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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Conscience Striken

Perhaps because it is such a rarity a huge amount of space in the media has recently been given over to a politician who has said that they are going 'to follow their conscience no matter the consequences' in the forthcoming bill relating to abortion. Lucinda Creighton has made much of her stance and it seems that the media has been covering every single nuance of this case since it first saw light of day. Much is being made of this case because it is seen as an unprecedented step by a politician who is considered on the up. If she votes against her party's wishes then there is no doubt that she will be expelled from it and will have to suffer the consequences. At first you might think that she is taking a brave stance but the

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

No Surprises

Cilla Black used to caterwaul at the end of her T.V. show 'Surprise, Surprise, when the unexpected hits you between the eyes.' However this isn't really the case when it comes to the recordings of Anglo bosses talking about the troubles at their bank and their recklessly cavalier attitude to the huge sums of money that they were going to be asking the Government to bail them out. Who in the country was really surprised when you heard the tapes that the Independent newspaper had got their hands on? You might have had many reactions, anger, disgust or even fury but surely surprise wasn't one of them. We seem to have gotten to the state in this country that we are inured to the disgusting behaviour of senior business people, not to mention politicians who sleepwalked the nation into

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

New Baby Milk & Baby Food Eu Legislation welcome

Nessa Childers MEP has welcomed the new baby food & baby milk legislation voted in Strasbourg.

"These new rules promoting and labelling food for babies are very welcome. Parents need to be confident and have reliable information when buying food for their babies, in particular milk-based products.

"In future, the labelling of milk-based food for babies up to the age of 12 months, including follow-on formula, will not include any pictures of infants or other pictures intended to idealise the use of such foods, to make sure that breast-feeding is not discouraged.

"We cannot allow parents to be misled. Babies' health is too important to be left in the hands of a multinational company's marketing department.

"After much tough

negotiating by MEPs with national governments, the

Parliament won a victory to extend labelling restrictions which currently apply to

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Not so GR8 G8

With world attention on Fermanagh as the meeting place of the latest G8 Summit it is no wonder that locals are basking in the reflected spotlight. We have all been told, if we haven't already experienced at first hand, the beauty of the location. We know about the exclusiveness of the hotels that the various leaders are going to be staying as well as some of their security detail. We know about the menus from which they will be choosing from. There is little about summit meeting that the media doesn't think we would like to know about. Of course it is welcome publicity for the region and it is a very beautiful part of the country but to be honest what is of most interest is what these leaders of the richest countries will talk about

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Making Hay while the Sun Shines

Naturally, by the time that you read this editorial the weather will have changed majorly several times and we will have experienced lashing rain, snow, gale force winds and hailstones but the thing is that for about the first time this year we have experienced some really good weather that lasted for more than the usual 20 minutes to half an hour. As a nation we are obsessed by the weather and its entirely understandable. It is so variable and in such a constant flux that it is really impossible to predict what the weather might be like from one week to the next. Of course we have weather forecasts that should really take care of all of that but we are all a little too experienced to fully take the weather forecast at face

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Tuesday, 11th June 2013

Institute of Technology

As President of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, I wish to extend my sincere and hearty congratulations to Waterford Institute of Technology and President Ruaidhrí Neavyn on the recent and welcomed news regarding the Institute's pending technological university status. Just as Waterford and Rochester enjoy the status of Sister Cities, so too SJFC and WIT have had a mutually beneficial relationship over the years.

Since my first visit to Waterford in 2008, we have established a strong working partnership that has considerably enriched our institutions and our communities. In November 2011 while visiting Waterford, Acting WIT President Tony McFeely and I signed a 'Memorandum of Understanding' to work together to establish education initiatives that include programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; curriculum development projects; online delivery pilot programs; joint conferences; faculty/student exchange programs; specialized

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Tuesday, 4th June 2013

Everything comes

The news that Waterford Institute of Technology, in conjunction with the Institute of Technology Carlow, has been 'signed off' for technological university status by the Government must come as very welcome news for everyone who has campaigned for this over many long and hard years. Of course the proviso must be added that until everything is signed on the dotted line and the ink is dry on the documents awarding this new status no one can really breathe a complete sigh of relief. There have been too many false dawns in relation to a lot of things promised by various Governments not to be a little wary when it comes to this issue.

To say that it is one of the most important issues facing Waterford would not be to overplay it's seriousness. University status for Waterford, even if it

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Creche Questions

The news that three creches investigated by RTE's Primetime programme undercover and where they discovered serious failing must have been agonising for the parents of the children involved. Of course the programme has yet to air but already the three creches that were investigated have already suspended some of their staff and instituted reports into the allegations already. Most of the parents whose children attended those creches have said that they have welcomed the nature of the undercover reporting but others have been vocal about the fact that they did not give their permission for filming of their children. The latter attitude is a bit hard to understand considering what was found out about the running of these creches and given the fact that in all likelihood all the faces of the children will be disguised by blurring once

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Google Alert

When a company which has it's European Headquarters here in Ireland is called 'evil' and 'immoral' by M.P.s in The House of Commons you tend to sit up and take notice. The particular company that was being referred to was Google and the reason it had enraged M.P.s in London was because even though it has a big operation there and conducts a lot of business there it pays no corporate tax. It does this by having all of its financial transactions finished here in Ireland. And the company here is charged at our level of corporation tax which is 12.5%, far lower than Britain's rate which is nearly double at 23%. Of course what it is doing is entirely legal but its the kind of legal that gets people's backs up and understandably so. It is not the

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Once in a blue moon. As rare as hen's teeth. A Government success. Each of those three sentences are as unusual and as rare as each other. But the last one seems to be about to take place. The Government has announced that it plans to give each child in the State a second year of free pre-school. It might not sound like earth shattering news but if it does happen then it could be one of the most significant things that this Government has done since it took office. Any money that is given over to education is a good thing but in terms of a child's development pre-school learning is vital and it is estimated that for every 1 Euro spent on pre-school learning that 7 Euro can be reaped in benefit to the child. In the same

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Letters to the Editor

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    Rush to CriticismThere are not many people who at this stage have not heard about the Cash family and what happened to them. The mother and six of her children had to seek accommodation in the Tallaght Garda Station last week as they had absolutely nowhere to turn to. It led to an outcry as pictures of the young children sleeping on seats were posted to social media by the mother.Understandably there were a lot of people who were saddened to see that in this day and age that a family had to resor …

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