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Wednesday, 10th December 2014

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Dear Editor,

I wish to voice concerns over the number of cyclists who have absolutely no respect for, or adherence to the rules of the road. They pose a risk to their own lives and also to the lives of the motorists who are driving a much heavier and more dangerous vehicle.

On four separate occasions in the past six months, cyclists with absolutely no indication or warning, have suddenly pulled out in front of my car from the cycle lanes on two busy roads. Once on the Cork Road and three times on the Tramore Road. I would consider myself to be a careful driver and always would give a cyclist or group of cyclists plenty of room, so for them to pull out such a considerable distance from their cycle lane to cause me to have to swerve across

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Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Christmas is always a magical time of year and here in Waterford we have perhaps the best time ever as the Winterval Festival has arrived and truly transformed the streets of the City. A stroll around the center of the city shows just how much Waterford has become one of the must see places anywhere in Ireland this Christmas time as new installations and events have taken over the streets. John Roberts Square is always a focal point when it comes to celebrations anytime of the year and this Christmas is no exception. The carousel is always a huge draw every year and this year is no exception with children of all ages having a wonderful time on the horses. Also there are musical events in John Roberts Square that really add to the Christmas atmosphere. The two huge Christmas

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Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

It is no wonder that the deeply unpopular Government plans for Irish Water that protesters were out on the streets again this weekend. While the Government might have just recently brought in amended plans for Irish Water in an attempt to counteract the ire of the electorate it would seem that many people just don't buy what they are attempting to do. Reduced pricing, increased quotas, price guarantees, it doesn't seem to matter what the Government does it doesn't stop thousands upon thousands of people from taking to the streets loudly and visibly showing the Government parties that their measures are hugely unpopular. No matter what the Government tries to do it seems that this is one issue that just won't go away and that with an election in the offing it might just prove to be the biggest rod

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Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Rename Barrack Street the 'Doggie-doo Dash’

Dear Editor,

I’m seriously considering applying to the City and Council to have Barrack Street in the city centre renamed to 'Doggie-doo Dash’ due to the frequent and alarming amount of doggie

doo-doo which is a daily sight on this particular street.

As a regular walker (and a dog owner myself) I am flummoxed at the amount of canine excrement along this city thoroughfare. It’s as if the city law which states under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 that "it is an offence for a person in charge of a dog not to clean up when their dog fouls in a public place" does not apply in this particular neighbourhood.

According to the city council website "Failure to clean up your dog’s waste can lead to a €150 on-the-spot fine or on summary conviction to a

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Wednesday, 26th November 2014

A Time To Help

With the news that the Ebola disease has spread to the African country of Mali it is heartening to hear that the Irish response to this deadly infection has been stepped up. GOAL has just announced that they have sent 17 doctors, nurses and paramedics to neighbouring Sierra Leone as part of their fight against the disease. There are many Irish Aid Organisations that are currently involved in fighting Ebola in West African countries and it certainly cannot be said that there is not a concerted effort amongst people of the first world in helping those in the third world. Naturally enough there will always be questions of what individual countries governments are doing, and specifically are they doing enough, in terms of giving aid but as of this moment it seems that the West is really

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Wednesday, 19th November 2014

The Lady is not for Moving

When Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald was asked to stop speaking and ultimately asked to leave the Dail Chamber by the Ceann Chomhairle last week and refused it seemed as yet again a politician was out to take a stance that the overwhelming majority of Irish people couldn't see the point of. Understandably enough her fellow Sinn Fein colleagues backed her up all the way and were quick to round on the Ceann Comhairle for his actions. They assured reporters that McDonald was making a very valid point, although what the point of sitting in a virtually empty Dail Chamber after everyone else filed out was, is yet to be fully and cogently expressed. To most viewers it seemed as if yet again politicians were being caught up in something that seemed to have a

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Wednesday, 12th November 2014

Waterford INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Once again Waterford Institute of Technology is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The sudden resignation of Dr. Donie Ormonde, as President of the College following a meeting with Ms. Jan O'Sullivan, Minister for Education and members of the Board of Management and the appointment of Mr. Michael Kelly a former senior Civil Servant in his place was surprising. Tributes were paid to Dr. Ormonde for his work as chairman of the Board.

Last weeks statements from both Carlow and Waterford Institutes that they were no longer on the same page regarding a Technological University for the region took many people by surprise. The Minister has made it very plain that the future prospect of a Technological University for the South East must be inclusive of Carlow and Waterford. However, the Executive Board of WIT has taken

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Wednesday, 5th November 2014

Dear Editor,

On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to ever make landfall, hit the Philippines. It killed thousands of people, wiped out entire villages and left 4 million homeless. Roads, electricity and communications were cut off. In all, 14 million people were affected by the disaster.

The huge humanitarian response saved thousands of lives, as fast delivery of emergency relief prevented widespread hunger and outbreaks of disease. This was only made possible by the generosity of the public, including by people in Waterford.

Gistado Gallaron, a rice and coconut farmer in Leyte, said at the time: "In one year, Oxfam will still be here and you will see an improvement because of the help you have given us."

As we approach one year on, I would like to say thank you to Waterford Today readers. Their contribution is helping to make

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Wednesday, 5th November 2014

The events that happened in Waterford City recently where demonstrators congregated outside a house of a Roma family have inevitably led to a very harsh and somewhat unfair media portrayal of what life in our city is like. While there can be no excuse for what happened the many commentators who spoke of racism being prevalent in Waterford and also using unfair language should be seen for what it is, sensationalism for an increased readership. A recent statement that was signed by 10 Civic Leaders ranging from Senators, T.D.s, Business leaders and the Garda Superintendent spoke about their severe distaste about what happened at The Manor over the last weekend and the utterly injustice of mob rule where a single Roma family were terrorised within their own home. Understandably they are concerned that the proper processes of law are observed

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Wednesday, 29th October 2014

They Got It Wrong

When nearly every second news story that you read is concerned with the imminent imposition of water charges you just know that this present Government is in for a rocky road from the voting public. Everywhere you turn you seem to hear personal incidences of people who either say that they won't pay this new charge, they can't afford to pay this new charge or why should they pay for something that they can't use in the first place. When it comes to the latter it seems that the quality of the water supply is so bad in a lot of areas that people cannot actually use it without boiling it first or else they have to go out and buy water. Imagine being hit with a bill for that kind of service? It is no wonder

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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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