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Reminder: Increased Cost of Business (ICOB) Grant

The deadline for Increased Cost of Business (ICOB) grant registration is fast approaching!  Businesses have until May 1st to register on the ICOB Portal at icob.ie.

Eligibility Criteria: Make sure to check the portal for the criteria and see if your business qualifies. Don’t miss out on this vital support for small and medium businesses!

Act Now: Register as soon as possible to avail of this grant. Payments will commence from late April 2024.

Visit icob.ie for more information.


As part of Budget 2024, the Government signed off on a package of €257m for the Increased Cost of Business (ICOB) Grant as a vital measure for small and medium businesses. Waterford City and County Council, funded through Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE), will manage the rollout of the grant to qualifying businesses.

Eligible businesses will receive a once-off grant payment. The amount of the grant payable to eligible businesses is based on the value of the Commercial Rates bill the business received in 2023. However, it is not a Commercial Rates waiver and businesses should continue to pay their Commercial Rates bill as normal.

What is the purpose of the grant?

The grant is available to qualifying businesses as a contribution towards the rising costs faced by businesses. The grant is intended to aid businesses but is not intended to directly compensate for all increases in wages, or other costs, for every business.

How much is the grant?

The grant is based on the value of the Commercial Rates bill received by an eligible business in 2023.

– For qualifying businesses with a 2023 Commercial Rate bill of <€10,000, the ICOB grant will be paid at a rate of 50% of the business’s Commercial Rate bill for 2023.
– For qualifying businesses with a 2023 Commercial Rate bill of between €10,000 and €30,000, the ICOB grant will be €5,000.
– Businesses with a 2023 Commercial Rates bill greater than €30,000 are not eligible to receive an ICOB grant.

What businesses are eligible to receive the grant?
The following are the main qualifying criteria:

  • Your business must be a commercially trading business currently operating from a property that is commercially rateable.
  • Your business must have been trading on 1st February 2024 and you must intend to continue trading for at least three months from the date you verify your information.
  • You must provide confirmation of your bank details.
  • Your business must be rates compliant. Businesses in performing payment plans may be deemed to be compliant.
  • Your business must be tax compliant and must possess a valid Tax Registration Number (TRN).

Please note that Waterford City and County Council reserves the right to claw back any grant payment which is later found to be incorrect. This includes any circumstances such as error by the recipient business or the local authority making the payment, or where a business makes a false declaration of eligibility.

How soon can businesses avail of the grant?

An online system is being developed to manage the submission of essential information. Waterford City and County Council will write shortly to businesses with further details, including how to register and how to submit information online. The system is expected to be available in mid-March.

What is the closing date?

The closing date for businesses to confirm eligibility and to upload verification details will be 1st May 2024.

Where can I find out further information?

Further correspondence and guidance has issued in mid March with the invite letter to commercially rateable businesses about the scheme. In addition, an FAQ is available below. You should refer to the invite letter for guidance and the FAQs below prior to making your submission.

If you have queries regarding your Commercial Rates account including outstanding balances, contact Waterford City and County Council at rates@waterfordcouncil.ie. Our team are happy to discuss any balances outstanding on your rates and what steps can be taken to ensure compliance with the scheme.

Two Construction Contracts Awarded for Cappoquin Regeneration Project

Waterford City and County Council has awarded the first two construction contracts for the Cappoquin Regeneration Project.

Marlhill Construction from Ardfinnan has been awarded the contract for the refurbishment of Moore’s Hotel on Main Street, and Conor Phelan Construction from Dungarvan have been awarded the contract for the refurbishment of three terraced townhouses at 6, 7 and 8 Main Street.

The Department of Rural and Community Development is investing over €6m in the overall Cappoquin Regeneration Project through its Rural Regeneration & Development Fund (RRDF).  This investment is being augmented by additional funding from Waterford City and County Council and the Cappoquin Regeneration Company. The Regeneration Project aims to address vacancy and dereliction in the town centre and invest in the town centre’s public domain.

The construction contract for the derelict former Moore’s Hotel will transform the 150-year-old building into residential upper floor accommodation over ground floor commercial premises.  Extensive reconstruction, refurbishment and conservation works will be completed over the coming 12 months with the new properties ready for occupation by the end of 2025.  The housing contract will transform the vacant terraced townhouses into three new homes with ancillary mews accommodation at the rear on Green Street.  Again, extensive reconstruction and refurbishment works over the coming 12 months will deliver the new homes for occupation by the end of 2025.

Further projects currently in design development under the RRDF Regeneration Project include the refurbishment of Fennell’s Pub & Uniacke’s Shop on Main Street and proposed public realm works at Market Square and Main Street.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway acknowledged that it was a significant day for Cappoquin, saying “This investment is a ringing endorsement of the potential of Cappoquin and surrounds, as a vibrant, sustainable, and vital area that will see families locate to and thrive in.

“The success of the Cappoquin Regeneration Project will be measured against the success of similar rural regeneration projects, such as the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, the West Waterford Sports Hub, and the rejuvenation of Blackwater House.  These have breathed new life and energy into Waterford’s rural communities and no doubt, we can anticipate the same outcome in Cappoquin with the delivery of new, energy efficient, modern family homes to the area.”

Dr Ben Murphy, Chairperson and Director of Cappoquin Regeneration Company CLG, said that he and his fellow directors and members of Cappoquin Regeneration Company are delighted to see the first contracts of the town regeneration project being awarded.

“The company members have worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Cappoquin to reach this very important milestone for the town and acknowledges the support of the members and staff of Waterford City and County Council and the Tomar Trust in this regeneration project.”

He added, “We would also like to acknowledge the funding of the Department of Rural and Community Development through the Rural Regeneration Development Fund and we are very much looking forward to having another phase of the town centre regeneration project completed over the next 18 months.”

Reminder: Increased Cost of Business (ICOB) Grant

The deadline for Increased Cost of Business (ICOB) grant registration is fast approaching!  Businesses have until May 1st to register on the ICOB Portal at icob.ie.

Eligibility Criteria: Make sure to check the portal for the criteria and see if your business qualifies. Don’t miss out on this vital support for small and medium businesses!

Act Now: Register as soon as possible to avail of this grant. Payments will commence from late April 2024.

Visit icob.ie for more information.


As part of Budget 2024, the Government signed off on a package of €257m for the Increased Cost of Business (ICOB) Grant as a vital measure for small and medium businesses. Waterford City and County Council, funded through Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE), will manage the rollout of the grant to qualifying businesses.

Eligible businesses will receive a once-off grant payment. The amount of the grant payable to eligible businesses is based on the value of the Commercial Rates bill the business received in 2023. However, it is not a Commercial Rates waiver and businesses should continue to pay their Commercial Rates bill as normal.

What is the purpose of the grant?

The grant is available to qualifying businesses as a contribution towards the rising costs faced by businesses. The grant is intended to aid businesses but is not intended to directly compensate for all increases in wages, or other costs, for every business.

How much is the grant?

The grant is based on the value of the Commercial Rates bill received by an eligible business in 2023.

– For qualifying businesses with a 2023 Commercial Rate bill of <€10,000, the ICOB grant will be paid at a rate of 50% of the business’s Commercial Rate bill for 2023.
– For qualifying businesses with a 2023 Commercial Rate bill of between €10,000 and €30,000, the ICOB grant will be €5,000.
– Businesses with a 2023 Commercial Rates bill greater than €30,000 are not eligible to receive an ICOB grant.

What businesses are eligible to receive the grant?
The following are the main qualifying criteria:

  • Your business must be a commercially trading business currently operating from a property that is commercially rateable.
  • Your business must have been trading on 1st February 2024 and you must intend to continue trading for at least three months from the date you verify your information.
  • You must provide confirmation of your bank details.
  • Your business must be rates compliant. Businesses in performing payment plans may be deemed to be compliant.
  • Your business must be tax compliant and must possess a valid Tax Registration Number (TRN).

Please note that Waterford City and County Council reserves the right to claw back any grant payment which is later found to be incorrect. This includes any circumstances such as error by the recipient business or the local authority making the payment, or where a business makes a false declaration of eligibility.

How soon can businesses avail of the grant?

An online system is being developed to manage the submission of essential information. Waterford City and County Council will write shortly to businesses with further details, including how to register and how to submit information online. The system is expected to be available in mid-March.

What is the closing date?

The closing date for businesses to confirm eligibility and to upload verification details will be 1st May 2024.

Where can I find out further information?

Further correspondence and guidance has issued in mid March with the invite letter to commercially rateable businesses about the scheme. In addition, an FAQ is available below. You should refer to the invite letter for guidance and the FAQs below prior to making your submission.

If you have queries regarding your Commercial Rates account including outstanding balances, contact Waterford City and County Council at rates@waterfordcouncil.ie. Our team are happy to discuss any balances outstanding on your rates and what steps can be taken to ensure compliance with the scheme.

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme 2023

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced funding of €4.1 million to develop and enhance over 150 outdoor recreation projects.

The investment, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS), will be key to enhancing our mountain trails, forest walks, cycleways, rivers, lakes and beaches.

It will also provide a boost to local economies by attracting more visitors to our rural communities.

Up to €30,000 will be invested in each project under today’s round of funding – with a focus being placed on small scale enhancements, upgrades and repairs.

The Waterford projects being funded include:

Waterford ORIS Recipients

Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said:

“With summer just a couple of months away, I’m really pleased to announce over €4.1 million to develop over 150 outdoor recreation projects right across Rural Ireland. The investment I’m announcing today will greatly enhance the natural amenities right on our doorstep – from our walkways, mountain trails and forest walks, to our cycleways, beaches and rivers. I believe the projects receiving funding today will play an important role in attracting more visitors to our rural towns and villages. So my big message as Minister today is to get out and explore those hidden gems in your community. The clocks are going forward this weekend – a perfect reason to go on that hike or cycle and enjoy the great outdoors.”

Minister Humphreys continued:

“The Government’s Rural Development policy, ‘Our Rural Future’ and the new National Outdoor Recreation Strategy, ‘Embracing Ireland’s Outdoors’, have together set the stage to strengthen and support the sustainable development of the outdoor recreation sector in Ireland for years to come. The health benefits from engaging in outdoor activity combined with the economic and social benefits that can be achieved by this investment for rural Ireland, will no doubt serve us well in to the future. That is why I am making this funding available today and I look forward to making further announcement for larger scale investment in this sector in the coming weeks.”

A full list of successful projects is available here .

The announcement today will also benefit local communities with new or enhanced outdoor facilities while also helping to support local economies by continuing to offer domestic and international visitors an attractive and exciting array of outdoor amenities.

This funding will be invested in 151 outdoor recreation projects, bringing the total number of projects funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development, since its establishment in 2017, to almost 1,600 nationwide.

These projects, under Measure 1, are to receive funding of up to €30,000 and will be delivered by September 2025. Further announcements of successful projects under Measures 2 and 3 of ORIS 2023 will be made in the coming weeks.

The funding announced today is in addition to the €2.3m which was announced in November 2023 for 50 projects under the Project Development Measure of ORIS.

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Gilbert O’Sullivan granted Freedom of Waterford City and County

Gilbert O’Sullivan was made a Freeman of Waterford City and County at a ceremony in City Hall on Wednesday, March 27th.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway bestowed the honour on the Waterford born singer-songwriter whose career has spanned over five decades.

Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan formally proposed that the Freedom be conferred on Gilbert O’Sullivan, and the motion was seconded by Cllr. Joe Kelly.

Born on December 1st, 1946, on the Cork Road in the city, Gilbert’s family relocated to Wiltshire, and it was here that his musical journey began, playing the piano and honing his craft not through formal lessons, but playing by ear.

Gilbert’s first single Nothing Rhymed was released in 1970, an overnight success featuring in the Top 10 music charts across the UK and Europe.  His 1971 debut album Himself was littered with the most perfect examples of his art and craftsmanship. His second, 1972’s Back to Front, firmly cemented Gilbert amongst the world’s best, with Top 10 singles and No. 1’s around the world, including the classic Alone Again (Naturally) which topped the US charts for six weeks and earned him three Grammy nominations.

British recognition soon followed with the songs Clair and Get Down reaching the summit of the UK singles charts and his LP Back to Front topping the album charts.  In the same year at the 18th Ivor Novello Awards, Gilbert was named ‘Song Writer of the Year’.

Mayor Conway said “It is with great honour and pride that I, as the Mayor of Waterford City and County, extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to Gilbert O’Sullivan – a signal composer and performer from Waterford roots who has made an indelible mark on the world of modern music.

“Personally, as a fan of his work for a half-century now, I regularly enjoy his Berry Vest compilation as I drive the miles here and there – my personal favourite being the very sparse and captivating Miss my love today, but I also have a naughty chuckle still at Permissive Twit.

Mayor Conway added, “I could go on, detailing the milestones and accolades that Gilbert O’Sullivan has achieved throughout a career spanning fifty years. However, the essence of the man is captured not just in the length of his career, but in the depth of his impact on music and the hearts of those who have had the privilege to witness his journey.”

In proposing the motion Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan said, “It is a singular honour for me to propose the motion to admit Gilbert O’Sullivan to the Freedom of Waterford City and County in recognition of his enormous service to the music industry for the last fifty years.

“Waterford-born Gilbert has carved out a remarkable career with his unique blend of melody, wit, and surreal humour, earning global success and critical acclaim.”

Upon receiving Waterford’s highest accolade, Gilbert said, “I am truly honoured to be granted the Freedom of Waterford City and County.

“To be here today surrounded by family and friends is a very special moment and one I will never forget.”

The Freedom of Waterford City and County has been a coveted privilege and honour since civic government replaced military governors in 1195.  The Freedom allowed the recipient to trade freely within the city, and it was from among the freemen that members of the Council were chosen.  According to the Great Parchment Book, in order to be admitted to the freedom, one had to provide the Council with two half barges of stone, which was uses to build a wall around the city.

Honorary Freemen of Waterford include Isaac Butt, Charles Stewart Parnell, Eamon de Valera, John Tracy, Mary Robinson, Anna Manahan, Dan Mulhall, Henry de Bromhead and Prof. Louise Richardson.

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1/2/4:  Gilbert O’Sullivan and Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr Joe Conway

5:         Gilbert and wife Aase, with Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr Joe Conway

Saoirse Chathair & Chontae Phort Láirge bronnta ar Gilbert O’Sullivan

Rinneadh Saorfhear de Chathair & Chontae Phort Láirge de Gilbert O’Sullivan ag searmanas i Halla na Cathrach ar an gCéadaoin, 27 Márta.

Bhronn Méara Chathair agus Chontae Phort Láirge, An Clr. Seosamh Ó Conmhuí, an onóir ar an amhránaí is scríbhneoir a rugadh i bPort Láirge agus caoga bliain caite aige sa ghairm úd.

Mhol An Clr. Lola O’Sullivan go foirmiúil go mbronnfaí Saoirse Phort Láirge ar Gilbert O’Sullivan, agus chuidigh an Clr Joe Kelly leis an rún.

Rugadh Gilbert O’Sullivan ar an 1 Nollaig, 1946 ar Bhóthar Chorcaí sa chathair, ansan d’athlonnaigh a theaghlach go Wiltshire, áit ar thosnaigh a thuras ceoil, ag seinm an phianó agus é ag cur barrfeabhais ar a cheird, ní trí cheachtanna foirmiúla, ach trí bheith ag casadh ón gcluas.

D’eisigh Gilbert a chéad singil, Nothing Rhymed sa bhliain 1970 agus rath thar oíche a bhí ann, agus é le feiceáil sna cairt cheoil ‘Top Ten’ is fearr ar fud na Ríochta Aontaithe agus na hEorpa. Bhí a chéad albam, Himself, a tháinig amach i 1971 lán de samplaí iontacha dá ealaín agus dá cheardaíocht. Chruthaigh a dara albam, Back to Front ó 1972 go raibh Gilbert i measc na n-amhránaithe is fearr ar domhan ag an am, le singil sa ‘Top Ten’ agus ag Uimhir 1 ar fud an domhain, lena n-áirítear an seoid d’amhrán, Alone Again (Naturally), a bhí ar barr chairteacha Stáit Aontaithe Meiriceá ar feadh sé seachtaine agus a thuill trí ainmniúcháin Grammy dó.

Ní fada go raibh na hamhráin Clair agus Get Down ar bharr chairteacha singil na Ríochta Aontaithe agus a albam Back to Front ag barr na gcairteacha albam. Sa bhliain chéanna ag an 18ú Gradam Ivor Novello, ainmníodh Gilbert mar ‘Chumadóir Amhrán na Bliana’.

Dúirt an Méara Ó Conmhuí, “Is cúis onóra agus bróid domsa, mar Mhéara ar Chathair agus ar Chontae Phort Láirge, fáilte chroíúil a chur roimh Gilbert O’Sullivan – cumadóir agus taibheoir le fréamhacha i bPort Láirge, a bhfuil a lorg fágtha aige ar shaol an cheoil nua-aoiseach.

Ar bhonn pearsanta, mar dhuine dá lucht leanúna le leath chéad bliain anois, bainim taitneamh as a chuid saothair, an cnuasach Berry Vest ach go háirithe, agus mé ag tiomáint na mílte anseo is ansiúd. Is breá liom Miss My Love Today, go pearsanta, amhrán atá tearc agus tarraingteach araon agus baineann Permissive Twit gáire beag dána asam i gcónaí.

Lean Méara Ó Conmhuí air, ag rá, “D’fhéadfainn leanúint ar aghaidh ag cur síos ar an méid atá bainte amach ag Gilbert O’Sullivan agus ar na gradaim atá faighte aige le linn gairme a mhair caoga bliain. Mar sin féin, tá bunús an fhir léirithe, ní hamháin i bhfad a ghairm bheatha, ach i ndoimhneacht an tionchair a bhí aige ar an gceol agus ar chroíthe na ndaoine a raibh sé de phribhléid acu dul ar an turas sin in éineacht leis.”

Agus an rún á mholadh aici, dúirt an Comhairleoir Lola O’Sullivan, “Is onóir faoi leith domsa an rún a mholadh chun Saoirse Chathair & Chontae Phort Láirge a bhronnadh ar Gilbert O’Sullivan, mar aitheantas ar a sheirbhís ollmhór do thionscal an cheoil le caoga bliain anuas.

“Tá gairm bheatha iontach bainte amach ag Gilbert, a rugadh i bPort Láirge, lena mheascán uathúil de cheolmhaireacht, d’éirim agus de ghreann, a thug rath domhanda agus ardmholadh dó.”

Agus é ag glacadh leis an onóir is airde de chuid Phort Láirge, dúirt Gilbert, “Is mór an onóir dom go bhfuil Saoirse Chathair & Chontae Phort Láirge á mbronnadh orm inniu.

“Is am speisialta é seo a bheith bailithe anseo inniu i measc mo chlann agus mo chairde agus ní dhéanfaidh mé dearmad go deo air.”

Is pribhléid agus onóir é Saoirse Chathair & Chontae Phort Láirge ó tháinig an rialtas cathartha in ionad gobharnóirí míleata sa bhliain 1195. Thug an tSaoirse cead don té a bhfuair í trádáil faoi shaoirse laistigh den chathair, agus ba as measc na saorfhear a roghnaíodh comhaltaí na Comhairle. Dar leis an Leabhar Mór Pháir, chun go ligfí isteach chun na saoirse iad, b’éigean do dhuine dhá leath báirsí cloiche a chur ar fáil don Chomhairle, rud a d’úsáidtí chun balla a thógáil timpeall na cathrach.

I measc Shaorfhir Oinigh Phort Láirge tá Isaac Butt, Charles Stewart Parnell, Éamon de Valera, John Tracy, Mary Robinson, Anna Manahan, Dan Mulhall, Henry de Bromhead agus an tOllamh Louise Richardson.

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Reminder: Town Centre First funds available for Waterford town and villages

Waterford City & County Council are seeking expressions of interest from established village/town committees seeking assistance with developing their local town/village development.

Town Centre First funds are available for a project development measure; development of these proposals must be undertaken in consultation with the Councils appointed Town Regeneration Officer and local town/village community and business interests. Ideally, projects will have been identified as part of a town plan, health check or similar study, produced for the town or village. Projects that cannot demonstrate that a consultative process has been undertaken to ascertain the views of local community and businesses will not be permitted.

Funding may be awarded for costs such as detailed design, planning, procurement, professional fees, assessments, and other development costs.
This initiative will compliment other funding initiatives within the Department, including the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the Rural Regeneration Development Fund.

Maximum funding amount available is €50,000 per project with a grant rate of 90% of the total project costs.  Two applications from Waterford will be forwarded to the Department of Rural and Community Development for consideration of approval.

The expression of interest form should be completed with supporting documentation etc and emailed back to tcf@waterfordcouncil.ie by 4.00pm, Wednesday 20th March 2024.  Late applications cannot be considered.

Town Centre First funds available for Waterford town and villages

Waterford City & County Council are seeking expressions of interest from established village/town committees seeking assistance with developing their local town/village development.

Town Centre First funds are available for a project development measure; development of these proposals must be undertaken in consultation with the Councils appointed Town Regeneration Officer and local town/village community and business interests. Ideally, projects will have been identified as part of a town plan, health check or similar study, produced for the town or village. Projects that cannot demonstrate that a consultative process has been undertaken to ascertain the views of local community and businesses will not be permitted.

Funding may be awarded for costs such as detailed design, planning, procurement, professional fees, assessments, and other development costs.
This initiative will compliment other funding initiatives within the Department, including the Town and Village Renewal Scheme and the Rural Regeneration Development Fund.

Maximum funding amount available is €50,000 per project with a grant rate of 90% of the total project costs.  Two applications from Waterford will be forwarded to the Department of Rural and Community Development for consideration of approval.

The expression of interest form should be completed with supporting documentation etc and emailed back to tcf@waterfordcouncil.ie by 4.00pm, Wednesday 20th March 2024.  Late applications cannot be considered.

Siro’s Full Fibre Broadband Roll Out In Tramore Underway

SIRO, Ireland’s leading provider of 100% fibre broadband, has announced the expansion of its network to Tramore. Construction works in the town to facilitate SIRO’s network build have already commenced and will continue during the first half of 2024.

SIRO’s fibre network will be available to over 4,000 premises in the town upon completion of the build.

The announcement was made as part of a presentation by senior SIRO representatives to the monthly meeting of Waterford City and County Council on Thursday.

Tramore will join Waterford city and Dungarvan as SIRO-enabled full fibre broadband towns. SIRO first rolled out its network to Waterford city in 2019 with over 12,000 premises in the city which can now connect to its network.

Similarly, its build in Dungarvan will complete early this year, with almost 3,200 premises fibre enabled, with the majority of Dungarvan premises already live on the SIRO network.

The network expansion to Tramore, will see over 19,000 premises and over 52,000 County Waterford residents passed by the SIRO network.

Areas in Tramore which will benefit from the rollout include: Moonvoy Valley, Glenroad, Mountfield, Strandhill, Somerville, Meadowbrook, Ard Haven, Main & St. Patrick St, Priest’s Rd, Westbrook, Newtown, Carrigealea.

The first homes in Tramore will be able to order the new broadband services from April 2024, with the remainder coming on stream over the following months.

The rollout of a full fibre broadband network in Tramore is part of SIRO’s ongoing network growth. SIRO is targeting more than 700,000 premises in towns and cities across Ireland by 2026. To date, almost 550,000 premises in 135 towns across the country can access the SIRO network. Overall, SIRO is investing more than €1 billion in delivering high speed, future proofed broadband across Ireland.

SIRO Chief Executive Officer, John Keaney, commented, “SIRO’s expansion in Tramore is part of our ongoing objective to provide accessible and future proofed fibre broadband services to communities across Ireland.

“Reliable connectivity is now a critical infrastructure for all communities and towns, like Tramore. Having this service for your home or business fosters economic development, drives job creation and underpins thriving and sustainable communities“, added Mr. Keaney.

Michael Walsh, Waterford City and County Council Chief Executive, stated: “The expansion of SIRO’s Full Fibre broadband network is welcome news for the County. We believe that, by promoting the digital agenda through a dynamic workforce and enhanced infrastructure, we can secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity into the future.

“Establishing a secure and universal digital connectivity is crucial for unlocking economic, social, and environmental potential. This encompasses facilitating increased remote work, creating job prospects, accessing new markets for businesses, enhancing the efficiency and accessibility of public services, and fostering more adaptable work environments.

“Additionally, digital technologies can significantly contribute to the revitalisation of our towns and villages. Furthermore, they can play a vital role in decreasing energy and resource consumption and supporting the process of decarbonisation.”

Notice of Rate 2024

Local Government Rates and Other Matters Act 2019

Under Section 4 of the above Act (inserted by S263 of the Historic and Archaeological Heritage and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023), the Annual Rate on Valuation for the Ordinary Expenditure for Waterford City and County Council for services for the year ending 31st December 2024 is €0.2891.

Dated this 2nd of January 2024
Michael Walsh
Chief Executive

HFA awards €250,000 in funding to projects around the country

The Housing Finance Agency (HFA) has announced funding of €250,000 to support Approved Housing Bodies and Local Authorities in the delivery of community-enhancing initiatives and facilities. Thirteen initiatives across 11 different counties were chosen.

Waterford City and County Council has been awarded €30,000 to fit out a community centre, which will be used as a horticultural educational training hub.

The HFA, which provides financing to support the delivery of social and affordable housing, awards community project funding to customers each year through its Social Investment Fund. The aim of the fund is to support initiatives that will complement the communities in which HFA-financed homes are built.

Commenting on the funding Ivan Grimes, Director of Services, Waterford City and County Council said, “The funding is a welcome boost as Waterford City and County Council is committed to the development and roll-out of programmes throughout the county that deliver tangible benefits to well-being, diversity, social inclusion, and enhance our communities.” 

Waterford City & County Council Publishes 2023 Gender Pay Gap Report

Waterford City & County Council has today published its Gender Pay Gap Report, highlighting the percentage difference between what men and women are paid on average in the organisation, irrespective of roles or levels.

Employers with more than 250 employees in Ireland are required to publish their gender pay gap data before the end of 2023 and within six months of their reference date. Waterford City & County Council and all local authorities in the country chose 30th June 2023 as the reference date.  On this date, Waterford City & County Council had 1029 staff employed in various full-time, part-time, and temporary roles.

In this 2023 report, the Mean Gender Pay Gap reflects that on average, females are paid 2.09% less than males.  The Median Gender Pay Gap shows that the median range of pay for females is 4.92% higher than the median rate of pay for males.

Publishing the gender pay gap data helps to reinforce the focus on supporting an open and inclusive workplace at Waterford City & County Council. The organisation is a place where all employees have the same opportunities for recognition and career development and are treated fairly and equitably at work.

Waterford City & County Council is committed to addressing workplace barriers to equality and creating an open and inclusive workplace community. Many equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives and supports are already in place, and the Council will continue to work towards greater progress in this area.

Working in local government gives people the opportunity to play a key role in the positive development of their county and community. As an employer, Waterford City & County Council is committed to providing a positive and supportive environment for employees.

The Council offer flexible and family friendly arrangements, blended working, and great career progression and education opportunities.

Waterford City & County Council is encouraging anyone looking for a job to visit www.waterfordcouncil.ie to find out more about the work they do.

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