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Port of Waterford DD VigilantA major new report has identified the Port of Waterford at Belview as ideally placed to serve Ireland’s growing offshore wind energy sector which is says could create 2,500 jobs over the next 10 years with investment of €42bn over the lifetime of the infrastructure.

Produced by the Carbon Trust for the Irish Wind Energy Association and part-funded by Green Tech Skillnet, ‘Harnessing Our Potential’ calls for strategic investment into one or more Irish ports to take advantage of the commercial opportunity of delivering 3.5GW of offshore wind by 2030. This is the level required by our Climate Action Plan.

In a detailed readiness assessment of 16 Irish ports under physical characteristics and connectivity, Waterford was one of just two ports – along with Dublin which is already regarded as at capacity – to meet all requirements. Waterford also scored strongly for availability of additional land for development, proximity to existing offshore wind farm developments and access to the national road network.

The report’s authors write of Waterford – “The Port’s physical characteristics and connectivity mean it has good potential to serve the growth in offshore wind. It is currently one of the few ports in the Republic of Ireland capable of handling the weight of larger offshore wind turbines. Existing brownfield land at the Port already in use for storing onshore wind turbines has the potential to accommodate staging with little investment or manufacturing with significant investment.

“Given the area available to the Port, it is well-placed to serve the construction stage of offshore wind with a certain level of investment. Redevelopment of other lands around Belview has also the potential for the Port to become an offshore wind cluster if the economic case can be proven.”

Commenting on the report, Frank Ronan, CEO, Port of Waterford, said: “There is clearly a huge commercial opportunity as Ireland moves more and more towards renewable energy to meet our international commitments to address climate change.

“This wide-ranging report puts clear data behind that opportunity and challenges all of us to seize the opportunity. From our own perspective at Waterford, we have been working for some time to position Belview as an ideal location for this type of activity over the coming decade and well beyond 2030. This is a central theme in both our Corporate Plan to 2023 and Masterplan to 2044. We look forward to further constructive engagement with multiple stakeholders to advance this ambition.”

Further information and the full report is available at

Senior walkingAs the country prepares to move from Phase One to Phase Two in the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, many businesses will reopen their doors to the public under new health and safety guidelines.

The reopening of businesses will see more people returning to their place of work and  this will mean those who have been previously caring for older family members may not be in a position to do so anymore.

Steven Tubbritt, Home Instead Senior Care Waterford, said that this could pose a problem for family carers who will now not be in a position to administer the same levels of care to an older relative.

“While it is very much a positive that businesses are reopening in phased stages, for those who have taken on the care of isolating or cocooning relatives over the last few months, it will be an anxious time.”

“The first thing Home Instead Senior Care suggests is drawing up a care plan with other family members and friends. Consider the needs of the older person, what do they need to stay safe and happy in their own homes.”

“While over 70’s can now leave their homes for exercise and fresh air, visits to the shops or pharmacies are still not advised. So firstly, draw up a rota for shopping and prescription pick-ups to ensure they are well stocked with nutritious and non-perishable foodstuffs.”

“Secondly, if you can’t spend as much time with them, perhaps reach out to a neighbour that will be able to call in for a chat, help out in the garden or with any DIY repairs on the exterior of the house.”

Professional care providers can also provide services to seniors to help them maintain their independence by assisting them with activities of daily living such as personal care, meal preparation, laundry, shopping, and light housekeeping.

Home Instead Senior Care has taken a wide range of measures aimed at protecting its clients, staff and CAREGivers, in the face of COVID-19. Measures include;

  • Ongoing
  • Infection Control Training which significantly reduces the risk of transmission - less than 0.5% of home care recipients have tested positive for Covid-19
  • Personal Protective Equipment – all CAREGivers wear gloves, masks and aprons
  • Sanitisation – Home Instead sanitises high touch areas such as door handles and utilities
  • Mental stimulation – CAREGivers provide boardgames, crosswords and other activities to reduce isolation and loneliness

If you suspect that you or a loved one have COVID-19 call your local GP on the phone to ask for advice. Do not visit their surgery unannounced. You can also call the HSE Helpline on Call save 1850 24 1850 to seek advice & follow their instructions.

If you have any concerns about a senior relative during these challenging and unprecedented times you can call Home Instead Senior Care on 051 333966 or visit


Health and Wellness International are delighted to partner with Technopath Clinical Diagnostics to deliver the first Covid-19 antibody test in the corporate environment in Ireland. 

This Covid-19 test is FDA  approved with a specificity (positive result) greater than 99.8% and sensitivity (negative result) of 100%.

Health and Wellness International have commenced testing of this vital test.

To avail of this test for your company please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Preparing to re-open your business and don’t know where to start? LCE can help.

Firstly – there is a protocol from the HSA called the Return to Work Safely Protocol which employers must follow. Watch the LCE free on-demand webinar to find out what this protocol requires – follow the attached link or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get a link by email.

HSA Return to Work Safely Protocol – Free Webinar

To help employers comply with the protocol, the HSA have published 5 checklists and a template for preparing your Covid Response Plan – these are available at or again, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further help.

Finally, the HSA Return to Work Safely Protocol requires employers to appoint at least 1 Covid 19 Lead Worker Representative who is charged with ensuring Covid 19 controls are adhered to in the place of work – this Covid 19 Lead Workers Representative must be provided with relevant training to carry out this role -  Covid 19 Lead Worker Representative training is available every Wednesday in the LCE virtual classroom – the course cost of €195 includes attendance at one monthly update webinar.

Contact Karen at 051 364344 for more details.

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Sienna Survey

Sienna Home Furnishings have some exciting new plans for their business and they need your help with some market research.

Please take 5-7 minutes to complete this simple survey and be with a chance to win an exclusive solid oak Mikado side table from the Ethnicraft range.


On Wednesday, 27 May, we’re holding the next in our series of “Succeeding in uncertainty” webcasts. In this episode, we will be exploring the importance of exports as a driver for economic recovery and the actions government and business should take now to ensure Irish exporters are ready to rapidly respond as the COVID-19 crisis develops and restrictions start to be relaxed.

PwC Markets & Strategy partner David McGee will be joined by three special guests to share their insights.

  • Simon McKeever, CEO of the Irish Exporters Association, will talk about why exporters are vital to kick-starting the recovery
  • Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland will speak about the impact of COVID-19 on exporters and the range of supports available to them
  • Harry Hughes. CEO at Portwest, will share the actions his organisation have taken to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their business

Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Time: 10.00am BST

Duration: 40 minutes

To register, please click the link below. Speaker Bios are located here.


We hope you will join us for this episode as we continue to bring you the insights you need to help you shape your business response to the coronavirus pandemic.

EY COVID Webcast

Responding to COVID-19

To learn about navigating the unprecedented events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, join EY professionals and other subject matter resources on our webinars, which are offered live and on-demand. Our COVID-19 webinars cover supply chain, workforce, employee health, tax implications, risk, cyber security and much more.

To help you navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, here you’ll find the most relevant EY insights on structured crisis management, enterprise resilience and planning for recovery:

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Azzurri Face Masks

At Azzurri, we are providing SWiFT19 Certified & Reusable Covid 19 Barrier Masks. (New NSAI Standard introduced this week)

Lead times with these schedules are currently 4-5 days and the specifications are included below for your convenience.

A pack of 10 of these, costing €49.00 can be ordered online HERE

We also provide Disposable masks, Face Shields and Goggles etc.


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