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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey has called for real reform and simplification of the inspection and cross compliance regime as part of the implementation of the new CAP Reform Agreement at farm level.

Eddie Downey said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must follow through on his commitment for a New Charter of Rights for farmers with fewer inspections, greater tolerances and reduced penalties.

The IFA Deputy President said the entire inspection process needs to be simplified and streamlined in an efficient and more farmer friendly manner. He said currently farm inspections are extremely complex and bureaucratic with a full inspection similar to a forensic examination involving hundreds of questions, many of which are incomprehensible.

Eddie Downey said there is an unacceptable and constant level of stress and fear among farm families over the possibility of an inspector from the Department of Agriculture

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

2012 saw almost 2,000 runners, walkers and joggers raise a staggering €286,000 for the Solas Centre and 2013 promises to be even bigger and better!

It's time to get active and run for life once more. That is the call from the organisers of the Solas Centre South East Run for Life as they announced details of the 2013 event which takes place on Sunday October 13th.

Every year across Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny 2,000 people are diagnosed with cancer. That is why the organisers are hoping to garner the support of at least 2,000 participants to take part in aid of the Solas Centre.

The sixth annual South East Run for Life has become the highlight of the region's sporting calendar and all funds raised will

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

People in Munster over the age of 60 have the best attitude towards ageing according to new research announced by Boots Ireland. 66% of those living in Munster felt positive about their physical and mental health, their fitness, their appearance and their outlook for the future. Within the Republic of Ireland, Ulster also felt very positive about how they were ageing (63%), followed by Leinster (61%) and Connacht (54%).

The research, commissioned by Boots Ireland, comes as the retailer launches its new enhanced offer for customers over the age of 60. Customers can now receive 10 Boots Advantage Card points for every €1 spent on Boots branded products, which can then be redeemed on Boots and non Boots branded products across the store. To sign up to More Treats

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

St Brigids Family and Community Centre in conjunction with the Sacred Heart Family Resource Centre has started a new drop in support for people who are in long and short term unemployment in Waterford called JETS. The programme which is funded through the Department of Social Protection is unique in the sense that it is actively facilitated by volunteers.

On Thursday 11th July, St. Brigid's celebrated the launch of JETS which was officially received by the newly appointed Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. John Cummins. Mayor Cummins spoke about the JETS support and how it can 'provide support to people who are unemployed who are seeking to find new opportunities in related areas such as in education, training supports, linking into networks relating to employment and possible volunteerism'. Liz

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Tthe Irish Coast Guard advised the public to 'keep water safety in mind' when taking part in outdoor activities throughout the summer season. Declan Geoghegan, Manager of the Irish Coast Guard said: "With the warm weather forecast, our thoughts naturally go to enjoying the outdoors and outdoor activities. Whether you enjoy swimming, canoeing, surfing, angling, sail boarding, always remember to wear a Personal Flotation Device.”

Personal Flotation Devices include lifejackets and buoyancy aids. It is vital to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid if your activity takes you near the water. This doesn't just mean the sea – it includes lakes and rivers too. If you enjoy sports like jetskiing, windsurfing, water skiing and canoeing, wearing the appropriate Personal Floatation Device will give you added confidence when in the water. Also, in the event of an emergency, it will help you

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

As the beautiful sunny weather continues and people flock to beaches all across Ireland the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reminding you to use Splash, the national bathing water information website, providing current and timely information about water quality. As people in Waterford make the most of the good weather remember to visit splash.epa.ie to check the water quality at local beaches before heading to cool off.

The Splash site has an interactive, colour-coded map that allows people to check if their favourite designated swimming spot is 'green' for good, 'yellow' for sufficient or 'orange' for poor water quality. Before deciding on the best place to take a dip you can find out if there are any bathing water warnings or notifications in place at your chosen location. Splash also details those areas that currently have a 'poor' status and those

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Sinn Féin Waterford City Councilor John Hearne has accused the government of "dismantling not reforming” the public health services.

He was responding to confirmation from junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch that the government is to introduce means testing and charging for home care packages and other community-based services for older people and people with disabilities.

Councillor Hearne said:

"The government claims to be reforming public health services. In actual fact it is dismantling those services with people forced to pay higher charges for shrinking services and now Minister of State Kathleen Lynch confirming that means testing and charges are to be imposed on people requiring community-based services such as home care. This is another attack on older people and people with disabilities.

"When the government published its so-called reform framework 'Future Health' last year we pointed out that such charging was in prospect when

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Waterford Crystal Leisure Centre is now under new ownership since June 28.

Pat Rocket and his partner, Jean Nugent, have retained 14 staff members and have ambitious plans for the centre. They purchased the property from the Receiver. Located on the main Waterford-Cork Road opposite Ballinaneashagh the centre has been one of the most prominent of its type in Waterford for many years.

Pat is well known in the Waterford business community and has been running his martial arts academy for many years. He also runs his own fitness business. He has wide experience in business management and was the general manager of the Reginald Bar for ten years.

Both Pat and Jean intend opening a new cafe/coffee shop and a ladies only gym. He also intends locating his martial arts

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

A motion in the name of Cllr. Dee Jacques has been tabled by the newly co-opted Labour Party councillor to Waterford City Council. The Motion reads as follows:

“That Waterford City Council recognizes that the trafficking, exploitation and abuse of women and girls is taking place in Waterford and throughout the country as a direct result of prostitution.

That Waterford City Council believes human rights abuses can be ended by targeting the demand for prostitution by introducing laws which make it an offence to pay for sex and is seeking such laws.

We note the success of similar laws in other European countries. That Waterford City Council will convey its views to the Minister for Justice.”

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Latest data on mortgages shows banks continue to be main barrier to relief for Waterford families – O’Ryan

The latest Central Bank figures, which show one-in-four restructured mortgages were back in arrears in the first three months of the year, proves that the banks remain the main barrier to bringing about relief for struggling mortgage holders in Waterford, according to local Cllr Michael J O’Ryan.

The Waterford Cllr commented, “Just over 24,700 new mortgage restructures were agreed in the first quarter of the year but in a third of these cases (33.1%) this was an interest only arrangement. Banks are continuing to string thousands of people along and are failing to really deal with the crisis facing distressed borrowers. I am meeting families in Waterford who have increased fears now about repossession in light of the new Code of Conduct.

"I recently had

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