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Friday, 24th February 2017

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The Truth Matters!

Telling the truth is terribly important to me, and it’s probably true to say most people feel the same way. For me, it’s not just that the truth is important - it’s also that I hate lying. Of course, there are some rare occasions where it is in everyone’s best interests to tell a little white lie, but for the most part, the truth is the way to go.

I’m sure we all remember a time in our childhood where we didn’t tell the truth, about homework that was never done, or a broken plate that most certainly wasn’t our fault, or sweets that had curiously gone missing. I’m equally sure our parents and teachers knew all

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Friday, 24th February 2017

Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has welcomed the decision of the Oireachtas Health Committee to write to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris outlining their concerns following the hearings on the Herrity Report last week.

Following the public hearings at which Prof. Herrity and doctors from hospitals in the South East region, including UHW consultants, Dr Owens and Dr Doyle, the clerk of the committee has written to Minister Harris to highlight three distinct issues that they want the Minister to respond to.

The three issues were:

1. Methodology used in the Herrity Report to determine the catchment areas

2. Commute times between UHW and Cork University Hospitals

3. Single point of failure situation

“These three issues are extremely important, and which require the Minister to respond and answer the questions asked by Dr Owens and Dr Doyle.

“All three, to my mind, undermine the

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Friday, 24th February 2017

Community Groups across Ireland invited to apply for supports to value of €65,000

GIY are proud to announce the launch of their new ‘Cottage Market’ initiative, which invites community groups to avail of start-up funding in order to set up and run their own Cottage Market. Activity partners Ulster Bank & The Ireland Funds are set to support the initiative across the country to the tune of €65,000 over the next two years with GIY aiming to put home-made, home-grown food and craft back at the centre of Irish communities.

Community groups nationwide are now invited to apply online via in order to avail of funding which will help them to establish and run their very own Cottage Market. The

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Friday, 24th February 2017

Agri Aware, the independent agri-food educational body, has launched its annual Incredible Edibles initiative – which teaches primary level students how to grow and cook their own seasonal Irish fruit, vegetables and herbs. Primary school teachers can avail of this free resource by logging on to and registering by Friday, February 24.

Schools will receive grow packs including compost, seeds and curriculum-linked interactive educational resources for students – with lessons on food origin, the health benefits of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and cooking tasks. This year’s grow pack includes chive seeds to teach children that the addition of herbs to their meals is a healthy alternative for adding flavour.

Agri Aware’s 2017 Incredible Edibles programme which is now in its ninth

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Friday, 24th February 2017

Funding of €50,000 has been confirmed for Calmast, WIT’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) Outreach Hub, by John Halligan T.D., Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation.

Minister Halligan, who was at Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham yesterday (Thursday) morning for the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Awards, announced a national investment of €2.8 million for 44 STEM public engagement and education initiatives across the country.

The grant will assist Calmast in delivering science and maths-related activities to large numbers of children in the south east through its Festivals Programme (which includes Bealtaine Living Earth Festival, Robert Boyle Summer School and Waterford Spraoi); and also to develop its STEMreach programme of formal and informal learning opportunities for disadvantaged pupils, with support for teachers and parents.

“Since it was established

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Wednesday, 15th February 2017

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Waterford Intellectual Disability Association AGM

The Waterford Intellectual Disability Association will hold its Annual General Meeting in the main building of the Edmund Rice Centre, Barrack St, Waterford on Tuesday February 28th at 7.30pm. WIDA is funded by the HSE and provides residential services for adults

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Wednesday, 15th February 2017

Family Income Supplement and student grants


My wife and I are applying for the Family Income Supplement (FIS) for our family of two children. We are unsure about what income is included in the means test for this payment. For example, will my wife’s student grant be included?


Family Income Supplement (FIS) is a weekly tax-free payment for families, including one-parent families, at work on low pay. The combined income of a couple (married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting) is taken into account when your means are assessed for FIS. Income from any source, including a student grant, is assessed in the means test. However, the following payments are not counted as family income:

- Child Benefit or any income your children may have

- Guardian's payments

- Supplementary Welfare Allowance

- Domiciliary Care Allowance

- Foster Child Allowance

- Rent Allowance for tenants affected by the

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Wednesday, 15th February 2017

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. What are all those pets doing taking Prozac-like medications? If they're depressed, they certainly can't tell anybody about it.

A. Psychiatric drugs have been used to help with dogs that obsessively lick their paws, cats that spray walls with urine, pet parrots that might self-mutilate when bored, zoo animals suffering outside their natural habitat, reports the "Atlanta Journal Constitution." The overall aims are to do what is humanly possible to protect animals from self-injury and to improve quality of life ("Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine").

Dog owners try to stave off problem behaviors such as howling or destructiveness that can lead to veterinary euthanasia, says John Bonner in "New Scientist" magazine. A reported 25% of dogs euthanized fit the behavioral category.

Dogs have long been given tranquilizers to calm them during holiday fireworks and the like.

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Wednesday, 15th February 2017

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 15th February Tuesday 21st February

Aries 21st March-21st April

There is a good chance for closure on an issue that has been bothering you for some time now, or for an old wound to be healed eventually, whether that is physical, mental or emotional. Nurture yourself to aid in this process by making time for stillness, contemplation and relaxation. Don’t be too hard on your special someone if they didn’t push the Valentine’s boat out, it’s how you’re treated every day that matters.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Don’t allow yourself to get pulled back into old habits or negative thought patterns, especially if shedding them was part of a new year’s resolution that up until now has been going well. Sometimes it’s when we think we have something licked, that it’s most likely creep back in. Not sure about a

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Wednesday, 15th February 2017

FSAI Advice Line received 3,202 food complaints in 2016

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) Advice Line received 3,202 complaints by consumers relating to food, food premises and food labelling in 2016. The figure represents a total increase of 17% on 2015 (when 2,739 were received), with the number of complaints about food poisoning were up considerably at 45%.

Reports included allegations of a live insect found in a packaged dessert; a long black hair in garlic sauce; a human nail in a takeaway meal; glass in a dessert; plastic rope in a takeaway meal; and a cigarette butt in a bag of chips.

Poor hygiene standards were the second highest reported, with an increase of 34%, as compared with 2015, while complaints about incorrect information

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Letters to the Editor


    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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