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Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

Mr Enda Kenny, Taoiseach.,

Government Buildings,

Upper Merrion Street,

Dublin 2.

Dear Mr. Kenny,

We represent over 20 townlands here in north Waterford from Mahon Bridge to the banks of the Suir. We were totally outraged by your comments on pylons on a visit to Saudi Arabia recently. You seemed to imply that the vast majority of the people in our area who are against the pylons and the tens of thousands of people elsewhere in rural Ireland who are against them, will, through our opposition to the Eirgrid projects, cause emigration of young people and hinder the creation of jobs through projects such as these.

Do you not realize that the vast majority of people in rural Ireland against pylons already have family members working overseas because of forced emigration, largely caused, not by us poor peasants, but by economic policies pursued by the last

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Wednesday, 15th January 2014

water, water everywhere

The establishment of a new agency that would oversee the privatisation of water here in Ireland was never going to be a popular proposition. When it comes to paying for such a fundamental and basic necessity for everyday life many people believe that is what they taxes for. However it seems now that despite all the arguments back and forth that we are very soon going to be paying for our water. We have had it pointed out ad nauseam to us just how much it costs for water to come out of our taps. No one is disputing that but that doesn't mean to say that people agree when it comes to what many believe is a basic everyday necessity. But the Troika made it very clear that for Ireland to receive help that we would have

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Wednesday, 8th January 2014

No matter how far we think that we have advanced as a people there are certain things that happen to us that remind us that to a large extent we do not have total control over our own lives. One of those things is the weather. The weather has become such a conversational pass time in Ireland that sometimes it seems that we talk about little else. The very unseasonably good weather that we had during the summer was such a revelation that we were all taken unawares by it and couldn't believe our good luck. Good weather just doesn't happen in Ireland and particularly during the summer, as much as a paradox as that sounds. However what we are used to is bad weather. The Inuit people might have 50 different words for snow but Irish people must have

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Wednesday, 8th January 2014

12 Roselawn, Tramore,

Co. Waterford.

Dear Editor,

Following the recent landslide at Plunkett Station, Waterford, passengers are again faced with a bus service to Kilkenny to link up with the train for Heuston Station, Dublin.

As we know this is not the first occasion this has happened. Our train station has experienced landslides before and more recently, flooding. The forecasters are predicting more of the same weather in the future and consequently more landslides and flooding. Is it not time for Iarnród Eireann to consider reclocating our station? To where?

Why not operate from the "Goods Yard” in Sallypark? The line is there - the train passes it at present. All that is needed, in my opinion, is for a building to put in place or even adapt the existing structure to house the necessary facilities. There is plenty of space for parking - AND

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Tuesday, 31st December 2013

The birth of a New Year is always a time for celebration but most people are wise to the fact that anything new is always informed by what has just passed. So, although the new year is a time for hope it doesn't mean that it is a totally new beginning. The Romans were wise to this and the god that they worshipped at this time of year was one with two faces, one looking to the future and one looking to the past. In the same way when all the fireworks have finished and all the songs and congratulations are over we know that what we are celebrating is more of a continuation rather than something completely different and new. That doesn't mean to say however that a new year is not something to look forward to. We do

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Wednesday, 18th December 2013

So, here it is

Although long in the planning, Christmas seems to fly by so fast for adults that it leaves you scratching your head and wondering did it all really happen? Of course that is for adults. For children it is an entirely different affair. Of all the festive holidays during the year this is the big one for them. It is a time of wonder and a time of happiness. Naturally enough if they have been good boys and girls then they will hopefully get the toys that they have put on their Santa lists. For children there is more of a build up to the main event that they seem to enjoy almost as much as the big day itself. It is wonderful to see all those children with their teachers and assistants down around the center of

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Wednesday, 11th December 2013

A Hero Of Our Time

Very often people are thrust into the spotlight that seem to define a generation. However, it is usually more the case that we truly don't know who will represent an era until decades have passed and it is possible to really separate the wheat from the chaff. Whoever thought during his time that Shakespeare would become more famous and more resonant than the most powerful female monarch that has ever reigned in England? But that is what happens. History has a way of sorting these things out for us. But with the death of Nelson Mandela last week there is absolutely no doubt that in the future he will become one of those defining figures who people will look back on and say that, yes, truly he was a person of outstanding merit, someone that helped

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Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank your readers for the fantastic support they have shown Oxfam Ireland in a year of devastating humanitarian crises. Thanks to Waterford’s generosity, when disaster strikes, Oxfam is there. Unfortunately the need for help has never been as important as it is now. The Syria crisis is the world’s worst so far this century and millions are affected in the aftermath of the typhoon in the Philippines.

Without the support of communities throughout Waterford, or the wonderful dedication of volunteers in our Oxfam store on George’s Street in Waterford, Oxfam Ireland wouldn’t be able to continue our work with the world’s poorest people. Poor countries are four times as likely as rich ones to experience major conflicts. And people living in poverty are the most vulnerable to all kinds of disasters.

One month

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Wednesday, 4th December 2013

Fact And Fiction

It would seem that there is quite a large difference between what the public thinks is happening in the country and, in particular, with the country's finances, and what is really happening in the country. A public opinion poll recently published by The Irish Times showed the discrepancies between what the public thought was happening in Ireland and what is really going on. For instance, when asked what group has the most amount of money spent on them from the Social Welfare budget, the largest majority said that they thought it was the unemployed. Wrong. The largest amount spent on any particular grouping was for pensioners. And so the list goes on. Whether it be who pays the most amount of tax to the percentage of immigrants in the country to the percentage of people who use twitter

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Wednesday, 27th November 2013

The death of Fr. Alec Reid has once again shone a light on one of the most passionate and persistent of people who for many years struggled for peace in Ireland. Originally from Tipperary, Fr. Reid was one of the prime movers in a peace process that took many years to come to fruition but, despite all the setbacks and all the frustrations that the peace initiatives encountered through the years, here was a person who had a solid and complete faith in the belief that peace could be achieved in Northern Ireland and, therefore, that peace could be brought to the island of Ireland as a whole. To say that the process was a long, drawn out, arduous struggle would be putting it mildly. Many, many times the peace process looked like it was in danger of complete collapse

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    Cultural AttitudesThe recent survey by Price Waterhouse Cooper into cultural attitude that exist in the police force made for some interesting reading. One of the main findings in the report was that respondents felt that it was best to keep your head down and if you did think that something was wrong that it was better for yourself if you kept quiet about it.Another finding was that a significant amount of Gardai felt that it was who you knew and not what you knew that determined how far you advan …

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