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Wednesday, 19th March 2014

A Good

News Story

While St. Patrick's Day is a celebration that makes itself felt all around the world, it is here in Ireland that most people want to be to ensure they have the best time possible. Now tourism figures have shown that the amount of people coming here to celebrate St. Patrick's Day have increased by 50% on last year's figures. By anyone's estimate that is a huge increase and the money that will consequently be brought into the country will be welcomed by all of those who earn their living from Tourism. Even here in Waterford that is a significant number of people. We are often told of the difficulties that Waterford faces when it comes to attracting tourists but perhaps we are not as forward as we should be in promoting ourselves as one of the country's prime

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Wednesday, 12th March 2014

A Sense of Perspective

Of all the headlines that have already been written about the crisis that is currently taking place in the Ukraine some of the more interesting ones are those that are prominently expounding the views of our own particular leaders. While it is only natural that the media here should carry the thoughts and ideas of our political leaders it is in the context of the Ukrainian crisis somewhat of a non story. Naturally enough our leaders are important. They are important to us because they are democratically elected by us. In a wider context they and what they think are not so important. Trying to parlay their thoughts and opinions into ones that matter on an international stage and in particular in relation to the Ukraine is a little embarrassing. People really need to get a sense

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Wednesday, 5th March 2014

As the world turns

We've had an Ard Fheis by the main Government party, stars walking down the red carpet at the Oscars and a notorious gangland figure being shot. But as much as all of these news stories have spent their particular moments in the spotlight there is still really only one news item out there and that is the situation in the Ukraine. We have had comments and statements from nearly every one involved in what is happening but it still seems that it is Russia who is really setting the agenda. As soon as the Crimea stated that it wanted to be independent of the new Ukraine and to throw in its lot with its northern neighbour it appeared as if what a lot of people feared was about to happen. Most people knew that when the government

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Wednesday, 26th February 2014

A study in Volatility

Events are moving so fast in the Ukraine at the moment that it is sometimes hard to figure out exactly what is happening and what, more importantly, the outcome will be. We all know that the President Yanykovych has left Kiev and that his main rival Yulia Tymoshenko was released from prison and said to the waiting crowds that the dictatorship is over. But as we have learned from similar situations in other countries just because the leader is awol doesn't mean that a definitive resolution to the conflict has been found. It would appear that there is still a lot to play for and that even outside the country there are lots of players who have vested interests in what happens in the Ukraine. Ostensibly the overthrow of Yanykovych happened because he wanted to have closer

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Wednesday, 19th February 2014

Rain, rain . .

In a week where there was bloodletting over allegations of bugging of the Garda Ombudsman, a week where the President was forecasting a disaster over youth unemployment and a week where news of wars filled the airwaves there was something else on the minds of most people. And that was the weather. No matter what you might think will top the news agenda at any given time you can rest assured that when an unseasonable weather front approaches then Irish people will talk first and foremost about that rather than almost anything else. Of course you might think that by this stage we would be used to storms in winter and good weather in summer but that isn't really the case. Nature has a way of reminding us on a regular basis that we are all ultimately

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Wednesday, 19th February 2014

Amusement at Murphy's Folly




A Chara

I read your piece last week regarding the traffic situation at the Folly and the comments by Jason Murphy with much amusement. Mr Murphy appears to be of the view that the recent safety improvements at the Folly do not work but he speaks of course to a small number of residents and drivers who use this route at peak times.

I cycle from Ballygunner to the Industrial Estate on the Cork Road, morning and evening, Monday to Friday, at peak traffic times and have to say the recent works at the Folly Church and addition of cycle lanes on the short section of the Folly are a welcome move by the City Council. It is good to see that safety of road users is of high importance in the Council and I applaud this effort to

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Wednesday, 12th February 2014

A matter of equality

Who would have ever thought it that two separate T.D.s, one from Fine Gael and one from Labour, would have stood up in the Dail and spoke about their experiences of homophobia in Ireland today. For all of those who think that Ireland hasn't developed over the last number of years and that somehow our public representatives are at a distance from the lives that we all lead these two men really brought home how wrong that thinking is. Both were quite eloquent and definitely passionate about describing about how difficult it can be being gay in Ireland today. Not only can it be hard to battle the everyday insidious homophobia that gay and lesbian people have to deal with but sometimes it can go beyond that. Deputy Buttimer described how he has been shouted at in

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Wednesday, 5th February 2014

Good News Bad News

The news that Ireland is the best country in the European Union when it comes to cutting dole numbers has been met with incredulity by most people on hearing this. There is sometimes a big difference between the anecdotal and the empirical but it would seem that most Irish people would question heavily any assertion that Ireland's record on employment has been anything other that abysmal over the last number of years. But the statistics show that unemployment has indeed gone down by a large margin here in Ireland and specifically youth unemployment. Of course though, if were to take a step back and question the statistics you might come up with something more accurately approaching the truth of the matter. The fact is that while unemployment figures might have gone down the next logical step to

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Wednesday, 29th January 2014

Demographics and Assessment

Demographics and Assessment 35% of people with dementia admitted from home were discharged to nursing homes

The average length of stay for a person with dementia admitted from home and discharged to a nursing home was 59 days, compared to 22 days in a person admitted from home and discharged home.

The actual practice as evidenced by the healthcare records (HCR) was less than the stated practice by senior managers and clinicians in each hospital: 62% of hospitals reported that an assessment of functioning using a standardised instrument is routinely carried out, but 36% of patients had this performed; 97% of hospitals reported that nutritional assessments were routinely performed, but 76% of patients had a nutritional assessment recorded; 88% of hospitals reported that the person's weight or body mass index (BMI) would be routinely recorded during the admission, but 39%

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Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

When the Taoiseach, accompanied by his Minister of Health, takes time out of his schedule to go and meet the staff of any organisation you know that there is something seriously wrong. In this case the organisation in question is the CRC which has hardly been out of the headlines for the last number of months. We thought that there couldn't possibly be any other revelations concerning the finances of that group until it was found out through the Dail Public Accounts Committee that the former head of the CRC Paul Kiely actually received over 400,000 Euro in his pension that he hadn't already declared to the same committee. And where this money come from? It of course came from charitable donations from the public. And to add further salt to the wounds this pension money, as it became, was

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Letters to the Editor


    No Gun ControlAs much as you might sympathize with the students and families of those who were at the center of one of the worst high school shootings in Florida last week, you easily get the impression that their deaths were all for naught. There is absolutely no way, following the 17 deaths at this shooting, that the law makers in America will bring in legislation that will see the curbing of gun use and gun ownership in that country. It is just not the American way.In actual fact if past histor …

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