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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Sinn Féin TD David

Cullinane has announced that Sinn Féin will include the scrapping of hospital parking fees in its manifesto for the next general election.

Speaking Teachta Cullinane said;

"Hospital car parking fees are an unnecessary nuisance for the families and friends of hospital patients.

"In some cases these fees bring financial hardship to families who are worried about the health of their loved ones.

"Sinn Féin has explored to possibility of scrapping hospital parking fees and I am happy to confirm that this measure will be included in our manifesto for the next general election."

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Nursing Homes staff commended

Dear Editor,

Events of natural disaster can bring out the very best in people. This has been exemplified within Irish society the past week and in particular within our health services.

Nursing Homes Ireland takes this opportunity to acknowledge, commend and thank staff within our nursing homes across the country. Nursing homes are reliant upon staff across a range of disciplines to meet the health and living care needs of people who require round-the-clock care. These include nurses, carers, chefs and those who organise the activities that bring enjoyment and fulfilment to these people’s lives on a daily basis.

We are aware of great sacrifices that were undertaken by nursing home management and their staff to provide care to older persons as the country was pounded by the worst extremes of weather.

We should not take for granted the tremendous sacrifices

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

The Big Freeze

Not since 1982 has Ireland been so thoroughly blanketed with snow that has brought such widespread disruption in it's wake. It was a case of the Beast from the East meeting Storm Emma that brought such massive amounts of snow down on the country and Waterford in particular. The red weather warning was in place in Waterford for much of the week and it was only on Saturday that it was downgraded to a yellow warning, still something to take notice of. With so many services as well as shops shut down and roads impassable there was nothing for people to do but to but hunker down at home and wait for the worse of the weather to pass. Some people did venture out to get in some much needed extra supplies but were mainly met with local

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

There really was only one story this week and that was the huge snow fall that hit the country. However now that the weather warnings have been downgraded the big emphasis will be on getting the country back up and running again. Already schools are set to open which will have a big impact on getting people out and about once again. Those who couldn't make it to the post office to collect social welfare payments will be pleased to hear that the post offices, in the main, are open for business yet again. The main problem people will have is the fact that not all the road networks are up and running and many, especially in estates, are still blocked by high snow drifts. Yet the temperatures are on the rise and the snow is beginning to melt and

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Living in the

twilight zone

Dear Editor

The latest homelessness figures, which reveal that of the 9,104 people accessing emergency accommodation nationally in January, 354 people were living in the South East region with 119 in Waterford. Of particular concern is the regional figures for the South East of which 78 children were homeless. The increase in homelessness is a direct result of the increasing pressures in the private rented sector.

Through our work over the years, we know that the homeless figure is higher, there is a growing number of ‘hidden homeless’ – people sleeping on relatives’ sofas; families living temporarily in the spare room of a friend’s home; people moving from the floor of one place to another in order to avoid having to access emergency accommodation. The rise in the official figures do not include the plight of people and families

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

A series of free events are still on offer to entrepreneurs, existing business owners and start-ups in Waterford for Local Enterprise Week which takes place from March 4th to 9th 2018.

On Wednesday, March 7th a free workshop on Intellectual Property Awareness is set to take place at Carrickpheirish Library from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. This workshop is designed to offer the letter of the law information on Intellectual Property particularly in relation to setting up a new business or growing an existing business.

Thursday, March 8th is International Women’s Day and a celebratory event is planned for Waterford. ‘It’s ALL about you!’ a workshop designed to assist business women in leveraging their uniqueness is set to take place from 8.30am to 2 pm at Waterford’s City Hall.

On Friday, March 9th the Waterford County Enterprise Awards Ceremony will also take place. At this

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Civil War

It has been seven years since the start of one of the most violent and one of the most complex civil wars that this age has seen in Syria.

Although since it started it has hardly been out of the news, it has been the focus of renewed attention recently due to the massive amount of bloodshed that has happened in the Eastern Ghouta province of the country. Since the fighting in Aleppo stopped in 2016 when practically all of the civilian population there were held ransom has the country not seen such fierce fighting involving the civilian population. It has been estimated that approximately 500 civilians have died in the fighting since it broke out this week and out of that number approximately 100 of them have been children. What is making this whole incident such a focus of

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

As many as there are, excuses as to why the Permanent TSB are selling off over 18,000 non performing mortgages to vulture funds, none of them really go to fully explaining whether it is a good thing or not. The usual reasons for such an event have been trotted out but they still don't give you a good feeling, whether it is due to the Government stepping in or the European Central Bank exerting some control over the situation it all still doesn't somehow sit right.

These vulture funds are there for no one's health other than therir own, the name of them is good enough to give it all away really and if you were one of the 18,000 mortgage holders you would be sitting a little less comfortably now that the news is out. The only silver lining on

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Government inaction could threaten 100s of new house builds in Waterford

Dear Editor

As the dust settles in the aftermath of the information contained within the National Planning Framework (NPF) and the National Development Plan (NDP). Cllr Eddie Mulligan has growing concerns around REAL South East regional development.

"It was very obvious, having heard the open air spat on WLR FM, between a South Kilkenny Councillor and a local colleague. We will never achieve the aspired population growth, hinted at in the NDP, unless the administration and governance concerns surrounding the City’s hinterland are tackled post haste." Commented Cllr Mulligan.

"I was privileged to represent Waterford Council, during several exchanges and presentations to the Boundary Committee. In the aftermath of an extremely professional and fair process, with every representation being considered, supported by factual evidence, I have no doubt that the recommendations of the

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 NCCWN Waterford Women's Centre will launch an exhibition honouring 100 years of women’s right to vote Annual Women’s History Exhibition Together with "Roses from the Heart" Bonnet Exhibition in Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford on 8th March at 11.30am.

Waterford Women’s Centre presents a rich and extensive exhibition highlighting Waterford city and county women’s stories through photographs and written narrative. This exhibition represents many years of collaboration between Andrew Kelly, Kilmacthomas and Waterford Women’s Centre’s management members Ann Fitzgerald.

This year’s exhibition highlights the 1918-2018 Centenary of women’s suffrage. After a long and difficult campaign women got the right to vote. They had to be 30 years of age and own property. Eventually in 1922 after a strong campaign, all Irish women over 21 were given the right to vote. The exhibition will also

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    Cultural AttitudesThe 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 advan …

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