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Tuesday, 3rd September 2013

Death of a Poet

The death of Seamus Heaney after a short illness seems to have taken many people by surprise. However, no matter how unexpected his death was the level of heart felt tributes to the man have been as fulsome and as widespread as it could have been possible to imagine. There is no doubt that his passing has touched many people. There have been many interviews in the media from the great and the good who were friends and admirers of the man. From Presidents to Rock Stars there doesn't seem to be a person that he met that didn't like the man and didn't realise that they were in the presence of someone truly special. But it wasn't just the great and the good who were touched by Seamus Heaney and his magnetic personality. There were just

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Wednesday, 28th August 2013

While Governments and diplomats stand back and talk about sending U.N. inspectors into Syria to definitively report on what happened during last week's mass gas attack on civilians, the rest of the world is just shaking its head because we know all too well what happened. There is no doubt that it was Assad and his regime that ordered the gas attack that killed so many people. We know it because he has done it before on numerous occasions. The attacks were much, much smaller but, nevertheless, they were carried out by the Assad regime so when news of this present atrocity first broke no one was under any illusion as to who was responsible.

While due process has to seen to be observed by responsible governments, most of us know that what this really means is that they don't want

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Wednesday, 21st August 2013

One of the hardest things about the Leaving Cert. is the dawning realisation that despite all the hard work and the stress that it wasn't all that important in the first place. Of course you only know that after you go through the hard work and the stress. The Leaving Cert. is not an end in itself but merely the next step. Hopefully the many thousands of students who recently got their results will be pleased with what they got and for many it will mean that they will be able to further their studies whether it be academic, vocational or apprenticeship. But once you find yourself at this next stage only then can you fully understand that the Leaving Cert. whilst important is not everything. Understandably education has always been highly valued here in Ireland, for the vast majority

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Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Not So Silly Season

It is often said that the Summer is the silly season when it comes to news items. However while the Government is on another one of its interminable breaks that doesn't mean to say that a lot of work isn't happening. It is also a perfect time for the Government to float some ideas and see what the reaction to them is like without having to answer any awkward questions in the Dail by the opposition parties. It seems that the latest item that the Government is looking to see what kind of reaction it is likely to get is with a loose plan, at the moment, to cut the pension entitlements through the Social Welfare budget. Approximately 500,000 people in the country receive a package of 230 Euro in pension entitlements and now it seems that

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Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Tramore Heights,

Co. Waterford.

6/8/2013.

Dear Editor,

I wish to highlight the fact that there is no Sunday bus service in Waterford city. If Dublin can have such a service so should we. I don't think the people of Waterford would mind paying an extra fare and bus workers would be entitled to extra Sunday premium, allowances, overtime etc.

Yours etc.,

Seamus Dunphy

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Spraoitastic

As 21st Birthday parties go then it has to be said that Spraoi's was probably the biggest and the best that Waterford has ever seen. Of course the parade is always the highlight but this year, as with every year, there is so much going on over the long weekend that no matter what you like or what time of day or night that you could join the festivities there was always something going on. Of course this made for big crowds around the city center but it was great to see so many people out and about enjoying the atmosphere which as always was electric. It is perhaps one of the things about the Spraoi weekend that we almost take for granted and that is the vast majority of events are put on free of charge to the public.

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Wednesday, 31st July 2013

Doing what's necessary

Such are the astronomical sums of money being bandied about concerning how much the Government should decrease its budget in the forthcoming year that it is kind of hard to fully comprehend what is going on. While it is only still summer talk amongst politicians has already focused on the forthcoming budget. We all know that it going to be yet another budget that is going to further reduce services and impoverish the most needy in our communities. But the Tainaiste Eamonn Gilmore has come out and said that the Government will do only what is necessary in terms of cuts in the budget. That it turns out will be around 3.1, or slightly less, billion euros. Now that's a figure to play with. It is interesting to see the semantics that are being played with. What exactly

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

What's in a name?

Mercy, Charity, Good, Charity, Refuge. All of these are of course great things to be and if you have them in your name then you might think that you have an awful lot to live up to. In a way it is kind of advertising what you are all about. But as we have seen this week with four religious orders in Ireland with these nouns in their titles it seems as if these words mean very little to them at all. Having been asked to give money to those who worked in servitude in their laundries the four orders of nuns have said that while they are willing to help the women they will not give over any money. Naturally no one is expecting them to foot the full estimated 350 million euro bill but the

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Anyone for a Lapdance?

Just when you thought that Irish politicians couldn't get any stranger along comes an incidence to push your credulity just that little bit further. During the debate on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy bill last week in the early hours of the morning Fine Gael T.D. Tom Barry pulled a passing female T.D. onto his lap in what was later described by someone in his party as 'horseplay'. It was harder to think what was more insulting, what Tom Barry did or what someone in his party tried to pass it off as. Naturally later on Fine Gael retracted its 'horseplay' dismissal of what happened and made some sounds about how seriously the matter was being taken. To make matters worse Tom Barry tried to talk away what he had done by talking about how earlier

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Conscience Striken

Perhaps because it is such a rarity a huge amount of space in the media has recently been given over to a politician who has said that they are going 'to follow their conscience no matter the consequences' in the forthcoming bill relating to abortion. Lucinda Creighton has made much of her stance and it seems that the media has been covering every single nuance of this case since it first saw light of day. Much is being made of this case because it is seen as an unprecedented step by a politician who is considered on the up. If she votes against her party's wishes then there is no doubt that she will be expelled from it and will have to suffer the consequences. At first you might think that she is taking a brave stance but the

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