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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

No Gun Control

As much as you might sympathize with the students and families of those who were at the center of one of the worst high school shootings in Florida last week, you easily get the impression that their deaths were all for naught. There is absolutely no way, following the 17 deaths at this shooting, that the law makers in America will bring in legislation that will see the curbing of gun use and gun ownership in that country. It is just not the American way.

In actual fact if past history is anything to go by, gun ownership will actually increase, with the misguided notion that if gun ownership is not going to be banned then it's better to own one than not. But that will be of little solace to the friends and families of those who died

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

We've all heard of the Soviet 5 year economic plans so it is interesting to hear that the Fine Gael led Government is now in the process of rolling out a 22 year plan for the country. The Project Ireland 2040 plan is set to revitalize all the regions of the country and essentially improve the economic viability of every area by listing out all of the things that, depending on size, every area of the country should have by the plans end in 2040. Naturally enough there has been widespread scepticism on behalf of the opposition with Fianna Fail coming out and saying that the plan was effectively a huge election manifesto on behalf of Fine Gael. Fine Gael has said that everything has been expertly researched and costed. The cost of the plan is expected to be 116

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Residents upset at GAA fans’ inconsiderate parking while attending Walsh Park

Dear Editor

I write to bring awareness to the ongoing issue with regard to parking in residential areas in The Walsh Park vicinity on match days. My parents and I live within close walking distance to Walsh park and last Sunday the 18th February was the final straw regarding parking. Cars were parked up on the green area of Arbor Road destroying it as were the cars abandoned on the green at Manor Lawn. Cars were parked up on footpaths, giving limited accessibility and very limited visibility whilst driving out from my parents’ road.

Then at my own house in The Canon Street area, it took me 5 minutes and about 15 manoeuvres to get my car out of my driveway as some extremely inconsiderate supporters had parked their cars so close

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

As Waterford eagerly awaits the start of the tourist season, a number of local bodies have come together to launch a new communication and customer service programme for the retail and hospitality sectors.

Waterford City Centre Management Group are partnering with Waterford Chamber, Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Waterford Institute of Technology, Purple Flag, Waterford Local Enterprise Office and Visit Waterford to deliver on a shared objective to look at Customer Service in Waterford. Phase one of the initiative was a focus group and customer satisfaction survey which was then analysed by Waterford Institute of Technology, followed by a workshop with top performance coach Alf Dunbar.

Speaking at the event, Waterford City & County Council CEO Michael Walsh said: "There are big changes afoot for Waterford and this is the time to get ready for what is to come. When you see investors like

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

The Winter Olympics

Although Ireland has more than it's fair share of athletes competing in the forthcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in South Korea there will be very few people in the country who will be disappointed if they don't come back with a slew of medals. For a country that goes into meltdown when we get some few inches of snow every decade or so it's even amazing that we've got any athletes going to the Winter Olympics at all!

The Winter Olympics just really aren't our thing, we're not really a mountainous country that gets a lot of snow and the only time we really get ice is every Christmas when the ice skating rink comes to town for a few weeks. Nevertheless as the opening ceremony attested the Winter Olympics are a big thing, the opening night was spectacular

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Sinn Fein has come a long way in it's history and this weekend saw another major move as it elected it's first new leader in over 34 years when Mary Lou McDonald took over the position vacated by Gerry Adams as leader of the party. Considered one of the strongest performers in the Dail and a stalwart in her party it is no surprise that there were no other contenders for the position when her name went forward although one of the first things she did in her acceptance speech was to say that Sinn Fein was nothing more or less than a democratic political party. Despite her new position it will take some time for Ms. McDonald to bed in considering that Gerry Adams was so synonymous with the position for so long. There are many challenges ahead for

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Our voices will be heard

Dear Editor

We write as parents of children with

disabilities or as people living with a

disability in response to recent coverage of the relevance of our voices and of the

experience of our children’s communities to the abortion debate. We feel that there has been a concerted effort to silence our voices and to make our families invisible in this

discussion.

This past ten days, in particular, it has felt like our existence is inconvenient for some supporters of the abortion referendum, and that they would rather we went away and were quiet. We will not. It is a cold, hard, undeniable fact that when abortion is

introduced, a disproportionate impact is

suffered by those children diagnosed with some form of disability.

Already, the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin offers first trimester screening, which can test for Down syndrome as early as 9 or 10

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

The Waterford Intellectual Disability Association will hold its Annual General Meeting in the main building of the Edmund Rice Centre, Barrack Street, Waterford on Wednesday March 7th at 7.30pm.

WIDA is funded by the HSE and provides respite and day services for adults and children with an intellectual disability in addition we also operate a residential service for adults. Our adult day centres are at Spring Garden in Cherrymount and a training programme for adults at our facility at Killure Manor, St John’s Park. We also provide a community inclusion service from the Edmund Rice Centre as well as supporting adults working in the community. In the last year the Association has also started a day respite service on Saturdays.

The adults and children that avail of our services are drawn from the city and county as well as south Kilkenny and

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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Education

With thousands of secondary school students sitting or preparing to sit their 'mock' examinations for the Leaving Cert or the Junior Cert at the moment it is clear that when it comes to education, Ireland is a country that takes it very seriously. Education has always been seen as a pathway to a better standard of living around the world and the ability to get as far as possible in your chosen field has always been applauded in this country.

Even though secondary school students are just sitting their 'mocks' and not the actual exams at the moment they will be all too well aware of just how important these exams are in the scheme of things. Of course they are not the be all and end all of things and they are called 'mocks' for a reason but even a

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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Despite the huge increase in online business it has just emerged that the Gardai are still two years behind in tackling online crime cases, including online child sex crimes. The Gardai say that the reason it is having such a difficult time in dealing with online crime cases is that they have not had the sufficent funding necessary to deal with all of the crime cases that they have on file.

It is estimated that by the end of March of this year that they will have the backlog of cases down to those committed in 2016/17. It has also been announced that in an attempt to tackle online cases that two new offices will be opened up in the South East and the South specifically to deal with the old and new cases that will come to light. Online crime

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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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