Recruitment : (1) Assistant Parks & Landscape Officer, (2) Clerk of Works

  • Assistant Parks & Landscape Officer
  • Clerk of Works

Waterford City & County Council invites applications from suitably qualified candidates who wish to be considered for the above panels.

Application Forms and Candidate Information Booklets for the above are available to be downloaded from Waterford City & County Council’s website https://waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/human-resources/vacancies.htmwww.waterfordcouncil.ie

Completed application forms must be emailed to recruitment@waterfordcouncil.ie  clearly stating the position applied for in the subject line no later than 4p.m. on Thursday, 9th February, 2023. 

Hard Copies will not be accepted.

An official application form must be completed in full by the closing date for the competition.  Please note that amendments to the application will not be accepted after the closing date.

Please send your application from an email address that you will review regularly as communication during the assessment/selection period will only be through that email address.

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Silver for residents of Tramore’s An Garrán

An Garrán residents’ association in Tramore was named as runner-up at the All-Island IPB Pride of Place awards last weekend.

The awards, hosted by Dublin City Council and held in the Clayton Hotel in Dublin, celebrate the best in community development, and recognise the efforts of people in making their local neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise.

An Garrán residents’ association was nominated by Waterford City and County Council, in the Urban Neighbourhood (Under 3,000) category.

Speaking following the awards ceremony An Garrán’s spokesperson, Katariina Bent was delighted with the accolade. “Initially we started out as a small group to keep the estate tidy, but soon realised that we needed to form a residents’ association to achieve more and to reach more residents.

“With the help of Waterford City and County Council’s Estate management team we formed a committee, and this gave us the focus to engage directly with the residents of the estate and access more supports and funding.

“Estates Manager with the Council, Eamonn O’Leary was invaluable in the assistance he gave us in encouraging a great community spirit and helping us build a safe, inclusive, secure place for all the families living here.”

Built in 2009, An Garrán is a joint venture between Waterford City and County Council and Tuath Housing.

Eamonn O’Leary, Waterford City and County Council, congratulated the residents’ association on its award.  “What’s great about An Garrán is the enthusiasm and drive the residents have in creating and maintaining an estate that they all proudly call home.

“The Council nominated An Garrán last Autumn not only because we have built strong and enduring relationships with the committee and the residents there, but we are as committed as they are to continuing the excellent work that has been done over the last fifteen years.”

Eamonn continued, “One of the highlights over the years must be the outdoor fun day last summer to celebrate European Neighbours’ Day.  With music, fun activities, a biodiversity area and an estate clean-up, it really was an example of how the residents have created a warm, welcoming place for young and old.”

The awards, hosted by RTE’s Marty Whelan, took place in in front of 400 community volunteers from across the island.

Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 20 years ago though a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.

It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.

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l-r At the Pride of Place Awards Eamonn O’Leary Waterford City and County Council, Katriina Bent An Garrán residents association, Paul Lynch An Garrán residents association , John Kearns CEO IPB Insurance – Sponsors of Pride of place, Peter Sheridan CEO Co-operation Ireland and Jennifer Ring An Tuáth Housing Manager.

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Residents of An Garrán celebrating European Neighbours’ Day

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Recruitment : Assistant Engineer

Assistant Engineer

Waterford City & County Council invites applications from suitably qualified candidates who wish to be considered for the above panel.

Application Form and Candidate Information Booklet for the above are available to be downloaded from Waterford City & County Council’s website.

Completed application forms must be emailed to recruitment@waterfordcouncil.ie  clearly stating the position applied for in the subject line no later than 4p.m. on Thursday, 16th   February, 2023. 

Hard Copies will not be accepted.

An official application form must be completed in full by the closing date for the competition.  Please note that amendments to the application will not be accepted after the closing date.

Please send your application from an email address that you will review regularly as communication during the assessment/selection period will only be through that email address.

WATERFORD CITY & COUNTY COUNCIL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER

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Earcaíocht : Innealtóir Cúnta

  • Táimid ag earcú le haghaidh Innealtóir Cúnta.

Tá Foirm Iarratais agus Leabhrán Faisnéise le fáil ar ár suíomh gréasáin ow.ly/7mIy50MxrhM

Is é an dáta deiridh ná 4pm Déardaoin, 16 Feabhra, 2023.

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Published: Weekly Planning Lists for Waterford

Published: Weekly Planning Lists for Waterford

https://waterfordcouncil.ie/media/planninglists/index.htm

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Call for supply of Waterford corporate gifts

The Local Enterprise Office is making a public call out on behalf of Waterford City & County Council, seeking expression of interest to supply corporate gifts

Every year the Council presents dozens of corporate gifts to dignitaries visiting our City and County. The gifts are also brought when Waterford officials are visiting other countries on behalf of the county. Corporate gifts representing our heritage have travelled all over the world, in recent times to countries such as Germany, Spain, Norway, Ukraine and China.

At the launch of the appeal, Honor Dunphy of Corporate Services with Waterford City and County Council elaborated on the importance of these gifts, “These are more than just token gifts presented to visitors, they are expected to be a representation of what is best about our City and County. The wealth of heritage that comes with the Waterford name and its international prominence makes the choice of these corporate gifts extremely important. They travel all over the world and are given to only the most influential guests. We take it very seriously and expect our suppliers to also.”

The procurement of these gifts by Waterford City and County Council is not only an honour for the suppliers, but it can also be a lucrative source of income and international publicity. Brid Kirby of the Local Enterprise Office Waterford explains what it entails, “Waterford’s craft and design industry has a rich heritage but is also currently extremely vibrant. We at the LEO have a wide range of local craft clients with international reputations and renown. But we are aware that there might be other businesses not on our radar who could fulfil this requirement. We wish to cast the net wide and see what is on offer.

“We are looking for a range of non-perishable corporate gifts which represent our county at its best to be given to visiting dignitaries or brought abroad as gifts on civic trips.”

The Department of Corporate Services will ultimately select which local suppliers will provide this service, but for now the Local Enterprise Office is seeking expressions of interest from Waterford businesses who think they have product which would be suitable.

  • Simply visit Waterford’s Local Enterprise Office website and click https://www.localenterprise.ie/!YGLZG0 where you can submit your expression of interest to be a supplier of corporate gifts for Waterford City and County Council.
  • Expression of Interest forms must be completed via the link by 5pm on Monday January 30th

All completed Expression of Interest Forms will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted by early February whether or not they have been successful. All successful applicants will get to pitch their products in late February.

Any questions can be directed to Jamie Whitty in the Local Enterprise Office by phone call on 051 849905 or email jwhitty@waterfordcouncil.ie

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Waterford Walls Festival Gearing Up for ‘23

A call out for walls to paint in the city and countryside 

The Waterford Walls team is calling on individuals and business owners in Waterford city and county to submit their walls for artists to paint at the festival, allowing for a transformation of homes, businesses and locale. Waterford Walls is an international street art festival taking place from 11th – 20th August 2023, organised by creative arts agency The Walls Project. The team is passionate about bringing an explosion of colour to the many derelict buildings lying around Waterford.

In 2022, the festival brought artists to transform the landscape of Cheekpoint and An Rinn, a project supported by Creative Ireland and Waterford City and County Council. This year’s aim includes a desire to bring the legacy of the festival wider into the county and to brand new locations. Renowned Irish and international artists including some locally, will transform vacant spaces by painting large scale murals on twenty-five locations around the county. A record-breaking 900 artist applications were received by the team including some world-class headline names.

Qualifying walls include public-facing boundary walls, gable ends and large building facades; preferably two or three story houses and offices with little to no windows are most desirable. Each site will be inspected and measured by the team in the next month. The wall owner will be guided through the process and will see the artist’s final sketch for approval. To submit a wall for review, wall owners are required to complete a form titled ‘I Have a Wall’, on the Walls Project website at https://wallsproject.ie/waterford-walls/.

Businesses may also choose to sponsor a wall with different price packages available. This sponsorship allows the individual to become the proud owner of a street art mural by a top international artist. All contributions will help to cover the costs including artist fees, paint, equipment, crew, travel, accommodation and insurance.

Waterford Walls Festival is running for its 9th year this August. The festival is supported and funded by Waterford County Council and The Arts Council of Ireland. A central hub will return to the festival lineup catering for all ages. Located at the Forum in the Glen, individuals and families can enter a world of activities including live art, workshops, walking tours and music.

For more information about the festival visit www.wallsproject.ie or check them out on social media.

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About
The Walls Project CLG is a social enterprise which delivers large scale public artworks and outreach projects. There are 4 main pillars to The Walls Project: Waterford Walls Festival, Commissions, Artistic Exchanges and Collaborations and Community and Educational Outreach.

Photographs by Gringo Pictures

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Recruitment : (1) Assistant Parks & Landscape Officer, (2) Clerk of Works

  • Assistant Parks & Landscape Officer
  • Clerk of Works

Waterford City & County Council invites applications from suitably qualified candidates who wish to be considered for the above panels.

Application Forms and Candidate Information Booklets for the above are available to be downloaded from Waterford City & County Council’s website https://waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/human-resources/vacancies.htmwww.waterfordcouncil.ie

Completed application forms must be emailed to recruitment@waterfordcouncil.ie  clearly stating the position applied for in the subject line no later than 4p.m. on Thursday, 9th February, 2023. 

Hard Copies will not be accepted.

An official application form must be completed in full by the closing date for the competition.  Please note that amendments to the application will not be accepted after the closing date.

Please send your application from an email address that you will review regularly as communication during the assessment/selection period will only be through that email address.

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Road Safety Alert for Ice, Hailstones, Freezing fog and Snow

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to prepare for hazardous conditions on roads and footpaths this week as Met Eireann has issued an advisory for cold weather that will bring sharp to severe frosts and icy stretches on roads and footpaths. This will include showers of hail, sleet and snow with the potential for freezing fog.

Road users should expect icy roads and be extra cautious on untreated road surfaces. Hazardous travelling conditions are expected, especially on untreated roads and footpaths.

Road users should also watch out for black ice. If the road looks polished or glossy it could be, “black ice” one of winter’s worst hazards: Black Ice is difficult to see. It is nearly transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle or is overlooked entirely. The sheltered / shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls are prone to black ice.

The advice for drivers to deal with icy road conditions is.

  • Clear your windows and mirrors of any ice, carry a screen scraper and de-icer.
  • Remember it takes longer to stop in icy conditions. Manoeuvre gently, slow down and increase your braking distance or ‘safe space’ by leaving an extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.
  • Avoid too much steering, harsh braking, and acceleration.
  • Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.
  • Check tyres and replace them if the tread depth falls below 3mm. Check they’re inflated to the correct tyre pressure.
  • Familiarise yourself with any safety assist technology like Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) in your vehicle.
  • Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space when overtaking them.

Met Eireann is also warning of a risk of hailstone showers, especially in the west and northern parts of the country. The difficulty with hail showers is their unpredictability and localised nature.  As a hail shower tracks across the country it deposits a narrow band of ball bearing sized hailstones on the ground.

The RSA has the following advice for drivers who encounter hailstones:

  • If you encounter hailstones reduce your speed, without braking if possible. Warn other drivers by using your hazard warning lights.
  • Driving slowly in a high gear will help your tyres maintain grip even as your tyres move over the compacted pellets of ice.
  • Accelerate and brake very gently and drive slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely. Avoid sudden steering movements or hard braking.
  • Keep an eye out for road markings that may become obscured and leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front.

There is also a risk of sleet and snow across the country. Drivers in these conditions are advised to:

  • Remove all snow from your vehicle before commencing your journey. Snow left on the roof will become loose and can drop onto the windscreen during braking, thereby causing sudden and severe restriction to your vision. It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver.
  • In snow and icy conditions, slow down. Use all controls delicately and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.
  • In snow or sleet conditions, visibility will be reduced. Do not drive on the taillights of the vehicle in front. In heavy snow, use your fog lights, turn off your radio and open your window, so you can hear other traffic, especially at junctions.

The changing weather conditions will also pose some challenges for pedestrians and cyclists. The advice for these road users in icy conditions is as follows.

  • While walking on footpaths and in public places, or entering and exiting your car or truck, DO NOT underestimate the dangers of frost and ice.
  • Each winter slips and fall accidents cause serious injuries. Even when surfaces do not look especially icy or slippery, it is very possible that a thin sheet of transparent ice or “Black Ice” is covering your pathway putting you at risk.
  • Many slips and falls happen in places people regard as safe and secure, typically outside their front door on the doorstep, on the path or while getting out of the car.
  • If you are out walking in icy conditions wear appropriate footwear.
  • Visibility is reduced in hail, sleet, or snow so at night wear high visibility clothing or carry a torch and if you cycle make sure your bike is fitted with lights front and rear.

For advice on severe weather driving tips and weather updates, please see severe weather advice on or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

See advice on driving in our series of Severe Weather Warning videos created in collaboration with Teresa Mannion.

For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website here

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