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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Unite Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly is the only Irish member of a trade union delegation to Columbia being organised this week by Justice for Columbia.

Members of the delegation will meet with trade unions and human rights activists, and will visit the region of Cali to meet with agroindustry unions, peasant farmers and indigenous organisations.

Columbia is infamously the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists. In 2012, 20 trade unionists were killed. 29 trade unionists were assassinated during 2011. Between 5-10 have been murdered so far in 2013. In addition to the assassinations, 221 trade union activists have been forcibly disappeared whilst others have been subjected to arbitrary imprisonment or physical attacks. Torture of trade unionists has also been well documented and trade unions and their members receive regular death threats, leading to many thousands of members fleeing their

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

The team behind the Discover Tramore tourism organisation will have a family fun day on the lower promenade outside McCarthy's Take Away this Saturday, July 27th. This free event will have face painting, bouncy castle, live music, dancing, drummers, food stalls and much more family fun on the day for all to enjoy. All are welcome.

"We are delighted to have a family day here in Tramore. It is something that was badly needed and I hope that we can make the event bigger and better each and every year. This event wouldn't be possible without the support of sponsors, which include just about every single business on the lower promenade, all the hotels, and many other local businesses. Visit our Facebook page for a full list of sponsors, support them if you can and we look forward to seeing many

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

87% of family carers say their roles are highly stressful, contributing to a decline in their own health and wellbeing

The Carers Association is calling on locals to recognise the dedication and enormous contribution of the 4,823 family carers in Waterford. Recently launched by patron of The Carers Association and broadcaster Mary Kennedy, The Carers of the Year Awards and Young Carer of the Year Award 2013 celebrate the commitment of family carers.

There are over 4,000 family carers in Waterford providing unpaid care in the home each week to frail older people, those terminally ill and with disabilities. Family carers across Ireland save the health budget over four billion euro each year

The Carers Association recently undertook a survey of family carers from across Ireland attending its National Carers Convention and found that 87 per cent of those surveyed said their roles

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Emma Davies from Wednesbury, West Midlands and Oliver Rohan from Waterford, Ireland, were delighted to discover they were winners after trialing Bausch + Lomb's innovative new contact lens, Biotrue® ONEday. They both won a four day trip to beautiful Barcelona with a friend, where they will try their hands at hot-air ballooning.

Emma tried Biotrue ONEday contact lenses after a recommendation from Stokes Optician in West Bromwich – which has just celebrated 33 years in business with a brand new practice re-fit –and said she had found them "great". Richard Stokes of Stokes Optician said of the lenses "the comfort and wearability of Biotrue ONEday has been commented on by every patient I have tried with the lens".

Oliver, who had thought of trying hot-air

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Sunday next July 28th is the date for this years Field Day in Killea Dunmore East in aid of Wateford Hospice. Lots of events on the programme from 1 pm onwards including Threshing and Vintage Display, Pet Dog Show, Bonny Baby Show, Lots of Stalls and Side Shows Live Music and Dancing etc Organised by Barony of Gaultier Historical Society.

Deise Animal Sanctuary open day

Deise Animal Sanctuary open day is on Sunday 28th of July from 12 til 4. Join us for a fun day out for all the family, meet all the animals including our latest arrival Coady the donkey. There will be stalls with Bric-a-brac, burgers, Esther's famous Jams, Cakes and raffles. Knocknaree, Nire Valley, Ballymacarbry (signposted from Bulmers, Clonmel).

Photographic Exhibition of Tramore

Sinead Boyle's photographic exhibition, A Photographic Journey through the Lens: Sense of Place is essential viewing for

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Waterford entries are being sought for the 2013 'Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards'. This is the third year of the awards, a joint initiative between Ireland's premier hearing healthcare provider Hidden Hearing and the Irish Deaf Society. The Awards honour those who are Deaf or hard of hearing and who make a significant contribution to society, their community, workplace or through sporting excellence.

Members of the Waterford public can nominate their 'hero' who they feel deserves to be recognised for an Award across several different categories and nominees can also put themselves forward for an award. Submissions can be made online, by post or by video using Irish Sign Language which will then be transcribed – see http://www.hiddenhearing.ie for full nomination details. Nominations can be submitted online at http://www.hiddenhearing.ie or http://www.deaf.ie by requesting a nomination form

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Fine Gael Waterford Senator and Seanad Leader, Maurice Cummins, (pictured) has welcomed the €10 million capital injection for WIT from the Department of Education announced recently by Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn TD. The funding will make possible the completion of the Carrigamore Sports Development.

"The completion of Carriganore Sports Development will be welcomed by all.

This new state of the art facility will prove to be of tremendous benefit to the Institute, the city and the South East region.

"Acquiring the Manor Village student accommodation will also solve a major financial difficulty of the Institute which should now put WIT on a sound financial footing. The report of the statutory inspection is to be welcomed and hopefully all energies will now be focussed on progressing WIT’s application to become a technological university and realise the long held wishes of

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy Paudie Coffey, (pictured), has welcomed the news that the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD has allocated €10 million for the completion of the Carriganore campus in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Meanwhile, the report on the statutory inspection of the relationship between WIT and a group of companies that provide services to the Institute has been finalised and published.

"I'm delighted that all outstanding issues have been resolved and this funding has been secured that will lead to the completion of the Carriganore Sports Campus and ultimately a brighter future for WIT.

"As a former student and college representative in the Fitzgibbon Hurling competition, I welcome the capital allocation of €10 million which will see the completion of the state of the art Carriganore Sports Campus. This is another step along the pathway to ensuring

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

A reward is being offered by a local business for the return of a heritage Bilberry Goat, who was taken from Bilberry, Waterford on Friday evening 5th July last.

The goat is a 4 year old nanny with horns and is a light creamy tan in colour. She was stolen along with her chocolate brown coloured kid. She answers to the name Becky.

Her disappearance is a great loss to the Herd, as her milk made the Billberry Goat Milk Soap. This soap has helped a lot of people in Waterford who suffer from eczema and other skin conditions.

The Bilberry Goat Heritage Trust need to get th is valuable goat back to the Herd.

Anyone with information please phone 086 0701147.

All information in strict confidence.

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

A representative group of ex Waterford Crystal Workers will travel to the Dail on Wednesday the 17th inst, where they will hold a protest to highlight the delay in having their right to Pension protection under Directive 2008/94/EU that was confirmed in April by the European Court of Justice implemented.

A briefing meeting has been sought with representatives of all Dail Parties and Independent group. This meeting will be chaired by Deputy Catherine Murphy Ind.

Recognising that our Legal team and Officers of Unite continue to do an excellent job in progressing this case through the legal channels, a process that may run its full course all the way to the Supreme Court, thus taking us to 2016 or beyond in our quest for justice. This will cause further anguish for our members, and particularly for families of the growing number of

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    Time for a breakJust as the height of Summer begins it seems that it is also the time when our politicians begin their yearly departure from Dail Eireann. While not many professions get as much holiday time as politicians do you have to ask the question whether they merit such long breaks?There are many who would immediately answer that they don't really deserve such long holidays, that they barely seem to spend any time in the Dail at all and after all they are well remunerated for the long hours …

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