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Wednesday, 11th September 2013

What Happens Next?

Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education, has just stated that Ireland, contrary to what most people might think, does not have one of the best education systems in the world. So what did he do next? Did he resign straight away considering that he is the person ultimately responsible for the education system in Ireland? No he did not. He thought that it was perfectly fine to come out with a statement like that as if it had nothing absolutely to do with him. Like he was just visiting for the day and felt it was a perfectly fine observation to make. It was more than a Pontius Pilate symbolically washing his hands of the problem, he acted like he was just somebody in the crowd who'd realised that he was attending the wrong event, so he made his

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Wednesday, 11th September 2013

17 German Road

St. John's Park

Waterford City

Dear Editor

Thursday, 29th August, marked the 169 anniversary of the death of Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Irish Christian and Presentation Brothers. His legacy lives on in Waterford with the Mount Sion schools and the Heritage Centre on Barrack Street. But what a pity it was to see the house in New Street bearing the plaque marking the site of his first school, which started in a disused stable there in 1802, demolished in the past few weeks. The plaque was removed before demolition.

Waterford City Council must ensure that this historic and important site in New Street in terms of education of children, which spread around the globe and continues to this day, is marked. We have to ensure that some form of recognition is placed on the New Street site, and something

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Saturday, 7th 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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Saturday, 7th 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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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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