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Liberty Blue Landlord BriefingThank you to everyone who came along to our inaugural Landlord Briefing event in March. We had a great turn out and the feedback from all attendees afterwards was very positive and enthusiastic.

Pat Davitt, CEO of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) and Tim Ryan, journalist, public affairs consultant and former Residential Tenancies Board member took the audience of Waterford Landlords through the most important aspects and proposed updates to the Residential Tenancies Act.

What useful landlord advice was discussed on the night?

Pat Davitt pointed out the decline in the number of landlords of 1 – 2 properties across Ireland and called for incentives for landlords to remain in the rental market, for the good of tenants and of society.

Tim Ryan gave a very informative talk on the most important parts of the Residential Tenancies Act and gave the landlords present sage advice on avoiding difficulties to the benefit of both them and their tenants.

Our own Regina Mangan, owner of Liberty Blue Estate Agents in Waterford City and County spoke about the strong trend towards renting in Waterford and the lack of available properties. Regina argued that this trend presents a great opportunity for landlords to provide much-needed accommodation and, combined with the principles of the Residential Tenancies Act, is ushering in the era of the Professional Landlord. She urged landlords to view the rental market as a long term investment.

Where can I find out more?

Pat Davitt’s presentation from our Waterford Landlord event can be downloaded here and Tim Ryan’s presentation can be downloaded here.

Huge thanks to Pamela Pim and Laura O’Keeffe at Bank of Ireland Waterford for their help with hosting this event in their Workbench venue and to Scarlett Platters for providing the fabulous food.

 Arc Mediation New Associates

Founding partners Shane Dempsey and Dr Roisin O'Shea are pleased to welcome two new Associates to their growing interdisciplinary team.

Michael J Dempsey, FCMA, CGMA and a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers has had a long career in business and financial management. He has extensive experience as a management accountant and company secretary for SMEs, PLCs, not-for-profits and multinational organisations. Michael specialises in commercial mediation and will be working with the ARC team on the resolution of Succession planning, Family business & commercial disputes.

Marie Dennehy is a well known Waterford solicitor who has practiced for many years in the South East region. She brings significant experience to the team in the areas of probate and land disputes, while also contributing to our separation & divorce mediation offerings.
We are very excited to welcome two highly experienced professionals to our practice, and look forward to working with both going forward.

All enquiries to ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Tel; 051 348336

LCE RichardRichard O’Donoghue – LCE Safety Consultant & Trainer

Answers your work related health and safety queries as part of our monthly Q&A session.

“Is First Aid Training a legal requirement?”

Richard O’Donoghue reply:

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and Chapter 2 of Part 7 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 an employer shall:

(a) provide and maintain suitably marked and easily accessible first-aid equipment, as is adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first-aid to be given to persons at every place where working conditions require it, at a place of work under the employer’s control,

(b) designate at each place of work under the employer’s control the number of occupational first-aiders as is necessary to give first-aid at the place of work concerned,

(c) ensure that the number of occupational first-aiders, their training and the equipment available to them is adequate, taking account of the size or hazards, or both, of each such place of work, and

Furthermore, Section 11-(1) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 states the following:

Without prejudice to the generality of section 8, every employer shall, in preparing and revising as necessary adequate plans and procedures to be followed and measures to be taken in the case of an emergency or serious and imminent danger

  • provide the necessary measures to be taken appropriate to the place of work for first aid, fire-fighting and the evacuation of employees and any other individual present in the place of work, taking account of the nature of the work being carried on and the size of the place of work,
  • ensure that the number of those employees, their training and the equipment available to them are adequate, taking into account either or both the size of and specific hazards relating to the place of work.

Basically you have to provide the necessary measures i.e. a sufficient number of staff must be trained taking into account the size or hazards involved and to ensure compliance with both the SHWWA 2005 and the SHWW(General Application) Reg 2007. The risk assessment will determine the hazards involved and ultimately the number of first aiders required.

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The newly renovated Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre in the heart of Waterford City has recently been awarded a Gold Award by the Irish Accommodation Services Institute.

The IASI was founded in 1985 and its remit is to promote best practice standards across the accommodation field. The IASA award is the industry’s premier Accommodation Award. Each year, the IASI sends accommodation providers a list of standards which should be met in order to be eligible for an award. Every property is required to get 80% in their inspection to pass. After that, 80% to 87% is a Merit Award, 87% to 93% is a Silver Award and 93% to 100% is a Gold Award.

The Accommodation Department in the hotel is managed by Dace Bolse who has exceptionally high standards and whose attention to details is second to none.

According to the General Manager Seamus O Carroll ‘I am very proud of the team for winning this award for the hotel. It’s a great achievement as we work very hard every day to ensure all areas of the hotel are spotless and indeed comfortable for our guests. We take great pride in our work and enjoy looking after our guests and ensuring their every need is met when they choose to stay in our hotel’.

For further information please contact the hotel on 051 862300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Almega Business Consulting Limited is an owner led business that provides Financial Services, Human Resource Out Sourcing and Corporate Governance Solutions to SMEs.

Almega was established in 2011 and operates a nationwide service from its South East base. They deliver strategic guidance and practical hands-on support in the areas of: Financial Services, Human Resources and Corporate Governance.

Their services are provided by a team of experienced professionals with an established pedigree delivering successful outcomes over many years. They pride themselves on working with companies to allow them achieve their business objectives and supporting management teams to excel in their roles.

For more information on Almega Business Consulting Limited visit their website at www.almega.ie

SEAM 3DWIT launch3DWIT, a designated activity company (DAC) which will be instrumental in both training industry in new manufacturing techniques as well as providing prototype development services, has been launched at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) by Minister Heather Humphreys, T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation and by Minister John Halligan T.D., Minister of State for Training, Skills & Innovation.

Minister Humphreys was in Waterford to launch a new Regional Enterprise Plan for the South-East to support enterprise growth and job creation through collaborative initiatives.

3DWIT is an initiative of SEAM (South Eastern Applied Materials) Research Centre, an Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Centre based in WIT and headed by Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra.

Following the opening of its metal 3D printing centre in 2014 SEAM is now spinning out 3DWIT for the support and education of industry needs in the high potential and fast growing field of Additive Manufacturing (AM).

Speaking at SEAM, where she also officially opened the new 3DWIT additive manufacturing project, which received grant funding of over €1.3 million under her Department’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said: “The collaboration in evidence here at SEAM is a superb example of what these new Regional Enterprise Plans are fundamentally about. The Regional Enterprise Plan for the South-East that I am launching today sets out a number of key strategic areas where regional stakeholders working together will provide a basis for future enterprise development and job creation that is sustainable in the longer term.

“I am pleased to note that jobs growth has been strong in all regions, including the South-East. There are 18,500 more people at work today in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford than at the beginning of 2015, when the Government first launched regional jobs plans, and the unemployment rate has reduced significantly, from 11.7 percent down to 7.7 percent today.”

Turning to the 3DWIT opening, the Minister added: “In December 2017, I was delighted to announce that 3DWIT was being allocated just over €1.3 million under my Department’s Regional Enterprise Development Fund. This funding has supported the creation of the 3DWIT manufacturing facility in the South-East. It is a tremendous asset for the region and will support industry needs in the high potential and fast-growing field of Additive Manufacturing.  3DWIT will give manufacturing companies in the South-East a competitive edge, and in turn will help to create jobs in many industrial sectors from biomedical devices to precision engineering and micro-electronics.”

In addition to the launch of 3DWIT, SEAM also celebrated 10 years of its service to industries and achievement of securing €1.9m Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund funding as part of a consortium. The SEAM-led consortium comprised of two SMEs Schivo Medical & Graph Engineering, MNC Stryker Ireland and CREST-TUD. Altogether the project is worth €2.6m.

Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director said: “Launching 3DWIT and celebrating SEAM’s 10th birthday on the same day as the South East Regional Enterprise Plan launch highlights how WIT is at the cutting edge of industry-relevant innovation. SEAM constantly strives to advance the cutting edge of innovation by bringing novel technologies with a view to transferring the knowledge acquired to Irish based industries.”

WIT President, Prof Willie Donnelly said: “Today we are celebrating 10 years of SEAM and the launch of the 3DWIT which is funded by Enterprise Ireland under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund. 3DWIT was set for the support and education of industry needs in the high potential and fast growing field of Additive Manufacturing (AM).  The relationship between SEAM and the regional manufacturing sector has been instrumental in the transformation of Waterford as one of Ireland's leading advance manufacturing regions. However SEAM’s impact has been felt throughout Ireland as SEAM has become the partner of choice for the advance manufacturing industry irrespective of choice. The establishment of 3DWIT DAC establishes SEAM as Ireland’s centre for 3D printing, one of the most exciting and transformative technologies at the very heart of the 21st century manufacturing.”

SEAM has a strong reputation in addressing the materials engineering issues affecting manufacturing industries with fast turn-around times so as to reduce industry downtime costs and product reject rates and enhance competitiveness. One of the services offered by 3DWIT is product/prototype development services for the manufacturing sector.

SEAM and 3DWIT are also key to the future of the WIT School of Engineering as they expand their research, consultancy, education and training activities.

 

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