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In these ever changing times, LCE are focused on offering a continuous service to our clients. To this end, LCE have established a virtual training room and are presenting weekly Webinars.

Our virtual training room can accommodate the majority of our current courses as well our bespoke courses designed around COVID-19 and ensuring you and your colleagues are staying safe.

For more information on our webinars please follow https://lce.clickmeeting.com/

To book our virtual training room please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 051 364344.

We thank you for your support during these challenging times.

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NFG family lawThe government has created new legislation that recognises access arrangements as a valid reason for travel.

This follows the Law Society contacting the Government seeking as much clarity as possible on the issue of access during the period of movement restrictions. The new law explicitly recognises giving effect to access arrangements as a valid reason for travel at Regulation 4(2)(n).

Earlier this week the Law Society published a paper on guidelines for access during the Covid-19. The first guideline is as follows;

Court Orders in relation to access remain in place and should be complied with to the greatest degree possible in the circumstances. Children are allowed to move between parents’ homes for access. Covid-19 cannot be used as an excuse to ignore a court order. Parents are advised to have a copy of the court order with them when travelling for access.

Solicitor Helen Coughlan, chair of the group’s family and child law committee, said the pandemic cannot be used as an “excuse to prevent separated parents having contact with their children”. 

“The current health crisis has created some confusion and distress among the thousands of families where children routinely move between the homes of their separated parents every day and week across Ireland,” Coughlan said in a statement. 

“Court ordered access arrangements should be complied with to the greatest degree possible, or sensible alternatives should be agreed to allow parents to continue to have extensive access, for example via phone or video call, depending on the health considerations for each household.”

The Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan TD, has stressed that mediation services are still available and should be used if parties cannot agree on arrangements. The Family Mediation Service of the Legal Aid Board is offering free telephone mediation and conflict coaching.

See below a link to the complete list of guidelines regarding access during the pandemic. These guidelines have been prepared by family law practitioners and endorsed by the Family and Child Law Committee of the Law Society, the Family Lawyers Association and the Bar Council. The guidelines are intended to constitute best practice guidelines rather than specific client advice.

https://www.lawsociety.ie/globalassets/documents/committees/family/access-guidelines-covid-19.pdf

NB - This is a guide for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have an issue requiring legal advice, please contact any of the team at Nolan Farrell & Goff at 051 859999/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Azzurri Sport FacemasksWaterford sports merchandiser to produce 20,000 free face masks for healthcare workers

Since 1985 Azzurri Sport Limited has produced the highest quality sports merchandise from its production facility in Kilcohan, Waterford. While many are familiar with their kits gracing Waterford’s GAA, camogie, soccer, rugby and basketball greats throughout the years, in recent weeks Azzurri has moved into manufacturing face masks in the fight against Covid-19.

John Molloy, Managing Director Azzurri Sport, explains the move from sportswear to face masks. “We made the decision to move into the production of non-surgical face masks for healthcare workers following the unprecedented demand for PPE (personal protective equipment).”

“Within two weeks we produced and delivered 8,000 free face masks to University Hospital Waterford, UPMC Whitfield, Waterford Nursing Home, Dungarvan Community Hospital, Crumlin Children’s Hospital and more. The face masks we produce in Waterford are washable and re-usable with over 80% filtration efficiency and are suitable for all non-surgical environments.”

“We are committed to the manufacture and distribution of 20,000 face masks to our healthcare workers, carers, nursing homes, voluntary groups, community groups and those with underlying health conditions free of charge over the next month. However, there is a cost to making the face masks, so we’ve set up a GoFundMe campaign – Healthcare Face Mask Initiative - in order to continue the production of the free face masks for our heroic healthcare workers.”

“Health care workers, nursing homes, volunteer organisations and community groups are essential in the delivery of care of those who are cocooning, particularly the elderly and those with underlying conditions. While we have already supplied organisations such as Meals on Wheels, TUSLA, the Red Cross, and Waterford Food Bank with over 500 face masks, we hope that the provision of free face masks to more of these frontline workers will enable them to ensure the continuation of care for those who need it most.”

While non-surgical facemasks are integral in reducing the spread of transmission of Covid-19, they should be used in accordance with recommended measures, such as washing hands properly with warm water and soap before applying and covering mouth and nose fully with the mask and avoid touching your face. As the face masks are reusable and washable, when damp, remove carefully and machine wash at 60 degrees, once again washing hands with warm water and soap.

If you are in a position to donate to Azzurri’s Healthcare Face mask Initiative, you can visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/rugksb-face-mask

You can also call Azzurri Sports on 051 850066 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tramore Golf Club Covid Fundraiser

The week-long collection for our two local charities came to the sum total of €6,300. We are allocating €4500 to Meals on Wheels and €1,800 to SVDP.
On behalf of the Management Committee, Captain and Lady Captain, Denis Leamy, Chairman wishes to thank all members and the organisers of this collection for their great generosity at this difficult time. Members, friends and families enthusiastically contributed to this worthy fundraiser. Predominantly, Tramore residents, but also stretching to friends of Tramore Golf club, living in Cornwall UK.
Tramore Golf Club hope to have a formal presentation to both charities from the Captain and Lady Captain when the current Covid sitaution allows.

Wednesday April 15th at 2pm: Lay-offs and short-time working because of COVID19 – how do I handle it? 

COVID-19 has affected every Irish business in one way or another. It’s an unfortunate situation that has led to difficult decisions being made. Among those decisions are whether to place employees on short-time or lay them off temporarily. Should you be faced with having to make such a decision, we want to ensure you make the right call.

That’s why we’re conducting a free e-learning session for employers. This session will last 30 minutes and, among other factors, our expert will cover:

  • What is lay-off?
  • What is short-time working?
  • Notice periods.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

While we hope your business retains its staff and successfully comes through COVID-19, this e-learning session will still provide the tools you need should a lay-off or short-time situation arise. 
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8718189730931050765

Friday April 17th at 2pm: How to manage and motivate your staff working from home 

If your business currently has employees working from home as a result of COVID-19, or you’re thinking of arranging such a situation, you’ll have a lot of questions.

One of those will be how to manage and motivate your remote workers. 

To ensure your employees stay focused and target-driven, we’re conducting a free e-learning session where our expert will explain how to keep your remote workers productive.

This session will last 30 minutes and cover:

  • How to set your employees up to work from home.
  • Steps to motivate employees.
  • Your health & safety obligations.
  • How to handle employee issues such as isolation, anxiety and stress as a result of home working.

This session is informative regardless of what stage of homeworking your business is at. What we hope you take away from this e-learning session are the tools to ensure your employees come through COVID-19 happy and healthy. 
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/227863195826273293

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With many forced to shut their doors, Emagine are reaching out to local businesses who are facing the challenge of getting products into the hands of customers.

Our team has 20 years of experience in helping businesses in Waterford sell online and are can deliver you a simple, cost effective e-commerce website in about 10 working days.

Please get in touch via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to talk through how we can help.

WLR Deise TodayAs an essential business, WLR is continuing to provide a twenty four hour service to listeners in Waterford City and County during this Covid-19 crisis. Recognised as Europe's most trusted news source, radio throughout Ireland has experienced a huge boost in listenership as people strive to stay connected to their local communities.

As Ireland’s Local Radio Station of the Year, WLR is to the forefront in keeping Waterford listeners and its business community informed and updated 24/7. While WLR Sales and Marketing staff are working remotely, all on air and in news and production are part of the frontline and working flat out in The Broadcast Centre to keep Waterford connected.

Damien Tiernan who anchors the 10am to 12 noon slot on the station says there has been a noticeable increase in the numbers contacting 'Deise Today' to raise matters of concern, to share their stories, air their views and just to keep in touch with what’s going on around them.

WLR news, on the hour seven days a week, is putting local news and the county's efforts to combat the virus at the heart of every bulletin. Liz Reddy, Head of News, says the station is in contact almost hourly with the HSE and with the City and County Council to ensure WLR listeners are not just hearing the latest Covid updates but also about the Trojan efforts of many who are working on the frontline and volunteering to ensure the elderly and vulnerable are being looked after.

Local radio has come into its own during this crisis. This was recognised this week when President Michael D Higgins chose local radio as the platform to address the people of Ireland with his message of hope and of thanks to those working in the health service.

As an independent commercial radio station, WLR continues to serve businesses in Waterford, with sales staff working remotely and full production facilities available to record advertisements and other promotions for radio and its social media channels.

WLR continues to broadcast its weekly Business Programme, The Hot Desk with Irish Times Journalist Eoghan Dalton at 6.15 pm on Wednesdays.

If you have a subject that Eoghan should cover he can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other contacts that may be helpful to Waterford Chamber Members are:

WLR News: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deise Today with Damien Tiernan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

And for sales enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stay safe, stay connected to WLR.

 

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