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Tuesday, 5th June 2018

Hot on the heels of the Chelsea Flower Show it was Ireland’s turn to experience all things horticultural with the opening of Bloom the largest and most successful gardening show in the country. It first started 12 years ago with 50,000 visitors but now those attending reach over the 120,000 mark for the five day festival. The show is sponsored by An Bord Bia and they do so to highlight the huge amount of work that goes on in this country when it comes to horticulture and everything that stems from that, including the food industry.

It is clear that Irish people have a deep love and affinity when it comes to all things garden related and the success of Bloom just goes to show how much enjoyment people get from their gardens no matter how large.

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Tuesday, 5th June 2018

We should be paying for water

The water restrictions that have been in place in the Greater Dublin Area and surrounding counties in the aftermath of the double-whammy of Storm Emma and The Beast from the East came as no surprise to me, and although they mean hassle and hardship I’m fully behind the authorities on this one. Back in 2010, the last time the area had significant snow, there were widespread water restrictions after the event. The thaw exposed all the pipes that had burst when the water in them had frozen days before, and people left taps running on the coldest nights to try to stop their own lines freezing.

All this is understandable, but a modern city can’t cope with such massive fluctuations in demand. It has been reported that there was a 10% increase

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

It was a truly emphatic Yes

In the week leading up to the referendum it seemed as if the whole thing was on a knife edge and that either side could potentially win it. So it came as a huge surprise when the Yes side romped home with one of the biggest winning margins that has been seen in an Irish referendum. Even those who were campaigning on the Yes side in the referendum weren’t 100% sure that they would win even though they said that they were getting good feedback on their campaigning. As it turned out over 66% of the Irish electorate said that they wanted to repeal the 8th Amendment and even now the reverberations from the result are being felt. Here in Waterford the electorate went even further and turned out in their thousands to vote to

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Whether it is by walking, jogging, running or cycling there are many cheap and easy ways to start to make a positive impact on your health.

It is sometimes easy to put things off and begin to let things slide but the longer that you do this then the harder it becomes to start a healthy lifestyle. However being health savvy is one of the best things that you can do for yourself.

Being aware of what is good to eat and having a good level of exercise can ensure that you have an overall healthy lifestyle that can reap you enormous benefits.

You don’t necessarily need a radical overhaul but moderate changes can mean that you can live longer and healthier which has to be a good thing.

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

In the end it wasn’t the fact that we voted Yes that was a surprise, but the margin of victory. Sixty-six per cent in favour was an emphatic win for the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the constitution, and it was in line with opinion polls and exit polls, but until the counts started coming in there remained the doubt that the polls were wrong and that the No vote was being seriously underestimated, as has happened before here with votes on abortion and divorce.So it’s over to the politicians now to legislate for the provision of abortion here. This is something we could have done many years ago if we hadn’t been encumbered with the Eighth Amendment, which shouldn’t have ever been put in the constitution.

The Eighth Amendment was anti-women. It reflects well on us that we

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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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    As dry as the SaharaIt 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 numbe …

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