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Wednesday, 4th October 2017

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Brexit, has welcomed the expression of support from the Canada-Ireland Inter-parliamentary Group for designated special status for the north.

Speaking after a meeting in Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Deputy Cullinane said:

"Today I met with Canadian MPs at the national parliament in Ottowa to brief them on Brexit's impact on Ireland and the peace process.

"It included over a dozen members of the Canada Ireland Inter-Parliamentary Group present, including its chair James Maloney MP.

"I gave them an overview of the unique challenges facing the island of Ireland in relation to Brexit.

"There was big support in the room for designated special status for the north and the protection of the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts.

"The Irish embassy was also represented at the meeting.

"I also had the privilege of meeting with the President of

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Wednesday, 27th September 2017

The long-awaited mobile cath lab secured by Independent Minister of State John Halligan T.D. as part of his ongoing fight to improve cardiology services in the south east arrived at University Hospital Waterford last night (Saturday).

The staffed unit will cater for approximately 30 - 45 patients requiring Diagnostic Coronary Angiography per week from the current outpatient list and is expected to completely clear the currently stagnant waiting lists during its five months on site, Minister Halligan explained:

"I understand around 30% of people who were offered an appointment in Cork for their Diagnostic Angiogram in recent months turned it down, for various personal reasons, so I want to reassure them that the mobile lab is expected to completely clear the backlog

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Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Arrival of Mobile Cath Lab welcome but much more needs to be done - Cullinane

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has welcomed the arrival of a mobile Cath Lab to University Hospital Waterford as a small step in addressing a lack of capacity in cardiac care in the region. However he said it is only a short term or sticking plaster solution to one part of the problem but does nothing to enhance emergency cover at UHW.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said: "I welcome the arrival of a mobile Cath Lab to University Hospital Waterford. It is a small step in addressing the waiting lists for planned cardiac work at the hospital. It will be in place for just over 20 weeks and will carry out diagnostic assessments.

"While this service will temporarily reduce wait times for planned work in

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Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Waterford TD, Mary Butler has said that her party’s proposals to modernise and simplify the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) can help secure family farms in rural Ireland for the next generation.

Deputy Butler was commenting after attending the policy launch with Party Leader, Micheál Martin at the National Ploughing Championships in Co. Offaly.

"These CAP reform proposals are the launchpad of our Farmer First policy, which we will roll out across the country in the weeks and months ahead.

"There must be collective ambition for the current CAP budget to be increased post 2020 and reverse the cuts made under the 2014-2020 package. While the UK exit from the EU will leave a €3bn hole in the CAP budget, the remaining EU 27 need to show solidarity with their primary producers and secure the livelihoods of farmers across the continent by making additional

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Wednesday, 27th September 2017

South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association are happy to report that after an extended search in the Galtee Mountains a missing male walker has been found safe and well this morning. SEMRA were initially tasked on Tuesday evening of last week to search for a male walker who had been reported missing. The initial night search was carried out in heavy mist and very poor visibility.

Further search planning took place in the early hours of this morning after the search parties had returned to the road head at the Black Road. Due to the large search area a number of other teams were called to assist.

The search resumed at first light last Wednesday. The multi agency operation included Kerry Mountain Rescue Team, Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, GARDA, Tipperary Civil Defence, Cahir Gardai, Valentia Coast Guard. Rescue 117 was on standby

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Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Deputy Mayor of Waterford Cllr. John Cummins has described the draft planning scheme for the North Quay’s Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) as hugely exciting. The presentation of the draft planning scheme marks a critical point in the realisation of one of the largest regional regeneration projects in Ireland with an estimated cost of over half a billion euro.

The document is extremely comprehensive and sets out Waterford City & County Council’s vision for the 8.23 hectare site in the heart of Waterford City. Negotiations with Saudi based Al Hokair Group have advanced significantly over the last number of months and the company recently presented officials with their masterplan for the site which has been taken into account in the preparation of the draft planning scheme, which is expected to go on public display on the 13th October 2017 for a period

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Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Councillor Eddie Mulligan very much looked forward to the North Quays Strategic Development Zone Draft Planning Scheme Workshop held on Tuesday 26th September. The Councillors were presented with details of the new draft planning scheme, incorporating the North Quays.

He is anxious that with such a high volume of critical mass parking, outlined for the site. In addition to a rail and bus transport interchange hub. That his requests, at previous meetings, for a new iconic pedestrian/public transport bridge across the River Suir are acceded to. The success of the project will depend on the connectivity between the existing City Centre and new development.

"This new interconnector is critical and fundamental to the future long term success of Waterford City", according to Cllr Mulligan.

Commenting, Cllr Mulligan stated, "It is vital that we

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Wednesday, 20th September 2017

A strong difference of opinion has arisen between two Waterford T.D.s, Government Junior Minister, John Halligan and Sinn Féin T.D. David Cullinane about the future of South Tipperary General Hospital.

Minister for Health Simon Harris T.D. has told Waterford Minister of State John Halligan T.D. that he has no plans to move South Tipperary General Hospital out of the South/South West Hospital Group.

Minister Halligan had discussed the issue with Minister Harris amidst local concerns that South Tipp hospital’s realignment with the University of Limerick Hospital Group was under consideration:

“Such a move would have serious implications for referrals and the budget at University Hospital Waterford and would undoubtedly have an impact on the ongoing campaign to improve cardiology services within the south east region.

“I have

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Wednesday, 20th September 2017

Waterford’s county-wide walking and cycling ‘game’ that challenges local residents to see how far they can travel together in just seven weeks has kicked off this week!

Beat the Street is an innovative physical activity initiative that inspires thousands of people to get moving by transforming local communities into a giant game. Running from Wednesday 13 September to Wednesday 1 November, Beat the Street will see schools, businesses, families and charities in Waterford, Dungarvan and Kilmacthomas compete to see who can walk, run, cycle or scoot the furthest.

Dozens of beeping and flashing sensors called Beat Boxes have been placed across Waterford which can be tapped with free Beat the Street cards which can be collected at your local library or leisure centre. Players can set up a team

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Wednesday, 20th September 2017

On Thursday last September 14 th 2017 the Bicentenary of Holy Cross Church, Killea, Dunmore East was commemorated with a special Mass for the occasion celebrated by Dr. Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford & Lismore and con celebrated by Dr William Lee Bishop Emeritus together with Rev Fr Brian Power PP Killea, Very Rev Fr Raymond Liddane and Rev Fr John Treacy.Prior to the mass Bishop Cullinan blessed the newly built Marian Shrine across from the Church on the perimeter wall of Killea Cemetery, those involved are to be complimented During the Mass a Relic of the True Cross was present as was a Bell & Icon which was especially commissioned for World Meeting of Families in Dublin 2018. The Church and surroundings looked beautiful for the event thanks to those that made it so including the CE Workers from

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