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Minister for Public Expenditure visits North Quays site

On Thursday February 29th, Minister for Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD visited the North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) site.

Almost a year to the day since ground was broken on the North Quays Public Infrastructure Project by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, works have advanced significantly on this flagship urban regeneration project and are on schedule, delivering one of the largest ever investments in Waterford and the southeast region.

The public infrastructure works are funded with a public investment of €207m, including €100.6m of Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) funding and a further €70m from the Department of Transport through the National Transport Authority (NTA).

The works include enhanced multi-modal access routes, a public transport hub including the relocation of Waterford train station to the North Quays, and a sustainable transport bridge.

The sustainable transport bridge will link the reallocated train station to new walking and cycling infrastructure.  These works will reduce the reliance on private car and facilitate alternative modes of transport for those accessing the city centre through the delivery of enhanced and integrated sustainable and active travel infrastructure.

Separate contracts for new foul and stormwater pumping stations in Ferrybank will be completed in May 2024.

During his visit, Minister Donohoe TD said, “Works have advanced significantly on this flagship project, which I was delighted to visit.  It is so encouraging to see the National Development Plan come to life through projects such as the North Quays and to see the progress that is being made on its delivery, first-hand. This project will be transformative for Waterford City, opening up the north side of the city for the benefit of the people of southeast.

“The development, which will not only deliver improved, high-quality transport infrastructure, as well as pedestrian and cycling facilities, making it easier to navigate the city, but will also include office space, residential, retail, and hotel accommodation. Sustainable, urban regeneration opens up cities in the most positive way, providing immense opportunities and possibilities to those who live there.

“This project, which is one of the largest ever investments in Waterford and the southeast region, will change the way people view the city, travel around it, live in it and make the very most of it. I look forward to continued updates on project delivery and to seeing the difference it will make to the people of Waterford, and the surrounding region, in the years ahead.”

The infrastructure will enable the commercial development on the SDZ Site by Harcourt Developments, which will include offices, residential, retail, accommodation, and tourism investment in conference/exhibition facilities, as well as a 4-star hotel and visitor’s centre. All of which will be developed to be sustainable, high-quality and climate resilient.

The development places a significant emphasis on improving the public realm through investment in new civic spaces, high-quality transport infrastructure and pedestrian and cycling facilities which will connect Waterford City Centre and the Southeast greenways.

Waterford’s new state of the art Transport Hub will be unique in Ireland and will put Waterford at the forefront of integrated and sustainable city centre transport infrastructure.

Michael Walsh, Chief Executive Waterford City and County Council said, “The progress to date on this publicly funded project must be commended.  The transformative effects for Waterford and the region will soon be apparent as, upon completion, this development will not only increase employment and provide much needed high-quality residential units, but it will also enhance our retail, tourism and cultural offering and reinforce Waterford’s reputation as the Best Place to Live in Ireland.”

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Minister Darragh O’Brien officially opens Ireland’s newest Museum ‘The Irish Wake Museum’ in Waterford

The oldest urban domestic building in Ireland is now home to Ireland’s newest museum which traces the customs, traditions and superstitions associated with death from the earliest times to the 20th century.

The Irish Wake Museum is officially opened today by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD.

The Irish Wake Museum located at what was the former Dean John Collyn’s Almshouse, a Retirement Home for old people, called  ‘God’s People’s House’ was founded in 1478 on All Souls Day, 2nd November, the Day of the Dead. The occupants of the former Alms Houses paid for their keep by praying three times a night for the souls of its patrons and the souls of the deceased citizens of Waterford.

Commenting on the new museum Minister O’Brien said

“I am delighted to support this imaginative initiative which celebrates how death has always been a community event in Ireland. I’d like to congratulate Waterford City and County Council on another remarkable conservation project demonstrating yet again their commitment to our heritage.  Many people have supported this project, and I would particularly like to mention David Boles, the co-founder of the extraordinary Irish Museum of Time as well as the late Dr Tom and Mrs Marie Cavanagh of the Tomar Philanthropic Trust.

I’d like to also thank the conservation master mason Brian Whelan whose craftsmanship cannot be underestimated. Finally, I’d like to acknowledge all the staff of Waterford Treasures Museums, including Director Eamonn McEneaney, Acting Curator Rosemary Ryan and museum Keeper Donnchadh Ó Ceallacháin, whose hard work and dedication brought this project to fruition as well as the support of the Chairman Des Whelan and the entire Board.”

Mayor of Waterford Cllr. John O’Leary said,

The Irish Wake is a unique and intrinsic element of Ireland’s heritage. It brings communities together, it is a time to grieve together but it is also a celebration of life. This distinct and historic act is one that holds an air of intrigue and the Irish Wake cultural traditions are held in fascination. The new museum is a distinct tourism proposition in a global sense and added to the award-winning collection of museums in Waterford City it re-affirms Waterford not only as Ireland’s oldest City, but an ancient City which celebrates its own heritage and that of Ireland for its locals and visitors alike.”

The new museum is the latest in the Waterford Treasures collective of Museums at Waterford’s Viking Triangle, it is in addition to the Medieval Museum – the only purpose-built museum specialising in medieval history in Ireland – The Bishop’s Palace, The Irish Museum of Time, Irish Silver Museum, King of the Vikings virtual reality experience and the EPIC guided walking tour of Waterford.

The Museum houses a remarkable array of objects associated with death in Ireland which the Waterford Museum of Treasures has been collecting for the last 10 years and will offer visitors an opportunity to explore rituals that hold global intrigue and that are entirely unique to Ireland on an intimate guided tour experience. In addition, The Irish Wake Museum has partnered with the multi-award-winning Waterford Whisky and visitors will also be able to book tickets to an Irish Wake and Whisky experience.

Director of Waterford Treasures Eamonn McEneaney said,

The Irish Wake is one of the iconic parts of our national culture and visitors will get to experience a sense of this at The Irish Wake Museum as we trace the customs, traditions and superstitions associated with death from the earliest times to the 20th century.

At the new museum visitors first arrive at the area once occupied by a shop, the rent from which was used to maintain the almshouse, a new audio-visual showcase explores how the Irish landscape was etched by death over six thousand years.

Moving into the almshouse proper, visitors will experience storytelling through six rooms chronologically from the 15th to the 20th centuries, with different themes associated with death being explored. The exhibition ends by urging people as others have for centuries to Memento Mori – remember death – and to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, to rejoice in life for its own sake and understand that life is no brief candle but a sort of splendid torch which we get hold of for the moment, in order to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

In keeping with the spirit of the founders of the almshouse Waterford Treasures will donate €1 from each admission ticket to the Waterford Hospice Movement. The museum is now open to visitors, further details and  advance tickets can be found at www.waterfordtreasures.com

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Free to use museum images by Patrick Browne pjbrownephotography@gmail.com & Free to use official opening event images available from this afternoon by noelbrowne06@gmail.com

Housing Minister announces 277 social and affordable homes in Waterford

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD was in Waterford today (Friday, June 16th) to announce 277 social and affordable homes at six sites across the city and county.

First port of call was An Garrán in Tramore, where along with Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary, the Minister turned the sod on a new Waterford City and County Council development of 50 A-rated residential units, comprising 6 one-bed, 28 two-bed, 11 three-bed and 5 disabled access two-bed units.

The Minister then visited and met with residents of Slí na Coille, Clúid Housing’s newest social housing development.  The scheme is a mix of houses, apartments and duplexes and provides secure, high-quality homes for 27 families. The residents came from Waterford City and County Council’s housing list and began moving into their new homes in August of 2022.

Mayor O’ Leary said, “It’s heart-warming to visit Slí na Coille.  Having met with the residents there is an evident overarching theme and that is community, the sense of which is palpable.  What started out as bricks and mortar have very quickly been transformed into homes, places of security and belonging for the residents.

“I’d like to commend the dedication of Clúid Housing in bringing this latest scheme to fruition, which brings the number of homes in Waterford owned or manged by them to 231.”

In the city, Minister O’Brien visited Summerfields and met with developers Whitebox Developments.  The development consists of 92 units and form part of Waterford City and County Councils’ Affordable Purchase Scheme, along with the development at Deerpark, which comprises 25 affordable homes. Under the Local Authority Affordable Purchase Scheme, homes are available at a reduced price for first-time buyers whose mortgage and deposit do not cover the price of the home.

At St. Joseph’s the Minister cut the ribbon on an age-friendly housing development on the landmark site of Manor Hill.  The former convent has been transformed into 71 dwellings, with 50 units located within the main building and 21 located in the various out-building clusters on the site, while the former chapel on the site has been repurposed as a community space for multiple uses by tenants.

Over €4.2 million was approved through the Repair and Lease Scheme, funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.  The funding was provided under Housing for All – A New Housing Plan for Ireland.  The Repair and Lease Scheme has been pioneered in Waterford and is a significant driver in providing high quality affordable housing solutions and at the same time has significantly addressed and delivered the return to use of vacant buildings in Waterford.

Minister O’Brien said, “Waterford City and County Council is leading the way in delivering new social and affordable homes, and in particular in tackling vacancy which to be frank is a scourge in many villages, towns, and cities across the country. I can only commend them on what has been a fantastic day, visiting numerous housing developments which are either underway or have just been completed.

“I want to particularly mention the St. Joseph’s development. I visited St. Joseph’s back in March 2022 when works were underway and I am blown away by what I saw today. The progressive nature of this Local Authority has helped to bring that project to fruition and I congratulate everyone involved in it. Housing for All will see us deliver more projects like these, and at scale too,” he concluded.

At St. Joseph’s Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD also launched Waterford’s Age Friendly Strategy 2023-2028, saying, “I am delighted to be launching the second ever Waterford Age Friendly Strategy 2023-2028, as we cut the ribbon on an age-friendly housing development on this landmark site. This pioneering development for Waterford, one which I hope to see replicated around the country, sees a former convent and chapel transformed into 71 dwellings and multi-use community space for tenants.

“As Minister for Older People, I look forward to further development of Waterford as a leading age friendly county in the coming years.”

The final visit to Waterford’s housing developments was to Ostmen Place, where the Minster was joined by Waterford Metropolitan Mayor, Cllr. Jason Murphy.  Ostmen Place is a new social housing development consisting of 14 new social housing units in Ballytruckle, providing a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units.

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3/ 5/6 / 7 – Senator John Cummins, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr John O’Leary, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD and Marc Ó Cathasaigh TD

8 – At the launch of Waterford’s Age Friendly Strategy were Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr John O’Leary, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD, Waterford City and County Council Chief Executive, Michael Walsh, and members of Waterford’s Older Peoples Council and Waterford City and County Council Community staff.

  1. Sod turning at An Garrán
  2. Ribbon cutting at Slí na Coille.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar breaks ground on North Quays Public Infrastructure Project

On a seminal day for Waterford, ground was broken on the North Quays Public Infrastructure Project by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, Eamon Ryan TD and Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD.

The project comes following last November’s Government approval of €170.6m of investment in the North Quays Project, consisting of €100.6m of Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) funding and a further €70m from the Department of Transport through the National Transport Authority (NTA), which will open up access to the Strategic Development Zone (SDZ).

The public infrastructure works funded by the Government in the North Quays include enhanced multi-modal access routes, an integrated transport hub including the relocation of Waterford train station to a more convenient location, and the sustainable transport bridge. The sustainable transport bridge will link the reallocated train station to new walking and cycling infrastructure.  These works will reduce the reliance on private car and facilitate alternative modes of transport for those accessing the area through the delivery of enhanced and integrated sustainable and active travel infrastructure.

The main contract for these infrastructure works was awarded to BAM in November 2022 and today’s ground breaking ceremony signals the commencement of substantial construction works which are expected to be completed in 2025.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. John O’Leary said, “Today is a momentous day for Waterford and the region. This breaking of ground represents more than just the start of works on access infrastructure in the city. It represents the start of Waterford’s renaissance.

“As Ireland’s oldest city, with a rich tapestry of over 1,000 years of history, today marks a new phase in Waterford’s story…one very much with its sights set on moving forward. This transformative project is set to act as a catalyst in assuring Waterford’s economic potency, along with delivering a myriad of environmental, social and tourism benefits to the Southeast.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said, “It’s an honour to be in Waterford today on what is a historic day as we break ground on what will be a new quarter for Ireland’s most ancient city.  It will unlock the North Quays as a place for thousands of people to live, work, shop and visit. It will help Waterford to become a city of scale that can attract more investment, jobs and skills.

“This high quality, sustainable public infrastructure project in the heart of Waterford City, along with the attendant development of the North Quays Strategic Development Zone, is of huge economic and social importance to the city and the South-East.

“The infrastructure project will drive economic development and create jobs in Waterford and the wider region, and the development of the SDZ will enhance the city’s economic, commercial and tourist offering and improve the quality of life for people living in the city.

“The overall project is a great example of how we can make transformative improvements to our cities and towns with coordinated planning, along with public and private investment.

“Project Ireland 2040 is focused on balanced regional development and includes the target to grow Waterford at twice the rate of Dublin, by 50% by 2040. Breaking ground on the North Quays Public Infrastructure Project marks an important milestone in achieving that goal.”

The infrastructure will enable the commercial development on the SDZ Site, which will include offices, residential, retail, accommodation, and tourism investment in conference/exhibition facilities, as well as a 4-star hotel and visitor’s centre.

The proposed development also places a significant emphasis on improving the public realm through investment in new civic spaces, pedestrian facilities, and high-quality transport infrastructure which will connect Waterford and the Southeast greenways.

Waterford’s new state of the art Transport Hub will be unique in Ireland and will put Waterford at the forefront of integrated city centre transport infrastructure, with train, bus, taxi, cycling and car parking all in one location.  The North Quays will be connected to the heart of the city centre by a new sustainable transport bridge for pedestrians, bicycles, and a courtesy bus service.

Minister for Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, Eamon Ryan TD said, “Last October I launched the Pathfinder Programme of 35 exemplar, sustainable mobility and public transport projects to be delivered by local authorities and agencies within the next three years. Today marks the start of the largest of all the pathfinder projects here at Waterford North Quays.

“This project is the essence of what a Pathfinder Project is all about; it’s creative, it’s ambitious, it’s people-centred.  It will transform the vision that Waterford City and County Council has for the people of the town and the visitors who come here into a reality, delivering a sustainable, attractive and liveable place to live here on the North Quays and providing safe and accessible active travel connections, across the river into town, to the Waterford Greenway and the South East Technological University and indeed, in time, onto Cork through the new Inter-Urban link. It’s good planning and good transport in action, together.”

The commercial development of the site will be carried out by Harcourt Developments, a Dublin-based property development and management company with a broad portfolio of award-winning projects, including Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, Park West Plaza, and numerous shopping centres throughout the country.

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD said, “This is a transformational project for Waterford. The North Quays is a site I have visited before and I think it is clear for all to see the potential for jobs, for investment, for commercial development and indeed for much needed residential development. I want to highly commend Waterford City and County Council for the work they have done on getting to this point.”

Alasdair Henderson, Executive Director, BAM Ireland commented, “The BAM team is delighted to be breaking ground today and look forward to working with Waterford City and County Council to deliver this sustainable infrastructure project that will positively impact the city environs for the people of Waterford.”

The development of the North Quays as a modern multi-purpose development on the North site of the city will increase employment, provide much needed high-quality residential units, enhance the retail offer and build on Waterford’s reputation as the Best Place to Live.

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Photos – Free to use:  Patrick Browne

Breaking ground at the North Quays Public Infrastructure Project in Waterford were Michael Walsh, Chief Executive Waterford City and County Council, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. John O’Leary and Minister for Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, Eamon Ryan

Minister Humphreys announces significant RRDF funding for Waterford

  • Minister announces €5 million in funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF)
  • Minister in Waterford to officially open Enterprise Hubs in Tallow, Lismore, Cappoquin and Villierstown
  • ‘Dungarvan 2040’ also launched in Dungarvan Enterprise Centre

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD was in Waterford yesterday (November 10th) as she announced another tranche of funding from the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) for Waterford.

The town of Cappoquin was one of the main beneficiaries of the funding with the collaboration involving Waterford City and County Council, Waterford Leader Partnership, Cappoquin Community Development Company, Cappoquin Regeneration Company and Tomar Trust being the beneficiary of over €5 million in funding. The focus of attention are the regeneration efforts in Cappoquin town centre.

Waterford City and County Council has already received Category 2 RRDF funding for Cappoquin in the amount of €1.2 million, which was used in acquiring properties, to undertake design work and to advance projects through Part 8 planning processes.  The emphasis of this further funding of over €5 million sees several currently vacant or derelict town centre properties converted or refurbished to new residential or commercial uses. It also supports the significant upgrading of the town’s public realm.

Accompanying the Minister on her visits, Richie Walsh, Head of Rural Development with Waterford City and County Council responded to the funding announcement by saying that the Council was delighted that its funding application had been successful. “Other than the improvements which will flow directly from the funding, it is envisaged that the state investment will also act as a catalyst to further private investment and to a new understanding of how town centres in rural areas can provide a great quality of life for the people who choose to live, work, and socialise there.

“We look forward to working with the community in Cappoquin to ensure that the town gains best value from this investment.”

Today’s visit also builds on the success of the ‘Connected Hubs’ project as announced by the Minister in 2021, which saw 5 hubs across Waterford enhance and add capacity to their remote and co-working infrastructure.

In a busy itinerary, Minister Humphreys cut the ceremonial ribbon at several Enterprise Hubs, showcasing first-hand the extremely important ongoing investment for rural businesses in Waterford where remote working is fast becoming an attractive alternative for many.

Beginning her whistlestop journey through the Déise, the Minister officially opened the Tallow Enterprise Hub and the broader BVEDZ initiative was also declared open for business.

Community enterprise interests in Cappoquin, Tallow, Lismore, and Villierstown came together to form the Blackwater Valley Economic Development Zone (BVEDZ) team – a collaboration involving Waterford Leader Partnership, Tomar Trust, Waterford City & County Council and the four participant communities.  Premises in each of the four participating areas, some of which were previously derelict or unoccupied, have now been developed as Enterprise Hubs and were today officially opened for business by Minister Humphreys.

Speaking at Dungarvan Enterprise Centre at the launch of the “Dungarvan 2040” programme, Town Manager and Director of Services at Waterford City & County Council, Kieran Kehoe said, “These facilities are a key component of the “Dungarvan 2040” development strategy which we are publishing today.  Buildings such as this will provide affordable office space with access to high-speed broadband, reception, and meeting services. Today’s launch fully accords with the Department of Rural & Community Development’s ‘Town Centre First’ and ‘Our Rural Future’ strategy documents.”

Dungarvan 2040 is a concerted and collaborative approach by government agencies, community groups, stakeholders, the local business community and the local authority to deliver a progressive and cohesive approach to Dungarvan’s social and economic development.  Funded under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme it will act as the strategic basis for identifying and prioritising projects for delivery over the next 20 years.

The Dungarvan Enterprise Hub also received funding under the “Connected Hubs” programme and is a central component of the Dungarvan Digital Transformation Hub (DDTH) initiative.

The final component of her itinerary was to visit Clonea Power to officially open the new Community Hub, so aptly now named “Scéal Nua”. The old Clonea Power National School has been lovingly restored by the local community and is now an excellent model of what can be done when a motivated and forward-looking community group becomes involved in the development of community assets and services.

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Sláintecare Healthy Communities launched in Waterford

On Friday October 28th, Waterford City and County Council along with the HSE launched Sláintecare Healthy Communities in Waterford.

The launch took place in Cill Barra Community Sports Centre where it was attended by Deputy Metropolitan Mayor Cllr Lola O’Sullivan, Minister of State at the Department of Health for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler TD and representatives from Brill Family Resource Centre, St. Brigid’s Family Resource Centre and Sacred Heart Family Resource Centre.  Members of Waterford City and County Council’s Community department as well as the HSE’s Health and Wellbeing, including Health Promotion and Improvement team are directly involved in the delivery of the programme and in bringing Sláintecare to Waterford.

Launched nationally in October 2021, Sláintecare Healthy Communities is led by Healthy Ireland in the Department of Health, which has commissioned Local Authorities, HSE and a wide range of community-based organisations to work together and deliver the range of health and wellbeing initiatives in targeted community areas.

There is widespread recognition that communities have a vital role in improving health and wellbeing. The communities where people are born, live, work and socialise in have a significant influence on how healthy they are.

Sláintecare Healthy Communities provides new opportunities for communities to be involved in actions that can nurture health and wellbeing. Being able to do this gives local people a sense of control over what happens where they live and work.

Deputy Metropolitan Mayor Cllr Lola O’Sullivan noted how Sláintecare will add to the amenities and services which are already in place in Ballybeg.  “I appreciate the principles underpinning the work of Sláintecare which are to recognise the strengths and assets already within the community and to work in partnership with the community and stakeholders, which is crucial to ensure that programme is effective and to truly level the playing field for everyone living in our local communities.”

Mary Butler TD added, “I am really delighted to see Sláintecare Healthy Communities launched here in Waterford City. As Minister with responsibility for Older People and Mental Health, I am keenly interested in initiatives that promote health and wellbeing right across the life-course.

“The Healthy Communities Programme does just this; it provides an opportunity for us to work together to make sure that all the members of our community are supported to live longer, healthier lives.”

A fund of €250,000 was allocated to each Local Authority area under the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme to support projects that provided added value from a ‘social determinants of health’ perspective.  The fund is being used to fund four projects which have recently been completed: the new Mount Sion footpath to the Play Park, the resurfacing of Bernard Place Tennis Courts, the upgrade of Ballybeg Playground and the upgrade of Ballybricken Green.

In addition €75,000 seed funding is being provided to community projects that will help to reduce the health inequalities in six disadvantaged areas of the city.

This increase in resources for local authorities is aimed at integrating the health and wellbeing agenda with the broader aims of supporting a ‘social determinants’ approach to health inequalities.

Derval Howley, Head of Services, Health and Well Being, HSE said, “HSE / South East Community Health Care is delighted to fund and support the Healthy Communities project in Waterford, a place where there is a strong history of partnership working between the HSE, the Local Authorities, other agencies and the community.”

Waterford City and County Council will coordinate and support the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme with the Local Community Development Committees and their existing Healthy Living initiative.

Targeted supports will be delivered to help promote and improve the overall health and wellbeing of our community, particularly around factors that can have a profound impact on our lives such as smoking, nutrition, and parenting.

Health and wellbeing is affected by all aspects of a person’s life; economic status, education, housing, the physical environment in which people live and work. People in Waterford City will have better access to services provided locally by the HSE and other partners.

For further information about Sláintecare visit www.hse.ie

 

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Minister Helen McEntee visits Waterford’s Local Community Safety Partnership

Minister Helen McEntee visits Waterford’s Local Community Safety Partnership in the beautiful vestibule of the Theatre Royal.

The Minister was welcomed by Deputy Mayor Cllr Seanie Power who said that the strong community spirit that exists in Waterford makes it ‘an ideal place to be chosen as a pilot site for the Community Safety Partnership and by working together people, communities and agencies we can deliver an even safer Waterford for all’.

The Local Community Safety Partnership is a government initiative that brings together statutory services, the voluntary and community sector, local councillors and community members to work together to identify and tackle community safety issues locally. Local Community Safety Partnerships are being piloted in three areas: Waterford City and County, Longford County, and Dublin’s North Inner City Local Electoral Area. The Waterford pilot is supported by the Department of Justice and Waterford City and County Council.

Chairperson of the Waterford LCSP, Sean Aylward, said that the Ministers visit showed the support of the Department of Justice to the new initiative and it proved a great opportunity for the Partnership members to meet the Minister.

Minister McEntee commented that work of the Community Safety Partnerships will ‘build on the wonderful work of the JPC’s’ and said that the Department of Justice was committed to community safety.

Mr Aylward confirmed that the Waterford LCSP are in the process of developing a community safety plan and would be seeking input from the people of Waterford, ‘It is important that the people of Waterford feed into the development of a plan that is essentially being developed for them and their communities’.  He asked that people engage with the on-line survey that would be advertised soon and the ‘town hall’ meetings that will take place across Waterford City and County Council.