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Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Dear Editor,

As Ireland South MEP, I have encouraged young Irish people to take full advantage of the fact that we are proficient English speakers by applying for an internship in the European Institutions,

"My understanding is that they are short of English speakers at present in their internship programs. My own political party here in Brussels, the European Peoples Party (EPP) are currently recruiting interns for the September to December period and are finding it difficult to attract native English speakers. The Closing date for entry for the EPP internships is July 1st.

"Ireland is less engaged on European issues than our EU neighbors. We need to take more of an interest in how Europe is impacting on our everyday lives. One concrete way of doing this is to get young Irish people working in and interested in what happens in Brussels.

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Wednesday, 29th April 2015

Discover the award winning Bauknecht kitchen at Evoke German Kitchens, Waterford

Discover the world of multi-award winning Bauknecht appliances for yourself at Evoke German Kitchens, Esker Business Centre, Six Cross Roads Roundabout, Waterford. Bauknecht is the German National Treasure in Kitchen Appliances Since 1919. The award-winning brand represents the best of German ideology – attention to detail and passion for perfection.

Bauknecht at "Evoke Kitchens" hosted a well-attended cooking demonstration with award winning Cordon Bleu Chef, Stephen Taylor Winter recently.

The afternoon included tasty treats, tips and advice from the Bauknecht kitchen. Known for his international cuisine and understanding of flavours, Stephen Taylor Winter has cooked for four senior members of the British Royal family, members of European and International Royal Houses and senior figures in the financial and banking world.

With a signature style that is simple, modest and refined, Steven focuses on

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Wednesday, 29th April 2015

It's said that you should always be wary of a politician who kisses a child when there are photographers hanging around. At the same time though you would be hard pressed to find any parent who wouldn't disagree with one of Fianna Fail's latest announcements - that it would give tax credits of up to 2,000 euro to families when it comes to helping them pay for childcare costs. Seemingly counter intutitive, it costs a lot of parents a fair whack of money to pay for childcare when they go out to work. Naturally enough it would have a sliding scale of payments depending on how much parents earned but overall it has estimated that the scheme would cost 180 million euro.

Considering the huge cost of childcare to working parents it would seem that Fianna Fail is on to a

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Wednesday, 29th April 2015

Dear Editor,

Dr Varadkar’s decision to consider relaxing some of the rules on the giving of blood donations, shows how far the Fine Gael/Labour Government is prepared to go. Despite the Minister for Health’s assurances, it is hard to believe, in the circumstances, that the proposal is inspired by science alone.

Have we not got here, then, a case of ideology trumping patient safety? There is always a risk with taking blood that is not one’s own. However, one must distinguish between un-avoidable risk, and avoidable risk.

Even as a non-practising doctor, Deputy Varadkar will be aware that, though minimal, a risk of contracting HIV (and perhaps other infections) still exists, and that this is a risk that is avoidable.

Any school-boy/girl can tell him that certain men are not the only persons who may not give blood intended for use by other persons.

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Wednesday, 29th April 2015

a chara,

Marriage is the bedrock to heredity, inheritance, succession and property rights of the family. Due to the

possibility of procreation the

marriage of closely related kinsfolk has always been forbidden for sound genetic reasons.

However, if same-sex marriage becomes a constitutional right then that ban will become irrelevant, and most likely unconstitutional, as such couples will be unable to procreate without the donation/surrogacy of a third party. Consequently, the genetic argument will no longer have any validity and the mantra "let's treat everone equally" will surely apply.

Is mise, le meas,

Liam O'Mahony,

An Rinn,

Co. Phortláirge

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Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

It would seem that Fianna Fail is already laying the groundwork for the next general election by trying to figure out if it could possibly go into coalition with another party in a bid to secure power. In a forthcoming Ard Fheis rank and file members will have the ability to even discuss the possibility that it would even, horror of horrors, go into coalition with the old enemy, Fine Gael.

As everyone in the country knows Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are essentially the same party separated at birth by a Civil War. They are both center right, more right than center, parties and even though they work hard to show that there is a huge difference between them they do essentially have the same ideologies. Of course they are never in power together so they are always trying to

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Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

Dear Editor,

The Gardai and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are to be complimented for their latest clampdown on illegal deer hunting. Deer herds around the country have been ravaged in recent months by gangs of thugs using high powered lamps and dogs.

Some of the criminals involved simply wish to shoot the deer for meat, but by far the worst activity is the deliberate setting of lurchers and assorted cross-bred dogs on the timid creatures. Anyone with knowledge of these gangs should contact the Gardai or NPWS.

Unfortunately, the continued legality of blood sports in our country, ones that are no less cruel than illegal deer hunting, makes it difficult to wean people off senseless animal cruelty. It also makes nonsense of our animal protection laws.

Chasing a fox for miles until its lungs give out and exhaustion delivers to the

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Wednesday, 15th April 2015

The recent announcement that under sixes and over 70's will be receiving free health care from the summer on by Minister Leo Varadkar has to be welcomed as some of the most important moves that this Government has made since coming into office. The Minister for Health was also clear when he spoke to the Irish Medical Organisation last week in Kilkenny at their Annual General Meeting that this is just the first phase in bringing in Universal Free Health Care for the entire population, again a move that has to be warmly welcomed.

They have a similar system in Britain and it is regarded as one of the jewels in their crown, something that no politician would ever dream of trying to actively dismantle. It is interesting to think that only a few short years ago though, the Thatcher administration

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Wednesday, 15th April 2015

Although the weather might not totally be playing ball it finally looks as though Spring has come to us here in Waterford at last. Even a cursory glance at gardens throughout the city and county would show even the most disinterested observer that nature is once again beginning to assert itself. Now is a time that a lot of gardeners will relish getting back to one of their favourite passtimes after the enforced hiatus of Winter. Once again it is wonderful to see trees begin to bud and blossom, early flowers begin to bloom and some warmth to touch the breeze. A time of renewal as well as continuity Spring is one of the most wonderful times of the year and it is great to see so many Waterfordians out and about enjoying it as much as possible.

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Wednesday, 15th April 2015

Dear Editor

I am writing to let your readers know about ARC Cancer Support Centres.

ARC has two Cancer Support Centres, both situated near centres of excellence for cancer care in Dublin. We offer support for people affected by cancer and those who care for them, regardless of where they are based in Ireland. We are an independent charity and all our services are free of charge. Our south-side centre is located in Dublin 8 close to St. James's Hospital & St Vincent's while our north-side centre in Dublin 7 is beside the Mater Hospital & Beaumont Hospital.

The centres offer a holistic approach to the treatment of cancer that complements traditional medicine by assisting with people's emotional and psychological well-being, as well as their physical battle with cancer.

We encourage people to call in to one of our Drop-In Centres and have a

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    Time for a breakJust as the height of Summer begins it seems that it is also the time when our politicians begin their yearly departure from Dail Eireann. While not many professions get as much holiday time as politicians do you have to ask the question whether they merit such long breaks?There are many who would immediately answer that they don't really deserve such long holidays, that they barely seem to spend any time in the Dail at all and after all they are well remunerated for the long hours …

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