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Wednesday, 15th April 2015

DEAR EDITOR,

This Happy Heart Weekend, 7,8 & 9th May, the Irish Heart Foundation is looking for local heart heroes to donate an hour or two of their time to help us sell our 'happy heart' badges for €2 in local communities and be part of this special heart appeal running more than 25 years.

Many people do not realise that every hour a life is lost to heart disease and stroke in Ireland - it's the number one killer in Ireland today. Yet 4 out of 5 deaths are preventable.

At the Irish Heart Foundation we believe that Every Heart Counts and by volunteering this May, your readers can help keep more hearts beating, maybe even help someone they know.

Every €2 raised goes to fund life-changing research, prevention and care, to make life better for Irish families in the fight against heart

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Wednesday, 8th April 2015

It would seem that Irish Water is, step by step, entrenching itself into the fabric of life in Ireland. The Central Statistics Office has just announced that Irish Water has been provisionally placed on the Government's balance sheet as one of the bodies included in the Central Government Sector. This means that borrowing by Irish Water would have to be included in Government borrowing figures under the Excessive Deficit Procedure. This move "Is a preliminary and provisional classification, agreed with Eurostat pending a final classification" the CSO website states.

The decision was part of the most recent update to Register of Public Sector Bodies in Ireland and has been described as a ‘prudential measure'. Eurostat is currently considering if Irish Water will be judged to be financially separate to the Government and therefore off balance sheet or part of the Central

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Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Dear Editor,

I refer to your editorial in the issue of Waterford Today dated 23rd.March, where you posed the question What Next? for the Anti-Water Charge Campaign. I would like to respond with the following suggestions:

1. Keep up the pressure

The Government was forced to backtrack on water charges by the huge protests to date. But they are playing a long game and hoping they can grind us down into submission. Their strategy is to divide us by buying us off with a reduced charge and the so-called  'conservation grant ' which are only temporary measures to get the government out of a mess. They also hope to vilify sections of the movement as well as threatening citizens with court action and fines etc. 

The mass demonstrations to date have helped to create a different public consciousness. They bind networks together and generate

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Wednesday, 1st April 2015

The news that Graham Dwyer was found guilty of the murder of Elaine O'Hara must have come as a relief to the woman's family that this particular chapter in the death of their daughter and sister was over. Of course, it will never be completely over for them, as so often with the shadow victims in a murder case, closure is something that they hear about but never fully experience.

To say that the country has followed this particular murder case with a certain avidity would be putting it mildly. It seemed that this case contained all the elements that meant that it was never far from the headlines since the body of the Dublin woman was first found. What unfolded since then meant that this case was destined to be on everyone's lips. Sex, violence, social media, class - the

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Wednesday, 1st April 2015

It is interesting to see that when a piece of research is done and the results are overwhelmingly positive, it is still thought necessary to focus in on the slightly adverse findings that might have been uncovered. That was the reaction when this week as part of the World Health Organisation's study into the life of teenagers in over 40 countries it was found that life in Ireland for teenagers has improved quite a lot over the generations.

However, that didn't stop quite a lot of attention being made about one or two smaller negative aspects that the survey found. Naturally enough, you shouldn't be Pollyanna about things and just ignore the negative, that way just lies trouble, but, at the same time, shouldn't there really be more made of the overall more positive picture that was found? Particularly given the

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Wednesday, 1st April 2015

Dear Editor

I refer to your editorial in last weeks issue of Waterford Today (23rd.March) where you posed the question What Next? for the Anti-Water Charge Campaign.I would like to respond with the following suggestions.

1. Keep up the pressure.

The Government was forced to backtrack on water charges by the huge protests to date. But they are playing a long game and hoping they can grind us down into submission. Their strategy is to divide us by buying us off with a reduced charge and the so-called 'conservation grant', temporary measures to get the government out of a mess. They also hope to vilify sections of the movement as well as threatening citizens with court action and fines etc. The mass demonstrations to date have helped to create a different public consciousness. They bind networks together and generate huge levels of confidence

2.

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Wednesday, 25th March 2015

In an age where people have become increasingly obsessed over what food they should or shouldn't eat, what they should feed their children and more importantly the price of what constitutes 'good' food, it is no wonder that many people, while aware and concerned about the food they buy, are also at the same time more confused than ever about what they should be eating.

A number of reports were published over the weekend that illustrate just how difficult it is for parents when it comes to making good food choices for their children. With one in four Irish children now obese it is clear that something needs to be done for parents in order to make better choices for their kids when it comes to giving them a healthy and balanced diet. The days of just shoveling cheap food into

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Wednesday, 25th March 2015

With the latest anti-water charges protest just about finished in Dublin where thousands of people came out and marched to show their opposition the real question has to be what will happen next with the campaign? There have been marches upon marches, small ones and bigs ones, the Government has made a climb down of sorts but still the water charges have come in and it doesn't seem to look as if they are going to go away entirely.

So, what can the leaders of the anti-water charges campaign do to step up their opposition and will this Government, or any subsequent Government, ever get rid of the hated water charges? While making your opinion known on such a contentious subject by marching can only be applauded at what point does it becomes an exercise in futility? Of course there are

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Wednesday, 25th March 2015

DEAR EDITOR

Suicide is seldom out of the news and for the victim’s loved ones the grief and unfathomable sense of loss remain long after the obituary and mention in the local newspaper.

Everyone has suicidal thoughts and people deal with these in different ways. I have read the anti-suicide literature and agree with all the reasons given as to why we shouldn’t opt for this "permanent solution to a temporary problem".

But for me one of the strongest antidotes to even the thought of suicide has been the astonishing data that has emerged from research into Near Death Experience (NDEs). Leaving aside the fierce and seemingly endless controversy over whether people actually see the "Other Side" during NDEs, or truly meet long dead loved ones (though such assertions deserve respect and have not been disproved) what I find deeply significant is that

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Wednesday, 18th March 2015

On what they declared was an historic day for the country, Lucinda Creighton T.D. and Eddie Hobbs, noted businessman, finally launched a new political party last Friday. But despite their best efforts to make a big splash and commandeer all the following days headlines with how they plan to reshape the political landscape it would appear that the nascent political party just lurched from one farce to another with barely a breath in between.

Perhaps one of the worst things to happen to this new party, Renua, was an interview that one of it's T.D.'s Terence Flanagan did with Mary Wilson on RTE 1. It was a solid lesson in how not to be an interviewee. He stumbled from one thought to another, barely finishing a sentence and even though Mary Wilson was extremely helpful and went beyond what other interviewers

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