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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Welcome to the rest of the country

There is a real sense that if something doesn't happen in Dublin then it doesn't happen at all. The rest of the country were struggling to deal with a strike that has left roughly 100,000 people without any means of transport. During that time the strike only merited the third or fourth place in the running schedule of the news, hardly any editorials in the main newspapers and a general sense that the strike wasn't really happening at all.

How everything changed when secondary pickets hit public transport in Dublin last Friday. Up until then Dublin wasn't affected at all by the transport strike being held by members of the NBRU and SIPTU but the secondary pickets changed all of that. From hardly being discussed at all it was the first item on all news

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

There is a certain sense of inevitablity to the news that there is going to be further investigation into crime figures complied by the Gardai and that their beleagured Commissioner may be soon coming under further scrutiny. The National Bureau of Criminal Investigation has said that it is going to be looking into murder and manslaughter figures to see if there are any discrepancies and if there has been massaging of the figures. While there is a feeling that people hope nothing untoward will come to light faith in the Gardai's recording of facts and figures has been severely dented of late and even when questioned last week Noirin O'Sullivan could not give any definitive answer as to whether any further discrepancies will be unearthed.

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

20th Anniversary of Easter Monday “Clean up the Comeraghs”

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dear editor,

This is the 20th year of the Comeragh area clean up which as usual takes place on Easter Monday the 17th April. People continuously ask members of the Comeragh Community Group if there is any change in the attitude of people when it comes to litter. The answer to that is yes and no. There are many roads in the Comeragh area that are now almost free of litter. The reason is that there are now people who continuously pick litter in their own area all year round. Other areas like the main roads leading out from Leamybrien and the forests continue to be a major problem. Takeaways and drive-thru restaurants are the scourge of the countryside. People sit into their vehicles, eat their meals and when they

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Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Attack in London

The recent Islamist terror attack in London is the latest reminder that the extremists have not gone away and have not given up. As one commentator succinctly put it the weapons at the man's disposal, a car and a knife, are the sort of implements that everyone in the country has access to. In that context it is becoming much clearer that it is the environments in which these people are allowed to grow and develop their warped ideologies that are the most pressing areas of concern when it comes to tackling the whole issue of Islamist extremism.

What is very clear is that when it comes to extremism, of nearly any sort, most of it has found a home on the web. While there are of course issues relating to freedom of speech this always has to be

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Wednesday, 29th March 2017

When such a public body as the Gardai come out and say that they have made a serious error in over 14,500 driving convictions you have to seriously wonder what is going on in that organisation. When that is combined with other errors such as the calculation of the number of crimes supposedly reported and the number of crimes supposedly solved in the country, both of which have happened relatively recently as well it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that something, somewhere is seriously going wrong and that it will take serious measures to correct it. The police are one of the cornerstones of any democratic society but so many large and glaring mistakes, or 'human error', does not instill much confidence at a time when the Gardai needs as much of it as possible.

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Wednesday, 29th March 2017

East Africa Food Crisis - worst humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II

dear editor,

More than 20 million people in Africa today are in urgent need of food, as the world responds to a humanitarian crisis that the United Nations is describing as the worst since the end of World War II.

If the current drought in the East Africa brings a sense of déjà vu, it’s because we have been there before. In fact we are seeing this situation occur with increasing regularity.

Droughts have left huge numbers of people in sub-Saharan Africa in need of our help in each of 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2015 and in 2016 and 2017. As with the frequency, the severity has also intensified.

When the United Nations reported in 2011 that the drought was the region’s worst for 60 years, they were speaking of

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Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Last week, Local Fianna Fail Councillor Eamon Quinlan and a number of the Council’s Housing staff carried out an onsite review on the completion of the upgraded homes on Convent Hill in Tramore, Co. Waterford. These homes have been upgraded to ensure a higher quality of living to residents as well as setting the standard on energy efficiency. These homes were initially built close to 200 years ago and have been a staple in the heart of the town, occupying a position close to Glor na Mara Primary School and in recent years have seen a strong community of older residents who can avail of independent living.

Councillor Quinlan had this to say on the development ‘, This really stands out for what Waterford Council can achieve in Partnership with an organisation like St Vincent De Paul to take homes that

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Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

Republican Icon dies

The death of Martin McGuinness in Derry yesterday morning brings to an end the life of one of the most remarkable Republicans ever in the history of the movement. A person who made the transition from violent militarism to a key figure in the peace process in Northern Ireland. He died aged 66 in Derry’s Altanagelvin Hospital with his family by his bedside.

A former member of the IRA’S Army Council he became Sinn Fein’s Chief negotiator in the peace process. He led the Sinn Fein Party into power-sharing with the DUP in 2007 and served as Deputy first minister alongside Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster. In 2011 he contested the presidential election which was won by Michael D. Higgins and no one who saw the debate on television forgot the intervention by McGuinness which was critical

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Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

John Halligan T.D. has paid tribute to the late Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, following this morning’s rescue helicopter crash.

Describing how he got to know Dara very well during her years at the Waterford Coast Guard base, after she led a delegation from Rescue 117 to a reception at City Hall whilst he was Mayor, Minister Halligan said the young mother was ‘an inspiration’:

“I later had the pleasure of Dara bringing me on a tour of the Waterford coastline in the rescue helicopter. What struck you from the first moment you were in her company was how utterly dedicated she was, both to her own work and also to water safety. Dara was an inspiration to the many school children to whom she gave safety talks, particularly young girls who were considering a career in the industry. My deepest condolences to her

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Wednesday, 22nd March 2017

The Board, management and staff at Waterford Airport offer their condolences to the family and colleagues of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick.

Dara was based at Waterford Airport for over ten years. During her time as base captain at Waterford, she was well known to and held in high esteem in the greater community and it was a shock to us all when we heard of her tragic death.

Dara was an absolute professional. She had a great working relationship with all the staff at the airport. Colleagues, past and present have been in touch, communicating their shock and sadness at the news.

Our thoughts are with our colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard and the families of the crew of R116

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    Waterford Institute of TechnologyWaterford Institute of Technology is once again making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. At the recent Public Accounts Committee meeting representatives of WIT were questioned and in turn left more questionsunanswered. The Chairman of the P.A.C. Sean Fleming, T.D.,Fianna Fail, called the failure to have up to date accounts for W.I.T. as “disgraceful”.Faced with a deficit of €15m. the financial problems facing the Institute are very …

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