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Sanofi Future Female Leader ScholarshipsTwo high-achieving students from University College Dublin (UCD) have been awarded Sanofi Future Female Leader Scholarships by the global biopharmaceutical company who employ almost 800 people at their campus in Waterford.

Ruth Moore, a 2nd year BSc (Hons) in Physics student and Niamh O’Connell, a 2nd year student on the Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering) were presented with their awards today (Fri, 10 May) at the facility in Waterford. 

Introduced on a pilot basis in 2018, the scholarships are promoted by Sanofi to encourage greater female participation in professional disciplines where women are traditionally under-represented.

From Dublin, Ruth Moore is a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) Fellow at the UCD Innovation Academy and Outreach Officer for the university’s Women in STEM Committee. She is also a science peer mentor at the college and Sponsorships Officer for the UCD Food Society. In addition, she has competed internationally in debating. Later this year, she will travel to California to participate in a three-week programme in manufacturing and technology innovation.

Kerry native Niamh O’Connell is a Bord na Gaeilge UCD Scholar, a Naughton Foundation Scholar and the Competition & Skills Officer of the UCD Surf Club. During the summer, she will complete a four-week placement in Tanzania where she will be teaching basic computer skills to teachers and secondary school students.

As recipients of Sanofi Future Female Leader Scholarships, both students will receive an annual scholarship allowance of €3,000 each; mentoring from a senior leader at Sanofi Waterford; a paid summer placement and – where their course provides for it – a paid internship. They will also be eligible for fast-track applications to the company’s graduate programme.

Presenting the scholarships, Ruth Beadle, Site Head, Sanofi Waterford, said: “We had more than 100 applicants for the two scholarships from second and third year students at UCC, UCD and WIT this year so Ruth and Niamh have come through a very competitive process and proven themselves among the best of the best.

“For a business like ours that constantly needs to maintain a strong pipeline of emerging talent, it makes great sense that we invest in programmes like this that showcase some of thetremendous career opportunities available in Ireland’s thriving biopharma and medical devices sector. Addressing the under-representation of female leaders in our industry is also a very solid investment – from both a fairness perspective and, at a very basic level, so that we are not missing out on the huge potential of half the population. When we think of diversity and inclusion, we are also very aware of the huge value there is in having different perspectives around the room for decision-making.

“We now look forward to Ruth and Niamh coming on-board with us at Waterford as they continue their university studies in science and engineering respectively. I have no doubt they will benefit from the programme but also contribute a lot to our site team, making this a real ‘win-win’ for all of us.”

EY brexit watch 2

It has been a relatively quiet month for Brexit as most national governments took the Easter break to draw a breath and regroup. On a somewhat positive note, the official withdrawal date is now scheduled for 31 October 2019 - seven months after the original withdrawal date.

This gives the UK more time to agree on a deal internally but the EU has reiterated the withdrawal agreement will not be re-opened. The extension does little to support business. Businesses are less likely to make investment in such an ambiguous climate, more clarity surrounding Brexit would benefit businesses greatly but given the events of the past (almost) three years, this is unlikely.

In an otherwise quiet month on the Brexit front, fresh calls for independence referendums emanating from both Scotland and Wales has ensured that Brexit discussion remained at the forefront of political discourse.

Read our latest Brexit Update here.

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LCE Munster JerseyHaving recently acquired Unit 110 Six Cross Roads Business Park in Waterford for our headquarters, LCE are delighted to announce the opening of our Cork office to support the growing client base throughout Munster – LCE are now operating from our offices on the Link Road in Ballincollig.

To celebrate our opening and our newest member of staff Karen Cassoni commencing in LCE Cork, we are giving you an opportunity to win a signed Munster Jersey!!

All companies booking an in-house Manual Handling or First Aid training course or engaging LCE to complete office VDU assessments during June, July and August will be entered into the draw for a chance to win this fantastic prize.

So, if you need to get your safety compliance over the end line call LCE in Waterford on 051 364344 or Cork on 021 2038002. Alternatively you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book and enter the draw today.



Chez K BistroJoin us at the Fitzwilton Hotel for our new family friendly delicious Sunday Roast Lunch from 12.00 noon to 5.00pm EVERY Sunday. Sunday Lunch is one of the few times of the week that the whole family can come together and enjoy some quality time. Enjoy great fresh cooked food with fast friendly service.

At the Fitzwilton Hotel, we have introduced a new Sunday Lunch menu which uses only the finest cuts of meat, the freshest seasonal veg and delicious after dinner desserts. Try our succulent Traditional Sunday Roast of the Day with all the trimmings or savour the Fish of the Day. The Fitzwilton Chicken Curry is always a winner and vegetarians are well looked after with the Fitzwilton Vegetable Curry and a Vegetarian Lasagne on offer. As each dish is filled with a variety of bold and delicious flavours, our Sunday Roast Lunch menu is sure to delight your tastes. And don’t forget to leave room for one of our amazing homemade desserts.

We hope to help create new family traditions each Sunday from 12.00 noon to 5.00pm, with a fun kids corner to enjoy where children can colour or play with some of the many fun games provided. The whole family can enjoy the afternoon!

With Free onsite carparking and no reservation needed, go on make the Fitzwilton Hotel, a part of your Sunday tradition!

The Fitzwilton Hotel, Bridge Street, Waterford.  T: 051 846900  W:

Adelphi PamelaAdelphi Financial Brokers is pleased to announce the appointment of Pamela Phelan to its team of financial and mortgage advisers.

Mooncoin native Pamela has worked in Waterford City, Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan during an eighteen-year financial career with PTSB, ICS Building Society, Bank of Ireland and KBC Bank.

A Qualified Financial Advisor, Pamela also holds a BA in Marketing, a Higher Diploma in Marketing and a Certificate in Mortgage Practice. Pamela is highly skilled in Personal & Business lending and she specialises in Mortgages for First Time Buyers to Switchers, Self-Builds and Buy-to-Lets.

Pamela said she was delighted to join the team at Adelphi Financial Brokers.  “Waterford and the south east region are experiencing a renewed confidence in the housing market.  Whether people are choosing to enter the property market for the first time, trade up or invest in a rental property, the right advice for the right mortgage is of the utmost importance.  As Adelphi Financial Brokers acts as an agent for five different lenders, our team can offer the best advice on interest rates, cashback incentives and offers from these mortgage lenders.”

Pamela’s experience in the mortgage market gives her the edge in getting the best value mortgage package for her customers. In many instances she meets with clients who are on variable interest rates of 4% and higher. However, many clients are unaware of the more competitive rates on the market, nor are they eager to start the mortgage process over again. Pamela’s objective is to help her clients seamlessly navigate through the process of availing of these competitive rates, subsequently saving them thousands of euros per year.

John O’Byrne, Director with Adelphi Financial was delighted to welcome Pamela. “Pamela has amassed invaluable experience in the mortgage market in her career with some of the country’s top lending institutions. She brings vast knowledge and expertise and a strong customer-centric approach to her role. We’re very much looking forward to Pamela meeting new clients and continuing to serve our existing ones.”

To find out more about the range of mortgage, pensions, savings and investment services available from Adelphi Financial Brokers call Pamela Phelan on 051 318000 or visit

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Helping Irish Companies succeed on a global stage

About this Event

With or without Brexit looming, Irish companies looking to scale and grow focus on exporting to the EU and beyond.

In February 2019, the EU accounted for 48% of total goods exported of which Belgium and Germany were the biggest export markets. Total EU exports in February increased by 12% compared with February 2018.

This workshop, developed and delivered by Sharon Dehmel aims to give participants an enhanced awareness of culture as an issue of importance when dealing with clients or colleagues from different backgrounds and the ability to recognise the impact of culture on how different cultures communicate, persuade and give negative feedback in a business environment.

About Sharon Dehmel

A multi-lingual, Irish-born, MBA-qualified consultant, coach, trainer and teacher, Sharon's fascination for everything intercultural developed and grew during her 16 years living overseas where she has dealt with cross cultural differences daily.With experience in a range of business environments, she has witnessed first-hand the potential for misunderstanding, frustration, loss of business opportunities and failure to meet deadlines when people don’t fully connect because of cultural differences. Learn more about her on

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