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Wednesday, 26th October 2016

Leo Vs. Simon

It seems like Fine Gael can't hold a parliamentary party meeting without the proceedings leaking like a paper sieve these days. No sooner have the party faithful left the room then the entire contents of the meeting are leaked to newspapers and columnists with the ins and outs of what happened, who said what and who supposedly came out on top.

The latest particular twist, and there are many, are the ins and outs of who is shaping up to be the most likely leader of Fine Gael after Enda Kenny announces his retirement from the position. It would appear that it is between Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney, but how things will actually shape up closer to the time of Kenny's departure will be anyone's guess. But that doesn't stop the leaking and the briefings from stopping.

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Wednesday, 26th October 2016

There are many things that Ireland and Scotland share, our Celtic history and a shared language, endless green fields thanks to endless rainy days and of course our fabled love of a good drink. Now it seems that we are going to be sharing something else. Thanks to a landmark ruling in the Scottish courts banning the selling of cheap drink, it looks as if cheap booze here in Ireland is also going to be on the way out. While undoubtedly it will be good for the health of some and everyone is well aware of the ruinous and pernicious effect of alcohol addiction it does open up the whole question of personal choice and responsibility as well as the fact that here in Ireland we already have the most expensive alcohol of anywhere in Europe, let alone Brexit implications.

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Wednesday, 26th October 2016

KBC Bank Ireland has revealed the results of a public vote to find the overall winner of this year’s Bright Ideas community support initiative, with the life-saving community initiative Waterford Marine Search and Rescue crowned the people’s favourite,

bringing their total Bright Ideas funding to €10,000!

The Prevention Saves Lives project run by Waterford Marine Search and Rescue is a weekend suicide prevention initiative which has to date saved an extraordinary 108 people from entering the river Suir with the intention of ending their lives. Each weekend night from 10:30pm – 3:00am, volunteers patrol the quayside of the river by boat, on foot, and using a mobile unit. The boat crew is trained in search and rescue, the foot patrol in cardiac first responders’ first aid, and the majority of volunteers are certified in safe talk and ASIST (Assisted Suicide Intervention Skills

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Wednesday, 19th October 2016

Citizens Assemble!!!

On Saturday 99 members of the citizenry assembled in Dublin to begin debating a number of various points of concern for the Irish people. In this particular case there is only one item on the agenda that will be of real interest to people and that is whether the 8th amendment of the constitution should be repealed.

The 8th amendment as it stands says that the unborn child and it's mother have an equal right to life. The 'repeal the 8th' campaign has been building momentum for a number of months now and it would seem that the Irish people are ready to have a referendum on the subject so it is more than a little disheartening that we have to go through this process of calling a citizen's assembly just so politicians, who are very, very wary of the

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Wednesday, 19th October 2016

The recent concerns over funding and pay in the Garda Siochana as well as the equally worrying cases of whistle blowing and the fall out of it has meant that a here to fore institution which has rarely, if ever, been questioned in the public arena is looking as if it is on increasingly shaky ground. There are set to be even more revelations sent to the Government by a senior member of the Gardai which does mean that this whole issue will, worryingly, go on for some time yet.

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Wednesday, 19th October 2016

Monday 7th November 2016 7.30pm at The Granville Hotel

The South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) is holding an open public meeting at 7.30 pm on Monday 7th November 2016 at The Granville Hotel, Waterford to which members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting is being held to discuss the ongoing battle which has ensued to have the long-awaited, and much anticipated, 24/7 cardiac care services and the second cath lab implemented at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) without any further delay.

“We believe Minister Harris can no longer rely on the independent expert clinical advice he claims is contained in the Herity report after recent revelations of alleged political interference, along with the manipulation of the risk assessment register, the population figures and in the terms of reference furnished to Dr. Niall Herity”, commented Hilary O'Neill one of the founding

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Wednesday, 12th October 2016

Don’t get sick

The number of people on hospital waiting lists have hit an all time high with a figure of 535,000 waiting for surgery, outpatient appointment or diagnostic procedure. What is particularly worrying is the fact that usually the number of people on lists goes down during the summer period and it is a time where hospitals can improve their figures but that has not happened at all this year. Given the fact that the winter is soon upon us and the numbers of people accessing hospitals all over the country will rise significantly this means that the numbers on waiting lists will only increase.

Of course there are factors why this situation has occurred. The most obvious being the lack of money being spent on health as part of the Government's overall budget but also due to the fact that

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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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    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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