterford Elections hub was built using the council’s geographical information system (ArcGIS by ESRI) and is updated daily from the Register of Electors database, using its data integration and data enrichment platform, FME by Safe Software.

“Not only will it provide residents and voters with relevant ballot information before they cast their vote, but the design also aims to increase voter participation as it helps voters find their assigned polling station so they can easily cast their vote on the day.”

Dermot O’Kane of ERSI welcomed the initiative saying, “This is a fantastic new resource for the people of Waterford. This new web app harnesses the power of data to provide its citizens with easy access to election information, empowering them to engage meaningfully in the process.”

Paul Johnston, Acting Director of Services and Returning Officer with Waterford City and County Council added, “The hub will continue to update and evolve over the coming months. Once the election polling day is announced by the Minister of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Waterford City and County Council will publish notice inviting nominations, which when approved, will be added to the hub.

“This information will include the name and address of the candidate and the electoral area in which they are running. In total, candidates will contest for 32 seats across six local electoral areas in Waterford city and county.”

The hub can be used to access information such as:

  • Locate my Polling Station: This application helps you locate your assigned Polling Station by entering your Eircode.
  • Local Electoral Area Map: View the extent of each individual Electoral Area within Waterford City and County on desktop, tablet, or smart phone.
  • Voting and Registration FAQs: Comprehensive list of common questions you may be asking before an election or casting your ballot.
  • Who are my Councillors: By simply entering your Eircode you will be informed about what electoral area you live within and details of current local, national and European Elected representatives (updated when Notice of Poll date closing date has passed).
  • Election Results: Explore certified results as they become available.

Find out more about the upcoming local and European elections at Waterford Elections 2024 at www.waterfordcouncil.ie

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Images: Free to use – Patrick Browne: At the launch of the Waterford Elections online hub with Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway are Honor Dunphy Administrative Officer, Máire Seó Breathnach, Irish Officer, Jon Hawkins GIS Project Lead, Waterford City & County Council

Seolann Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge Mol Toghcháin roimh Thoghcháin Áitiúla 2024

Sheol Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge láithreán tiomnaithe Toghchán le déanaí.

Cuireann an mol ar líne Toghcháin Phort Láirge 2024 eolas fíor-ama ar fáil roimh na toghcháin áitiúla agus Eorpacha atá ar na bacáin.

Tá eolas ar an láithreán faoi na toghcháin áitiúla agus Eorpacha, sonraí faoi shé thoghcheantar Phort Láirge, mar aon le heolas faoi incháilitheacht vótála.

Ba é foireann GIS agus Claochlaithe Sonraí de chuid Chomhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge a dhear an mol seo, an chéad mhol toghcháin tiomnaithe atá curtha ar fáil ag údarás áitiúil in Éirinn.

Ag trácht ar sheoladh an mhoil, dúirt Méara Chathair agus Chontae Phort Láirge, An Comhairleoir Seosamh Ó Conmhuí, “Is acmhainn faisnéiseach, inrochtana agus éasca le húsáid í seo, atá ar fáil i nGaeilge agus i mBéarla, a thabharfaidh freagra ar na ceisteanna atá á gcur ag toghthóirí Phort Láirge.

“Cuireann sé faisnéis ríthábhachtach ar fáil sa tréimhse roimh na toghcháin, ar nós faisnéis faoi threoracha chuig stáisiúin vótála sannta agus léarscáileanna na dtoghcheantar áitiúil, rudaí a bheidh an-úsáideach agus a dhéanfaidh an próiseas vótála níos éasca do dhaoine.”

Dúirt an Méara chomh maith, “Táimid an-bhródúil go bhfuil an mol seo ar fáil i nGaeilge freisin. Mar chontae Gaeltachta, foinse eolais an-luachmhar agus iontaofa as Gaeilge a bheidh san acmhainn seo, a thabharfaidh deis dár saoránaigh uile cinneadh eolach a dhéanamh ag an mbosca ballóide.”

Tugann Jon Hawkins, Ceannaire Tionscadail GIS Chomhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge, míniú ar bhunús an mhoil. “Tógadh Mol Toghcháin Phort Láirge trí úsáid a bhaint as córas faisnéise geografaí na Comhairle (ArcGIS an ESRI) agus déantar é a nuashonrú go laethúil ó bhunachar sonraí Chlár na dToghthóirí, ag baint úsáide as a ardán comhtháthaithe agus saibhrithe sonraí, FME de chuid Safe Software.

“Ní hamháin go gcuirfidh sé faisnéis bhallóide ábhartha ar fáil do chónaitheoirí agus do vótálaithe sula gcaithfidh siad a vóta, ach tá sé mar aidhm ag an dearadh freisin rannpháirtíocht vótálaithe a mhéadú mar go gcabhraíonn sé le vótálaithe teacht ar a stáisiún vótála sannta ionas gur féidir leo a vóta a chaitheamh go héasca ar an lá.”

Chuir Dermot O’Kane ón ESRI fáilte roimh an tionscnamh ag rá, “Acmhainn nua iontach is ea í seo do phobal Phort Láirge. Úsáideann an aip seo cumhacht sonraí chun rochtain simplí ar eolas faoin dtoghchán a thabhairt do shaoránaigh, ag cur ar a gcumas dul i ngleic go fóinteach leis an bpróiséas vótála.”

Dúirt Paul Johnston, Stiúrthóir Gníomhach Seirbhísí agus Ceann Comhairimh le Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge, “Leanfaidh an mol ag uasdátú agus ag athrú sna míonna amach romhainn. A luaithe is a fhógróidh an tAire Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil lá vótaíochta an toghcháin, foilseoidh Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge fógra ag lorg ainmniúchán, a chuirfear leis an mol nuair a cheadófar é.

“Beidh ainm agus seoladh an iarrthóra agus an toghcheantair ina bhfuil siad ag rith san áireamh san fhaisnéis seo. Ar an iomlán, beidh iarrthóirí ag seasamh chun 32 shuíochán a líonadh trasna sé cinn de thoghlimistéir áitiúla i gcathair agus i gcontae Phort Láirge.”

Is féidir an mol a úsáid chun rochtain a fháil ar fhaisnéis amhail:

  • Aimsigh mo Stáisiún Vótála: Cabhraíonn an feidhmchlár seo leat do Stáisiún Vótála a aimsiú trí d’Eirchód a chur isteach.
  • Léarscáil na dToghcheantar Áitiúil: Breathnaigh ar mhéid gach Toghcheantair ar leith laistigh de Chathair agus Contae Phort Láirge ar ríomhaire deisce, ar tháibléad nó ar fhón cliste.
  • Ceisteanna Coitianta faoi Vótáil agus Clárú: Liosta cuimsitheach de cheisteanna coitianta a d’fhéadfá a chur roimh thoghchán nó do bhallóid a chaitheamh.
  • Cé hiad mo Chomhairleoirí: Trí d’Eirchód a chur isteach, cuirfear ar an eolas thú faoin toghlimistéar ina bhfuil cónaí ort agus faoi shonraí na n-ionadaithe tofa áitiúla, náisiúnta agus Eorpacha atá ann faoi láthair (arna thabhairt cothrom le dáta nuair a bheidh dáta deiridh an Fhógra Vótaíochta caite).
  • Torthaí na dToghchán: Déan iniúchadh ar thorthaí deimhnithe de réir mar a bheidh siad ar fáil.

Faigh tuilleadh eolais faoi na toghcháin áitiúla agus Eorpacha atá ar na bacáin ag Toghcháin Phort Láirge 2024 ag www.waterfordcouncil.ie

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Íomhánna: Saor in Aisce le húsáid — Patrick Browne: Ag seoladh mhol ar líne do Thoghcháin Phort Láirge le Méara Chathair agus Chontae Phort Láirge, An Comhairleoir Seosamh Ó Conmhuí, tá Honor Dunphy, Oifigeach Riaracháin; Máire Seó Breathnach, Oifigeach Gaeilge agus Jon Hawkins Ceannaire Tionscadail GIS, Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge.

Waterford joins the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC)

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Waterford has been designated a UNESCO Learning City and been invited to join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. The UNESCO Learning City Designation recognises good practices in promoting quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. This achievement of Learning City status follows the collaborative work of Waterford City and County Council, Kilkenny County Council, the Southern Regional Assembly, SETU, Waterford Chambers and the ETBs in preparing an application to UNESCO, setting out the ambition and commitment in Waterford to fostering lifelong learning opportunities for all its citizens.

As a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, Waterford can grow and develop as a recognised city of learning and build upon the strong stakeholder commitment and political support of the Learning City Initiative. The Designation of Waterford as a UNESCO Learning City is strongly supported by regional policy and advances the ambition set out in the Southern Regional Assembly’s Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy to develop Waterford City as a UNESCO Learning City, joining Limerick and Cork City as part of a network of Learning Cities and to develop the entire Southern Region as a UNESCO Learning Region.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway said, “As Mayor I would like to express how proud we are to be joining the UNESCO Learning Cities family.

“One of the most significant things about this network is the strong emphasis on lifelong learning, and that is something that we in Waterford as a council, and as a city will strive to consolidate and promote for the people of Waterford.”

He added, “Myself, my council colleagues, and the people of the city have a great and unwavering belief in the importance of learning…from the cradle to the grave.  We will do everything we can to be vibrant members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities and assure you of our great commitment and support.”

On receiving news of the UNESCO Designation, Cathaoirleach of the Southern Regional Assembly, Terry Shannon said, “I want to commend the great collaboration of all involved in making this commitment for Waterford to become a UNESCO Learning City. Becoming a Learning City will help achieve progress in disadvantaged areas and marginalised communities and will develop our knowledge, innovation and strong skills base our future.”

The designation of Waterford as a UNESCO Learning City has also been welcomed and commended by Waterford Members of the Southern Regional Assembly, Cllr. Tom Cronin, Cllr. Thomas Phelan and Cllr. Conor D. McGuinness.

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