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Friday, 24th February 2017

The following statement has been issued on behalf of Colr. Adam Wyse, Mayor of Waterford City and County:

“Minister Simon Coveney’s reaction to the Boundary Commission’s recommendation has been disappointing. The Minister stated in local Waterford media that he will not be rushing to make decisions and that he will consider the report over the coming months. I strongly believe that this must be dealt with now. The independent commission has recommended the extension and Waterford Council should be given the go ahead to begin developing and servicing the Area of Interest, at a higher level than it currently can, due to the restrictions that the current boundary line creates.

Our Government and national politicians are elected to serve the people of their constituencies and in a wider sense the entirety of Ireland. I want to see real leadership from Minister Coveney

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Friday, 24th February 2017

Labour Party Local Area Rep Seamus Ryan has criticised the proposal to reduce the bed capacity at Waterford Acute Psychiatric Unit from 14 beds to 6 beds as totally inadequate and unacceptable. The matter was raised by Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin who stated that "the impact on patients in the region will be enormous” Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin who first raised this matter saying that "Considerable concern has been voiced that the 14 bed Acute Unit which services all of County Waterford and much of County Wexford is wholly inadequate.

Seamus Ryan a former Mayor of Waterford and Chair of the South Eastern Health Board stated that the Acute

Psychiatric Unit at University Hospital Waterford serves patients from both Waterford and Wexford and any talk of downgrading the service will worry patients and their families. "The government need to invest

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Friday, 24th February 2017

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford David Cullinane has tabled a motion to be taken as a topical issues motion this week in the Dáil on Psychiatry services at UHW .

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said “Recent report suggests there are plans to reduce the number of beds in the Dept of Psychiatry at the hospital. I was already informed last week that there are vacant consultant posts in the Department and that there are curtailed out of hours services available.

"Provision of services to help and assist those with mental health difficulties is crucial and should not be reduced.

"I have tabled a motion to get clarity from the Minister and to robustly defend services at UHW. Any curtailment or diminution of mental health services should not be contemplated or tolerated."

Text of the motion:

'To ask the Minister for Health to outline if there

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Friday, 24th February 2017

The Irish Office of Waterford City & County Council, Comhlucht

Forbartha na nDéise and national lead Irish language organisation, Glór na nGael are delighted to announce that the Irish in Business Awards scheme (Gradam Gnó na nDéise) is back for 2017.

Businesses in Waterford city and county are now invited to take part in this scheme, which recognises those who take steps to develop the Irish language as part of their business. Prizes worth thousands of euro in total will be presented to winners in four different categories later this year.

Once again, there are four categories in this year’s Gradam Gnó na nDéise as follows:

1. Best Signage & Printed Material (sponsored by the Dungarvan Leader)

2. Best Service & Innovation (sponsored by WLR FM)

3. Best Newcomer/Most Improved (sponsored by Beat FM)

4. Best Gaeltacht-based Company (sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta)

We are indebted to all our sponsors who have

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Friday, 24th February 2017

Monsignor John Shine (1926 – 2017)

Monsignor John Shine was a native of Listowel county Kerry but moved to Waterford at an early age. His family lived in Sweet Briar

Terrace, Lower Newtown. He had seven siblings, six sisters and one brother. His sister Ita is the only member of the family who is still living.

He was educated in Mount Sion School and after completing his secondary education, he was taken on as a student for the priesthood for the diocese of Waterford and Lismore and was sent to St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth to study. He was ordained for the diocese 1949. The Bishop, Dr. Coholan, sent him for post graduate studies in Canon Law to the Dunboyne Establishment at St. Patrick’s College and he was awarded the Licentiate in Canon Law in June 1951.

After serving for a short time on a

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Friday, 24th February 2017

“Unfortunately, the main challenges facing us lie outside our door,” Laura from Pet’s Paradise told me when I spoke to her shortly after a meeting held at the Granary Café by concerned traders on

O’Connell Street. The meeting was well attended by business owners from the area, local media and representatives Eddie Mulligan (FF) Jim Griffin (Sinn Fein), Joe Kelly (Independent) and Jason Murphy (FF) The main cause for concern amongst the traders is the restrictive parking on O’Connell street and the detrimental effect on their businesses that needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“We all have this problem” Laura told me “ there are double yellow lines outside some shops which means customers can’t park there. After twelve o clock the loading bay

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Friday, 24th February 2017

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. A head for numbers is one thing, but if you're in Papua New Guinea speaking the endangered language of Kobon, what's the significance of this sequence of body parts: little finger, ring finger, middle finger, forefinger, thumb, wrist, forearm, inside elbow, bicep, shoulder?

A. Words for numbers in Kobon have to do with the human anatomy, so listed above are the numbers 1 to 10, says linguist K. David Harrison in "When Languages Die" ("New Scientist" magazine). To count higher than 10, you count the collarbone and the hollow at the base of the throat and then right down the other side all the way to 23. You can count to 46 by counting back the other way and even higher by starting over and doing it all again, making 61 "hand turn around

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Friday, 24th February 2017

A former student of Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Waterford, has been awarded a scholarship for academic excellence by University College Dublin. Niamh Casey, 19, was awarded an Ad Astra Academy scholarship for her outstanding academic achievement at an awards ceremony on February 2, to celebrate the University’s new high calibre students.

Niamh is an avid sportsperson and a member of her local athletic club, Ferrybank AC. She has competed in competitions at regional and national level on a regular basis, in particular the 1500m, 3000m and cross country races. Niamh has won several provincial and national medals, the highlight being the day she won gold in the national U14 800m.

Other medals awarded to Niamh include, last year’s-double indoor gold at the Munster Championship, 5th in the national 3k in a pb and reaching the 1500m final the next day.

During

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Friday, 24th February 2017

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 22nd February

Tuesday 28th February

Aries 21st March-21st April

The new moon in Pisces on the 26th will bring a renewed energy and vigour for all things related to your health and healing, and in particular anything you’ve been working hard to achieve in this area over the last two years. You may have had to work hard and make some hard decisions (maybe even had to cut some ties with people who no longer get you) but you’re close to reaching your goals now.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

The Pisces new moon and solar eclipse is bolstering your efforts to make friends and influence people and there’s a strong likelihood of you partnering up or making useful alliances which like-minded people. A whole new arena may open up to you as a result. It may be daunting at first and

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Friday, 24th February 2017

Figures obtained by Deirdre Clune from the HSE show only a fraction of those on hospital waiting lists are opting to exercise their rights to have the treatment done in another EU jurisdiction, including Northern Ireland. The HSE cites fraudulent claims as been amongst one of its biggest issues with the scheme.

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has urged those on hospital waiting lists to avail of the EU Cross Border Health Care Directive. Figures shown to Clune by the HSE show that only 1,303 people availed of the scheme in 2016 despite the fact that over 80,000 people are on the official hospital waiting lists.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Clune said that the EU Cross Border Health Care Directive allows those on waiting lists to get their treatment in another EU jurisdiction and get reimbursed by the HSE.

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    Republican Icon diesThe death of Martin McGuinness in Derry yesterday morning brings to an end the life of one of the most remarkable Republicans ever in the history of the movement. A person who made the transition from violent militarism to a key figure in the peace process in Northern Ireland. He died aged 66 in Derry’s Altanagelvin Hospital with his family by his bedside.A former member of the IRA’S Army Council he became Sinn Fein’s Chief negotiator in the peace process. He led the Sinn Fein P …

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