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Thursday 31st January 2019 Ashling Hotel, Dublin  9.00 am to 5.00 pm  View details

Thursday 28th February 2019 The Aspect Hotel, Kilkenny 9.00 am to 5.00 pm  View details

Thursday 21st March 2019 The Clayton Hotel, Galway  9.00 am to 5.00 pm  View details

The EAP Institute, Waterford, invites you to a one-day seminar which will present a best practice approach to developing a comprehensive approach to employee mental health disabilities.

Citing recent research on mental health the Director of the EAP Institute Maurice Quinlan said “Research found high levels of stress anxiety and depression in Irish People. The research carried out by Amarach research surveying 1000 Irish people was commissioned by Silver Cloud Health, the HSE provider of online mental health programs. The finding shows that 7 in 10 experienced stress and anxiety while over 25% had to cope with the mental struggle. Some 15% of adults the equivalent of 540,406 over the age of 19 years were diagnosed with depression.” He went on “employers have a legal obligation to address mental health disabilities in the workplace.”

This high value seminar will outline a best practice approach for businesses who wish to identify and control Workplace Behavioural and Mental Health Risks.

Book online here or contact Maurice Quinlan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The stunning Hobson’s restaurant at Waterford’s Tower Hotel, overlooking the River Suir and in the heart of the city’s Viking Triangle, is now open for business and is a great addition to Waterford city’s dining circuit.

Hobson’s features floor to ceiling windows, and is a bright and airy dining space which makes for a spectacular first impression. Hobson’s is Waterford’s newest quayside restaurant. The riverside views are stunning particularly at night with a view of the quayside and Reginald’s Tower.

Hobson’s restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and also offers a great value Early Bird menu. With an extensive wine and cocktail list to compliment the A La Carte menu you are guaranteed a superb dining experience.

Hobson’s restaurant is named after Captain William Hobson (26 September 1792 – 10 September 1842) who was born on Lombard Street in Waterford and was the first Governor of New Zealand.

Nigel Cloney, the Head Chef is looking forward to welcoming guests and locals to Hobson’s restaurant.

To book your table please contact the hotel on 051 862300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Val DoonicanMonday December 17th at Theatre Royal Waterford

IT’S TIME TO DUST OFF THE WOOLLY JUMPERS AND SMILE!

It is time to dust off your woolly jumpers and unearth your festive hats because on 17th December next, the Great Singalong Songbook team that brought the stunning Vera Lynn tribute concert to the Theatre Royal last month gets ready to pay homage to another icon: Waterford’s famous musical son, Val Doonican.

Don’t miss a great evening and tribute to a local icon…

Val Doonican was the most relaxed man on television! He smiled out at us with his lop-sided grin, his colourful patterned jumpers and that warm, chocolate voice. Top off your Christmas festivities with Linda Kenny, Damian Smith, Ryan Morgan, MC Alf McCarthy, and our Songbook Band (MD Alan Carney) as we pay tribute to the Waterford icon who dominated the BBC Television airwaves for 21 years and topped the charts with hits like Walk Tall. Written and directed by Cathal MacCabe.

http://www.theatreroyal.ie/events/christmas-with-val-doonican

Sedicii RegTech

Sedicii is announced among the most pioneering companies transforming compliance, risk management and cybersecurity.

The world’s most innovative technology solution providers that address the challenges of dealing with regulatory issues within financial services, were announced today by RegTech Analyst, a specialist research firm. “To receive this global recognition is truly rewarding at the end of what has been a tremendously successful year for the Sedicii team,” says Robert Leslie Sedicii Founder and CEO. “Our innovative technology is creating waves globally as it allows two parties to prove to each other that they both have the same information without revealing the information they hold. It has the potential to solve the Cybersecurity threats associated with placing sensitive information in the public domain,” says Leslie.

The RegTech (regulatory technology) industry has seen huge growth in the last two years as banks and financial institutions grapple with the unrelenting pace of regulatory change across all jurisdictions. Over $4bn has been invested in RegTech companies since the beginning of 2016. Sedicii technology uses a technology known as Zero Knowledge Proof(ZKP). Through a method of real-time and anonymised identity verification it delivers significant benefits for governments, enterprises and individuals.

As a result, this year’s process to identify the leading 100 companies in the RegTech space was even more competitive than last year. A panel of analysts and industry experts voted from a longlist of 824 companies produced by RegTech Analyst, compared to a list of 416 last year. The finalists were recognized for their innovative use of technology to solve a significant industry problem, or to generate cost savings or efficiency improvements across the compliance function.

Fifty-five new companies entered the RegTech 100 this year. The risk management category saw the biggest increase with an additional 10 companies gaining RegTech 100 status to occupy 47 places on the list, while companies offering solutions that address MiFID II regulation in Europe saw a 10% increase in their number to take a total of 38 places.

European and North American companies still dominate the RegTech 100 with 60% and 29% of places, respectively. Within Europe, UK companies enhanced the country’s leading position on the list with 30 representatives compared to 26 last year. The emergence of a thriving global RegTech ecosystem has seen companies from another 21 countries make the list, including Ireland, Switzerland, Singapore, India and Luxembourg.

“The impact of the most innovative RegTech companies will be measured in billions of dollars over the next few years,” according to Mariyan Dimitrov, head of research at RegTech Analyst. “RegTech 100 companies offer solutions that enhance processes across the entire compliance function, including onboarding verification, risk management, communications monitoring, information security and reporting by using the latest technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, natural language processing and biometrics.”

A full list of the RegTech 100 is available at www.RegTech100.com. More detailed information on all companies as well as in-depth industry analysis is available in the Global RegTech Review (www.GlobalRegTechReview.com).

Dataworks ISO 9001Dataworks Limited have been awarded NSAI registration of Quality Management System ISO 9001:2015 for the provision of software development, validation & managed services for the Life Sciences industry, general manufacturing and relevant public sectors.

Founded in 1995 by Liam Curham and Brian Robinson Dataworks is one of the longest established software companies in the region. For over 23 years they have worked with leaders in the Life Science sector to deliver better outcomes through Digital Transformation. They work with some of the world’s leading Medical Device and Pharma companies in Ireland and internationally, including Bausch & Lomb, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson to name a few. Headquartered in Waterford city Dataworks currently employ 33 staff and continue to grow.

The ISO journey has been extremely beneficial for Dataworks at a time when they are preparing for continued expansion.

According to Brian Robinson, CTO: “We didn’t want to have the certification if it didn’t make sense for us as a company. However, it was evident from early on that the Quality Management System we implemented in Dataworks is one that is actually fit for our business and one that engages all our employees. It will really help us prepare and implement the structures needed for future growth. Also, the customer focus throughout the process has really helped us to keep the client at the centre of everything we do.”

It took a significant team effort to develop the Quality Management System, and Dataworks developed and implemented a custom Electronic Quality Management System based on Microsoft SharePoint which has helped streamline the whole process and now serves as their internal online repository for all of the company’s SOP’s and relevant ISO information, including all training records.

Liam Curham, CEO said: “Achieving ISO certification has been our key Quality objective this year, and while it has taken a huge amount of work by everyone to develop a QMS which is fit for purpose and complies with the ISO standards, we feel that this will help us secure more business in the highly regulated Medical Device and Pharmaceutical sector we operate in. It was a huge learning experience for everyone, and one that the entire team embraced.”

If you are interested in learning about Dataworks software solutions, validation or managed services please contact the Dataworks team today on 051 888 555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Marla Team Picture

Waterford based Brand and Digital Agency, Márla Communications, are delighted to announce the expansion of their digital marketing team, having recently acquired the services of Jonathan Flynn as their Digital Marketing Manager and Fiachra McCloskey as their Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Manager. Marla Communications also expanded their graphic design team in January when Béibhinn Murphy joined the team as a junior Graphic Designer.

While Márla Communications have provided their clients with digital solutions over the past four years, the agency has recently made a significant investment in the expansion of their digital marketing team due to increased demand for digital marketing services in the market place. Jonathan, Fiachra and Béibhinn bring a rich variety of experience and skills to Márla Communications and the services that they offer their existing and future client base.

The skills and expertise brought by the new team members will allow Márla Communications to bring an unparalleled branding and digital service to their large base of clients in both Waterford at nationally.

Marla Jonathan FlynnMarla Fiachra McCloskeyMarla Béibhinn Murphy

Jonathan Flynn joins the team having worked in the Digital Marketing sphere for over 10 years. A passion to fully develop his skills has resulted in Jonathan acquiring a diverse range of digital marketing experience from working in a wide spectrum of businesses and industries in Ireland, Canada and Australia. Jonathan has honed his digital marketing skills through understanding the unique requirements of each individual business and delivering strategies that work for them.

Fiachra McCloskey is an expert in website speed optimisation and organic SEO using strictly white hat techniques. Fiachra specialises in both on page and off page SEO. He manages and improves organic search engine performance by setting up goals based on click through rates, traffic, and conversions. Fiachra is passionate about analytics and results driven strategy.

Béibhinn Murphy is responsible for measuring and reporting on the performance of all digital marketing campaigns. Based on continued analysis and utilising her strong analytical ability Béibhinn identifies trends and insights, allowing the digital marketing team to optimise spend and performance based on her findings. Béibhinn uses her creative abilities and technical knowhow to develop short engaging video communications for online campaigns.

An Industry that has been Transformed by Technology

According to Sheila Gallogly, Managing Director of the agency, the world of marketing communication has been transformed beyond recognition in the last decade; "We have been in business for over 12 years, and have witnessed a total sea change in how consumers interpret and access marketing messages; it’s not that long ago when TV, press and radio were the primary channels of consideration. With the emergence of Facebook in 2004, followed by other social media channels in recent years, consumers quickly moved from being passive viewers of advertising, to being actively involved in the process. This presented both challenges and opportunities to businesses, and those who embraced the steady move to digital communication are going from strength to strength”.

Sheila adds “We're delighted to have Jonathan, Fiachra and Béibhinn on board; not only are they very experienced and skilled in digital marketing, they also have an in-depth understanding of key strategic business needs. We're looking forward to the contribution Jonathan, Fiachra and Béibhinn will make to our team".

From humble beginnings in 2006, Márla Communications is now a highly successful and established national Brand and Digital agency with a client base of over 300 clients, spanning all market sectors and regions. The agency is based in the City Enterprise Centre, Waterford Business Park, Cork Road, and can be contacted on 051 853 650 or online at www.marla.ie.

LAVAL, Quebec, Nov. 13, 2018 – Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) (“Bausch Health,” the “Company” or “we”) today announced it will invest to expand contact lens manufacturing capacity at its Bausch + Lomb sites in Waterford, Ireland and Rochester, N.Y. The Company is adding multiple production lines at these two sites to support the manufacture of its innovative daily disposable silicone hydrogel (SiHy daily) contact lenses.

“Bausch + Lomb is one of the world’s most respected eye health brands, due in large part to the high-quality contact lenses manufactured at the Rochester and Waterford sites. By expanding the production capacity at both locations, we will continue to build on their legacies as we invest for the future,” said Joseph C. Papa, chairman and CEO, Bausch Health. “The increased manufacturing capabilities will enable us to meet our anticipated global customer demand for the Bausch + Lomb daily disposable silicone hydrogel contact lenses, a product that is critical to both our ongoing transformation and to our mission of improving people’s lives globally.”

SiHy daily contact lenses are known as one of the Company’s “Significant Seven,” which is a suite of seven key products that collectively are expected to generate more than $1 billion dollars of annualized revenue, at peak, in the next five years. Bausch Health believes these products will help drive the long-term, future growth of the Company. Recently launched in Japan, SiHy daily contact lenses are expected to be approved and launched in other areas of the world over the next few years.

Bausch Health has been working closely with the public and private sectors in support of the capacity expansions in both Waterford and Rochester. The investment in Ireland is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland, the agency responsible for the attraction and development of foreign direct investment in Ireland. The investment in the Bausch + Lomb Optics Center in Rochester is being assisted by Empire State Development, the Monroe (N.Y.) County Department of Planning and Development and Rochester Gas & Electric.

It is expected that these site expansions will lead to the creation of more than 200 jobs over the next four years. Bausch Health currently employs approximately 1,350 people in Waterford and more than 1,000 people in Rochester.

Damain Finn, vice president, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, Bausch + Lomb, said: “Rochester and Waterford have been collaborative partners for many decades, and both locations are now synonymous with innovation in the development and manufacture of contact lenses and eye health products that improve the quality of life for our customers. This investment will support the development of an important new line of contact lenses and represents a new chapter in the success story of collaboration and co-operation between the two sites.”

Mark Hennessy, Bausch + Lomb Waterford site lead said, “This investment, which will create 100 new jobs, is a testament to the efforts and commitment of all employees in the Waterford facility. It enables us to take advantage of the opportunities that are emerging in the contact lens and eye health sector in the coming years. The corporation has placed enormous confidence in our team with this investment, and it is a reflection of our track record of recent performance and an acknowledgement of our commitment to continue to deliver into the future.”

“This investment will further strengthen the Waterford plant’s position in supporting Bausch + Lomb’s efforts to increase its share of the contact lens market, following an earlier investment between 2015 and 2017. That programme added 300 employees at the Waterford facility, bringing the current total employment there to 1,350. I am looking forward to the coming years as a time of great opportunity and further growth,” he added.

Welcoming the investment news, Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, said: “I am delighted to see this investment which will result in a significant jobs boost for the South East. Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected health care brands in the world, and I look forward to our mutually beneficial relationship continuing to develop even further in the years ahead.”

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, John Halligan TD, said: “Bausch + Lomb has a long and proud history in Waterford, and this significant investment reaffirms its continued commitment to the county. They are on course to have well over 1,350 people employed on the site. This investment is a great vote of confidence in what the region has to offer and I wish them well for the future.”

Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland said: “I welcome the news that Bausch + Lomb is to expand its manufacturing capabilities at its Waterford, site creating an additional 100 jobs. This adds to Ireland’s reputation in this sector; we are the second largest exporter of MedTech products in Europe with 33 per cent of the global supply of contact lenses made here. Winning investment for regional locations is a key focus for IDA Ireland and the resulting increase in employment this expansion will create is very important for the South East Region and I wish the company continued success.”

 

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