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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

State has a duty to narcolepsy sufferers

Dear Editor

Imagine knowing, that you, or your young adult child, could suddenly fall asleep at any time. Think of the implications for careers, education or something as simple as travelling on public transport.

That’s the reality of Narcolepsy. Think about how difficult everyday life would be if you were a young person with Narcolepsy in terms of work, study, exams, travel, finding accommodation and socialising.

It is a reality for approximately 100 young Irish people today because they developed Narcolepsy after they received the 2009/2010 H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine Pandemrix (manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline) at the behest of Irish State.

Sound (Sufferers of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder) was set up by parents of children who developed Narcolepsy after receiving Pandemrix.

Sound provides support for 87 Irish families affected by the vaccine and wants the State to provide a pathway for

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Dear Editor

At lunchtime on Thursday, 1st February, Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members will protest against pay inequality outside the post-primary schools, FET Centres, colleges of further education and Institutes of Technology in which they work. Service to students will not be affected by the protest.

The purpose of the protest is to highlight the damage that pay inequality is inflicting on our schools/colleges and centres. Teachers and lecturers who entered the system since 2011 are paid at a lower rate than their colleagues for carrying out the same work. That inequality has undermined the teaching profession and corroded staff morale, leading to a crisis in the recruitment and retention of teachers. This inevitably impairs the quality of service to students. Students will miss out on subject choices and/or experience a fractured service due to retention problems.

Recruitment problems are evident both

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Wednesday, 24th January 2018

Repealing the 8th

In a surprise move last Friday, the leader of Fianna Fáil Micháel Martin reversed his position on the repealing of the 8th Amendment and said that he will be voting in favour of repealing the amendment after long and serious contemplation. This will put Mr. Martin in direct opposition to the majority of his party colleagues who have come out and publicly said that they are in favour of retaining the 8th Amendment which will keep the ban on abortion in Ireland legal. As yet there is still no exact working for the referendum which will happen later on this year for what is expected to be one of the most bitterly fought referenda of recent years.

The special all-party Oireceachtais committee to look into the repealing of the 8th Amendment came out with a majority decision in favour

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Wednesday, 24th January 2018

It seems that hardly a day goes by without some sort of 'apology' being issued from some State body or other. Usually it is in the medical field but even in the last week the Taoiseach has issued an apology to Joanne Hayes for the way the State treated her at the height of the Kerry babies scandal. It seems that despite the number of apologies issued that we very rarely learn anything from them and if there is one thing that we do learn is how loathe institutions are to give apologies when they should be forthcoming from the very start. Usually individuals have to take court cases over several years in order to get any sort of apology from State institutions and even then it seems they are grudgingly given. It is a pity that we don't learn

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Wednesday, 24th January 2018

Dear Editor

Like Macau, a former Portuguese Colony, and since 1999, a special economic zone within China, the Island of Ireland if designated special economic zone status by agreement between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the European Union and Great Britain would have the possibility of replicating Macau's success, a region having the fourth highest life expectancy in the world, a high human development index, ranking 18th in the world, one of the world's richest regions, its GDP per capita by purchasing power parity higher than any country in the world, deemed by the World Bank in 2014. Ireland has a wealth of resources, agricultural, 200 miles of offshore assets including fisheries and sub-terrain reserves and high educational standards.

Accommodating the various historical perspectives and in the context of a non-politicized and non-militarised Europe, Ireland should be afforded special economic zone

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Wednesday, 24th January 2018

Irish job-hunters looking for fairness

Dear Editor

As Ireland's unemployment rate continues on a downward trajectory one could be forgiven that the jobs market is offering meaningful and fulfilling roles providing financial and emotional ballast to a person's wellbeing. Not so.

Welcome to the Ireland's jobs phantasmagoria where fantasy drowns reality in a vat of vacuous jobs titles like 'Customer Success Guru', or, 'People Manager', vague job descriptions and a wage unlikely to give your bank account financial indigestion.

If you wish to apply for these important sounding work titles with their fantastic list of public interfacing duties, employers seek flexibility which is double speak for; 'you will be employed to do one role but you do not always end up doing this role but another equally fantastic role or 'you have to be available when we want you and however long we want,

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Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Celtic Bounce

That our economy has steadily been getting better in the last number of years is something that won't be lost on most people. In fact things were so bad for so long at one period that there was no other way but up. Things are getting better but the questions have to be how much better and for whom? That there has been a bounce in our economy was witnessed by the better than average trading figures for the Christmas and New Year period. People did have more money to spend and they went ahead and spent it. But what situation does that leave them in when now in January all the bills are due and are set to come flooding in. The fact remains that there has been a lift in our economy but it probably isn't as

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Wednesday, 17th January 2018

With over 20,000 people already having contracted the influenza virus in the country specialists in the field are saying that the virus has just about peaked but isn't over yet. In fact they are saying that if you are in an at risk category and haven't had the vaccine yet that you should go ahead and have it just to be safe. The virus can have a terrible impact on those who are very young and very old as well as others in at risk categories such as those with diabetes and it's better to be safe rather than sorry. Everyone has seen or heard just how bad it is in our hospitals at the moment and no one wants to get caught up in that at the moment. The influenza virus comes every year and you have to get

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Wednesday, 17th January 2018

People-power can fix the Health Service

Dear Editor

The number of people waiting for medical treatment in Ireland is 700,000 and the Health Service is falling apart, but Una Dunphy believes that it can be put right if people join the Still Waiting campaign and demand action to deal with the scandalous neglect of the nation's health. She has urged everyone to support the Still Waiting Ireland Health Conference in Liberty Hall, Dublin on 27 January.

The horror of sick and injured people being put on trolleys in hospital corridors and left without treatment is unnecessary and oppressive. The scandalous bed shortage is a manufactured crisis, and arises from a Government policy of disinvestment in the public service and a strategy of privatisation by stealth.

It is possible, and essential, to plan for the provision of adequate hospital and other medical treatment throughout the

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Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Dear Editor,

The way the Government deals with the homeless issue should be crucial to the survival of the government. If drastic measures are not made then Fianna Fail should bring down the government. This is more severe than the Frances Fitzgerald saga which dominated the headlines before Christmas.

I met a rough sleeper in John Street on Monday. I gave her €3. I asked her why she didn't go to a hostel? Full up, she said, but I was next on the list. My heart went out to her. I saw another woman outside Penney's covered in blankets.

We need a Fr. Peter McVerry trust here in Waterford. Homelessness is the worst part of the wh ole social housing crisis.

Yours etc.,

Seamus Dunphy,

Fianna Fail The Republican Party.

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