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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

Making Modern Families Work

The recent admission by the Government that they were thinking of paying Grandparents who looked after children while their parents worked 1,000 Euro a year is quite a large step in understanding how parenting styles have changed over the years.

While it is not yet known whether the Government will actually go forward and enact legislation so that this will take place it is interesting to see such thinking taking place and how it reflects the way in which many families manage the way in which their children are looked after.

It is also in a very real way a reflection in which the workforce has changed radically in the last number of decades. Some people can remember back to when women working in the civil service had to retire on marrying, now it is more than routine that

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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

The August bank holiday weekend in Waterford means one thing and one thing only and that is the huge Spraoi festival that draws in people from all over the country. From small beginnings the event has gone on to only grow bigger and stronger over the years with an unstoppable force that is a wonder to behold.

Naturally enough there is a huge amount of work that goes into the festival and the work leading up to the first weekend in August must seem never ending.

Spraoi has really put Waterford on the map in the Summer and it is no wonder that there are so many visitors that come and have such a great time here. Given that we are experiencing such great weather at the moment only makes Spraoi that much better.

With so many things to see and experience Spraoi

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

There is no getting away from the fact that in this ever increasingly connected world that it is becoming much easier for interested parties to manipulate the news in ways that benefit them. Fake news has become such a part of modern parlance that it seems as if it was always this way. But it hasn't been. Fake news is the concerted effort made by concerned parties to sway and manipulate whole swathes of a particular demographic in not only believing but in acting in the way that they want them to by spinning news directed specifically at them. It became a huge topic in the American Presidential elections and it is only now being understood how important it was in the whole Brexit Referendum in Britain. It has become such a hot topic that a special

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

There are very few people who would actively wish for rain during the Summer period but considering that there hasn't been rain over Waterford and it's surrounding area for the best part of seven weeks it is unsurprising that more than a few people were wishing for some rain to fall.

Following the intense heat of the last few weeks it seems we are heading more into a period more akin to what we are used to when it comes to Summer in the South East.

It is noticeably cooler, and therefore easier to sleep at night, as well as easier to go about your day. It is also better for farmers who have been looking for some rain to fall for some time.

We might get warmer weather again in due course but for now we just have to put up with

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Sunday, 29th July 2018

Relax until 2020

Late last week at a meeting between the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and leader of Fianna Fail Michael Martin, the two sides seemed to come to an agreement that there wouldn't be a general election until the Summer of 2020. In what appears to be a shocking level of maturity at the top level of politics, it seems that this date was decided on because it would offer the country a level of stability surrounding the whole Brexit process which will see the British leave the EU next March.

Given the fact that there will more than likely be a Presidential election, as well as referenda to be held on the same day, it was agreed that the best time to hold a general election would be the Summer of 2020.

For this to happen it would mean that there would

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Sunday, 29th July 2018

You would have to agree with Sinn Fein's analysis of British Prime Minister Theresa May's first visit to Northern Ireland last week as being fairly accurate. It was indeed too little, too late.

This is the first time in two years since the announcement of the British withdrawal from the EU that the Prime Minister has visited the country. And although she seemed to be saying all the right things to all the right people you couldn't help but get the impression that what will happen in the North, and subsequently in the Republic, is not first and foremost in the minds of those in the British Government.

The Conservatives can barely keep a lid on their own party so it seems as if their priorities are closer to home rather than what happens over the Irish Sea. Only time will tell

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Time for a break

Just as the height of Summer begins it seems that it is also the time when our politicians begin their yearly departure from Dail Eireann. While not many professions get as much holiday time as politicians do you have to ask the question whether they merit such long breaks?

There are many who would immediately answer that they don't really deserve such long holidays, that they barely seem to spend any time in the Dail at all and after all they are well remunerated for the long hours that they do already.

While it has to be said that politicians in Ireland are financially well rewarded it has to be remembered that there are a number of issues regarding their positions that make them unique amongst workers in the country.

Their tenure in office is not that secure, they could

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

It seems that despite the near universal regard in which he is held Michael D. Higgins will have to go through the ropes and contest an election if he wishes to become the country's next President.

Although all the major political parties have said that they will come out and support him there are others in Dail Eireann who would rather see their own candidate take up the position in the Aras.

First and foremost amongst them are Sinn Fein, who probably realistically believe that they will never beat Michael D. Higgins, who will field their own candidate.

Even if they don't xwin they believe that it will make their party a stronger candidate down the road when it comes to other elections, most notably a general election whenever that might come. It is likely that some Independents in the Dail will support

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

As dry as the Sahara

It seems that whenever the weather in Ireland goes a little bit extreme, we are somehow incapable of dealing with it. It has already happened so far this year with the snow that totally disrupted the country for about a week and also later on when some areas in the country were flooded due to excess rain. Now it is happening again because we are having to deal with a level of sunshine that is virtually unheard of in the country. And a level of sunshine that is going on for a good number of weeks at that.

Ireland usually has a temperate climate which means that we don't have extremes of weather, that we get a fair bit of rain and sometimes a little sun to even things out, usually in summer but that is never

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

It would appear that although there have been some rumblings about various personalities who might be suitable to be our President it looks increasingly likely that Michael D. Higgins the present incumbent will be President for a second time.

Even though he ran as a candidate that would only undertake the position for one time only it looks as if he has been given the situation some thought and he feels that if 'the people' want him to run a second time then he will do so. And if he does signal that he will run again then it looks increasingly likely that he will run unopposed.

Michael D. Higgins has been an enormously popular President and has not really fallen foul of any pitfalls that some other Presidents have had happen to them.

He is a worthy ambassador for the nation and

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    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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