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Matrix equality survey

Workplace Equality is such an important issue in today’s workplaces that we have committed to running an annual survey to see how Ireland is performing, changing or progressing in this area and if society is adequately addressing inequalities in the workplace arising from gender, age, nationality etc. Your view counts and we invite you to take part in the 2019 Workplace Equality Survey. 

This survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. To thank you for taking part, we will choose 3 winners who can choose one of the following -  a €100 TicketMaster voucher, a €100 Flight voucher or a €100 One4All voucher. Here is the link to take part:

All replies will be treated in the strictest of confidence and if you do not wish to be entered into the draw, you are welcome to complete this important survey anonymously. Results will be published on our website and on social channels in November 2019.



Join Auto Boland Jaguar Land Rover on Saturday 12th of October 10.00am – 4.00pm, in Dove Hill Irish Design Centre, Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Tipperary. A fantastic opportunity to explore all the power, comfort and innovation of our Jaguar and Land Rover range.

Test drive your choice of vehicles, including the New Discovery Sport and New Range Rover Evoque. Other cars available on the day will include the Range Rover Sport, Jaguar F-PACE, Jaguar E-PACE and Jaguar F-TYPE. Members of the Auto Boland Jaguar Land Rover Sales Team will also be onsite to discuss finance options and trade in opportunities.

Date: Saturday 12th October 2019.

Time: 10:00am – 16:00pm.

Venue: Dove Hill Irish Design Centre, Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

Call 051-335000, or click to book your test drive today.

*Test drives restricted to drivers over the age of 25 with a full driving licence.


Port of Waterford Kingfisher DResponding proactively to climate change and emerging economic opportunities and challenges are among the key themes of the latest version of the Port of Waterford corporate plan.

Along with commercial development, infrastructure, people and systems, environmental sustainability is one of five topics prioritised in the plan.

Describing climate change as “an enormous threat to the global environment with very significant implications for our economies and day-to-day lives,” the plan says it is incumbent on the Port to play a proactive role in reducing carbon emissions from transport.

In the plan, the Port commits to minimising their environmental impact and reducing their direct and indirect carbon footprint. It will also continue to support Ireland’s renewable energy sector and especially enable further investment in wind energy.

Given the benefits of short sea shipping and rail freight in particular, the plan seeks to take carbon out of the supply chain by promoting utilisation of the most environmentally-effective transport modes.

In their joint introduction to the plan, Des Whelan and Frank Ronan – respectively chairman and chief executive – note how while the Port continued to perform well in 2018 and the first half of this year, “the wider economic and environmental picture is complex and difficult. On the economic front, Brexit remains an uncomfortable prospect while global trade tensions appear to accelerate. Climate change presents us all with some formidable challenges…Our performance will follow the economies we serve and we must manage within that context.”

Dealing further with Brexit, the plan notes how the UK leaving the EU represents a challenge to the entire Irish economy and to the agri-food sector which is particularly important to the Port.

As the Port of Waterford doesn’t operate direct services between Ireland and the UK, no major operational issues are envisaged. The plan also sets out how Waterford may be able to accommodate some activities that no longer fit comfortably at Dublin Port while Brexit may increase the attractiveness of Waterford’s direct services to mainland Europe to those who previously moved goods using Britain as a land-bridge.

The Port has clearly stated its commitment to the local community in the corporate plan, recognising the importance of continuing to engage with all members of the community. As well as continuing its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, the Port will support studies of the history, archaeology, ecology and geology along the estuary and work with local communities to advance shared interests.

With a staff of 40, Port of Waterford handled 854,426 tonnes of bulk in the first six months of this year, a 15% increase on the first half of 2018. Container traffic volumes were consistent with last year. Turnover was over €4.1m, an increase of 10% on the same six months in 2018 while profits were stable at just over €800,000. External factors impacting demand are making the trading environment in the second half of the year more challenging than in 2018.

The Port is also incurring start-up costs arising from the introduction of a new deep sea container vessel service this year which is performing well to date.

Subject to the prevailing economic climate, the corporate plan envisages full-year revenues increasing to €11.6m in 2023 with an operating profit of €3.5m.

The Port of Waterford Corporate Plan 2019-2013 is available in full at

Renew Reuse Day 2019October is Ireland’s National Reuse Month, a waste prevention initiative to raise awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of reusing everyday items and materials that would otherwise go to waste.

On October 17th, Renew Enterprises will hold an Open Morning at its premises at Lacken Road Business Park to raise awareness about the reuse work the centre does in preventing waste going to landfill.

Renew is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise operated by Treo Port Lairge CLG, established to create full-time employment for people who have been distant from the labour market. Committed to social inclusion and social justice, the enterprise provides opportunities for those to learn, train and practice new skills and to experience working in a real time working environment.

Renew services and repairs everyday items such as bicycles, wheelchairs, lawnmowers, strimmers and hedgecutters for customers. In addition, Renew repurposes discarded pallets into furniture and kindling. The enterprise also strips end-of-life machines (those that are beyond economical repair) and reconditions the parts taken from them. This reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and has the added benefit of reducing repair costs for customers.

Renew’s manager Nicola Tull says, “Our policy is that we reduce our waste output as much as possible. We operate a busy workshop that services and repairs a whole range of mechanical and everyday items for our customers at a reduced cost. In many cases when the item is beyond repair, we strip the parts that can be reused, thus reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.”

“We were very fortunate to receive a grant from Waterford City and County Council which allowed us to purchase new equipment that helps us with the servicing aspect of the organisation. The more everyday items we can service and repair for our customers, the less likely they are to end up being binned. Something as simple as extending the life span of a bicycle or a lawnmower can help reduce waste and have many economic and environmental benefits.”

“Throughout the Open Morning on October 17th, we will have talks about how to prolong the life of your mower and basic health and safety considerations. There will be demonstrations on how best to store your mower over the winter to increase its lifespan. We will also be demonstrating how the new equipment we purchased with the Council grant is helping us prevent waste ending up in landfill.”

The Renew Enterprises Reuse Open Morning takes place between 10am and 1pm on Thursday, October 17th at Unit 2, Block 4, Lacken Road, Business Park, Kilbarry (in the TREO building). All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. To find out more visit

This project is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Pobal through the Community Services Programme.

Smovey HIIT bootcamp

We are delighted to bringing the first ever POWER HIIT classes to Ireland.

These are a mixture of smoveyPOWER and HIIT training, giving you the full benefits of High Intensity Interval Training and Vibration therapy. 

Classes and Bootcamp start on the 30th September, for more information or to book please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text/call 0858525766

Tina Darrer AIB Enterprise AwardWaterford based Dooley’s Hotel has been Highly Commended in the category of Strategic Growth at the second annual AIB Women in Enterprise Programme which was held in the AIB Centre of Excellence Hub in Central Park, Dublin. Almost 80 companies took part in the hotly contested programme which saw companies throughout Ireland competing for the top spot. Kildare based The Beauty Buddy was chosen as the overall winner by a panel of judges which included senior representatives from AIB but Waterford based Dooley’s Hotel was Highly Commended in the category of Strategic Growth and walked away with part of the €40,000 prize fund.

Dooley’s Hotel is a three-star, third-generation women-led business.  Located in Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford. The family has been in the hospitality industry for 72 years. They have 112 guest bedrooms, 170-seater restaurant, 150-seater bar and their banqueting/conference suite can cater up to 240 guests.

On the night, four other businesses, The Beauty Buddy, Flowithme,  Chupi and Advanced Technical Concepts Ltd were also awarded prizes by the judges. The winners and finalists will share a prize fund of €40,000 which will go towards helping them scale their businesses. They will also receive mentoring and media profiling for their companies.

Speaking about the awards, Lorraine Greene, AIB Women in Enterprise Programme Manager said “The AIB Women in Enterprise Programme is part of our commitment to providing businesses with the supports needed to help them scale and achieve further success. The awards are a key milestone in this programme and give us an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the many achievements of the businesses that participated throughout the year.

“We are delighted to have such a variety of businesses across multiple sectors compete in this year’s programme. We are also proud to have played a part in helping these businesses and to have backed them to achieve their dreams and ambitions.”

Speaking about the awards, Tina Darrer of Dooley’s Hotel in Waterford said “I was thrilled to win the award. It was completely unexpected. The WIE academy was an amazing opportunity for our business and my leadership growth, which I am transferring to our team.  It has given me many tools, support and guidance to which we are implementing. AIB gave me access to the best mentors and experts in the field. They have introduced me to a new network of fantastic people. AIB has opened the door and made introductions to people that I would generally not have had access. They have helped our business to be more focused, target and strategic driven. I am truly grateful for the experience AIB has given us.”

The AIB Women in Enterprise programme is an eight month programme which kicked off in December 2018 and saw over 300 businesses take part in a series of half day masterclasses across Ireland which aimed to enable participants to improve their leadership and communication skills. In parallel to these workshops, was the AIB Women in Enterprise Growth Academies which saw 60 separate businesses owners attend six days of intensive training on topics such including leadership, networking, digital strategy and finance.

LCE Floor Slip testing

This particular LCE course provides all the required training for new employees, or acts as a refresher for existing employees within a company. For an investment of only €135 per person, this one-day course provides training in the following :

Manual Handling, the use of Fire Extinguishers, VDU Assessments, Safety Awareness and Safety Legislation.

To book your place on this course please call us on 051 364 344 or alternatively you can book online through our website, looking for Health & Safety Basics for Employees on the Book Training tab.

The aim of this Health and Safety Basics for Employees training is to cover all the basic training requirements for employees in one cost effective course - Manual Handling, Fire Extinguisher Use, Computer Workstation set up, Safety Awareness and Safety Legislation for all employees as either an induction training course or a refresher.

Duration: 1 day

Course objective:

  1. Introduction to workplace health and safety legislation for employees
  2. Introduction to workplace safety
    1. Workplace hazard identification
    2. Preventing accidents at work
  3. Dynamic manual materials handling
  4. Working with computers – VDU workstation set up
  5. Fire safety and fire extinguisher use

On completion of the course delegates should:

  1. Have completed their mandatory Manual Handling training course
  2. Be aware of how they need to contribute to workplace safety
  3. Understand fire safety and the practical use of fire extinguishers
  4. Understand their legal obligations relating to safety at work

Certificate of completion awarded on successful completion of course


Waterford Music Bangers Crash

Hitting Waterford with a BANG!, the Bangers & Crash Percussion Group will treat us to a fascinating array of sounds and rhythms at the Large Room, City Hall, Waterford on Thursday 3 October at 7:30pm.

This exciting group led by Alex Petcu, Emma King and Brian Dungan, will perform works by Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Gene Koshinki and, among others, a newly commissioned work by Alex Petcu. The concert is presented in association with Music Network.

Tickets €17 / €15 (conc.) / €5 (students) on the door.

Having a physics background can be a useful thing indeed if you are ace percussionist Alex Petcu. So the required sounds don't exist on conventional instruments? No problem, you just invent and build what you need. And that's what audiences can expect when he and fellow percussion adventurers Emma King and Brian Dungan arrive in Waterford, their vans filled with a wonderful array of metal, wood and string as well as the usual suspects of the drum world.

This Irish collective of three young and energetic virtuosos cook up a menu of new music which will tickle taste buds and defy expectations. Their appetite for exploring rhythmic influences from around the world – Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, and Javanese gamelan – is healthy, hearty and irrepressible.


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