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Mayor of Waterford to host vigil for Ukraine

The Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly, will host a peaceful vigil this coming Sunday 6th March at 12 noon outside City Hall on the Mall.

To the people of Ukraine and the Ukrainian community in Waterford, we support you and we stand in solidarity with you.

Consultation : National Minimum Wage 2023

The Low Pay Commission makes recommendations to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment designed to set a minimum wage that is fair and sustainable.

When appropriate the minimum wage can be adjusted to assist as many low-paid workers as possible without harming overall employment or competitiveness.

Consultation on the National Minimum Wage 2023.

Open from 23 February to 23 March 2022.

The Low Pay Commission is looking for your views on the National Minimum Wage rate for 2023.

Have your say:

Or post to:

The Secretary, The Low Pay Commission, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

No opinion is too big or small.

FREE Wildflower Masterclass, Friday 4th March

Due to demand Waterford City & County Council are happy to announce a FREE Wildflower Masterclass which is open to all residents in the Waterford area who would like to plant a wildflower area in their community. The class will cover everything about wildflowers including planting techniques, wildflower mixes, different planting methods, where to buy your seed and much more.

  • The session will be held over Zoom on Friday 4th March 10am – 12noon.

There will be time for questions and notes will be sent to participants after the session. It is expected that this session will book out so please register your interest as soon as possible.

This two hour session covers everything you need to know about Wildflowers and creating fantastic pollinator friendly areas to improve your area. It will cover everything from rewilding to seed sowing, ground preparation, maintenance and sources of real Irish Wildflower seed. The session is lively and interactive and there is an opportunity to send in photos for the area you are considering planting, so you can get personalised advice from the horticulturalist Aoife Munn.

The Wildflower Masterclass will take place on Friday March 4th at 10 am – 12 noon. Please note this session is not recorded so you must be available at this time to attend. Registration will be taken at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/wildflower-masterclass-sponsored-by-waterford-city-county-council-registration-203642950547

National Slow Down Day – 07.00hrs on Tuesday 1st March to 07.00hrs on Wednesday 2nd March 2022

An Garda Síochána will conduct a national speed enforcement operation “Slow Down”, supported by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and other stakeholders, for a 24 hour period from 07.00hrs on Tuesday 1st March to 07.00hrs on Wednesday 2nd March 2022.

The aim of “Slow Down day” is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, to increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive or inappropriate speed. The overall objective is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.

Excessive and inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor in road traffic collisions, confirmed by an RSA report on fatal collisions between 2008 and 2012 which found that excessive speed was a contributory factor in almost one third of all fatal collisions during that time. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision.

Chief Superintendent Michael Hennebry Garda National Roads Policing Bureau said: “Firstly I would like to thank the majority of those who travel within the speed limits. However, our enforcement operations continue to detect motorists traveling at speeds significantly above the posted speed limits. This reckless behaviour poses a serious risk not just to the motorists themselves, but to all the road users, especially vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists. This is not just about speeding enforcement detections. It’s about saving lives”.

As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety.

Chief Superintendent Hennebry continued:- I’m appealing to all road users to support us in our efforts to keep everybody safe on our roads.  Please slow down, check your speed, drive safely, not only on National Slow Down Day, but every day”.

Mr. Sam Waide, CEO, Road Safety Authority, said:- “Excessive speed continues to be a leading contributory factor in fatal and serious injury collisions in Ireland and internationally. It has been estimated that 30% of fatal collisions are the result of speeding or inappropriate speed. Evidence shows that many drivers are choosing to speed in our towns, villages and on rural roads. The RSA’s Free Speed observational study found that half of all drivers (52%) were observed speeding on urban roads and over a quarter (27%) were speeding on rural roads. This National Slow Down Day, and indeed every day, please remember the faster you drive, the more likely you are to crash which could result in death or serious injury. Slow down – drive at a speed that is appropriate to the conditions and your experience and remember a speed limit is not a target.”

The operation will consist of high visibility speed enforcement in 1322 speed enforcement zones. We will also deliver the message through various media channels to remind people of the potential impact on families and communities of speeding.

Government Departments, Local Authorities, Public and private sector fleet operators are invited to participate in the initiative by circulating to employees the key message of “Slow Down” and, whether driving for business or private purposes, to always drive within the speed limit and at a speed appropriate to the prevailing conditions.

 

Roadworks at Carroll’s Cross N25

From Monday 21st February, the construction of a traffic calming scheme will commence at the Carroll’s Cross Junction on the N25.

one way system will be in operation for the duration of the works with stop go in place at various stages as the work progresses.  

Motorists can expect delays while the work is ongoing, which is due for completion in early June.

One way vehicular system Cliff Rd, Tramore reintroduced

Waterford City & County Council wishes to advise that L4102 Cliff Rd, Tramore “One Way” vehicular system has been reintroduced. 

The one way vehicular system has now been reintroduced on a section of Cliff Rd, commencing beyond the Old Quarry on Cliff Rd in the direction of the Guillamene carpark and up through Newtown Woods and ends at the T- junction with L8089 Newtown Woods Rd.

Please observe road signs and road markings in place.

Public viewing of Vicky Phelan Portrait on International Women’s Day

When we think of inspiring women, there is one name who always tops the billing – Vicky Phelan. Her bravery and determination have changed so much for so many.

Waterford Chamber will be joining forces with WIT, Network Waterford, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and the Waterford Local Enterprise office on International Women’s Day to pay tribute to Vicky and to rise vital funds for her chosen charities the Solas Centre and the Shona Project.

On Tuesday, March 8th the Triptych Portrait of Vicky Phelan will be on public display from 4pm to 6pm in the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms. This will also be the final event in the inimitable tea rooms as it closes its doors permanently thereafter.

Following the public viewing, the organisations will host a business networking event, where guests will have the opportunity to meet with Vicky’s lifelong friend David Brennan who purchased the portrait at auction and hear from artist Vincent Devine on the heartfelt story behind the creation of this masterpiece.

COLLABORATION IS KEY

According to Lynda Lawton, Waterford Chamber, “This is a phenomenal opportunity to view this magnificent piece of art, to pause and reflect and all the while, raise money for two charities that are so important to Vicky.

“Everyone is welcome to come along and you can donate on the day or also online at https://www.idonate.ie/VickiPhelanPortraitExpoMar22. What better way to mark International Women’s Day then to honour an incredible lady who has changed the landscape of the Irish health system for future generations.

“We always say collaboration is key, and it is fantastic that we can come together with our colleagues in WIT, Network Waterford, Waterford LEO and Waterford Chamber Skillnet to present an opportunity such as this.

“It will also be quite a poignant occasion as it marks the last event with our friends at the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms. What an institution it has become, and we will certainly miss the activity in our building. So if anyone wants to say goodbye to their favourite hideaway, please come along on March 8th from 4pm to 6pm and of course don’t forget your wallet!”

END OF AN ERA

Speaking about the event and marking the end of an era, Sarah Jane Cleary, owner of the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms said: “All good things come to an end but what better way to say goodbye than to honour a powerful woman on International Women’s Day. To be able to facilitate fundraising for the Solas Centre and the Shona Project, on behalf of Vicky Phelan, is a great honour and the perfect way to say goodbye. The entire contents of The Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms will be up for sale with a percentage of the proceeds going towards Vicky’s chosen charities, so people can always remember the good times we had here, while also remembering what Vicky Phelan has done for the women of Ireland. It is our greatest honour to join with the business community to do this.”

DIGGING DEEP

Following the public viewing, Network Waterford will host a networking reception, with Waterford Chamber and WIT, from 6.30pm in the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms. According to Network President Margaret Julian, “As an organisation, celebrating women’s achievements is at the core of what we do and we will certainly be digging deep into our pockets to support Vicky’s chosen charities. Having a private audience with the artist is an incredible opportunity and we are inviting the entire business community to come out and support this event.

“Following the event, we are moving to Garter Lane for the opening night of How To Fall Flat on Your Face by Waterford’s Katie Honan, another female tour-de-force. Katie’s play focuses on mental health and the enduring strength of women. After missing out on so much over the past two years, International Women’s Day 2022 is certainly going to be one to remember.”

To register for the Network Waterford event, please go to https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/international-womens-day-networking-reception-tickets-274410809117?aff=ebdssbdestsearch or come along to the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms between 4pm and 6pm for the public viewing.

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St. Patrick’s Festival – Three day programme of music and family fun

Waterford city is gearing up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, with not just a parade for the first time since 2019, but also a new three day festival from March 17th to 19th.

The Parade, celebrating Waterford, Ireland’s Best Place to Live, will take to the streets of Waterford at 1pm on St. Patrick’s Day, led by Grand Marshall Finn Ryan.  The Lego-loving Finn from Ferrybank made a lasting impression throughout the country and beyond when he featured on the Late Late Toy Show last November.

Coupled with the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a three day festival, new for 2022.

Johnny Codd, Festival Co-ordinator with Waterford City & County Council is looking forward to the three day programme of festivities.  “Working with EveryEvent and local community groups, musicians and artists, there is a jam-packed musical, cultural and fun programme that is going to appeal to absolutely everyone.”

On St. Patrick’s Day, in addition to the Parade, a festival fairground will take place in John Roberts Square and throughout the three day festival.

On Friday, March 18th, Ireland’s newest Bank Holiday, follow the trail of free music, dance and entertainment from John Roberts Square to O’Connell Street to the Plaza Festival Stage, with acts such as Intonations, Celtic Rock Stars, Afro Dance Troop, Brass and Co., Banna Nua, Waterford Malayalee Association, WAMA, TheatreBox, Toucan and much more.

Saturday, March 19th the musical treats continue at the Plaza Festival Stage with community group performances, Three for the Road, Thin as Lizzy and Rookie Thomson, while the Applemarket Music Sessions will feature Waterford’s favourite Oasis tribute band, Mad Ferritt, ahead of a spectacular fireworks display on the Quay at 9pm.

Sunday takes a more chilled out vibe as the Phil Collins Trio Jazz concert takes place in Constitution Square from 1pm.

The Waterford St. Patrick’s Day parade will start at 1pm, with entries gathering at the Bridge Street end of the Quay. The parade begins at the Waterford Bus Station and will proceed along the Quay, past the Clock Tower and the Plaza, moving around to the Mall.

There will also be an online streaming of the Parade, so those who cannot attend or remain cautious about attending large events can still enjoy the celebrations.

To find out more details of the St. Patricks Day Parade and three day festival in Waterford visit www.stpatricksfestivalwaterford.com or keep an eye on WaterfordStPatricksDayParade social media channels.

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One way vehicular system Cliff Rd, Tramore reintroduced

Waterford City & County Council wishes to advise that L4102 Cliff Rd, Tramore “One Way” vehicular system has been reintroduced. 

The one way vehicular system has now been reintroduced on a section of Cliff Rd, commencing beyond the Old Quarry on Cliff Rd in the direction of the Guillamene carpark and up through Newtown Woods and ends at the T- junction with L8089 Newtown Woods Rd.

Please observe road signs and road markings in place.

Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership Community Safety Consultation Workshop

Wednesday 9th March 7pm-8.30pm via Zoom

The Community Safety Partnership is a new government initiative being rolled out nationwide.  It aims to bring together residents, community representatives, business, education and training interests, councillors, local authorities and State services such as An Garda Síochána, Waterford Wexford Education Training Board, South East Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force (SERDATF) Tusla and the HSE to work together to identify and tackle community safety issues that affect people in Waterford and to devise and implement a Local Community Safety Plan.

Community safety is a broad concept that goes beyond just policing and crime.  It’s about people being and feeling safe in their communities and it includes everything from proactive visible patrolling by Gardaí to ensuring that there are safe places for children to play.

Community safety requires a multi-agency approach where services work together to deliver on the needs of individual communities.  To craft an effective community safety strategy for Waterford we need the input of the community, those who live and work there. We want you to be a part of this initiative.

Both you and your local organisations can play an important role, we need your help to identify priorities and to devise and implement solutions.

We want to hear your views on community safety, what is working well, what could work better, what are your concerns and priorities for you personally and also your wider community.

Our first public consultation will be held on Wednesday 9th March via Zoom.  We hope to see as many people as possible attend this event to get the views and opinions from across the city and county.

To register for the event please use click the following link  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtd-GurDguG9cJPgiR7r3G1MrrUy4fdfPc  or email chair.lcsp@waterfordcouncil.ie, call 087 6263277 or scan the barcode below.

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For further information or to arrange an interview contact:
Sean Aylward
Chair Local Community Safety Partnership
087 626 3277

Local Waste Prevention Grant 2022

Are you part of a group that wants to help to take steps on waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in your local area?

Waterford City and County Council invites submissions from community groups, youth groups, schools or other community development organisations, based in County Waterford, who are interested in receiving funding for initiatives regarding waste prevention, reuse and repair.

The main focus for projects this year should be on food waste prevention and projects to promote a circular economy. Maybe you want to cut down on disposable coffee cups in your town, promote refilling water bottles or have a project to reuse items locally. Why not apply for funding to help you carry this project out?

How to apply
The application form for this grant is available here : https://bit.ly/WastePreventionGrant2022

The grant application form should be completed and submitted for consideration by the closing date 5pm Friday, 1st April 2022.