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Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Waterford’s Winterval Christmas Festival – interested in volunteering as a Welcome Ambassador?

Winterval is only a few days away – would you like to get involved in the magic of Christmas. Be a Welcome Ambassador for Waterford’s Christmas Festival, the only festival of its kind in Ireland. Come along to our meeting next Wednesday, 23rd November at 7pm in Dooley’s Hotel on The Quay. Bring a friend with you (volunteers must be 18 years or over) and find out how you can get involved to making this a festival we all can take pride in.

A few hours of your time during the Festival would help us enormously in welcoming visitors, both local and national, to our city. Everyone is welcome to the meeting and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

If you cannot make this meeting and would still like

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Wednesday, 16th November 2016

President Trump

While his supporters had absolutely no doubt that he would win the American Presidential election, the rest of the world seemed to view Donald Trump’s candidacy with more than a little suspicion. However, as soon as counting in the election began it soon looked as if Trump would prevail and the world would be left in a position of catch up, furiously wondering how the man had been elected.

No doubt there will be reams written about the particulars of his success but there is no question that he struck a chord with a vast number of the American population. Even the minorities, such as African Americans and Latinos voted for Trump in sizable numbers, minorities who it was thought would come out in force and vote for Clinton. In the end Trump won an unquestionable victory, sweeping most of

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Wednesday, 16th November 2016

Such are the wide reaching consequences of the Trump victory in the American Presidential elections that people here in Ireland are quickly trying to figure out what it all means for this country. Following on from comments made by Stephen Moore, economic advisor to Trump, that a 'flood' of American companies will leave Ireland to relocate to America, politicians have been calling for calm saying that it won't materialise. The diplomatic implications of the Taoiseach's criticism of some of Trump's more intemperate words during the election have yet to be seen either. What is clear is that there has already been a huge shift in thinking when it comes to Trump's victory by the Irish Government.

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Wednesday, 16th November 2016

The Heart of Christmas

The special magic of Christmas in Ireland will come alive once more at the end of November at Waterford’s Winterval Festival with 30 different fun events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy at Ireland’s biggest, brightest and best Christmas event.

Now in its fifth year, Winterval begins on Friday, 25th November and will once more be the place magical memories are made as it builds on last year’s success when over 500,000 people from all over Ireland and beyond took part.

With a sparkling programme including a multitude of free events, this year Winterval will shine brighter than ever with fun for families, couples and groups of friends looking for the happiest of Christmas experiences.

Get your Winterval bearings in style with a horse drawn sleigh ride through the Mall, the Viking Triangle and John Robert’s Square

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Wednesday, 9th November 2016

Industrial unrest


Like buses, as soon as one series of workers decide to strike, another comes along and says that they are going to do the same. The Gardai seem to have gotten all of their particular issues about pay and working conditions more or less sorted out but now teachers are putting their case forward for their own set of concerns. They have already been out on the picket line and some schools have had to shut for a day but the fight doesn't seem to be over yet. And it is not surprising considering what they are fighting for, the right for new teachers to be paid on the same scales as those already in their positions.

It is no wonder that the Government is now facing a large number of cases of industrial unrest when you consider the position

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Wednesday, 9th November 2016

The English, as only they can, got themselves into high dudgeon last week when FIFA announced that their soccer players wouldn't be allowed to play with poppy armbands at their next match or would face a fine. There is a strict FIFA rule that countries and players cannot wear anything political on their gear and it seems that they are completely on the money with the poppies, no matter how terribly it offends English sensibilities. The same goes for the Irish with their 1916 commemorative logos they used recently. With everything that is wrong with FIFA, and they are very many things wrong with FIFA, they have at least got it right with this. Sport and politics just don't mix.

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Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

Managing Crime

With the looming 'strike' in the Gardaí, everyone is particularly interested in what is going to happen when crime occurs. Naturally enough the more sensationalist media outlets have predicted a massive increase in the amount of crime in the country where it will be nearly impossible to walk down the street unmolested during the middle of the day. However there are indications that while it will certainly be a difficult period none the less there are already contingency plans in place to deal with a whole host of different scenarios.

What we are being told so far is that there will be a 'triaging of crime calls'. Basically anything that involves a threat to life or bodily injury will be given priority but incidents such as robberies where the criminal has left the scene of the crime or road traffic

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Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

There is absolutely no question that Irish people have had, and probably will continue to have, a complicated relationship with alcohol. The levels of addiction and the resultant personal and social problems can be huge but there is always a level of individual choice when it comes to drinking. So the new rules on how alcohol can be displayed and sold in shops and alcohol outlets seem more than a little over the top.

Not only will the new rules be costly and hard to implement they also seem a step or two away from Prohibition era America. Hiding something away with wooden barriers or curtains isn't tackling something but merely obscuring it and if anything is worryingly juvenile in nature.

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Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

Dear Editor

I would be grateful if you could draw the attention of the readers of Waterford Today to an important patient conference being organised by COPD Support Ireland ahead of World COPD Day.

On Tuesday November 15, we will be hosting our first-ever national patient conference, "Save Your Breath" for people with COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, at the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The event, which is kindly supported by A. Menarini, GSK and Novartis, is open to people with COPD. COPD is perhaps more commonly known by other names such as bronchitis or emphysema. It is estimated that some 380,000 people have the condition in Ireland.

The conference will hear from leading Irish and UK experts on the latest developments in COPD treatment and care, while attendees will also be able to quiz our politicians on

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Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

An Open Letter to John Halligan, TD

Dear John,

You were probably too busy to return my call; I would imagine that digging a burrow is quite time-consuming, and there is probably miminal phone

reception at the bottom of the hole that you have dug for yourself. So I would like to tell you what I would have said, by way of open lettter.

Well, I had three questions really; why did you do a ‘volte face’ on Tuesday's Repeal the 8th vote; why did you not show up for the vote, and why did you not explain these (in)actions to your constituents and to the thousands of women you have let down?

I know that with age, memory loss increases, so I'll remind you of your stance on Repeal the 8th; it might help jog your memoroy.

Dáil debate reported 5th June 2016.

“I am pro

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Letters to the Editor


    Waterford Institute of TechnologyWaterford Institute of Technology is once again making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. At the recent Public Accounts Committee meeting representatives of WIT were questioned and in turn left more questionsunanswered. The Chairman of the P.A.C. Sean Fleming, T.D.,Fianna Fail, called the failure to have up to date accounts for W.I.T. as “disgraceful”.Faced with a deficit of €15m. the financial problems facing the Institute are very …

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