Waterford City’s Rapid Cabs has extended the Kilkenny based suicide prevention scheme ‘Taxi Watch’ to Waterford City.
An initiative led by a group of taxi drivers in Kilkenny, aimed at preventing suicide, has teamed up with Waterford City’s largest Taxi company in order to try and save lives in the City.
Taxi Watch was set up in Kilkenny in November 2014. A group of 15 Taxi Drivers who want to make a difference in the community and save lives. These taxi drivers patrol the bridges and quays of their local town or City.
Last year Derek Devoy, founder of Taxi Watch appealed to other drivers around the country to consider taking similar action. He said if his group of 15 dedicated drivers can help 47 people in their first year then he would urge taxi companies around the country to establish similar services.
Rapid Cabs CEO Eric O’Brien heard this call and decided to do something about it in Waterford, “Our drivers are in a unique position, their work takes them through-out the City at high risk times. When I heard about Taxi Watch I realised how important an initiative like this could be. As such we have committed to 20 of our drivers to be trained up by the H.S.E. and extend this valuable service to Waterford.”
Derek Devoy of Taxi Watch explains the measures their drivers take, “All our taxi drivers are equipped with the latest ‘Throwlines’ and have taken the ‘safeTALK’ course. ‘safeTALK’ is a half day training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk.”
All Rapid Cabs drivers are fully Garda vetted, insured and licensed. Open and accessible 24 hours a day 365 days a year, Rapid Cabs has a computerised booking dispatch system from its local taxi call centre and has installed in-car computers in all of its taxis to ensure as such efficiency as possible. Its new App is available for free on Apple and Android.
HAVE YOUR SAY - PUBLIC CONSULTATION
North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ)
Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council proposes to prepare a Planning Scheme for the North Quays Strategic Development Zone (SDZ).
Waterford City and County Council invites pre draft submissions and observations from the general public including local residents, public sector agencies, non- governmental agencies, local community groups, children or groups representing children and commercial and business interests.
Submissions and observations in relation to the proposed planning scheme can be made in writing to the address below from Monday, 29th February to 5pm Thursday, 31st of March 2016 inclusive.
Submissions and observations should state the name, address, and where relevant, the body represented.
By post: Administrative Officer, Planning Department, Waterford City and County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford City, X91 FXN4.
For more information please call 0761 10 2899.
Results of a new pilot programme measuring the levels of satisfaction of visitors to Waterford were revealed at Greyfriars Municipal Gallery.
The project is a collaboration between a number of stakeholders, including the Waterford Viking Triangle Trust Waterford City & County Council, WIT and Waterford Chamber.
Speaking at the event, CEO of the Waterford Viking Triangle Trust, Fiona McHardy said: “As the tourism sector in Waterford continues with experience development, it is necessary for research and supports to focus on experience performance management so that we can ensure that our competitive distinctiveness is both sustainable and evolving.”
The destination experience information system was put into practise last summer to assess what visitors to Waterford are thinking, what they want and what their overall impressions are.
“We want to meet and exceed their expectations as we bring tourism in Waterford to a newlevel of sophistication. This project has given us the opportunity to be sure our destination is best in class”, Ms McHardy concluded.
Presenting the results Ann Marie Lally, Lecturer in Tourism & Hospitality at WIT, explained the results are based on 122 general questionnaires completed in various locations such as hotels, bars and restaurants and 127 surveys carried out by Waterford Ambassadors, with a breakdown of 49% male and 51% female.
Some of the key findings include the average visitor stay in Waterford is 2.05 days; the top reason for visiting is History and Heritage at 23%, followed closely by Waterford Crystal at 17%. The leading attractions include House of Waterford Crystal, Reginald's Tower and Medieval Museum.
Waterford as a destination exceeded visitor expectations for 53.8 % with feedback such as “impressed by the city: experience exceeded overall expectations”, “loved the history in the city”, “friendliness of the people and in particular the Viking Triangle Welcome Ambassadors were a highlight” and “the pedestrian zone and compact nature of the city made exploring easy”.
On what could be improved, the findings said there needed to be more information available on things to do, where to eat and what’s on. The lack of public toilets was a concern and questions were also realised about opening hours and admission prices to many of the attractions.
Signage was an issue for many, but Billy Duggan, Waterford City and County Council, went on to explain that a new signage project is in line for the coming weeks along the Copper Coast. Eimear Whittle, Failte Ireland, added that the Ireland’s Ancient East signage programme included county boundary signs, orientation signage and visitor attraction signage, and their implementation was imminent.
Mr Duggan also announced that Waterford City and County Council is planning to take the pilot project to a new level by pushing it out to the county and beyond so that Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford can work together as a region, particularly in light of the Three Sisters Bid. This will be in association with Waterford Chamber, who will be providing office space and support services for the development of the project.
Drawing proceedings to a close, Fiona McHardy said these were very positive times for Waterford with strategic investment and a policy commitment to best practice. Funding opportunities have opened up through the Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) and Public realm funding and similar developments to the Viking Triangle will shortly be rolled out in areas such as Michael Street and the Applemarket.
“As Waterford grows we want to ensure we are delivering experiences that excite, engage and connect with our modern consumer and our stakeholders are committed to this. There is a lot done at this stage but plenty more to do”, she concluded.
Food Works Ireland is calling out to all budding food entrepreneurs across Waterford, if you have a big idea for a food business or you could create a successful and scalable global food business then Food Works could be the ideal opportunity for you. It is an intensive business development and accelerator programme designed for food and drink start-ups and is jointly run by Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc.
This is the fourth year of the programme and over the last three years some of Ireland’s most successful food start-ups have taken part in Food Works. One of the founders of the Lismore Food Company Ken Madden took part in a past Food Works programme and has since gone on to establish the very successful company with Ann Smith and his brother Owen to produce a luxury biscuit range for the Irish and international market. The Madden family originally opened a bakery and public house on Lismore’s Main Street in the early 1800’s, they continue this rich tradition of baking in the same historic location today.
Encouraging other food producers to apply to take part in Food Works 2016 and speaking of their experience with the programme Ken said, "Food Works was hugely important in our development as food entrepreneurs. It provided us with industry expertise, mentoring and skills that allowed us to make our food business a success. Our company is now firmly established in Ireland with listings in stores nationwide and our export business continues to grow. We continue to utilise our Food Works experience and connections as we plan an exciting future in new and emerging markets."
How it works
Through a series of workshops and one to one mentoring,successful participants are given an invaluable range of practical business supports required to develop an initial concept into a winning food product with global export potential.The available supports provided by Bord Bia, Teagasc and Enterprise Ireland, include consumer market research, business plan development, technical advice, commercial viability testing in addition to access to fast track access to R&D facilities and possible investors and state funding. Over the past three years, following a competitive process attracting in excess of 250 proposals, a total of 60 start-ups from all food sectors have participated in Food Works. The Food Works team have revealed that 60% of these businesses are now trading which is deemed extremely positive given the high rate of start-up failures within the first 12 months of launching, while 32% of them have started exporting.
Meet the Food Works Team
Introductory meetings are now being held with candidates interested in being a part of Food Works 2016. These meetings will help to establish if the Food Works programme is the right support for you and your business at this stage of development. Ideal applicants are ambitious food or drink entrepreneurs, or companies trading for less than 3 years that wish to target export markets and scale their business.
Interested participants are invited to register online for an introduction meeting in Dublin, Fermoy or Athenry via www.foodworksireland.ie:
- Tuesday, 8th March, Teagasc, Moore Park, Fermoy, Cork
- Thursday, 10th March, Enterprise Ireland, Eastpoint Business Park, Dublin
- Tuesday, 22nd March, Enterprise Ireland, Eastpoint Business Park, Dublin
- Tuesday, 5th April, Teagasc, Athenry, Galway
Following this, companies will be asked to complete a formal application for Food Works bootcamp on 26th and 27th May from which up to 15 companies will be selected to progress through to the programme which begins on 14th June 2016.
Newgate Properties Limited today (Sun, Feb 21) confirmed they will seek planning permission from Waterford City & County Council shortly to develop a high-profile site covering almost four acres at Michael Street in Waterford city centre. The company will submit a planning application to the Council in coming weeks with the application funded by NAMA (the National Asset Management Agency).
The proposed development will generate up to 250 jobs during construction and is expected to support up to 480 retail and support jobs when complete with this figure likely to increase seasonally.
It is envisaged that the new centre, which will also be bounded by Alexander Street, New Street and Stephen Street, will accommodate a range of retailers, primarily fashion and other specialist outlets. It will include:
- Over 10,000 square metres of gross retail floor area split over two levels;
- A prestigious anchor unit together with a number of medium-sized units for international and national brands and smaller retail spaces;
- Cafes, restaurants and food retailers and;
- A four-storey carpark with 385 spaces.
A spokesperson for Newgate Properties Ltd, a southeast-based property development company, said: “We are delighted that NAMA is funding the planning application process for this project which will, subject to planning permission being granted, provide a huge boost to Waterford city.
“The new centre will bring much-needed jobs and great new shops, restaurants and cafes to the area – boosting the footfall in the city centre and securing Waterford’s regional primacy as a vibrant shopping destination. It will also enhance public spaces and facilitate improved pedestrian linkages through this part of Waterford city.
“Our design team is acutely aware of the highly sensitive planning and heritage context of the site, particularly in relation to archaeology and conservation, and we have consulted extensively with Waterford City & County Council and other statutory bodies.”
The site is located in the heart of Waterford city on land that is primarily designated for city centre commercial uses and identified as a ‘Core Shopping Area Opportunity Site’ in the current Waterford City Development Plan, 2013-2019.
The site of the proposed multi-storey car park is principally bounded by John’s Lane/New Street to the north and north-east, Brown’s Lane to the west and Castle Street to the south-west. This site is primarily occupied by industrial-type buildings previously used by Waterford Institute of Technology which are now vacant and falling into disrepair.
The Tramore Saint Patrick’s Day will be held on Thursday, 17th March 2016 commencing from the Priest’s Road Car Park at 3.00pm.
The route is as follows; Summerhill/Main Street/Broad Street/Gallweys Hill/Turkey Road and finish on Lower Branch Road. Walking groups assemble in the Priest Road Car Park. Floats line up on the Old Waterford Road.
Entertainment will be provided before the Parade at Priest’s Road car park and also at the Reviewing stand at Railway Square. Contact: John O’Sullivan 087-9607465. John O’Grady 087-9017498
Get your group registered today here or you can email
for more information!
Frontline Audio Visual has teamed up with WIT for a live count day stream online.
Tickets for Waterford city count centre are always limited, but highly sought after.
Those who wish to see how the make-up of the 32nd Dáil will unfold can now watch the Déise seats being filled from the comfort of their own home or mobile device.
Frontline Audio Visual will bring you inside access to the count, as it happens, with cameras based at various points around the Dome, at the WIT campus count centre, on the Cork road.
Managing Director of Frontline Audio Visual, Frank King says he delighted to be working with WIT. "I think it'll be great for people who can't make it to the count centre on the day, especially for anyone living out of town or overseas. It's an idea we've been working on for a few months, that's just gotten the green light in recent days."
Footage broadcast on the day will give viewers a taste of what happens behind the scenes, during the final stages of General Election 2016. Including announcements and updates from the retuning officer.
The feed will be available in high definition, for free use, to all media outlets including television, radio and online.
Frontline Audio Visual's count day live stream follows on from the success of company's broadcast of Bishop Cullinane's ordination last year. Up to a thousand people tuned in over the course of the 2 hour live stream.
"We want to build on those numbers, and I think it's clear from the social media engagement during GE16 that there's an appetite for this type of online content," added Frank.
Frontline Audio Visual in association with WIT, will host the live stream of the Waterford City Count on Saturday February 27th.
It will go live from 9:30am and is available on www.frontlineaudiovisual.com or the company's Facebook page.
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