Wednesday, May 12, 2021

WATERFORD Area Partnership (WAP) has announced the appointment of a new Board of Directors, led by chairperson Eoin Ronayne.

The new Board of WAP has moved to reassure the 41 staff that “all roles are secure” as the partnership looks to increase the number of community supports and programmes in the months ahead.

Mr Ronayne, a Waterford native, is the current deputy Secretary General of the trade union FORSA and was the ICTU Executive Committee nominee to the interim board.

The new Directors are; Jim Finn, Deirdre Garvey, Rita McNulty, Paul O’Sullivan, Ciaran Reid, Eoin Ronayne, Chris Rowland and Senan Turnbull.

Their appointment follows the announcement of Michael Bowe as interim CEO earlier this year.

Mr Bowe said WAP has spent the past few weeks engaging with all partners to “reassure them that the vital work of Waterford Area Partnership will continue, and that many services will resume once the threat from Covid-19 recedes.”

The new Board is working to deal with the historical issues within the company, he said, adding: “We felt it important to remove any uncertainty about its future.”

“Waterford Area Partnership, its staff and its partners remain committed to providing a quality service to the people of Waterford. As the community emerges from the shadow of the global pandemic, the service we provide will be as important as ever,” Mr Bowe said.

The new Board is “making progress on dealing with issues that had impacted WAP”, including working with partners on managing legacy debt issues, chairperson Eoin Ronayne said.

Mr Ronayne said he hoped to “bring those matters to a satisfactory conclusion within weeks”.

“We are hopeful that the future of the organisation is brighter than it was,” he said.

The changes in Board membership at Waterford Area Partnership have been communicated to the Companies Registration Office and the Charities Regulator.

WAP continues to offer a number of services, including Tús, SICAP, Local Employment services and various ETB funded training programmes. Participation is currently limited in line with Government restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but it is anticipated that the number of participants using these services will increase “significantly” in the coming months, a statement from WAP said.

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