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Wednesday, 28th September 2016

Former Fine Gael TD and

Minister of State, Eddie Collins supports second cath lab for UHW

Dear Editor,

The Government through the Department of Health has the responsibility of supporting University Hospital Waterford as a major hospital serving the South East of Ireland. The issue has become public following the recent general election, especially regarding cardiac services.

The political intervention of the Minister of State John Halligan, supported by others, has to date, proved to be a negative one.

From my experience in political life I have found that it is more advantageous to work at the professional level to achieve improvements rather than pursuing a populist public position. For instance, the current negotiations between IT Waterford and IT Carlow will be in my opinion, bear fruit in the establishment of a South East Technology University.

Regarding the UHW case for a second Cat. Lab. (which

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Wednesday, 21st September 2016

Crazy and Delusional

Crazy and delusional might be two of the qualities that people might need to enter the world of politics but in this particular instance Mick Wallace has said that it is the state that the Dáil is currently operating in. He believes that the fact that there is a minority Government that is only operating with the tentative assistance of the opposition means that in effect very little Government work is being done and that this Fine Gael led Government will not last another year.

He might very well be right and there is a prevailing opinion that as soon as Fianna Fáil, the main opposition party, feels that the time is right for it to go back to the country in a general election that it will effectively pull the plug on this Government. Time will tell whether

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Wednesday, 21st September 2016

Sinn Fein has always been more than a little pious about the fact that their public representatives receive 'just' the standard industrial wage even though they are entitled to take home significantly more than that. Now it seems that that is all about to change. Gerry Adams has come out and said that Sinn Fein's public representatives will be getting a pay rise due to the increases in such costs as housing and childcare. Before they received approximately 37,000 euros, plus expenses out of their 87,000 euro, plus expenses, salaries. What the exact increase will be has not been released as yet but it does look like some people will be getting their christmas bonus early this year.

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Wednesday, 21st September 2016

March in protest to depletion of

services at UHW

dear editor

The people of the South East were promised 24/7 cardiac care and no depletion of other services at University Hospital Waterford after the compilation of the Higgins Report in 2012. Since then all we have seen is erosion after erosion of services at the hospital and no implementation of the promised 24/7 cardiac care.

We all pay the same taxes as people in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick and should get the same level of healthcare as the people in all these counties.

University Hospital Waterford was a good functioning hospital prior to the re-alignment with Cork University Hospital and now it has seen an increase of 161% in people on waiting lists with many vital services being out-sourced to other hospitals.

“We have had enough” said John Doherty. “The situation is unacceptable and getting

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Wednesday, 21st September 2016

The search for Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) got underway in Waterford on Friday, 16th September at an event hosted by Waterford’s Local Enterprise Office.

With a €2million investment fund available, including a €50,000 investment fund for the successful Waterford entrepreneurs, the enterprise initiative from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland attracted 1,400 applications across the country last year and supported over 450 young entrepreneurs through training, mentoring and direct financial assistance.

At the LEO Waterford launch of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2016, the Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Mr. John Halligan T.D. said: “IBYE is an initiative under the Government's Action Plan for Jobs. The aim of the initiative is to support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people at both national and local levels, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to

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Wednesday, 14th September 2016

Wonderful Weekend

The Waterford Harvest Festival of 2016 was undoubtedly the most colourful and most successful food and drinks festival that the city and county has ever seen and it was very clear to see that it has built on the successes of previous years as the range of events, stalls and entertainments was undeniably brilliant.

One of the great things about the Harvest Festival was the colour and entertainment that it brought to the streets of Waterford. Of course, the hybrid carrot-trees were back just outside The Book Centre but there were wonderful creations all over the city to catch and entertain the eye. There were so many parents out and about with young children stopping to take pictures in front of all of the spectacles that at certain stages it looked as if there were going to be traffic jams

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Wednesday, 14th September 2016

One of the strangest things about the controversy surrounding Minister for State John Halligan and the Government's decision not to have a second cath lab in UHW was the fact that for once Waterford and its particular concerns seemed to be of interest to others in the country. When was the last time that Waterford led the news? It's been years and to have our own concerns and issues addressed for the first time was refreshing. The national media is so Dublin centric that we just take it for granted. But the news is not just something that happens in Dublin, or Cork or Galway. Being in the news is not always a good thing, as usually it is just a case of a bad news story. Then, again, as in this case, being in the news can be of

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Wednesday, 7th September 2016

An Apple a day

So what do you do when you've got a spare 13 billion, plus interest, lying around? If you are Ireland there is an awful lot you could do with that money but as things stand it would seem that our Government are loathe to do anything at all with it and just want to give it back to the people that they got it from. When the European Commission came out last week and said that Apple had benefitted from a very particular anti-competitive deal with the Irish Government and now had to pay back taxes of approximately 13 billion euros the government was first out of the traps with their comments. The Government was appalled at what they were being asked to do. It said that there was no 'special deal' with Apple and that it

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Wednesday, 7th September 2016

Now that Autumn is fully upon us and the primary and secondary schools are well underway it is time for Waterford's third level students to start coming back to the city. Bringing with them an air of expectation and promise it will be great to see the city back to it's most vibrant. With over 3,000 students in W.I.T. alone there will be plenty of new faces, some experiencing the city for the first time and many coming back to take the next step in their courses. With third level study becoming increasingly more expensive study is not a light undertaking with many families making real sacrifices for their children. While enjoying yourself is definitely an aspect of student life it should never be forgotten that third level education is really all about the qualifications.

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Wednesday, 7th September 2016

Dear Editor,

The mind numbing tragedy in County Cavan has received huge media coverage, understandably given the scale and horrific nature of what happened. But away from the headlines and starkly disturbing TV images is the reality that many people out there are suffering in silence, ignoring or not dealing with their mental wellbeing.

Though it is possible that nobody could have prevented the loss of those five precious lives last week we can maybe help a fellow human being who is facing a private hell of depression or other hidden mind-related illness, or it could be ourselves needing support and encouragement in a particularly bad patch.

We can appear tough and impervious to life’s slings and arrows, to the challenges that can mount and multiply, but we are all vulnerable to what Shakespeare, one of the greatest ever observers of human nature

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