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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Isn't it terrible when you're trying to ingratiate yourself with people who are rich, powerful and influential that all that really happens is that you get in trouble with the people that you are supposedly there to represent. But that is exactly what has happened to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when he went to Washington and tried way too hard and way too much to get in with President Trump and came out with some guff about how they exchanged telephone calls some time ago about a wind farm and that the President got exactly what he wanted.

There is a way of buttering someone up and then there is putting your foot in it. It'll be interesting to see how the Taoiseach gets himself out of this one.

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

‘Liveable places for the future’

Dear Editor,

As cities and towns across Ireland celebrated St Patrick’s Day and extended a Céad Míle Fáilte to thousands of visitors, both returning emigrants and tourists, we were reminded of the plight of many for whom a roof over their head has now become unaffordable and unattainable. Figures released in January this year reveal that there are 119 adults homeless in Waterford. There is a certain irony that families that need long-term tenancies are staying in bed and breakfast establishments, hotels and other emergency accommodation while many tourists who in the past stayed in hotels are staying in housing on a short-term let basis.

We acknowledge there is a role for Airbnb in the tourism market however, short-term let’s are displacing homes that would otherwise be available in the long-term rental market and are driving up the

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Minister for Health Simon Harris has reaffirmed his commitment to early engagement with general practitioner representatives on the reform of the GP contract.

"I want to acknowledge the important role that GPs play in our health service, and to emphasise the Government’s commitment to ensuring sustainable GP services into the future, meeting the needs of patients and providing a viable and rewarding career for our current GPs as well as our medical graduates."

"One of my key objectives is to agree contractual changes that will bring an increased population health focus, providing in particular for health promotion and disease prevention and for the structured on-going care of chronic conditions. I want to secure agreement on meaningful improvements in the services that GPs provide to patients with a medical card or GP visit card and which will see additional resources provided to general

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Keeping a check

It is common knowledge that when it comes to technology, if you want to do something, just ask a young person to show you. They have grown up with all the technology that is around us at the moment and seem adept at using it in the easiest fashion possible. But just because young people are good at technology, does that mean that they should have unfettered access to all the sites and apps that are available to them today?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has just come out and said that he and the Government are looking into the possibility of placing a restrictive age limit on smart phones in order to keep young people safe online. He didn't exactly come out and say that there will be a ban on young people using smart phones but did say that

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Despite all of the awful weather that we've been having lately it seems that things have turned a corner and that finally Spring is here. There is no better time of year with the days stretching out ahead of us then to get back into some physical exercise to see us making the most of the weather. Of course there are going to be days when the weather doesn't play ball but that doesn't mean to say that we shouldn't stop going out for a walk or a jog or even taking the dogs out for a bit of fresh air.

Everyone knows how much a little bit of exercise can do you good so even if you make it outside for just a half an hour's brisk walk then you know you are doing yourself some good. Exercise is not

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Sinn Féin TD David

Cullinane has announced that Sinn Féin will include the scrapping of hospital parking fees in its manifesto for the next general election.

Speaking Teachta Cullinane said;

"Hospital car parking fees are an unnecessary nuisance for the families and friends of hospital patients.

"In some cases these fees bring financial hardship to families who are worried about the health of their loved ones.

"Sinn Féin has explored to possibility of scrapping hospital parking fees and I am happy to confirm that this measure will be included in our manifesto for the next general election."

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Nursing Homes staff commended

Dear Editor,

Events of natural disaster can bring out the very best in people. This has been exemplified within Irish society the past week and in particular within our health services.

Nursing Homes Ireland takes this opportunity to acknowledge, commend and thank staff within our nursing homes across the country. Nursing homes are reliant upon staff across a range of disciplines to meet the health and living care needs of people who require round-the-clock care. These include nurses, carers, chefs and those who organise the activities that bring enjoyment and fulfilment to these people’s lives on a daily basis.

We are aware of great sacrifices that were undertaken by nursing home management and their staff to provide care to older persons as the country was pounded by the worst extremes of weather.

We should not take for granted the tremendous sacrifices

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

The Big Freeze

Not since 1982 has Ireland been so thoroughly blanketed with snow that has brought such widespread disruption in it's wake. It was a case of the Beast from the East meeting Storm Emma that brought such massive amounts of snow down on the country and Waterford in particular. The red weather warning was in place in Waterford for much of the week and it was only on Saturday that it was downgraded to a yellow warning, still something to take notice of. With so many services as well as shops shut down and roads impassable there was nothing for people to do but to but hunker down at home and wait for the worse of the weather to pass. Some people did venture out to get in some much needed extra supplies but were mainly met with local

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

There really was only one story this week and that was the huge snow fall that hit the country. However now that the weather warnings have been downgraded the big emphasis will be on getting the country back up and running again. Already schools are set to open which will have a big impact on getting people out and about once again. Those who couldn't make it to the post office to collect social welfare payments will be pleased to hear that the post offices, in the main, are open for business yet again. The main problem people will have is the fact that not all the road networks are up and running and many, especially in estates, are still blocked by high snow drifts. Yet the temperatures are on the rise and the snow is beginning to melt and

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Living in the

twilight zone

Dear Editor

The latest homelessness figures, which reveal that of the 9,104 people accessing emergency accommodation nationally in January, 354 people were living in the South East region with 119 in Waterford. Of particular concern is the regional figures for the South East of which 78 children were homeless. The increase in homelessness is a direct result of the increasing pressures in the private rented sector.

Through our work over the years, we know that the homeless figure is higher, there is a growing number of ‘hidden homeless’ – people sleeping on relatives’ sofas; families living temporarily in the spare room of a friend’s home; people moving from the floor of one place to another in order to avoid having to access emergency accommodation. The rise in the official figures do not include the plight of people and families

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  • Waiting can be bad for your He...

    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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