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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

ISPCC responds to recommendations made by Special Rapporteur on Child Protection in the area of bullying

The ISPCC welcomes the focus placed on bullying in its various forms in Geoffrey Shannon's 6th report as Special Rapporteur on Child Protection which was published last week.

The ISPCC recommends immediate follow up on a number of Mr. Shannon's recommendations which would enhance the approach and response to bullying incidences for young people;

a. The recommendation that clarification is needed in legislation on the offence of cyberbullying and how complaints of cyberbullying are investigated and progressed is a much needed development. It is imperative that young people know that if they make a complaint regarding cyberbullying, that there is a defined legislative response, an investigation process and above all, that it will be taken seriously.

b. Allowing litigation to be pursued anonymously, protecting a child's privacy would also create

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Survivors of Symphysiotomy make an offer to Government for just and fair restitution

Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS) have decried 'the underhand approach' adopted by the DoH in relation to dealing with victims of this illegal surgery, and have called upon the Government to enter talks on 'a fair and just settlement for these women who were casualties of a war against family planning conducted by senior obstetricians who carried out illegal operations upon women without their consent'. SoS Chairperson Marie O'Connor said: 'recent revelations by two Fine Gael backbenchers reveal a tangled web woven inside the Department of Health. Months have been spent behind closed doors, apparently, seeking to manufacture consent to a 'redress' scheme designed to head off legal action by survivors. We do not want our members to be denied access to truth as well as justice.'

'Were it not

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

We have a duty to do right by the women of Ireland  

Speaking in the Seanad on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013, Sinn Fein Senator David Cullinane said:

"I welcome this Bill and the fact that the medical profession will finally have legal clarity and guidelines on this issue.

"People and groups who are opposed to this legislation suggest that those of us in favour are not troubled by conscience and morality, but this could not be further from the truth.

"Let me state very clearly that I and my party are pro-life and that this very stance is what informs our support for this piece of legislation.

"Furthermore this is an issue of conscience for us too.

"However as Republicans we have to admit that the Irish state has failed successive generations of women. And that were we not to deal

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

An online survey carried out by Newstalk 106 – 108fm has confirmed that sometimes, the old ones are the best.

http://www.Newstalk.ie set out to find out whether people had a preference for the traditional ice creams and ice lollies we grew up with, or if newer products such as Magnums, Mars and Snickers have won over our hearts. The criteria set was that it doesn't have to be on a stick, it can come with a spoon, but it does have to involve either ice or cream.

Of the 15 ice creams listed in the poll for Newstalk Lunchtime, the humble 99 came out on top with 31.5%, showing a grá for the old classic with a flake. Second up was the Tangle Twister on 11%, followed

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Money for Jam' as Neven Maguire charity initiative looks to find Ireland's most special homemade preserve

Friday, 12 July 2013: Leading celebrity chef Neven Maguire is stirring the pot again for those in need and this time with a traditional Irish home-cooking twist as he tries to find the most special homemade jam in the biggest sale of preserves to take place here.

The proprietor of the award winning McNean Restaurant in Cavan is calling on jam makers around the country to put the harvest of blackcurrants, raspberries, strawberries, et al that is currently upon us to good use for some of the poorest people in the world.

In the process he also hopes to find the most unique homemade Irish jam, with the maker getting a special

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Kenwood, one of Ireland's most treasured appliance brands, is pleased to announce that Emer Leacy, Stradbally, Co. Waterford was crowned a runner up in the search for Ireland's Oldest Kenwood Chef as a result of a competition held in conjunction with Arnotts department store.

To coincide with Cook Month @ Arnotts and the launch of the Kenwood Nostalgia Chef – retro series of food mixers, Kenwood and Arnotts teamed up to search for Ireland's Oldest Chef across the country. Entrants were invited to enter their memories / stories of using a Kenwood Chef in their own family traditions. For three weeks Kenwood fans were invited to enter the competition both in store and online on Arnotts.ie with over 500 entries received in total. The winning

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

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ISPCC in Waterford needs volunteer

support!

The ISPCC in Waterford are recruiting for a variety of volunteer roles within our Advocacy Service, ChildLine listening service and also within our Community Fundraising Department. If you are passionate about supporting and empowering Children and would be interested in volunteering with Irelands oldest children’s charity then why not come along to one of

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

Question: My daughter will be 4 years old in August. Can I claim the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance for her?

Answer: As she will be 4 years old before 30 September 2013, you may be eligible for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BTSCFA) for her. She does not have to be at school or pre-school.

You must be getting certain social welfare payments or taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes. In general, you must be getting an Increase for a Qualified Child (IQC) with your payment. Also, your total family income must be below a certain level for your family size.

The allowance is €100 for eligible children aged 4-11 and €200 for those aged 12-22. The scheme is open from 1 June to 30 September each year.

In

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. When you look at the ABC's of beer, how deep into the dictionary might brew terminology reach?

A. No doubt "alcohol," "ethanol," and "hops" readily come to mind. More obscure are "Brussels lace" (the foam adhering to the inside of the glass and considered by some to be a sign of high-quality beer) and "cerevisaphile" (a beer expert, incorporating the Latin name of the Roma goddess of agriculture, Ceres, and "vis" meaning strength) says Christian Millman in "20 Things You Didn't Know About Beer" in "Discover" magazine. But a real reach worth mentioning - and worth drinking to - is "zymurgy," or "the study and practice of yeast fermentation in brewing." Even more fun is the fact that this particular "z" word is also the last word in many dictionaries, as well as in

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

John Owens graduated from the Veterinary College U.C.D. in 1997. He, along with his wife Susan, recently opened Ani-Pets veterinary clinic in Tramore, which is dedicated to the full time care of all companion animals, including exotic pets. He has a special interest in preventative medicine and nutrition.

Reader’s e-mail:

"Dear John, I "adopted" a female Pointer three months ago. She is about six years old and was formerly used as a gundog and although she was well treated, she was kept in a kennels with other dogs and not treated as a pet. She is very affectionate and, as my work is based outdoors, I bring her everywhere with me. In the last few weeks, I have left her with my parents when I have had to go away for a few days

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