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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Light up the night with Well

Festival of Arts and Wellbeing “Night Flowers” project

Dear Editor

Waterford Healing Arts Trust is looking for Waterford people to take part in lantern-making workshops to help them to light up the night at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) as part of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2017. “Night Flowers”, an installation project with artist Tom Meskell, will involve the lighting up of dozens of individually created flower lanterns – sculptures shaped around a wire frame and lit from within – to be created by the Waterford community.

The workshops take place at Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September from 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm. Anyone over 15yrs is welcome to take part – No experience is necessary. The workshop fee is EUR10.00 for a half-day or full day (free to WHAT members).

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

According to the most recent figures published by Eurostat, the gender pay gap in Ireland in 2014 was 13.9%, while the EU average was 16.7%. This means that, on average, women employees earned 13.9% less than male employees.

A public consultation on tackling the gender pay gap in Ireland was launched recently by Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Justice and Equality and David Stanton TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration.

Members of the public, employers, trade unions, civil society and other interested organisations are invited to give their views on the factors creating the gender pay gap, actions that need to be taken, and whether they can contribute to implementing those actions.

Contributions are welcomed by email or written submission before the closing date, which is 4 October 2017.

The consultation paper and details of how to make

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Wednesday, 9th August 2017

School Costs

Although we are still just at the start of August many parents will already be figuring out exactly how much they will have to hand over for their children to go back to school. The children's charity Barnardo's have just compiled a report saying that for a primary school child the figure will hit nearly 400 euro while a secondary school child will have to have roughly 750 euro paid out to ensure that they have everything that they need. And of course these figures are just for going back to school and don't figure into account the numbers that will accrue over the entire year as a child grows and needs extra clothes and shoes let along school supplies. If there is one saving grace from the figures that were just released is that there hasn't been a

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Wednesday, 9th August 2017

Yet again the Spraoi team have pulled off a wonderful August bank holiday weekend in Waterford city that was full of fun, creativity and magic. It is always hard to think how Spraoi will top the events of the previous year but they always manage to do it and judging by the number of people who came out onto the streets to enjoy the great atmosphere in the town they certainly agreed. While no doubt the Spraoi team drew in many thousands from across the country and brought

in some much needed trade for businesses the best thing was not the monetary boost it brought but the moments of joy and excitement that will lie in the memory for far longer. Creating wonderful experiences is what Spraoi is all about and they never fail to deliver.

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Wednesday, 9th August 2017

Cill Chiaráin,


County Galway,

A chara,

The deal struck between the DUP and the British Government has a clear lesson for the people of Rural Ireland. (By Rural Ireland I mean all the areas outside the cities as outlined by the CEDRA Report, which was chaired by Pat Spillane.) We, living in these areas, need a similar strategy to wring concessions from a system which is unduly centred on Greater Dublin.

In April, Paddy McGuinness highlighted the enormity of the problem when he announced he would not be seeking reappointment to the chair of the Western Development Commission after four years in the post: “I believe strongly that there is absolutely no commitment at either political or administrative level to balanced regional development, nor is there any worthwhile plan do address rural decline,” he said.

I spent two terms as an Independent on Galway County

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

What a mess!

Round one of the Brexit talks haven't even finished and the only thing that you can really say about what has gone on is that the whole thing is a mess. There is so much posturing, so many provocative statements and so little content that you really have to scratch your head and wonder what exactly is going on with the whole Brexit agenda.

The fact that the Conservatives called an election to get greater clarity for the talks and ended up nearly losing to the opposing sides is one manifestation of just how much nobody seems to know what exactly is going on. While both sides seem intent on showing what exactly they are not willing to give up, at the same time they are both not showing any way forward either. In fairness this seems to be

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

When you hear that not only the Tainaiste but the Taoiseach are coming to town for an announcement you can rest assured that not only is it a good news story but a great news story that is on the way. The announcement that Bausch and Lomb are going to be putting more than 85 million euro into it's Waterford plant is truly a wonderful news story. The benefits in terms of jobs is going to be significant not only at the plant itself but also in terms of secondary jobs that will be seen throughout the city of Waterford. It's a great news story and everyone involved should be truly proud of their achievement.

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Thank You to Waterford parishioners for donations to Trócaire’s life-saving work in Africa

Dear editor

On behalf of Trócaire I would like to thank parishioners in Co. Waterford for their support of the national Church collection held on 22/23 July which was called by the Bishops of Ireland. The money donated to this collection will fund Trócaire’s life-saving work in drought-ravaged east Africa.

East Africa stands on the brink of catastrophe with almost 25 million people at risk of starvation. The support Trócaire has received from people across the county will enable us to provide emergency food, water and medical care to people across Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Our health centres and feeding programmes are saving lives but the needs in the region are enormous. The generosity of people in Ireland will allow us to reach even more people with life-saving

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Dublin Zoo to host Reptile Weekend at Zoorassic World this August Bank Holiday

Slither into Dublin Zoo this August bank holiday weekend (Saturday 5th – Monday 7th) for a host of fun and informative reptile-themed activities!

Taking place at Zoorassic World, the Zoo’s brand-new home for reptiles of the past and present, visitors will be able to see reptiles from across the globe and find out about their prehistoric past by joining special talks led by zookeepers.

Promising something for all the family, themed arts and crafts will take place throughout the weekend as well as music on the Great Lawn!

What’s more, young visitors will get the opportunity to test their palaeontology skills with the fossil dig boxes as well as joining in with the fun games.

Children can also enjoy getting their faces painted to look like their favourite reptiles with the help

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

If you build it, they will come

Anytime there is a radical reimagining of a part of Waterford's city streetscape there seems to be a lot of people who will come out against it just for the sake of it without really giving it a chance. It has happened with nearly all of the city centre areas that have undergone pedestrianisation and now it looks like it is going to happen to the new Apple Market area that has just undergone a huge transformation.

Taking a walk around the new Apple Market is a completely different experience than it was just a number of months ago. There is a huge canopy over the pedestrian area and the space just seems way bigger than it used to. Now all of the bars in the area can have large outdoors spaces and it is

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Letters to the Editor


    HealthCatastropheMary Harney, when she was Minister for Health, many years ago, declared that 300 people on trolleys in hospital corridors was a 'health crisis'. Now here we are in 2018 and we have nearly twice that number of people on trolleys within a hospital system that barely seems able to cope. The sad and infuriating thing about this, is that this is a yearly occurence where every winter ,just as the New Year is coming in, we find ourselves in the same position - every year.The Gove …

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