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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

As Waterford eagerly awaits the start of the tourist season, a number of local bodies have come together to launch a new communication and customer service programme for the retail and hospitality sectors.

Waterford City Centre Management Group are partnering with Waterford Chamber, Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Waterford Institute of Technology, Purple Flag, Waterford Local Enterprise Office and Visit Waterford to deliver on a shared objective to look at Customer Service in Waterford. Phase one of the initiative was a focus group and customer satisfaction survey which was then analysed by Waterford Institute of Technology, followed by a workshop with top performance coach Alf Dunbar.

Speaking at the event, Waterford City & County Council CEO Michael Walsh said: "There are big changes afoot for Waterford and this is the time to get ready for what is to come. When you see investors like

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

The Winter Olympics

Although Ireland has more than it's fair share of athletes competing in the forthcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in South Korea there will be very few people in the country who will be disappointed if they don't come back with a slew of medals. For a country that goes into meltdown when we get some few inches of snow every decade or so it's even amazing that we've got any athletes going to the Winter Olympics at all!

The Winter Olympics just really aren't our thing, we're not really a mountainous country that gets a lot of snow and the only time we really get ice is every Christmas when the ice skating rink comes to town for a few weeks. Nevertheless as the opening ceremony attested the Winter Olympics are a big thing, the opening night was spectacular

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Sinn Fein has come a long way in it's history and this weekend saw another major move as it elected it's first new leader in over 34 years when Mary Lou McDonald took over the position vacated by Gerry Adams as leader of the party. Considered one of the strongest performers in the Dail and a stalwart in her party it is no surprise that there were no other contenders for the position when her name went forward although one of the first things she did in her acceptance speech was to say that Sinn Fein was nothing more or less than a democratic political party. Despite her new position it will take some time for Ms. McDonald to bed in considering that Gerry Adams was so synonymous with the position for so long. There are many challenges ahead for

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Our voices will be heard

Dear Editor

We write as parents of children with

disabilities or as people living with a

disability in response to recent coverage of the relevance of our voices and of the

experience of our children’s communities to the abortion debate. We feel that there has been a concerted effort to silence our voices and to make our families invisible in this

discussion.

This past ten days, in particular, it has felt like our existence is inconvenient for some supporters of the abortion referendum, and that they would rather we went away and were quiet. We will not. It is a cold, hard, undeniable fact that when abortion is

introduced, a disproportionate impact is

suffered by those children diagnosed with some form of disability.

Already, the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin offers first trimester screening, which can test for Down syndrome as early as 9 or 10

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

The Waterford Intellectual Disability Association will hold its Annual General Meeting in the main building of the Edmund Rice Centre, Barrack Street, Waterford on Wednesday March 7th at 7.30pm.

WIDA is funded by the HSE and provides respite and day services for adults and children with an intellectual disability in addition we also operate a residential service for adults. Our adult day centres are at Spring Garden in Cherrymount and a training programme for adults at our facility at Killure Manor, St John’s Park. We also provide a community inclusion service from the Edmund Rice Centre as well as supporting adults working in the community. In the last year the Association has also started a day respite service on Saturdays.

The adults and children that avail of our services are drawn from the city and county as well as south Kilkenny and

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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Education

With thousands of secondary school students sitting or preparing to sit their 'mock' examinations for the Leaving Cert or the Junior Cert at the moment it is clear that when it comes to education, Ireland is a country that takes it very seriously. Education has always been seen as a pathway to a better standard of living around the world and the ability to get as far as possible in your chosen field has always been applauded in this country.

Even though secondary school students are just sitting their 'mocks' and not the actual exams at the moment they will be all too well aware of just how important these exams are in the scheme of things. Of course they are not the be all and end all of things and they are called 'mocks' for a reason but even a

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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Despite the huge increase in online business it has just emerged that the Gardai are still two years behind in tackling online crime cases, including online child sex crimes. The Gardai say that the reason it is having such a difficult time in dealing with online crime cases is that they have not had the sufficent funding necessary to deal with all of the crime cases that they have on file.

It is estimated that by the end of March of this year that they will have the backlog of cases down to those committed in 2016/17. It has also been announced that in an attempt to tackle online cases that two new offices will be opened up in the South East and the South specifically to deal with the old and new cases that will come to light. Online crime

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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

RTÉ, Science Foundation Ireland and the Insight Centre for Data Analytics are calling on people all around Ireland to download a new app called How Are You Ireland? which is designed to assess the mood and stress levels of the nation. As part of its ongoing broadcasting partnership with Science Foundation Ireland, RTÉ is supporting the scientists behind the How Are You Ireland? app by encouraging volunteers to take part.

The app is part of a major research study being conducted by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. It was announced on The Late Late Show by asking the public to download the app and sign up to take part in this groundbreaking research project. It’s hoped that the research will give valuable insight into the wellbeing of the Irish population.

The results of the survey will then feature in an RTÉ

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Trump - One Year On

One of the most surprising things about the fact that President Trump has made it to one year in his presidency is that he has done it and the world is still turning. His many critics since he announced that he was running for president have said that he would be an unalloyed disaster and that he would be a disaster for America and hence for the world in turn. He might have got in many twitter spats with North Korea and ramped up nuclear tension in that region but it hasn't led to anything. In fact if you look at it from th President's point of view it only led to renewed talks between North and South Korea and the North's entry to the Winter Olympic Games.

That is the point with Donald Trump, he can

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

The decision by the Dail to undo the ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday can only be seen as a forward looking step towards a fuller more inclusive and pluralistic society here in Ireland. Naturally enough there will be a lot of people who will disagree with it mainly for religious reasons. But if you do disagree with it then you also retain the right not to go to a pub or purchase alcohol on that day in question. Some vintners have even disagreed with it but then again they don't have to go and open their premises on that day either.

Obviously working from a negative, i.e.having a ban on sales, is a pretty black or white position but at least if bars are open then you give people the choice over what to do on that day. And

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    As dry as the SaharaIt seems that whenever the weather in Ireland goes a little bit extreme, we are somehow incapable of dealing with it. It has already happened so far this year with the snow that totally disrupted the country for about a week and also later on when some areas in the country were flooded due to excess rain. Now it is happening again because we are having to deal with a level of sunshine that is virtually unheard of in the country. And a level of sunshine that is going on for a good numbe …

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