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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

As Waterford Today was going to print, people from Waterford and the South East area, responding to a call from the South East Patient Advocacy Group were converging on Dáil

Eireann to demand 24/7 Cardiac Care for the South East region. Many people carried “I am Tom” posters, in memory of the late Thomas Power who died on Father’s Day on his way to CUH because the Cath Lab at UHW was closed for the weekend.

The Health Equality for the South East group have released the statement below.

Health Equality For the South East (HEFSE.com) instigators of ‘Hand On Heart’ is one of the groups invited to take part in an Oireachtas members briefing Tuesday 4th July on South East cardiac services. Although we

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Colr. Pat Nugent, F.G. has been elected as Mayor of Waterford City and County. Pat has been an elected representative to Waterford County Council since 2004. He represents the West Waterford-Dungarvan area, is married to Eileen and they have eight children. He works as a farm advisor with Glan Bia. Pat is a lifelong member of Clashmore, Kinsalebeg GAA club and a member of the Ireland Newfoundland Connections Committee. Keenly active in the community Pat seeks to assist as many community groups as possible. He is a member o f the Dungarvan Pigeon Club and is particularly committed to assisting older people to reduce the burden on them caused by rural isolation. Pat has secured substantial funding over the years for use by many local deserving groups such as the Scouts and

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

The growing support for Jeremy Corbyn in Britain and the tremendous mobilisation of voters in America by Bernie Sanders show that the politics of equality based on people power is growing and building in strength says People Before Profit.

The description by Taoiseach Varadkar of his right wing Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil Government as the new European centre, and the witless floundering of the Teresa May regime in Britain show that austerity parties are lost and confused and unable to escape from the corporate interests that they serve.

At the same time, all across Europe, all across the world, and not least in Ireland, the Left, with its simple and powerful message of solidarity, justice and equality is growing and offering real hope and confidence to people who know that they can and must use their voice and their power to transform society.

A

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

The ‘Father of the Irish Tricolour’, revolutionary and soldier, Thomas Francis Meagher is celebrated in a new stamp released by An Post last Thursday. Designed by Dublin design studio WorkGroup, the stamp is based on a portrait of Meagher, by Charles, with the colours of the Tricolour in the background.

The stamp and a very collectable First Day Cover (FDC) are available from main post offices, at the stamp counters at Dublin’s GPO or online via http://www.irishstamps.ie

Thomas Francis Meagher was born in Waterford. The family lived in what is now the Granville Hotel but later moved to a large house opposite the site on which the Waterford Treasures Museum is located.

In 1848, Meagher brought the flag which was later to become the flag of the Irish Republic,

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

A new outdoor sensory classroom has been opened at a small national school in a remote mountainous area of County Waterford. The teachers, pupils, past pupils and families at Kilbrien National School have delivered the attractive facility through a huge community effort supported by the Waterford site of Sanofi, a global healthcare leader.

Martin Delaney, Principal, Kilbrien N.S., said: “Learning through play is very, very important and there’s been a huge emphasis on Aistear, it’s a curriculum where children learn through play. We said that this could be incorporated into a new outdoor classroom.

Clair Daly who’s one of our parents here works with Sanofi was also very enthusiastic about it and suggested that Sanofi would be willing to become involved.

It’s of huge benefit to the children, especially in the junior classes for a start. Children learn through play. This would be

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

On Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July Waterford Treasures hosted a conference to remember the career and achievements of Waterford-born civil servant, John Hearne, described by Eamon de Valera as the ‘architect’ of the 1937 Constitution of Ireland and who later served as Ireland’s first ambassador to the United States. A comprehensive programme of events has been organised, including a national conference on the Constitution, the launch of a biography, the opening of a permanent exhibition and the unveiling of a bust of Hearne.

Who was John Hearne?

Born at 8 William Street on 4 December 1893, Hearne’s father was Alderman Richard Hearne, co-owner of Hearne and Cahill Bootmakers, and who served as Mayor of Waterford from 1901-1903. John Hearne was educated at Waterpark College and the King’s Inns. He was called to the Bar in 1919 and in 1929 was

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

ICSA president Patrick Kent has said cardiac care services at Waterford University Hospital need to be fully resourced for weekend cover. Mr Kent was speaking following recent events which resulted in the tragic death of Waterford farmer Thomas Power.

Mr Kent said

“The lack of a 24/7 cardiac care service in the south east region is a disgrace. Our sympathies go out to Mr Power’s family and friends at this very difficult time. Nobody should be denied critical services when they need them most, whatever day of the week it may be.”

Concluding Mr Kent said, “Those living in rural Ireland cannot be expected to accept inferior emergency care services. This preventable tragedy must serve as wake-up call for 24/7 cover to be implemented as a matter of urgency.”

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Most of the key economic indicators show that the south east region is growing, but much more slowly than the State and the other eight regions of Ireland according to the latest South East Economic Monitor. As a result, Waterford is in relative economic decline.

The 2nd annual South East Economic Monitor published on 1 July has been prepared by academic faculty in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) School of Business, Dr Cormac O’Keeffe, John Casey and Dr Ray Griffin.

The South East Economic Monitor tracks key economic indicators, capturing data on the economy of the five counties (Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford).

The South East Economic Monitor 2017 shows that despite some signs of improvement, Waterford continues to be

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

The Taoiseach has appointed John Deasy, TD as a Government envoy to the US Congress to work on the issue of the undocumented Irish in the United States.

Announcing the appointment, the Taoiseach said:

"As well as his significant experience of 15 years service in Dáil Eireann, John Deasy also has extensive experience in the US Congress, including working on immigration reform legislation. He will bring that experience and his network of contacts to augment the extensive efforts already undertaken by the Government and Embassy to bring about reforms to assist the undocumented Irish. I am delighted that he has agreed to take on this role and I am sure he will make an important contribution to our national efforts on this issue".

Deputy Deasy will work with the Embassy in Washington DC, under the leadership of the Irish Ambassador to the US,

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Children’s Group Link, a leading Waterford based children’s charity in the southeast, is staging a major fundraising event on The Prom in Tramore, Co. Waterford from July 7th- 9th. The event, as its showcase, is trying to raise enough one euro coins from the public to connect one end of the Prom to the other.

In all, some 16,000 coins will be needed to stretch the length of the Prom which is approximately 400 metres.

Children’s Group Link provides a wide variety of programmes, personal supports and training to “at-risk” youth in Waterford City and County.

As part of the next phase of our development, we are looking to secure a dedicated premises to offer additional training, educational opportunities and employment supports to our young people and we are asking for the public’s support.

Throughout the weekend, there will be music, photo booths, giant

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