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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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Wednesday, 18th March 2015

Time was the most colourful thing about a St.Patrick's Day Parade was counting all the shades of blue the legs of the little Irish dancers turned as they bravely marched in the parade no matter how cold the weather. Now the parade is a far different affair with much thought and effort put into it so that each year the parade really is a day to remember.

It is wonderful to see all the different organisations from throughout the city and from all the other parades that take place in the county come out and show everyone what they are all about.

St. Patrick's Day is really a family celebration and it is always great to see families, from the oldest to the youngest, all come together to enjoy the parade and then to celebrate the day together.

It is also the world's

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Wednesday, 18th March 2015

DEAR EDITOR

My name is Colette O'Brien and I'm writing to air my concerns and upset about something that is affecting many families in Ireland for far too long. I have an eight year old, Emma, who since the age of five has struggled with her hearing. I noticed that at the age of five, Emma was lip reading, and I was repeating my self a lot. I went and had Emma's hearing tested - she had moderate hearing loss - so I went back my doctor. It was 2012, he sent a referral letter off and we waited and waited. After months Emma just got used to it, we all did, but a cold, a runny nose and the child was bad as ever.

She finally got her appointment and we were told she has glue ear and needed grommits. So

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Wednesday, 11th March 2015

What’s in a name?

Many people must be scratching their heads and wondering what on earth is going on in Killiney at the moment with an organisation calling itself the 'New Land League' standing guard outside a multi-million euro property that is at the center of a legal dispute. The owners of the rather large and covetable house, the O'Donnell family, were one of the country's largest landlords during the Celtic Tiger boom years with properties all over this country as well as in other jurisdictions, however it all went south with the bust and now they are in the position of owing the banks over 70 million euro and they are now trying to recoup some of that money by taking possession and eventually selling the house in Killiney that the family says it shouldn't touch because it is a

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Wednesday, 11th March 2015

We’ve won a small battle but not the war

Dear Sir

After extensive talks, lobbying and campaigning, we have a small victory. On 3rd March, Tainiste Joan Burton stated in the Dail that she intended "to propose at Committee Stage amendment to extend entitlement to the one-parent family payment to lone parents who are also eligible for the half-rate carer’s allowance payment until their youngest child reaches the age of 16." This is the same for One Parent Family Payment recipients who are in receipt of the Domiciliary Care Allowance. The previously proposed cuts mean that 800 carers were facing an income loss of €86 a week. It is an acknowledgement of the vulnerable position of lone parents who are also full time carers and the drastic negative impact the proposed cuts would have on these lone parent families and those in

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    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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