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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

The Government wants us to vote "yes" in the abortion referendum in order to delete unborn children's right to life and allow abortion on demand in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion campaigners claim that there is no human being yet alive by this point. That's why they think abortion on demand is permissible.

They are completely wrong. By 12 weeks the baby in the womb has a beating heart, can swallow and yawn, can kick, stretch and jump, has arms, legs, fingers and toes, has fingernails and hair, has all her vital organs, has vocal chords, responds to touch, and has a fully formed face. He or she is a baby human being. This is a matter of basic science.

What a baby at 12 weeks of age in the womb won't have if we vote "yes" is any kind

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Just a few days away from the referendum on repealing the Eighth amendment. As a man from Country Waterford, I will vote Yes on 25 May. I'd like to explain why.

This referendum is not a vote on abortion because abortion is already here. Everyone acknowledges that. Just look at the numbers. Between 2012 and 2016, 295 women from Country Waterford travelled to England to have abortions. That does not take into account those who did not list their home address, or who travelled to other countries to access care.

Nor does it account for the many women who, unable to travel, choose instead to order unregulated abortion pills online from unknown sellers. These pills are safe when taken under the supervision of a doctor, but that's not what is happening.

The shame and isolation of this act means that girls and women

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Cultural Attitudes

The recent survey by Price Waterhouse Cooper into cultural attitude that exist in the police force made for some interesting reading. One of the main findings in the report was that respondents felt that it was best to keep your head down and if you did think that something was wrong that it was better for yourself if you kept quiet about it.

Another finding was that a significant amount of Gardai felt that it was who you knew and not what you knew that determined how far you advanced in the force. Although none of these particular findings were necessarily true they were felt to have the force of truth behind them.

In a country where we are always trying to look on the positive in life and particularly the Irish experience it is interesting to catch a glimpse into

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

It has recently been estimated that some Irish families are paying over 3,000 euros a year so that their children can have grinds. Not necessarily a peculiarly Irish phenomenon grinds are effectively extra tuition in subjects that a student, or their parent, feels they need extra help. Of course they are available to everyone, or at least those who are able to pay for them. And that is where the problem lies in so far as many believe that it skews the advantages that some students have over others whose parents can't afford them. It's a difficult line to argue whether they are a right thing to have available or not but so long as students need help and their parents can afford them then they will likely continue, no matter the cost.

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Disappointing to see Irish actors come out in support of abortion on demand – LoveBoth

Dear Editor

Over the course of the weekend a number of Irish actors announced their support for the removal of the right to life for the unborn child from the Irish Constitution, and the introduction of abortion on demand into Ireland.

Responding to this Cora Sherlock of the LoveBoth campaign stated:

"I'm sure many people feel very let down to see celebrities join in with the political chorus that is trying to persuade the Irish people to introduce abortion on demand into this country, a course of action that would only repeat the mistakes made in England and other European countries. The legacy of abortion in England, Iceland, Norway and Denmark as well as so many other countries has been a deliberate targeting and destruction of disabled children, and

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Dear Editor

I would urge those who at the moment see the 12 weeks as a stumbling block to a yes vote, to take a moment to consider the following. Firstly, we are not actually voting on any of the proposed legislation. That still has to make it through the Dáil should the 8th amendment be repealed.

But secondly, even if the legislation does pass we need to look at what actually happens in reality. I think we all know, if we think about it, that when faced with an unintended pregnancy most women will not take months to make up her mind what she wants to do.

We know that between those who travel and those who take abortion pills at home there are at least 4,000 abortions in Ireland every year. Figures from 2016 show that 70% of these abortions take

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

As the days become longer and as the summer months become inexorably closer, so we approach the high point of the tourism season in Waterford. In the last number of years there have been a number of developments that have certainly ensured that the numbers of tourists in the city and county have improved.

There has been the development of the 'Viking Triangle' which has been hugely promoted as well as the addition of the wonderful Medieval Museum in the center of the city which has been a huge tourist draw. The establishment of the Waterford Crystal centre in this area of the city has also been a boon.

Historically Waterford has been seen as a 'corridor' county when it comes to tourism. A place where tourists merely passed through on their way to somewhere else like Kilkenny or Kerry and Cork.

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Teletubbies

The news that one third of Irish children have been classified as obese must come as a shocking revelation to a majority of Irish people. The statistic was revealed to the Oireachtais as part of an enquiry into the health of Ireland's upcoming generations. The list of probable ailments that Irish children who are obese are storing up for themselves are alarming as well.

At the moment there are children presenting to doctors with fatty livers and incipent onset of Type 2 Diabetes all diseases more commonly found in the middle aged. Now children as young as eight and ten are coming to their doctors with middle aged illnesses which in the long term will significantly reduce their life expectancy. After getting over the statistic of just how poorly our children are doing in terms of health comes the question of

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

At the time of writing Waterford has been basking in the sunshine for a glorious few days. Given how long and arduous our winter has been it is about time that the weather gods smiled on us for once. Anyone who had the opportunity to take advantage of the great weather should have had a wonderful time enjoying all that Waterford has to offer in terms of it's coast and it's interior.

Waterford truly is a tremendous place to be when the sun comes out. The good weather might be a bonus for everyone but for some it's a matter of necessity and that is of course for the farmers who have needed the dry and sunny weather desperately. It's interesting to think what passes for a good time for some is tremendously important for others. Of course the best thing

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Wednesday, 18th April 2018

Religious Tolerance

At a public meeting last week to discuss the plans for a new mosque in Kilkenny, it seemed that out of the crowd of approximately 200 that attended, the overwhelming majority were against the idea. While it was reported that most people were against the addition of the mosque to Kilkenny life due to logistical reasons, it was also reported, and quite prominently, that there were more than a few people who were vocally opposed to the whole idea of a any sort of mosque being built on religious grounds.

One person was reported as saying that the whole area would turn into a new 'Mecca' and that it would bring in Muslims from all over the region and that that would be unacceptable. What is more unacceptable is that such an attitude should be given oxygen.

Ireland has developed enormously

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    The Government wants us to vote "yes" in the abortion referendum in order to delete unborn children's right to life and allow abortion on demand in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion campaigners claim that there is no human being yet alive by this point. That's why they think abortion on demand is permissible.They are completely wrong. By 12 weeks the baby in the womb has a beating heart, can swallow and yawn, can kick, stretch and jump, has arms, legs, fingers and toes, has fingernails and hair, h …

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