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Wednesday, 5th November 2014

The events that happened in Waterford City recently where demonstrators congregated outside a house of a Roma family have inevitably led to a very harsh and somewhat unfair media portrayal of what life in our city is like. While there can be no excuse for what happened the many commentators who spoke of racism being prevalent in Waterford and also using unfair language should be seen for what it is, sensationalism for an increased readership. A recent statement that was signed by 10 Civic Leaders ranging from Senators, T.D.s, Business leaders and the Garda Superintendent spoke about their severe distaste about what happened at The Manor over the last weekend and the utterly injustice of mob rule where a single Roma family were terrorised within their own home. Understandably they are concerned that the proper processes of law are observed

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Wednesday, 29th October 2014

They Got It Wrong

When nearly every second news story that you read is concerned with the imminent imposition of water charges you just know that this present Government is in for a rocky road from the voting public. Everywhere you turn you seem to hear personal incidences of people who either say that they won't pay this new charge, they can't afford to pay this new charge or why should they pay for something that they can't use in the first place. When it comes to the latter it seems that the quality of the water supply is so bad in a lot of areas that people cannot actually use it without boiling it first or else they have to go out and buy water. Imagine being hit with a bill for that kind of service? It is no wonder

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Wednesday, 22nd October 2014

Church Comes Out

Two people meet, fall in love and decide to move in together.  Not such a big deal?  Well, when the two people are both Roman Catholic Priests then it is of course a big deal.  And the reason that everyone now knows about it is that the two men very recently went to court to settle a legal dispute concerning the ownership of their property following their split.  The case has been settled but the broader questions that arise are far from fully answered.  If there hadn't been a court case very few people would have been aware of the relationship between the two priests but going public with the dispute understandably drew a wide amount of media attention.  One of the men remains within the church while the other has left and both say that they still

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Wednesday, 22nd October 2014

'underwhelming' Tramore.

12th October, 2014

Dear Editor,

In March 2001, the country heard the news that Foot and Mouth Disease has arrived in Ireland. It was a complete lockdown of the country. By contrast the visible preparations made for Ebola, a deadly virus with as yet no cure are positively underwhelming.

The World Health Organisation say the official death count is at 4,000, doubling every few weeks and it could hit 20,000 and parts of Africa unrecorded. There are no direct flights between Ireland and Sierra Leone, Guinea or Liberia. Ireland is well prepared in the unlikely event of an Ebola case here and our risk is officially low.

I understand the concern of the nurses body INMO, and they have asked HSE that all the necessary precautions and training are in place for nurses who may be in contact with persons suspected of EBOLA.

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Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Anxious Times

The news of the inexorable spread of the Ebola disease has many people worried about every cough and splutter they hear coming from a stranger. While there are perhaps many more immediate worries for people both domestically and internationally it would appear that Ebola has caught the public's imagination and every new case that has come to light outside the hot zone of West Africa is being avidly followed. There are now confirmed cases in America as well as in Spain.

Just this weekend a man decided to make a joke on a flight by standing up and shouting that he had Ebola. Needless to say that panic ensued and the man is now facing major charges. Perhaps the last place you should ever make a joke these days is on a plane. But it is not so hard to

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Wednesday, 8th October 2014

Mental Health Week

This week sees a series of events that will be held around the country to highlight the issues surrounding positive mental health in Ireland.  It is, perhaps, an indication of just how far we've come in such a short time that an event like this is being held in the country.  Up until very recently mental health was something that was never spoken about and anyone who had a serious mental health issue was more than likely shunted to the sidelines and out of the way.  Out of sight out of mind seemed to have been the main attitude to mental health in this country but, thankfully, those days seem to be in the past.  Now the totality of a person's health is seen as important and good mental health is high on the agenda especially considering the

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Wednesday, 8th October 2014

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you with specific reference to the headline in last week's Waterford Today of "No cut in property tax for Waterford", which was carried on the front page.

In the report which quoted a statement issued by Cllr Eamon Quinlan. The article states that Cllr Quinlan attended the LPT Council meeting. The article also omits Cllr Eddie Mulligan's name from the list of attendees and from the list of Councillors who voted on the motion.

As a consequence Cllr Mulligan has received a number of queries from constituents in relation to his attendance at this special Council Meeting.

I politely request that the paper addresses the fact that Cllr Eddie Mulligan was not listed as an attendee at the LPT meeting. Cllr Mulligan was in attendance, proactively engaged in the LPT debate, and subsequently voted on the motion.

It should

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Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Islamic State Terror

After a six and a half hour debate the British Parliament decided by a 481 vote majority that it would join in on the bombing of Islamic State troops in the middle east.  Although it might have seemed that the British public would be loathe to join in any war in the region following the Iraq war some years ago it would appear that the public appetite for military engagement in the area has changed significantly.  While over a million people took to the streets of London to demonstrate their disapproval of a war against Iraq last time it would seem that this time out there is nothing but wholehearted backing from the public to join in a war against Islamic State.  That would mainly have to do with the brutal murders of both American and British aid

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Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Doom Time

'We are running out of time to save the world.' That statement by Mary Robinson just ahead of a UN climate change conference this week is a pretty dramatic not to say drastic assessment of the position of the challenges that we all face when it comes to the issue of climate change. We are all very well aware of just how important the issue of climate change is and how what we do now will have a serious impact on just how able we are to live a sustainable life going on into the future. We know the larger picture and we also know about the smaller picture, what we can directly do in order to make our own contribution. However do we have to constantly engage with every piece of scaremongering when it comes to the whole

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Wednesday, 10th September 2014

No More Cuts?

Both the Ministers for Health and Education, Leo Varadkar and Jan O' Sullivan, have come out and said this weekend quite emphatically that they will not stand for any cuts when it comes to the new budget that the Government is set to announce later this autumn.  It is good to see that both of these new ministers are so quick off the mark in stating their intentions but how they will be able to manage their preferred outcomes will be interesting to see.  Health and Education are huge Ministries with huge budgets so it is always inevitable that any Government will look and see where they can cut and streamline services so that they can save some money.  And this Government is always looking to save money and seems quite immune to all arguments to the contrary.

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Letters to the Editor


    HealthCatastropheMary Harney, when she was Minister for Health, many years ago, declared that 300 people on trolleys in hospital corridors was a 'health crisis'. Now here we are in 2018 and we have nearly twice that number of people on trolleys within a hospital system that barely seems able to cope. The sad and infuriating thing about this, is that this is a yearly occurence where every winter ,just as the New Year is coming in, we find ourselves in the same position - every year.The Gove …

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