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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Veterans

Dear Editor,

It's The Royal British Legion's belief that every World War Two veteran should have the chance to revisit the battlefield on which they served. Thanks to new LIBOR funding from HM Treasury, we are now able to offer a fully funded trip to anyone who served in our Armed Forces during World War Two. However, as there is no unified record of World War Two veterans that are alive today, I am reaching out to you and your readers in the hope that you can help us spread the word.

The trips will take place between Spring and Autumn this year and a family member and a carer will also be able to go along and share this pilgrimage of Remembrance with them. Organised by Remembrance Travel, part of The Royal British Legion, the trip will give the World War

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Cold war reheated

The nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has without a doubt ratcheted up tensions between not only the United KIngdom and Russia but also the entire Western Alliance. Such a blatant attack using nerve agents has not been seen on European soil since the Second World War and is being directly attributed by the British as a direct attack by the Russians. British Prime Minister Theresa May has already brought to a halt high level relations between the two countries as well as expelling 23 Russian diplomats. Russia has denied that it was involved in the attack on Sergei Skirpal and his daughter and has said that it will respond in kind to any and all restrictions that the British will place on them as a country. For the moment it

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Isn't it terrible when you're trying to ingratiate yourself with people who are rich, powerful and influential that all that really happens is that you get in trouble with the people that you are supposedly there to represent. But that is exactly what has happened to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when he went to Washington and tried way too hard and way too much to get in with President Trump and came out with some guff about how they exchanged telephone calls some time ago about a wind farm and that the President got exactly what he wanted.

There is a way of buttering someone up and then there is putting your foot in it. It'll be interesting to see how the Taoiseach gets himself out of this one.

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

‘Liveable places for the future’

Dear Editor,

As cities and towns across Ireland celebrated St Patrick’s Day and extended a Céad Míle Fáilte to thousands of visitors, both returning emigrants and tourists, we were reminded of the plight of many for whom a roof over their head has now become unaffordable and unattainable. Figures released in January this year reveal that there are 119 adults homeless in Waterford. There is a certain irony that families that need long-term tenancies are staying in bed and breakfast establishments, hotels and other emergency accommodation while many tourists who in the past stayed in hotels are staying in housing on a short-term let basis.

We acknowledge there is a role for Airbnb in the tourism market however, short-term let’s are displacing homes that would otherwise be available in the long-term rental market and are driving up the

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Minister for Health Simon Harris has reaffirmed his commitment to early engagement with general practitioner representatives on the reform of the GP contract.

"I want to acknowledge the important role that GPs play in our health service, and to emphasise the Government’s commitment to ensuring sustainable GP services into the future, meeting the needs of patients and providing a viable and rewarding career for our current GPs as well as our medical graduates."

"One of my key objectives is to agree contractual changes that will bring an increased population health focus, providing in particular for health promotion and disease prevention and for the structured on-going care of chronic conditions. I want to secure agreement on meaningful improvements in the services that GPs provide to patients with a medical card or GP visit card and which will see additional resources provided to general

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Keeping a check

It is common knowledge that when it comes to technology, if you want to do something, just ask a young person to show you. They have grown up with all the technology that is around us at the moment and seem adept at using it in the easiest fashion possible. But just because young people are good at technology, does that mean that they should have unfettered access to all the sites and apps that are available to them today?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has just come out and said that he and the Government are looking into the possibility of placing a restrictive age limit on smart phones in order to keep young people safe online. He didn't exactly come out and say that there will be a ban on young people using smart phones but did say that

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Despite all of the awful weather that we've been having lately it seems that things have turned a corner and that finally Spring is here. There is no better time of year with the days stretching out ahead of us then to get back into some physical exercise to see us making the most of the weather. Of course there are going to be days when the weather doesn't play ball but that doesn't mean to say that we shouldn't stop going out for a walk or a jog or even taking the dogs out for a bit of fresh air.

Everyone knows how much a little bit of exercise can do you good so even if you make it outside for just a half an hour's brisk walk then you know you are doing yourself some good. Exercise is not

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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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    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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