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Wednesday, 15th February 2017

Disability Rights Activist Joanne O’Riordan says she is bowled over to learn that six year old Aisling Rockett from Fenor N.S., Waterford has been shortlisted to win an incredible ?10,000 for her drawing in the

Doodle4Google competition. Aisling who is in senior infants was inspired by Joanne’s life story and as a result created this incredible drawing that captures the imagination of a clever, smart and talented young girl.

Principal Tim O’Byrne says “having a finalist in our school is brilliant. We are a remote school with limited opportunities for fundraising and that has its drawbacks. If we were lucky enough to win the overall competition, it would allow us to equip the school with new laptops and printers. It would enable our pupils to hone their IT skills and prepare them for their journey through the education system. Joanne is a

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Wednesday, 15th February 2017

Your property has been damaged by the recent bad weather or high winds and you’re not sure what it will cost to ‘put it right’. You have called your insurance company who may send out a Loss Adjuster. They will assess the damage and make you a settlement figure. Prior to this it would also be advisable to call a Loss Assessor.

A Loss Assessor is a professional who acts on your behalf to obtain the maximum entitlements available under your policy and deal with the claim on your behalf, making the whole process stress free.

We at McHugh Glynn & Associates have been settling Insurance claims for over 25 years.

Garreth McHugh CIP SCSI MRICS is part of McHugh Glynn & Associates, Loss Assessors, you can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Strange departure

The move of Stephen Donnelley from being an Independent T.D. in the Dail to a front bench member of the Fianna Fail party might seem like a strange departure to a lot of people. He was after all, formerly, before independence, a member of the Social Democrats which was decidedly a left of center political movement, however small in size it was within the overall structures of the Dail. But even though he has only been in the Dail for six years he was always seen as one of it's best performers, no matter his political affiliation so it is no wonder that not only has he joined Fianna Fail but he has joined it with one of the most significant portfolio's of the moment, that of spokesman on Brexit.

It is interesting to note that the Government doesn't have

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

The weather down south goes a little haywire and here in Ireland and the U.K. supermarkets are asking people to cut back on the vegetables and fruits that they buy because supply can't meet demand. For all the vaunted interconnectivity of the modern world it seems that it takes just an unusual spell of bad weather for everything to break down and show us how precariously dependent we all are on each other.

Sometimes it is only when things so wrong that we fully can begin to understand how we all need each other, even if it is to just to get our 5 a day.

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Government has “no respect whatsoever” for people with disabilities

Dear Editor,

A DISABILITY advocate with cerebral palsy says the Government has “no respect whatsoever” for people with disabilities by delaying the ratification of a UN Convention.

Eileen Daly (41), who lives in Dublin city centre, says that thousands of people across the country are denied their fundamental human right to a life of equality and dignity because of the government’s delay in ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

In an emotional interview on Newstalk’s Moncrieff Show, Ms Daly described how she and her peers fight against discrimination and inequality on a daily basis.

The Cork native, who works as a Disability Support Officer with the Rehab Group, described how for many years she struggled to “jump through hoops” to use public transport before finally being able to afford her

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Applications are now open for Engineering Your Future (EYF), a week-long, hands-on programme in Waterford Institute of Technology designed to give Transition Year students a meaningful, practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career.

The annual Transition Year programme is supported by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme - a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Smart Futures initiative – and hosted by a number of third-level institutes throughout Ireland including: University College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology; Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology; Institute of Technology Tallaght; Institute of Technology Carlow; Cork Institute of Technology; Waterford Insitute of Technology; and Institute of Technology Sligo.

The programme is designed to introduce Transition Year students to the exciting and diverse world of engineering, and to help them gain an in-depth understanding of the diversity of engineering at third level

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Strike looming

Tens of thousands of Waterford passengers will most likely be without transport if the forthcoming Bus Eireann strike goes ahead when the company implements a series of cost cutting measures from February 20th. Pay cuts in the region of 10% are set to be enforced as part of a series of cost cutting measures that the company says are intrinsic to the viable future of the semi-state company. Unions have said that the company's move is an engagement in 'warfare' and that they are ready for the battle.

In a letter recently circulated to staff, the acting Chief

Executive officer of the company Ray Hernan says that from 20th of February the Sunday premium will be reduced from 100%, double time, to 20%. He also said that rota and shift premium payments will cease and that overtime rate will be reduced

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

One million euros for the capture of a criminal alive just so a rival criminal international criminal cartel can torture him to death. It sounds like a convoluted Hollywood plot but seemingly it is the latest twist in the deadly Kinahan-Hutch feud that has already claimed lives in double figures.

The whole sorry affair has such an air of unreality about it, not helped by sensational newspaper and media headlines which sadly gives it all a seedy glamour it doesn't deserve.

You can't help but feel that the Kinahan cartel is sowing the seeds of their own destruction without even knowing it.

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Live CAO Deadline Q&A runs from 10am-5pm on 30 and 31 January, and 1 February at http://www.wit.ie/cao

Panicked parents, school leavers, and mature students who have ongoing college and course related queries can post questions (anonymously if they wish) on the WIT website this week.

Ask WIT has been extended from two hours a day for two days this time last year to seven hours a day over three days in 2017.

WIT staff will be on hand to answer the questions live over three full days. People can also browse previously answered questions.

“Our main focus is helping school leavers make the right decision for them. By hosting an online Q&A session we can help students near and far make the right decisions ahead of the CAO February 1st deadline,” said Registrar of WIT, Dr Derek

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Brexit: a cause of growing concern for the Irish Fishing industry

Dear Editor,

I believe there is growing concern in the Irish fishing industry about what will happen to the many areas of Irish / British shared fishing grounds after Brexit.

The fact that the Irish government has no designated Minister for the Marine & Fisheries, has no Minister for Brexit and our government officials / civil servants cannot negotiate directly with the British.

The Irish State must negotiate through EU channels only, which will mean we must first negotiate with the EU, then they in turn will negotiate with the British on our behalf. Irish fishermen are very concerned about this and its causing a lot of uncertainty within the Irish fishing industry.

Irish fishermen have for years been at the losing end of EU / Irish negotiations and they are now fearful they

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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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