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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Dear Editor, 

Health minister James Reilly's plans to implement the Higgin's report advocating Thrust hospitals will result in loss of many vital services as well as hundreds of of jobs at WRH in the coming years. Despite assurances these plans can only be described as a disastrous downgrading of the Waterford Regional Hospital, which will have ongoing negative effects for all citizens of Waterford and across the South East.

Talk of world class health services and better outcomes etc at Thrust Hospitals are just pure PR spin to mask the Governments plans for a two tier American style service of for profit care, controlled by private health insurance companies and private hospitals. The consultant group at WRH knew this but their efforts to establish a broad based campaign of resistance which included the unions at WRH alongside the wider trade union movement and community organisations was sabotaged

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

The following statement has been issued by Independent Councillor Dick Roche:

"Following a call recently made by a number of city Cllrs to their fellow Cllrs to elect Davy Walsh as the next mayor after spending 34 years on the council without ever holding the position(due to the undemocratic pact operating in city council) there has been support for their call expressed from people through out the whole city. Many very prominent and well known characters have been calling for the members of the city council to end the unfair situation and not to vote for a candidate who is for the abolition of the council or not to abstain from any vote but to vote for Davy in recognition of a lifetime of service to the city. Some of the more high profile people are John O'Shea Irish soccer international

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

"It is clear to me that agriculture and agri-business is and will be the principal driver of economic growth in the South East and indeed in much of the Country. The economic impact of Milk Expansion under Harvest 2020, and beyond 2020, is very significant. The 1,600 jobs for all the counties of the South East and further afield, which will be established and facilitated by this plant, will be matched pro-rata by other milk expansion plans in all the dairy counties across the country", so said Phil Hogan TD at a ground-breaking event for a new Glanbia plant at Belview today.

The Minister was speaking after he officially broke the ground at the site where a new milk processing plant will be built. Plans to build the €150m plant at

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Independent TD for Waterford, Deputy John Halligan in a hard-hitting and fortright statement has said attempts by local Pro Life acitivists to intimidate and coerce him last weekend have only strengthened his resolve to push for abortion legislation in cases of rape or severe foetal abnormalities.

Deputy Halligan was referring to an altercation on the Prom in Tramore on Sunday in which a group of Pro-life activists approached him and in his own words "subjected me to abuse over my recent call for a constitutional referendum to legislate for abortion in rape cases and situations where a foetus is unviable."

Deputy Halligan made a strong statement on the issue in Dail Eireann recently which received national and international publicity and has put him at odds with the Pro-Life organisation in Waterford and elsewhere throughout the country.

Commenting on the exchange on Sunday he

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Find Your Family History And Have Afternoon Tea!

As part of the Gathering, St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford are delighted to have Genealogist Ann Marie Coghlan who will be resident in the church during the afternoon teas over the summer months. Ann Marie will help people who are interested in finding out their family history in the area. This is a free service and is available to both locals and visitors. We will be serving our old fashioned afternoon teas for charity as well, so this will be a lovely opportunity for those searching out their roots. Ann Marie will be available from Sat 25th May and every Saturday in June. If you wish to contact Ann Marie she can be found on family&This email address is being protected from spambots.

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Fine Gael TD John Deasy says senior consultants at Ardkeen have questions to answer as to why, having spearheaded a public campaign for the retention of the South East Hospital Group, they dramatically changed tack mid-campaign and entered into negotiations that ultimately led to Waterford being linked to Cork University Hospital.

Last November, a week before they met with organisers of what became the ‘Save Waterford’ campaign, Waterford Today published a front-page story in which Deputy Deasy warned it was "time people began questioning the individuals who are responsible for representing WRH."

He did so having arranged meetings between specialists at Ardkeen, senior HSE officials, and government TDs from the region – only to find "the performance of these senior consultants was underwhelming to say the least.

"They are the ones who needed to make the argument based on medical best practice and

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

"I am deeply saddened by the announcement by Citi Bank that it is to close its Waterford office with the loss of 50 direct jobs. This is a very damaging blow to the employees and their families, and also to the wider local and regional economy" stated Cllr. Larry O’Brien, Cathaoirleach of the South-East Regional Authority, reacting to the announcement.

The Regional Authority Cathaoirleach said that these job losses will have a deep impact in Waterford and the South-East which has not yet come to terms with the many other redundancies in the last 2/3 years. In acknowledging recent job announcements such as at Nypro, Glanbia and FeedHenry, Cllr. O’Brien stated, "The closure of this office must be viewed in the context of the South-East Region’s loss of a significant number of jobs in recent times and the ongoing very poor

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Following news that the number of measures against dangerous products rose to 2,278 in 2012, Phil Prendergast MEP has welcomed the growing enforcement and commitment to consumer safety in the EU.

"The 26% rise in consumer alerts demonstrates a growing commitment to consumer safety right across the EU member states. This should be very reassuring to consumers of textile items and toys in particular.

"The EU is now working bilaterally with China to improve manufacturing quality and provide further safety for consumer goods.

"It is good to know that the EU is tackling consumer issues head on, and cementing protection procedures, demonstrating stronger results with each passing year."

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Waterford City Enterprise Board’s 'Fresh Start' seminar at the Tower Hotel last Thursday attracted a large and enthusiastic audience of budding entrepreneurs. Over 90 attendees listened to start up advice from Mary Doherty of Granny Maddox and Sean Egan of Sean Egan Artglass, and information on how to best develop an ideain to a business from Liam Murphy of the Department of Social Protect and Ciaran Cullen CEO of Waterford City Enterprise Board.

An inspiring, enlightening and uplifting hour was provided by entrepreneur Sean Gallagher. Anecdotes, advice and encouragement was the theme of his talk, explaining that positivity and hard work is essential to success. "surround yourself with like-minded positive people, and avoid those who will bring negative elements into your life", said the former Dragon.

Following a morning of

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Gala night with the Greeley Chorale from Colorado for the benefit of patients in Waterford Regional Hospital

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust is delighted to announce details of a once-off gala night featuring the Greeley Chorale from Colorado in aid of the work of the Trust on Tuesday 4th June at 8pm in the Theatre Royal, Waterford.

Founded in 1964, the Chorale's repertoire ranges from the traditional major choral works of the great composers to the spirituals, folk songs and Broadway music of America. The mission of the Chorale is to provide quality choral music for the enjoyment, cultural enrichment and education of the community and to further the talents and musical growth of its individual members.

The Chorale's director, Dr. Galen Darrough is Director of Choral Activities at the University

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