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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Perfidious Albion

The recent statement by the UK’s Brexit Minister responsible for their leaving the European Union David Davis really threw a spanner in the political works last week. His remark that the joint text agreed between the UK and the EU concerning a soft Brexit for Ireland was more a statement of intent rather than the legal enforceable international agreement between both parties caused consternation in Europe and Ireland.

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney was quick to respond in measured terms to state that as far as he was concerned speaking on behalf of the Irish Government and as a fully paid up member of the 27 countries of the European Union saying that it was a cast iron agreement entered into freely by the UK Government and the Irish government and the European Union that Article 46 of

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Show, name and shame those illegally dumping!

Dear Editor

Waterford City Councillors, Jason Murphy and Eddie Mulligan, both of Fianna Fail, have been working together to tackle an escalation in illegal dumping, which is now blighting the whole City.

Following their continued representations, to Council, on this matter, a number of overt and covert cameras have now been installed, to monitor known illegal dumping sites/areas. The two Councillors would also like to compliment the full cross-party support, on this horrible, mindless action, which affects the presentation of the urban environment.

At the most recent Metropolitan Council meeting and speaking on behalf of the both of the Fianna Fail Councillors. Eddie Mulligan complimented the Council’s Environmental department on their recent installation of the mobile cameras in response to a number of submissions.

Cllr Murphy stated "...that according to the most recent Managers Report only 51% of

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

After an amazing reaction last year it was with great excitement that The Mayor of Waterford Cllr. Pat Nugent launched The Cartamundi Giving Tree on Tuesday last in Georges Court Shopping Centre in Waterford City Centre. The Giving Tree is a charitable initiative started by Hasbro in Georges Court in 1986 which has become a wonderful example of local businesses and the community working together to help others at this time of year.

Mayor Nugent was delighted to launch this year’s Giving Tree as ‘a symbol of the wonderful community spirit that is found in Waterford City combining local businesses, families and the community working together to help those in need’. He paid tribute to the efforts of Cartamundi and Georges Court in maintaining ‘this unique Waterford Christmas tradition which embodies the true meaning of Christmas’.

Families, Local Schools and Children are

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Health in Winter

With the amount of coughing and spluttering seen and heard on the streets of Waterford in the last number of weeks you might be forgiven for thinking that there was a severe case of consumption sweeping the city. Thankfully that isn't the case but it does go to show that when it comes to Winter time that your health can become seriously compromised very quickly and with bad results. Putting aside cases of Man Flu where the male of the species convinces himself that what he is suffering is ten times worse than is the actual case there are plenty of people out there that are suffering from illness that is serious in origin and effect.

Of course the worst hit are the elderly and they should always be aware that this time of year brings the worst of

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

To say that the Brexit negotiations are looking like one of the biggest examples of political ineptitude would be putting things mildly. If they didn't impact Ireland so much you would be forgiven for thinking that they didn't really matter that much. But the sad fact is that they do impact on Ireland and to a very large degree indeed. The border question is one of the key components of how Brexit is supposed to be implemented but even now at this stage there is very little agreement as to how things will go. Will there be a hard border or a soft border nobody knows, although everyone says that they want a soft border or at least as little disruption to the status quo as it stands. But the fact remains that there is still little headway to be

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Tens of thousands of Bus Éireann customers are set to benefit from lower fares with the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) expansion of fare zones in regional cities and other fare changes.

These initiatives to incentivise increased usage of public transport means that passengers on around five million Bus Éireann journeys will be paying lower fares in 2018, compared to 2017. This includes three million customer journeys in regional cities, and about two million on longer commuter/rural journeys.

While there are small increases in city cash fares, significant savings are available to customers who use Leap. Following an NTA analysis of the current red zones in the regional cities of Cork, Limerick, Galway - based on the population density and job density - an extended city fare zone to many major suburbs, comes into place today.

Main highlights of the Bus Éireann fare changes

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Deise roads set for further deterioration as road

maintenance grant slashed

Dear Editor

I am shocked to learn of extensive funding cutbacks for roads maintenance Waterford in 2018.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) took the extraordinary step of writing to all Local Authorities, including Waterford City and County Council to warn them that the Ordinary Maintenance Allocation for roads will plummet by 30% in 2018.

The overall national road current expenditure budget for 2018 is set to fall by 15% when compared to 2017.

This revelation is truly shocking. A cut of this nature will only exacerbate the already poor roads network in the county.

The Minister and the Government can trumpet the national increase in funding for the department, but it’s clear from this letter than local authorities will see their allocations drop next year.

Waterford roads are already in a severe state of disrepair. It’s beyond belief

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

General Election averted by Tánaiste’s resignation

The resignation of Frances Fitzgerald as Tánaiste has brought an end to a very unsavoury period of Irish politics and averted a General Election. The drip feed of information on emails concerning the Department of Justice and the Tánaiste about the McCabe saga is not acceptable by any standards of natural justice to Mr. McCabe.

In Waterford the general mood of the electorate is one of anger and frustration which is similar to the national opinion. A five minute poll conducted by the Joe Duffy Live Line programme on Monday evening found that of the 5,000 people who responded ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to a general election, 71% answered that they did not want a General Election just prior to the Christmas festive season.

In Waterford there is speculation that there will also be changes in the make-up

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Now that the Winter is beginning to make itself known it is up to everyone who uses the roads to ensure that they do so with the upmost safety in mind. With darker mornings and evenings people should be more aware of their surroundings when driving and of course never ever drink and drive which although not so socially acceptable as it once was still unfortunately happens. Also it should be as socially unacceptable to use a phone while you are driving. Anything that takes your attention as a driver off the roads is not going to make you a safe driver and at the end of the day that is all that is being asked of people. To drive in a responsible manner should be like second nature, as easy as putting on a safety belt while driving. With

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Supervalu helping to make this Christmas super for local Irish communities

Dear Editor

SuperValu, Ireland’s leading grocery retailer for quality food and great value, is calling on the nation to do something ‘Super’ this Christmas to spark the festive spirit in local communities across the country.

With the festive season getting underway, SuperValu is launching their annual nationwide Christmas Charity Food Appeal in all five of their Waterford stores. The ‘Super’ initiative is held in association with St Vincent De Paul, The Simon Community and The Lions Club. In a true celebration of this special time of year, SuperValu stores confirmed that they have donated more than €643,000 to local causes in their own communities. This is more than double the incredible €300,000 raised by the network of retailers in last year’s charity fundraising drive.

The Christmas Charity Appeal will roll out across 217

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