Dungarvan Civic Amenity Site – Closure, January 26th

As a mark of respect to our late colleague Mr. Michael Wright, the Dungarvan Civic Amenity Site will be closed on Saturday, 26th January.

May he rest in peace.

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A Message of Sympathy from Mayor Doocey on the passing of Michael Wright

A Message of Sympathy from the Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr. Declan Doocey.

It is with great regret that I put pen to paper to pay my respects to a friend to all, Michael Wright.

I was a huge fan of his wonderful talent as an entertainer, his serious work ethic and diligence with the Town Council and the City and County Council for nearly four decades.  To his work colleagues, and especially his wife Teresa and family, my sincere sympathy.  May the Lord look after Michael.

Cllr. Declan Doocey,
Mayor of Waterford City & County.

As a mark of respect to Michael, a Book of Condolences has been opened in the Civic Offices, Dungarvan.

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Choice Based Lettings System – week ending January 25th 2019

Please be advised that there will be twelve (12) properties available on the Choice Based Lettings Scheme at 9am, Friday 18th January 2019, for a period of 1 week.

  • No’s 19, 20, 21, 22, 27 & 28 Ard Phiarais, Carrickpherish, Waterford.   (2 bedroom flats, ground floor)
  • No’s 23, 24, 29 & 30 Ard Phiarais, Carrickpherish, Waterford.   (2 bedroom flats, first floor)
  • No’s 25, 26 Ard Phiarais, Carrickpherish, Waterford.   (1 bedroom flats, ground floor)

Express an Interest here: http://waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/housing/choice-based-lettings.htm

Note: This scheme operates in accordance with our Scheme of Letting priorities, not by the order in which somebody expresses an interest on the CBL system.

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Books of Condolence opened on the passing of former Councillor and Mayor, Jack Walsh

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Councillor Declan Doocey, opening the book of condolences for the late Jack Walsh, former Mayor of Waterford – David Clynch

Tributes pour into City Hall and Civic Offices on the passing of a former Mayor of Waterford City Council, Jack Walsh, as a Book of Condolences is opened at City Hall, Waterford and Civic Offices, Dungarvan on Tuesday 8th January 2019. The Book of Condolences has been opened by Cllr Declan Doocey, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford.

Councillor Declan Doocey said “It’s a sad day for Waterford. Jack was a proud Councillor and he represented the people of Waterford for 10 years” The Mayor extended his sympathies to Jack’s wife Vera and his daughters Nina and Lynn, and to his extended family.

Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council, Michael Walsh said “Jack was an experienced and optimistic public representative in serving the people of Waterford. He was Mayor of Waterford City Council in 2008 and was elected on the same day his brother was elected Chairman of Kilkenny County Council. ”

Cllr John Pratt said of his Labour Party colleague “He was a great friend, a great colleague and a loyal member of the wider Labour Party family. He will be sadly missed by his family.”

Tributes have continued to be made throughout the morning as the Book of Condolences remains open at City Hall, The Mall, Waterford City and Civic Offices, Davitt Quay, Dungarvan and will remain open until Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 5pm.

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Farmers urged to be mindful when spraying as Glyphosate pesticide detected in drinking water

Exceedances in pesticides have been detected in drinking water sources in Co. Waterford. Irish Water, working in partnership with the National Pesticides and Drinking Water Action Group (NPDWAG), is appealing to farmers and other users of pesticides to follow the guidelines when applying these substances to their lands.

The efforts to reduce the incidence of these detections are being coordinated by the NPDWAG. This group is chaired by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. All of the key stakeholders are represented in this group and include other Government departments and agencies; local authorities; industry representative bodies; farming organisations; water sector organisations; and amenity sector organisations.

In Co. Waterford, excedances for the pesticide Glyphosate were noted in the Villierstown supply in December.  While there is no threat to public health, it is imperative that users of pesticides are mindful of best practice when spraying their lands.

Glyphosate is used mainly for the control of broad-based leaves and is found in a number of weed killer formulations used by gardeners and growers.

Pat Duggan Irish Water’s Regional Drinking Water Compliance Specialist said: “Irish Water is continuing its extensive investment programme to improve water and wastewater services in Ireland. Providing safe, clean drinking water for all is our first priority.”

Adding to this, Dr Aidan Moody, Chair of NPDWAG commented: “The continued engagement of all stakeholders, working in partnership, is needed to tackle this issue. Users of pesticides should make sure that they are aware of the best practice measures that should be followed to protect water quality.”

A single drop of pesticide can breach the drinking water limit in a small stream for up to 30 kilometres. This clearly highlights the potential risk facing many of Ireland’s drinking water sources.

Drinking water monitoring results for Ireland show that a number of pesticides commonly used such as Bentazone,  MCPP, Clopyralid and Fluroxypyr, are being detected more frequently.

Irish Water, working in partnership with the National Pesticides and Drinking Water Action Group, would like to remind farmers and professional users of pesticides to follow best practice in the application of pesticides on land, particularly near lakes and rivers used as drinking water sources.

The basic steps in reducing pesticide risks are:

  •         Choose the right pesticide product
  •         Read and follow the product label
  •         Determine the right amount to purchase and use
  •         Don’t spray if rain or strong wind is forecast in the next 48 hours
  •         Make sure you are aware of the location of all nearby water courses
  •        Comply with any buffer zone specified on the product label to protect the aquatic environment. Mark out the specified buffer zone from the edge of the river or lake or other water course
  •         Never fill a sprayer directly from a water course or carry out mixing, loading or other handling operations beside a water course
  •         Avoid spills, stay well back from open drains and rinse empty containers 3 times into the sprayer.
  •         Store and dispose of pesticides and their containers properly.

A recently produced video on the correct use of MCPA can be viewed on Irish Water’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/xQqtZ7jifUs

Information leaflets on pesticide use are also available to download from the Teagasc website.

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

The term ‘pesticides’ includes a wide range of chemicals used for the control of unwanted pests (commonly weeds and insects). While the amount of public water schemes with elevated levels of pesticides above the allowed standard is very small in Ireland, there is increasing evidence of pesticides in water sources as a result of run-off from weed control on hard surfaces, gardening, agriculture or forestry. The presence of an individual pesticide at levels exceeding the allowed value tells us that there may have been careless or excessive use of a product in the source catchment or in the vicinity of treated water retaining infrastructure.

The highest incidences of pesticide exceedances encountered in Ireland’s drinking water is MCPA, a commonly used herbicide present in many products used to control thistle, dock and rush.

What risk does this pose and what is the response? 

Pesticides do not pose any immediate risk to health.  Ensuring that pesticides do not enter drinking water supplies requires a strong protection plan for the water source and that the general public is informed of the correct and safe use of pesticides. A national group has been formed to take action to address pesticides and devise and deliver various educational campaigns. This group has members from numerous state bodies and organisations including the EPA, Department of Agriculture, Teagasc, Coillte, Local Authorities and Irish Water.

Details of the key stakeholders that are represented on the National Pesticide and Drinking Water Action Group (NPDWAG) include:

  • The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Health Service Executive (HSE)
  • City and County Manager’s Association (CCMA)
  • Irish Water (IW)
  • Local Authorities Waters And Communities Office (LAWCO)
  • Teagasc
  • Irish Farmers Association (IFA)
  • Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA)
  • Irish Creamery and Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA)
  • Federation of Agrochemical Retail Merchants (FARM)
  • National Federation of Group Water Schemes
  • Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI)
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of Ireland (GCSAI)
  • Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland (ALCI)
  • National Federation of Group Water Schemes

In the case of individual pesticide exceedances Irish Water engages with the relevant statutory authorities with responsibility for protecting the catchment in that area (e.g. Local Authority Environment Sections, EPA catchment units) to investigate the possible cause of the contamination and take any necessary remedial actions.

Teagasc provides useful advice on various treatment options available to farmers and this can be downloaded on www.teagasc.ie

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Sadness expressed at death of former Mayor of Waterford, Jack Walsh

Cllr Declan Doocey, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford and the Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council, Michael Walsh have expressed their sadness on the death of former Mayor of Waterford City Council, Cllr Jack Walsh following a very short illness. Waterford City and County Council expressed their condolences to Cllr Walsh’s family, particularly to his wife Vera and daughters Nina and Lynn.

Cllr Jack Walsh served for 10 years on Waterford City Council, representing the constituents of Waterford City East and was elected Mayor of Waterford City Council in 2008 just hours after his brother Cllr Tomas Breathnach was elected Chairman of
Kilkenny County Council.

Cllr Walsh was involved in many facets of political and community life and proudly
represented Waterford as a Director of the Port of Waterford Company, Chairman of the
City of Waterford VEC, as a member of the Board of Governors of Waterford Institute of
Technology and as a Director of Waterford Regional Airport. Aside from his political and voluntary involvement Cllr Walsh worked with Waterford Area Partnership in Monitoring, Evaluation and Research, until his recent retirement. He was also hugely involved in trade union activity and is a former President of the Waterford Trades Council.

Cllr John Pratt said earlier today “Cllr Jack Walsh was a true friend, a great colleague and a loyal member of the Labour Party family. I offer my sincere condolences to Cllr Walsh’s
family, friends, constituents and Labour Party colleagues.”

Cllr Walsh was always optimistic for the future and believed in the role of Waterford as the
economic driver for the South East region. He was a committed Public Representative and
had declared his intention at party level to put himself forward as Labour Party representative in the forthcoming Local Elections.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

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Update on Road Closure at L7078 Scrothea East/ Knocknagriffin

Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council, in exercise of its powers pursuant to the Road Regulations 1994 Part 8 (7b), will extend the closure of the following road from 22nd December 2018 to 31st January 2019 to facilitate Water Mains works:

Road to be closed:

 L7078 Scrothea East/ Knocknagriffin road.

Diversion Route:

Via L7079 Knocklucas road and Roaring Spring road.

 

Fergus Galvin 18th December 2018

Director of Services

Roads, Water and Environment

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Christmas Opening Hours for Waterford’s Civic Amenity Sites

  

Date Kilbarry, Waterford Ballinamuck,  Dungarvan
Saturday 22nd December 2018 Closed Open
Sunday 23rd December 2018 Closed Closed
Monday 24th December 2018 Closed Closed
Tuesday 25th December 2018 Closed Closed
Wednesday 26th December 2018 Closed Closed
Thursday 27th December 2018 Open Open
Friday 28th December 2018 Open Open
Saturday 29th December 2018 Closed Open
Sunday 30th December 2018 Closed Closed
Monday 31st December 2018 Open Open
Tuesday 1st  January 2019 Closed Closed
Wednesday 2nd  January 2019 Open Open
Opening Hours
Kilbarry Mon – Fri 11.00a.m. – 4.00p.m.
Dungarvan Mon – Thur

Fri.

Sat.

8.30a.m. – 1.00p.m. / 1.30p.m. – 4.00p.m.

8.30a.m. – 1.00p.m. / 1.30p.m. – 3.00p.m.

9.00a.m. – 12.30p.m.

Natural Christmas Trees will be accepted for recycling free of charge at Civic Amenity Sites.

Please recycle your batteries. Use the battery collection boxes in your home, in your school, in your work place, in your local shop and of course at your local civic amenity site. Recycle the message – Every Battery Counts!

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Christmas Closure of City and County Archive

Get into the Swing of it this Christmas – wishing everyone a happy and festive Christmas and New Year from Waterford City and County Archive. Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise do gach duine.

The Archive will be closing at 4pm Friday 21st December and will re-open in Dungarvan on Friday 4th January at 1pm and in High Street, Waterford on Tuesday 8th January at 10am.

 

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