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Wednesday, 12th October 2016

There are times in everyone's life when they will experience sadness, stress or worry. These are not to be confused with Mental health issues which a sizable number of people in Ireland will encounter. Depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, bipolar disorder or schziophrenia are all mental health issues that are serious and should be taken seriously, as much as any physical ailment. Thankfully over the last number of years awareness of these issues has grown significantly and people are talking more about them. Talking, whether to a trusted individual, helpline or doctor is the first step in getting help and this week will see a huge emphasis on getting people to open up and getting help. No matter what you are suffering from, mental or physical, help is out there and access is easy.

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Wednesday, 12th October 2016

Local business owners are welcoming the Waterford Greenway as a key contributor to future job creation and a boost for the tourism and hospitality sectors in the south-east.

Top television chef Paul Flynn, who owns the Tannery Restaurant in Dungarvan, joined Donal Jacob of Greenway Waterford Bike Hire in highlighting the potential of Waterford Greenway to become Ireland's premier dedicated walking and cycling destination once fully opened.

The 46km Waterford Greenway – stretching from Waterford City to Dungarvan – is expected to attract large numbers of domestic and international visitors annually once launched in its entirety in Spring 2017. The first phase of the multi-million euro development, a 23km section from Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan, is now open for use to the public.

Pledging his support for Waterford Greenway, Paul Flynn said: “Tourism is vital to the local economy. Waterford Greenway will place the

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Wednesday, 5th October 2016

Not so ‘Golden’ Age

A recent survey has shown that one in four people do not know how much the current old age pension is even though roughly half of people will have to live on the pension when they retire.

The current old age pension is approximately 230 euro a week and does come with some other benefits attached, but it is estimated that after essential living costs are taken into consideration that means that people would have just 40 euro a week to live on which would just about cover the cost of a cup of coffee and a newspaper every day.

It is quite clear why people think that they have no other choice but to pin all their hopes on the state's largesse when it comes to their old age, it is the simple fact that they cannot afford

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Wednesday, 5th October 2016

It is interesting to see that Irish Water is still not out of the headlines even though there have been political moves recently to see the entity suspended in some aspects. On a different front they have been told to reduce their costs by 20per cent as they are considerably higher than other service industries and given the fact that some of their work is still carried out by councils around the country. A Sinn Fein motion to get rid of Irish Water was defeated last week by a coalition of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail but it will be some months yet for the Dail committee to report back on it's final recommendations as to the future of Irish Water. The service provider hasn't gone away, the issue of payment for water hasn't gone away and there is no

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Wednesday, 5th October 2016

Reply to Una Dunphy’s recent “Repeal the 8th Amendment” speech

Dear Editor,

I wish to reply to Una Dunphy’s speech at a recent ‘Repeal the 8th Amendment’ meeting in which she states “that people are dying because of the uncertainty of the law”. I have a lot of respect for Una but she should not make such a scaremongering statement without backing it up with factual evidence. I would challenge Una to name just a single woman who has lost her life because of the 8th Amendment? No use quoting the case of the late lamented Savita Halapannar as that poor woman died of sepsis, which was not treated in time. Three enquiries established that her unfortunate death had nothing to do with abortion: the Inquest and the HSE & HIQA enquiries. Indeed, if the 8th Amendment was the cause of any

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Wednesday, 5th October 2016

Woman sexually assaulted in St. John’s Park

Waterford gardai are following a definite line of enquiry into the assault on a woman between 1.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. at the junction of Pearse Park and the German Road on Sunday morning last.

Both the victim and her alleged assailant are from Waterford. The victim was taken to University Hospital Waterford from where the Gardai were contacted.

It is understood that the victim knew her attacker and had been in his company earlier in the night.

Gardai conducted house to house enquiries on Sunday afternoon and are also reviewing CCTV footage from local premises. A spokesperson from the local garda is asking anyone who was in the area on the night in question to make contact with them on telephone line 051-305300 in the strictest confidence.

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Wednesday, 5th October 2016

Well done to Amazing Grace Fenton, Waterford who took it upon herself to give up her prized teddy bears and soft toys to help raise money for Today FM’s Dare to Care campaign.

Grace, whose selfless act has raised €650 for the Irish Cancer Society so far, was interviewed by Dermot & Dave on Today FM show recently.

Grace’s dad Derek told Waterford Today “It was a pretty tough thing to do, but it was her own choice which made it all the better. We can't believe what she has raised so far!! She had told Dermot & Dave that she had around 50 teddy's, it turned out to be over 150!!”

To help Grace raise even more you can visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Grace-Fenton?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Grace-Fenton&utm_campaign=pfp-share

Well done Grace from everyone at Waterford Today and from your dad who

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Wednesday, 28th September 2016

People of the South East show “absolute disgust” for Minister

Harris’ decision re UHW Cardiac Care

Dear Minister Harris,

The people of the south east came out in their thousands in the pouring rain on the 24/09/16 to show you their absolute disgust at your decision to deny them the much needed, long awaited and long promised second cath lab at UHW Waterford. It was stated on RTE News 2 weeks ago that your decision not to do so was based "on the expert opinion of an independent clinician". We all have opinions Mr. Harris but that doesn't necessarily mean that we are all always right, expert or no expert.

It has since come to light that the expert opinion of the independent clinician Dr. Niall Herity is "fundamentally flawed". This is based on the the fact that it has also come to light

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Wednesday, 28th September 2016

Budgetary Measures

With the Budget fast approaching there are lots of Ministers trying to lay claim to some of the increased amounts of cash that this Government has on it's hands at the moment. Foremost amongst those Ministers is the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. One of his main proposals is that there should be a €5 increase in social welfare for pensioners. Not only will this hopefully win over the 'grey vote' but will go some way to rectifying the cuts that they have had to endure over the last five years.

It is not only an increase of €5 that he is looking for pensioners but also an increase in fuel allowance and the living alone allowance as well. Minister Varadkar is quite clear in who he thinks should benefit from the forthcoming budget as was reported in The

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Wednesday, 28th September 2016

Despite terrible weather and a bus strike tens of thousands of people gathered in Dublin on the weekend to take part in a Repeal the 8th march. So far it has been the largest demonstration in favour of holding a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment in the constitution. There has been a continuing but very vocal section of society that wants to hold this referendum and no doubt there will be as many, no less vocal, amount of people on the other side who want to keep the 8th Amendment. The very clear sign is that there is a large groundswell of public opinion that wants this to happen. Whether it will and whether the politicians in the Dáil will have the nerve to back a referendum remains to be seen. But this issue is not going away.

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