Recruitment: Craft Gardener

We are currently recruiting for a Craft Gardener.

The Craft Gardener, Parks & Open Spaces, is a member of a team responsible for maintaining the parks and open spaces in Waterford City & County under the control of Waterford City & County Council. He/she will support the General Services Supervisor and Horticulturalist/Executive Engineer in the delivery of the day to day functions undertaken in Parks & Open Spaces. The initial assignment for this post will be in Waterford City.

Full details, application forms etc. from this link:  https://waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/human-resources/vacancies.htm

Closing Date: 4pm, Friday 12th June 2020

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Water Customers in Ballylaneen, Kill and Bonmahon areas to conserve water

Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council ask Customers in the Ballylaneen, Kill and Bonmahon areas to conserve water

29 May 2020: Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council are asking customers in the Kill, Ballylaneen, Bunmahon, Ballyvadden, Kildwan, Ballinasissla, Annestown and Kilmurrin areas to be mindful of how they use water at this time.

A technical issue at the water treatment plant supplying the Ballylaneen, Kill and Bonmahon Water Supply Scheme has resulted in reduced treated water production. The level of water available in the reservoir is very low as a result. Irish Water is working in partnership with Waterford City and County Council to address the technical issue and appealing to the public to conserve water where possible as we do so, to ensure that water supply can be maintained to these areas.

It is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance on hand washing at this time and while hand-washing remains a priority, simple water conservation efforts can have a big impact on reducing demand on the supply.

Use a rose head watering can in the garden and a bucket and sponge to wash your car. A hose uses more water in one hour than the average family uses in a day.

We are also reminding people with responsibility for properties that are currently unoccupied to check for leaks and turn off water where it is not required. There are lots more tips on how to conserve water in your home on our website at https://www.water.ie/conservation/

Irish Water is working at this time, with our local authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services.

Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council is appealing to the public to conserve water where possible at this time, to ensure that water supply can be maintained to all of those on the Ballylaneen, Kill and Bonmahon Water Supply Scheme.

For further information please visit our website www.water.ie. The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 and customers can call us on 1850 278 278 and contact us on Twitter @IWCare

ENDS

For media queries please contact Aisling Buckley, Regional Information Specialist on 087 951 2636 or aibuckley@water.ie

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Online Book of Condolences open to honor the late Brendan Bowyer RIP

Online Book of Condolences opens for Brendan Bowyer, Freeman of Waterford City

The Mayor of the City and County of Waterford, Cllr. John Pratt expresses his sincere condolences to the family of the late Brendan Bowyer RIP, who passed away in Las Vegas last evening surrounded by his family.  Brendan Bowyer, who was awarded the Freedom of Waterford City in 2011, is survived by his wife Stella, children Brendan Jr, Aisling and Clodagh and his two grandchildren Liam and Nora Stella.

Cllr. Pratt said “Brendan Bowyer was a true Waterford man and is remembered fondly by Waterford people for his iconic career throughout the showband era. His 1965 Number One hit “The Hucklebuck” is a favourite of many Waterford people. He memorably brought Waterford to life with a memorable rendition in Lombard Street during the 2005 Tall Ships event. He will be sadly missed and remembered by Waterford people”.

Brendan Bowyer was honoured to have the Freedom of Waterford City bestowed on him by the then Mayor of Waterford City, Cllr. Mary Roche who said, ”It was an honour to be part of such a memorable occasion and who more fitting to receive the award than Brendan Bowyer of the Royal Showband which put Waterford on the international map.”

A Book of Condolences is open online at https://bit.ly/BrendanBowyerRIP and we encourage the people of Waterford to add their own personal message. The Book of Condolences will remain open until Monday 8th June 2020.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Photo Credit: Noel Browne

 

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Provision of Lifeguard services

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the recruitment of beach lifeguards was delayed this year. The beach lifeguard service will not be operational on Waterford’s Blue Flag beaches this June Bank Holiday weekend.

Swimmers should follow the advice of Water Safety Ireland and stay safe.

Weekend lifeguard cover will commence at the following locations on Saturday, 6th June, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.   Ardmore, Clonea, Dunmore East and Tramore.

A full lifeguard service will commence at all of these locations together with Bonmahon on Saturday, 27th June 2020 , 7 days per week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Water Safety Ireland: Know How To Stay Safe This Weekend

Warm weather increases drowning risks

As the risk of drowning increases around warm weather bank holiday weekends, Water Safety Ireland is appealing to the public to adhere to the following guidance during this phase of Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society.

1.    If you really must visit a waterway, only do so within your 5km limit. This may result in you visiting waterways that are unfamiliar to you, therefore encourage friends and family to stay away from edges.

2.    If you plan on swimming, the waterway within your 5km limit may not be life-guarded. Ensure that it is a designated bathing area that is known locally to be traditionally safe and that it has ring-buoys present. Practice social distancing when in, on or near the water.

3.    If you do have a Life-guarded waterway nearby, swim between the red and yellow flags so that you are within the Lifeguard’s patrol zone. A red flag means that a Lifeguard has decided that it is unsafe to swim. If there is no flag, it means that there is no lifeguard on duty.

4.    Lifeguards are operating on weekends in June and full time in July and August. There is a list of life-guarded waterways on www.watersafety.ie but check with your local authority in case of changes to beach opening times.

5.    Warm air temperature does not mean that the water is warm. It is still too cold for extended swims and doing so places you at risk of hypothermia. Wear a wetsuit.

6.    Swim with a friend or with family, in case emergency services need to be called.

7.    Swim and Go – enjoy your swim but leave the area soon afterwards so that others may enjoy the water while complying with the need to social distance. If a beach is busy, wait until you can practise social distancing or take a walk or go to another safe beach nearby. Do not be tempted to swim in areas that you cannot confirm to be safe. There may be dangerous currents and hidden depths that may take you out of your comfort zone.

8.    Do not overestimate your ability or underestimate the risks. The same dangers that were present before Covid-19 are still present so please swim within your depth and stay within your depth.

9.    Supervise children closely.

10.  Always wear a lifejacket when on or near water and when angling from shore. Ensure that it is properly maintained and has a correctly fitted crotch strap.

11.  Those going afloat should carry a portable Marine VHF and/or a personal locator beacon and walkers should carry a mobile phone.

12.  In an emergency call 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

Media Enquiries:
Water Safety Ireland, The Long Walk, Galway.
Roger Sweeney: rogersweeney@watersafety.ie WhatsApp: 087-678.9601;
Padraig Judge: padraigjudge@watersafety.ie WhatsApp: 087-459.0156.

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Customers in the Ballylaneen, Kill and Bonmahon areas asked to conserve water

Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council are asking customers in the Kill, Ballylaneen, Bunmahon, Ballyvadden, Kildwan, Ballinasissla, Annestown and Kilmurrin areas to be mindful of how they use water at this time.

A technical issue occurred at the water treatment plant supplying the Ballylaneen, Kill and Bonmahon Water Supply Scheme over the weekend. This resulted in reduced treated water production and the level available in the reservoir is very low as a result. Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council are appealing to the public to conserve water in particular over the next couple of days, to ensure that water supply can be maintained to these areas.

It is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance on hand washing at this time and while handwashing remains a priority, simple water conservation efforts can have a big impact on reducing demand on the supply.

Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving can save up to 6 litres of water per minute. Taking a shower instead of a bath, or using a watering can rather than a hose when gardening can also make a big difference in water use.

We are also reminding people with responsibility for properties that are currently unoccupied to check for leaks and turn off water where it is not required. There are lots more tips on how to conserve water in your home on our website at https://www.water.ie/conservation/

Irish Water is working at this time with our local authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services.

Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council is appealing to the public to continue to conserve water at this time, to ensure that supply can be maintained to all of those on the Ballylaneen, Kill and Bonmahon Water Supply Scheme.

For further information please visit our website www.water.ie
The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 and customers can call us on 1850 278 278 and contact us on Twitter @IWCare

ENDS

For media queries please contact Aisling Buckley, Regional Information Specialist on 087 951 2636 or aibuckley@water.ie

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Minister Humphreys announces details of €250m Restart Grant

Minister Humphreys has announced today, Friday 22nd May 2020, that Local Authorities are now taking applications for €250m Restart Grant.

  • Minimum grant of €2,000 and maximum grant of €10,000.
  • Businesses reopening under Phase 1 and Phase 2, and those who have stayed open since the crisis hit, encouraged to apply now.
  • Online Application Forms are available on local authority websites for Micro Enterprises and Small Businesses – see here for Waterford’s form.

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, today (Friday, 22nd May 2020) announced that the application form for the new €250m Restart Grant providing direct grant aid to micro and small businesses is now available online on all local authority websites.

The Restart Grant is aimed at helping micro and small businesses with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures.

Eligible businesses who have stayed open throughout the crisis, as well as those who are reopening under Phase 1 (from 18 May) and Phase 2 (8 June) of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, are encouraged to apply now for the Restart Grant. These applications will be prioritised for payment by the local authorities.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said, “I want to ensure that eligible companies with the most immediate need to get back up-and-running receive the grant support as quickly as possible.  For this reason, the businesses listed in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Roadmap, as well as those who stayed open all along, will be prioritised. Businesses know the dates on which their premises can reopen, and we want to avoid long waiting times for the grant. As a result, I am urging businesses to wait until a few weeks before their business is due to reopen before submitting their application to the local authorities.

The Minister added: “Staff in the local authorities will endeavour to process applications quickly, but a quick turnaround will be difficult to achieve if every business applies immediately.”

To avail of the Restart Grant, applicants must be a commercial business and be in the Local Authorities Commercial Rates Payment System and:

  • have an annual turnover of less than €5m and employ between 1 to 50 people;
  • have suffered a projected 25%+ loss in turnover to end June 2020;
  • commit to remain open or to reopen if it was closed;
  • declare the intention to retain employees that are on The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme.

The grant will be equivalent to the rates bill of the business in 2019, or a minimum payment of €2,000, whichever is the higher, and will be subject to a maximum payment of €10,000.

If a company is currently in a rateable premise but was not rate-assessed in 2019 it is still eligible to apply. The local authority can pay the grant based on an estimate of what the rates demand for 2019 would have been.

Applications for the Restart Grant can be made online directly to local authorities and further information is available on the application form.  If there are queries that are not addressed on the application form, businesses can contact the Business Support Unit in each local authority.

This direct grant support is part of the wider €12bn package of supports for firms of all sizes, which includes The Wage Subsidy Scheme, grants, low-cost loans, write-off of commercial rates and deferred tax liabilities, all of which will help to improve cash-flow amongst our SMEs.

All information including the application form will be available on your local authority website, the details of which are at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/942f74-local-authorities/

ENDS

 

Notes for Editors

Business Categories, based on the Government’s Roadmap for a phased re-opening of the economy, are as set out below:

Phase 1 (18 May)
Hardware, garden centres, opticians, motor/cycle repairs, office products, electrical, IT equipment, phone sales/repairs, outdoor construction, public amenities.
Phase 2 (8 June)
Small retail outlets, marts.
Phase 3 (29 June)
Creches for essential workers, retail outlets with street entrance, cafes, and restaurants for on-premises consumption.
Phase 4 (20 July)
Creches, ‘high-risk’ services including hairdressers, tourism accommodation.
Phase 5 (10 August)
Bars, theatres, cinemas, gyms, shopping centres.

Business Support Call Centre

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has established a Business Support Call Centre for information on the business supports available to businesses and enterprises affected by COVID-19. It can be reached at infobusinesssupport@dbei.gov.ie or (01) 631 2002.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI)

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) plays a key role in implementing the Government’s policies of stimulating the productive capacity of the economy and creating an environment which supports job creation and maintenance. The Department has lead responsibility for Irish policy on global trade and inward investment and a remit to promote fair competition in the marketplace, protect consumers and safeguard workers.

For further information, members of the media can contact Press Office, D/Business, Enterprise and Innovation, press.office@dbei.gov.ie or (01) 631-2200

If you no longer wish to receive emails from the Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation Press Office, please notify us by email to press.office@dbei.gov.ie

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Waterford launches Shop Waterford Support Local campaign

As retailers and business owners across Waterford City and County begin to prepare for the reopening of the City and Town Centres a new Shop Waterford Support Local campaign is being launched.

The campaign, supported by business owners from Waterford City, Tramore and Dungarvan aims to encourage all Waterford people to support local in every purchase we make. The campaign wants the people of Waterford to support each other as when we act Together Waterford is Stronger.

The business owners and retailers of Waterford have shown resilience and innovation throughout the COVID19 restrictions and although City and Town centres were largely deserted many businesses continued behind closed doors. Initiatives such as Waterford Online and the Back Soon #Love Waterford responses encouraged local support and provided hope for a gradual return for business and society.

The Waterford Online campaign is continuing to update trading arrangements on a daily basis on its Facebook page and reminds us that Local Businesses employ local people and sponsor local teams and generously give raffle prizes to local fundraisers.

The Shop Waterford Support Local campaign is aimed at building on the momentum of the massive amount of support shown by Waterford people and to encourage a continuation of this support. Some outdoor businesses reopen this week and many of the City and Town Centres businesses open in Phase 2 which is planned for 8th June.

A Shop Waterford Support Local video campaign has been developed by Waterford.fyi in partnership with the City and Town Centre Management groups and is launching this week to coincide with Phase 1 reopening. The camapign features 17 business owners from Waterford City, Tramore and Dungarvan.

The City and Town Centre Management Group membership includes Waterford City and County Council, Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Waterford Business Group and the Local Enterprise Office.

Darragh, Haven Pharmacy, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. “This pharmacy dates back to 1915. My father tells me stories of how the Spanish flu affected people here in Dungarvan, so we have a long insight and history here in Dungarvan. What pharmacies did back then, and what we do now was to give accessible healthcare to their communities and to be there for people when they needed them. What we are doing now is no different.”

Jack Molloy, Molloy’s Butchers, Waterford. “People are coming back to the butcher shops and they’re enjoying cooking again. It’s great talking to our customers and finding out what life is like for them. Life’s tough out there, but the one thing that we are finding is that family and people have gotten to come together again and are enjoying it. It’s gone to ‘comfort cooking’ now rather than comfort eating. It’s an interesting concept.”

Seamus Reynolds, Morris’s DIY, Waterford. “I would be a major, major fan of shopping local. I think it’s really critical, and particularly in this time, that we support local businesses, it’s so important. Instead of ordering online and it takes two or three weeks to come, what we try and do with my kids, is go into the retailer because chances are, they might be able to order it and get it in for you.”

A new website called “Waterford Business Supports Hub” has also been developed by the Waterford City and Town Centre Management Groups. The website is a one stop shop for all information relating to all supports for business across Waterford. There is information on financial supports, keeping customers and staff safe, minding our health and well-being and sharing good news stories about Waterford’s ongoing determination and drive to reopening business and society over the coming weeks and months.

ENDS

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Life on the roads after Covid-19

As Ireland is set to enter the first phase of the Government’s five-step lockdown exit plan a phased return of outdoor workers (for example: construction workers, gardeners, including people working on allotments) will be allowed. As restrictions ease, how will driving change and what new challenges might road users face?

With lockdown having kept so many people at home over the past few weeks, huge numbers of us have been left not needing to drive since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

If you are getting back behind the wheel for the first time in several weeks, there are some things that you are recommended to check before setting off on your journey.

Given how long it may have been since many drivers last turned the key in their ignition, it is easy to overlook a number of things that may be wrong with your vehicle and there is the possibility that problems may have developed since you last drove.

Here are some things that Waterford Council‘s Road Safety officer says you need to check to make sure your car is still safe and roadworthy and you stay safe.

  • First of all do you need to drive ? can you drive part of your journey ? walk or cycle the remainder ?
  • Expect to encounter many more cyclists and pedestrians on our streets and roads . ( some pedestrians may step out onto the road way to adhere to social distancing rules) #streets are for people
  • Allow extra time for your journey as many road layouts have been changed to facilitate more cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Is your car going to start ? the battery may be flat ?
  • Check your tyres prior to setting off on a long or significant journey. Check your tyre pressures are suitable for the load and the condition of your tyres, including the spare, and look out for any cuts or wear. Make sure your tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit.
  • Check your engine oil and use your dipstick to check the level regularly and before any long journey, and top up if needed. Take your car back to the garage if you’re topping up more than usual
  • Check your water levels to ensure you have good visibility, and always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your windscreen
  • Check your lights, and if your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly, get them fixed.
  • Check your fuel levels before setting out and make sure you have enough to get to your destination
  • Make sure you haven’t neglected to insure your vehicle or tax it which can be done online.

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