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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Slievekeale Active Retirement

The Slievekeale Active Retirement Association dinner dance is on Friday 23rd of December meet in dooleys @7.30 dinner at 8pm. I would like on behalf of the committee wish all our members a very happy Christmas and new year.

Alzheimer Society Xmas Arrangements

The Waterford Alzheimer Societies Pine Grove Day Centre,Passage Road Waterford will be closed on Monday December 26 th to Friday December 30 th and also on Monday January 2 nd 2017,it will then re open on Tuesday January 3 rd to resume normal working hours.

The Society wishes all its clients,their families, their staff in Pine Grove and those working in the Home Care Service and volunteers a very happy Xmas and New Year. They also wish to include in their good wishes the HSE,Community Employment Scheme Providers, all benefactors and supporters.Contact numbers for Society in Waterford 051

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Tenants with landlords living abroad

December 2016


Our landlady lives in Spain and we pay rent into her bank account. Is it true that we need to collect the tax she is liable for?


Yes, if you pay rent directly to a landlord (or landlady) who lives abroad, you must deduct tax from the rent and account for it to Revenue, whether by paying it to Revenue or by reducing your tax credits. You deduct the tax at the standard rate (20% at present) from the gross amount of rent that you pay. This deduction is not your tax relief – it is tax payable to Revenue from your landlady's income.

Say, for example, you pay gross monthly rent of €1,500 directly to your landlady. The amount of tax to deduct is 20% of €1,500, which is €300. Subtract this from the gross rent

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Closing the gap between local and national politics has been at the heart of Senator Grace O’Sullivan’s work, since her election in April of this year.

“Sometimes politics is an abstract concept in people’s lives. Politics, as far as I’m concerned, should be about actually representing the views of your electorate. Listening is absolutely crucial in any position of leadership, but acting on what you hear on the street is a responsibility that every public office holder has. I’ve been elected to a position that is about the common good, about civic duty and public representation. I take that very seriously indeed.”

Senator O’Sullivan has certainly had a full schedule since taking up office in the Seanad. Looking back over her work there and in the Housing and Water

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. When it comes to farts, why are bodybuilders prone to particularly smelly ones? And what foods are thought to make farts smell better?

A. According to Chu Yao and her colleagues in Melbourne, Australia, foods that generate a lot of hydrogen sulphide gas (think rotten eggs) include meat, dairy and other types of protein, reports “New Scientist” magazine. Thus, “bodybuilders who consume lots of protein powder are known to have smelly farts.”

But the team also discovered that “resistant starch, found in potatoes, bananas, legumes and cereals, and fructans, which are found in wheat, artichokes and asparagus, reduced hydrogen sulphide by about 75%.” Such findings call into question the old notion that those with stinky gas should eat less fiber.

Q. Thinking of the world’s bridges, the Golden Gate and the Brooklyn Bridge may come to

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

with John D Owens

M.V.B. veterinary surgeon

Riverstown Business Park, Tramore

Ph 051 393630

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The dangers of over-feeding your pet at Christmas

Christmas comes but once a year, and we will all hope to eat, drink and enjoy the celebrations. With the abundance of leftover food, it may be tempting to give your dog or cat lots of turkey, ham, gravy etc. to “treat” them. The reality is that most vets will treat pets for problems related to overconsumption of food this Christmas, whether it is given to them to eat or whether the pets help themselves to unguarded leftovers. Many owners will feel guilty and give into begging animals who are getting “the same old boring food” while they themselves are having their annual feast. In a survey carried out by pet

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 21st December - Tuesday 27th December

Aries 21st March-21st April

The festivities may only be gearing up Aries but you may find yourself already planning ahead for 2017, especially regarding your goals for the year ahead and any health initiatives you’ve been keen to get started on. It could be that you’re really hoping for a gym membership to appear in your Christmas stocking and are chomping at the bit to get started - after that last mince pie!

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

After a long hard slog you’re eventually beginning to feel in the party mood Taurus. If you’re still a little hesitant just fake it til you make it, put your glad rags on, let your hair down and get out and mingle. If you’re planning a trip over the festive season, double check all bookings as pesky

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Clear gap between promises made by Government and activity on the ground

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Older People, Mary Butler has said that the HSE is failing to meet its commitments to people living with dementia who need intensive support. Deputy Butler was commenting after receiving reply from the HSE on the number of Intensive Home Care Packages that have been provided in 2016.

“By the end of October this year, only 69 were in receipt of an IHCP despite a previous Government commitment to have 130 packages available in 2016,” said Butler.

“However not only have they failed to meet the target so far in 2016, the truth is that the target for 2016 is 60 less than in 2015 when it was 190 packages.”

"In October 2015 there were 165 Intensive Home Care Packages being provided, yet so far in 2016, it

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

The Waterford electorate was not immune from the disaffection sweeping the country at the last local and general election. There were many changes, not least the election of a minority Fine Gael government propped up by Fianna Fail and the Independent Alliance. Another feature of local politics was the amalgamation of both Waterford city council and Waterford County Council. This realignment of local politics saw what could arguably be called a reverse takeover of the city by the county local representatives. In the City the three Labour Party councillors and the three Fine Gael councillors lost their seats, . Other councillors who failed to be re-elected were Davy Walsh, WP; Dick Roche, Ind. from the city and Pat Daly, FF; Anne Marie Power., Ind. and Ger Barron, Labour Party. In all a total of eleven outgoing councillors lost their seats.

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Relationships Ireland pre-marriage course can help prepare them for a long and happy life together

Relationships Ireland, a Dublin-based non-denominational relationship counselling service which has been

supporting couples for over 50 years, is highlighting the benefits of pre-marriage courses in the run-up to the Christmas season, which is a popular time of year for couples to announce their engagements.

Unlike some other options, Relationships Ireland’s pre-marriage courses offer couples a private, personalised consultation with an experienced relationship counsellor.

“Many couples who attend here have already been living together for a significant time and have already worked out issues around cooking, sharing space together and sharing finances,” said Maura Leahy, Clinical Director at Relationships Ireland. “Time spent here with an experienced couples counsellor allows them to focus on what has already been working well. It also gives scope to identify any potential difficulties and possible

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Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Christmas greetings

Sean and Mary Roche, 105 Roanmore Park, Waterford would like to extend the seasons greetings to all their many family, neighbours, and friends. They wish one and all a happy and holy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Sean is a retired psychiatrict nurse from St. Otterans, Waterford and served as a Councillor on Waterford City Council. Mary is the daughter of the late Ald. Tom Gallagher, twice Labour Mayor of Waterford.

PACT Youth Project

Edmund Rice Youth and Community Centre, Manor St, Waterford. Interested in voluntary work? Looking for volunteers to help co-ordinate and supervise office administration, fundraising, club activities, including homework clubs etc. for children in the Waterford area. Full training provided. No experience required all are very welcome. Time: 1-2 hours per week Contact Majella ( 087- 628 7000) and Brian ( 086 – 616 7424).

Barrack Street Concert

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Letters to the Editor


    The Long Goodbye!Political obituaries are usually written after the body has taken it's last breath. However, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny it seems that his political career was just about breathing long before his colleagues had him dead and buried. Although no one, least of all the Taoiseach himself, has come and said it yet, Enda Kenny's premiership ended last week with a truly awful performance in the Dáil where some members of the Opposition were calling for his head while his own party seemed to be won …

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