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Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Home Rule

With the latest news that house prices have risen or stabilised in all areas of the country it looks as if one of the country's hardest hit areas of the economy during the recession is finally making a comeback. Of course this will be good news for the construction industry which was decimated during the recession but will it ultimately be good news for home buyers?

That is the question that many families, and in particular young families, will be asking themselves in the coming years. Because no one who witnessed the spectacular collapse of the housing sector will ever want to saddle themselves with the sort of debts that many people have found themselves with, not to mention the negative equity that many others will find themselves in for years and years to come. The Government will also not

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Wednesday, 28th January 2015

That has to be the inevitable question when you find out that the G.A.A. club and the Resource Center in Ballybeg were torched last weekend. Who in their right mind would ever do something like this, it really just beggars belief and leaves you wondering what on earth were the people thinking to do something like this?

Acts of vandalism are never really very understandable and sometimes even the people that carry them out, when caught, can't themselves give an adequate reason as to why they have done what they have done. But targeting such a huge community resource that is used by so many people, a resource that has no other agenda than to help people is really sad.

It would be nice to say that this is a one off event in the city but while it might be extreme

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Wednesday, 28th January 2015

St. Patrick's Hospital update

Dear Editor

I am writing to you after reading recent media reports regarding St Patrick's Hospital that brought a huge amount of concern to many people in Waterford City.

Since the reports emerged on Sunday I made contact with the HSE and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD and they have confirmed to me that the HSE has identified Waterford city as a priority location for a new Community Nursing Home unit. The design team has been appointed.

A planning application will be submitted within next couple of months - there has been deep pre-planning and consultation between HSE and WCC and that I expect that following the award of planning that the project will progress to the tendering and then construction phase in late 2015.

I have always been committed to this project and I have made constant representations on

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Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Dear Editor

The Manor Street Community Youth Project is looking for new and enthusiastic volunteers to help lead groups and activities for young people aged between 10 to 21 years of age living in the inner city of Waterford. In particular we are seeking adults over 18 years of age who have a positive attitude towards young people and would like to support their positive development. No experience is necessary as training and ongoing support is provided from our friendly staff team. If you have ever thought of getting involved in your community this is the perfect opportunity to take the first step and give us a call. The experience is positive for both volunteers and young people. If you have any special skills to offer please let us know.

URGENT NEED!!

We are currently looking for volunteers to join our leader teams

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Wednesday, 21st January 2015

Schadenfreude

It would seem that despite being hauled over the coals in an American court David Drumm, former boss of Anglo Irish Bank, has decided to contest the result of his attempt to apply for bankruptcy in that jurisdiction. The former court case was a relatively lengthy affair and involved testimony from a wide number of people who all had some interest in Drumm's financial affairs. All of this was covered in some detail by the Irish media due to Drumm's role in the unfolding of the debacle that was the recent banking crisis.

Some viewed his attempt to have his bankruptcy dealt with in an American court as an attempt to minimize his role and own culpability that brought this country to its knees. It has become nothing new for high profile business people, politicians and even entertainers to go to

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Wednesday, 21st January 2015

In light of recent events in France, the Religious Studies and Theology group at WIT presents a talk by Muslim cleric, Shaykh Dr Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri from the Al Mustafa Islamic Centre in Dublin. The talk takes place on Thursday 22nd January at 5.30pm in room F01 on the Cork Road campus.

Shaykh Umar's talk is entitled "Islam, Jihad and Terrorism" and he will

present his views on the recent attacks in Paris as well as on ISIS. He is an outspoken Muslim cleric who is prominent in his opposition to Muslim extremism and as an advocate for peace.

The talk will be followed by question time and members of the public across Waterford are invited to attend and ask questions relating to concerns about Islamic terrorism in Ireland or any aspect of Islam.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Wednesday, 21st January 2015

Religious Studies and

Theology group, WITThis Winter flu season has been especially difficult for many people who are trying to stay healthy while at the same time trying valiantly to beat off the various infections that are out there. The news that there is currently a strain of flu resistant to the flu vaccination means that if you do get this particular type of flu then you get it hard. And that can be very bad news for those such as the elderly, those with chronic illnesses and pregnant women.

However it doesn't mean that you shouldn't get the standard flu vaccination as it does afford some measure of protection. Approximately 1,000 people a year die from complications from the flu and many of these deaths are preventable. This current flu season, is expected to last another 8 weeks or so and

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Wednesday, 21st January 2015

Don't take a life - get a life?

A response

Dear Editor

Last week a letter was printed in response to the recent violent attacks in Paris. The author suggested that the best route to take was for people to 'lighten up' about their particular religious beliefs. Such logic frames the Paris attacks as being merely a violent overreaction by religious fanatics to satirical cartoons. However, this is an unfitting response as it takes these attacks to be a completely isolated, random incident. Violence should always be condemned but the author's line of reasoning ignores the weight of history and underplays the complex relationship between Western society and Muslim values; a relationship that's legacy has created oppressive conditions for Muslims in many European countries.

Muslims have continuously been viewed as at odds with the values of Western culture and have often been treated poorly

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Wednesday, 14th January 2015

Fitting response

It will come as no surprise that our Taoiseach Enda Kenny joined other E.U. leaders in Paris on Sunday to show Ireland's solidarity and support of the French people after the horrific attacks on the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo. That attack as well as a separate one on a Kosher Supermarket left a total of 17 people dead after a couple of frantic days which saw the French police being involved in car chases and two separate sieges. The search for the girlfriend of one of the two attackers is still ongoing. So far 16 people have been brought in for questioning by police regarding the two attacks and it appears that the answers to a lot of questions will take some time to uncover yet.

What is clear so far is that the men involved in these attacks have

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Wednesday, 14th January 2015

Dear Editor

Irish people are now 12% more likely than last year to say we should increase overseas development aid, twice the European average. With the Irish economy showing early signs of recovery, some 68 per cent of Irish people agreed that rich countries should give more, 12% more than said so in 2013’s special Eurobarometer survey on development.

The European average was 67% - an increase of just 6% on 2013 – meaning that the Irish willingness to donate is outstripping that of our European neighbours. The poll was published to coincide with the European Year for Development (EYD) which was launched on 9 January in Riga (Latvia). EYD is a year dedicated to public debate about the EU's efforts to bring about a fairer and more sustainable world.

Almost nine out of ten respondents in Ireland (87%) say helping people in

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