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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Government must prioritize health and not let corporate interests influence its bid to reduce alcohol-related harm in Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, has called on the Government not to bow to pressure from corporate interests as it prepares its plan to tackle alcohol-related harm. "Diageo's threat to 'pull back' on its Irish operations if the Government implements a ban on alcohol sponsorship of sports is the clearest example yet of the alcohol industry's ongoing attempts to translate its financial power into political power and halt the current attempts to tackle this country's harmful relationship with alcohol," said Professor Joe Barry of Alcohol Action Ireland.

"Unfortunately, this financial power already allows the alcohol industry to effectively speak on behalf of our sporting organisations, which are dependent on its sponsorship, but our Government must resist these tactics, which

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Look for Products with Standards

As thousands of Irish people make plans for their summer the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) are urging people to look for standards when buying popular summer items such as sunglasses, arm bands and tents. These standards ensure that products are safe and fit for the purpose.

"As people are making plans for this summer to attend parties, festivals, and events it is important to be aware of the standards of the products you are buying for yourself and your family, to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer. Be sure, for example, that the sunglasses you are wearing actually protect against UV rays. If you're buying a trampoline for the kids, be sure that it meets the appropriate safety standard. These apparently small things can make a profound difference to your health and safety and your

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Truly unwind and unplug to be happy and balanced

Summer is almost in full swing: kids are getting out of school, family holidays, beach outings, BBQs, and many other fun summer activities we all love to do. Although most of us work during the summer, it's also a time to enjoy and relax. Learning to truly unwind and unplug will help us become happier and more balanced leaving us refreshed for Autumn saying, "That was a great summer!" Psychotherapist, positive living expert, and author of the popular book, Creating Balance and Finding Happiness (http://dlcounseling.com/ books.html), Diane Lang, offer 10 ways to truly relax this summer.

1. Take some time to spend outdoors

When we spend our time in nature, it naturally calms us and gives us a feeling of inner peace.

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Hollywood actor Chris O'Dowd lends a paw in nationwide search for stolen rescue dog Erin

€1,000 reward for Lurcher's safe return

Hollywood actor Chris O'Dowd is the latest celebrity to lend his support on Twitter to a fresh nationwide appeal launched today to help find stolen lurcher rescue dog, "Erin", following the successful return of her canine counterpart Jodie, who was also taken. A reward of €1000 is now being offered for Erin's safe return.

Erin and Jodie, two Lurcher dogs, disappeared from a dog boarding kennels in Sallins, Co. Kildare at 12.30am on May 27th. Since then, famous faces including Kathryn Thomas, Sinead Desmond, Sile Seoige, Sinead Kennedy, PJ Gallagher, Kenneth Egan and athlete Derval O'Rourke have been calling on their Twitter fans to appeal for the safe return of

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Waterford City Council and Waterford City Centre Business Group, supported by the city centre retailers and businesses, are delighted that after only three weeks the "Fun Fridays" promotion is gathering significant momentum.

There has been a significant increase in footfall activity after 5pm and the good weather has certainly helped attracting people back to the City Centre.

"Fun Fridays" is an opportunity for everyone to reacquaint themselves with the City and just enjoy the atmosphere of the City Centre. To accommodate greater numbers the recent positioning of additional picnic style seating to John Roberts Square will surely help create a European feel to the City Centre.

From Friday 21st June, The Fun Friday nights entertainment will have a more unusual twist.

Friday 21st June A Tribute to Elvis Friday 28th June A Tribute to Oasis

These two acts are sure to get John Robert’s Square

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

There were heartbreaking scenes at the funeral of the three Bolger brothers who drowned following a boating accident off the Waterford coast and who were buried on Saturday last.

Many of the hundreds of people led by members of the Bolger family, including Michael, Anthony and Lynda, and Paula, her partner Colm and the men’s mother Margaret, wept as the three black hearses made their way from Passage East to the church of St. John the Baptist, Crooke, Passage East for Requiem Mass. A guard of honour was provided by local fishermen and schoolchildren from the area.

The huge attendance numbering around one thousand mourners spilled out from the packed church to the balcony and grounds which overlook the picturesque Co. Waterford coastline. Members of the Bolger family took it in turns to recite the Prayers

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Waterford's Independent TD Deputy John Halligan has given his unequivocal support to the campaign to have Ferrybank councillor Davy Walsh elected the next Mayor of the city.

Speaking ahead of the Mayoral Election on 24th June, Deputy Halligan acknowledged Cllr Walsh's decades of service and commitment to the city.

"As the longest serving member of Waterford City Council, Davy has more knowledge and experience of serving the people of the city than anyone else on the local authority", Deputy Halligan commented. "I worked closely with Davy for many years on the Council and know only too well his devotion to the people of Waterford throughout his 34 years of service. His election as Mayor of Waterford city on 24th June would be a long overdue but nonetheless fitting tribute to this dedication.

"Furthermore, I could not support a Mayor who - in backing

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Occasion marked by Waterford Law Society

Waterford Law Society held an evening on Friday 24th May, 2013 in Becketts to mark the retirement of John Goff, Solicitor. John practised as a Solicitor in Waterford City where for many years he was the Principal in Nolan Farrell & Goff. The esteem in which John is held was reflected in the large number of his colleagues & friends who turned out for the occasion.

Jim Hally, President of the Waterford Law Society, made a presentation of a gift to John in honour of the occasion and wished John many happy years of retirement and gardening.

After dinner John regaled all with the history of Waterford Law Society and shared some lively stories. Pat Gordon, Solicitor also spoke and he added a few tales of his own from around the City and County.

Waterford Law Society would

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Meeting of former Waterford Crystal workers decides to form Organising Committee to pursue pensions issue

At a meeting of former Waterford Crystal workers organised by the Unite trade union on Monday, June 10th, considerable anger was expressed at the Government's continuing failure to address the implications of the European Court of Justice ruling last April which held that the Irish State is obliged to protect the workers' pension entitlements.

Speaking after the meeting, Unite Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly said:

"Our members cannot understand why the Government wants to continue imposing more hardship on a group of workers who have contributed vast amounts of tax to the Exchequer since the foundation of Waterford Glass in 1950. The workers have experienced significant hardship since the collapse of company in 2009, and despite support from a number of individual politicians there doesn't appear to be any

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Practising yoga during pregnancy can really help mothers-to-be to enjoy this special time and help them prepare for a conscious birth experience by becoming more aware of their bodies and their breathing. Mothers-to-be can become empowered and build strength but also learn to 'soften' and 'let go' when the time comes.

Post natal yoga supports new mothers in reclaiming their bodies after 40 weeks of sharing it with their babies. It's also a great way to meet other new mothers!

Adrienne Murphy is a well-known local yoga teach with over 5 year's teaching experience. Adrienne also offers yoga for children, yoga for chilren and adults with special needs and chair yoga for the older adult.

Adrienne can be contacted on 086 - 8359863.

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    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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