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Wednesday, 4th January 2017

There are many things that go into making a great and memorable Christmas and it is quite easy, off the top of your head, to name them. It is all those other things, the ones that we don't think about so much that provides the framework for allowing so many to kick back and enjoy the holiday period with abandon that we should give a special thanks to.

To everyone involved in organising and taking part in Winterval, all the pubs, hotels and restaurants and their hardworking staff, all the people working in shops that try to cater for shoppers of all tastes and ages, the cleaning crews who are up so early every morning making the center of the city look so good, all of them, each and everyone deserve our thanks and our praise.

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Wednesday, 4th January 2017

South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) south east region to unite for Cardiac Care

On Saturday the 14th January you will have another opportunity to have your voice heard on a life and death issue that affects every person living in the South East region. In September thousands of people came out in the pouring rain and wind to make a stand against the continued refusal of this government to implement 24/7 cardiac care. We already sent a very strong message to this government that we will not stand idly by and allow them to continue to strip away our vital services. All we have heard since then is mere lip service and no delivery of the 24/7 cardiac services for the south east region. Apart from Health Minister Simon Harris’ unannounced early morning visit to University Hospital Waterford (UHW) last

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Wednesday, 4th January 2017

South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG Independent Alliance Minister John Halligan welcomes female participation on Springboard+ ICT courses

The proportion of females participating on Springboard+ ICT courses is almost double that entering through the CAO system to mainstream ICT courses, according to “Developing Talent, Changing Lives” - an evaluation of Springboard+ 2011 – 2016 - which was launched by Independent Alliance Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan T.D.

Welcoming the strong female participation on ICT courses, Minister Halligan said: “Data tells us that there are great job opportunities for graduates in the ICT sector and wider economy. I’m delighted that Springboard+ ICT courses are attracting a higher proportion of female participants and we need to build on this success in the coming years.”

Springboard+ represents a €113 million investment with over 30,000 course places filled on 1,349 courses since 2011. A

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

A Joyful Christmas

There can be no doubt that this year has been one of the most eventful years for a long time. And like the Chinese curse that says 'may you live in interesting times' not too many people will be sorry to see the back of it.

With the pace of life ever-increasing it sometimes can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff but thankfully there is always Christmas to help us do that. Whatever people might say about the commercialisation of this religious holiday the one thing that doesn't change is the fact that Christmas is very firmly about family and friends, about the most important things in people's lives. It is a time when you can switch off and just concentrate on what is most important to you and for most people that is those who

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

If there is anything better than having an enjoyable Christmas then it has to be a safe Christmas. There will be loads of parties and get togethers that people will be attending over the next number of weeks and it goes without saying that if you are driving then you should never, ever drink and drive and neither should you ever, ever use your mobile phone.

At home, always remember to have the correct, safe attachments for electrical devices and unplug them before you go to bed, always ensure that candles are extinguished as well. If you have elderly neighbours, spend a few minutes looking in on them, it would probably mean more than you'd ever know.

Christmas is a great time of the year, but above all make sure it is a safe time of the year.

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Greetings to everyone from the North Pole!

Dear Editor

Greetings to everyone from the North Pole!

Christmas is fast approaching and the elves are working at full pace to get all the toys and gifts ready to load onto the sleigh this Christmas Eve.

Letters are pouring in from all around the world so I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Ireland to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible.

All the boys and girls need to do is:

- Write their letter and pop it in an envelope addressed to ‘Santa Claus, The North Pole’;

- Write their own name and full postal address (in very clear handwriting) on the top left-hand corner of the front of the envelope;

- Stick on 72c stamp and

- Post it in any post box or

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Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Person of the Year

There were some raised eyebrows when Time Magazine named it's

prestigious person of the year as President-Elect Donald Trump. The

always divisive newly crowned politician still has the very real

potential to get hackles rising over the slightest thing, even when it

is not in his control. It was the editorial team of Time's decision

to give him this honour and no one else. And, love him or loathe him,

there is no getting away from the fact that this maverick outsider has

completely dominated the news in the Western world in a manner that no

one else has this year. And it is not as if Time is saying that by

picking him they are endorsing him, if anything they have placed a

huge question mark over the man by running his photo with the byline

'President of a Divided States of America', if that isn't a

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Wednesday, 14th December 2016

If there is one thing, but hopefully there should be many, that the

recession taught us all is that keeping things local is of prime

importance. Now that we are heading into the biggest shopping period

of the year there are more reasons to ensure that we keep as much of

our money local as is possible. It has been proven again and again

that money spent locally brings far more benefits to the local economy

than money spent elsewhere. The thinking is quite clear, shop local,

spend local and the benefits to your local economy are huge. Of

course with the inroads that the digital economy has made over the

last number of years will mean that a lot of money will be taken out

of the economy not just locally but nationally as well. Even still it

seems that despite lure of the internet Irish people prefer shop in

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Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Waterford SPCA urges you all not to add getting a new pet to your Xmas shopping list.

New puppies and kittens are not suitable presents and Christmas is the right wrong time to introduce them to the family.

If considering getting a pet late spring or early summer are by far the best time. The days are long, the weather better and the children home on holidays. Getting a pet at Christmas is the most difficult and unsuitable time to house train or exercise a pet. It can also be frightening for a little one with all the noise and excitement around the house at Christmas.

So please reconsider if you were planning to get a pet for Christmas.

We hope to do a spread for our Charity shop at the end of January so will be in touch.

A very happy and safe Christmas

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Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Farmers losing patience with hunts trespassing on their lands

Dear Editor,

The bloodsports enthusiasts are busy since early November, with hunters riding roughshod over farmers' lands with their dogs in pursuit of unfortunate foxes. Many farmers are increasingly losing patience with the arrogance of foxhunt clubs who routinely trespass on their lands in defiance of their wishes, their bloodlust taking precedence over their respect for other people's land and property.

We have two state laws, namely the Control of Dogs Act and the 1976 Wildlife Act. The Control of Dogs Act, provision 9, states that the owner of a dog shall not permit that dog to be in any place other than the premises of the owner or a person in charge of the dog, and that if a dog worries livestock, the owner shall be guilty of an offence. Meanwhile, the 1976

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Letters to the Editor


    Waterford Institute of TechnologyWaterford Institute of Technology is once again making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. At the recent Public Accounts Committee meeting representatives of WIT were questioned and in turn left more questionsunanswered. The Chairman of the P.A.C. Sean Fleming, T.D.,Fianna Fail, called the failure to have up to date accounts for W.I.T. as “disgraceful”.Faced with a deficit of €15m. the financial problems facing the Institute are very …

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