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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Paradise papers

One of the most surprising things about the release of the copious amounts of tax details of some of the richest people on the planet wasn't the names of the people involved but the fact that three of them were actors from Mrs. Brown's Boys. Between them the three had accounts nearing 2 million euros in off-shore accounts and let's face it, these people aren't exactly Robert De Niros or Meryl Streeps but three bog standard, and that's putting it mildly, actors, from a middling comedy series that has been on the telly for just a few years. But then again, you might say that they are being clever with the money that they've earned so far by putting it in a low tax haven in a sunny part of the world. Indeed you might say that about all

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

For many historical reasons Armistice Day isn't really celebrated in the Republic of Ireland but that doesn't mean to say that it shouldn't be or that we haven't got as many reasons as other countries to be involved in such a celebration. For a start, tens of thousands of men, and some women, gave their lives in the First World War as well as the Second World War. Ireland was still a part of Great Britain when the First World War broke out and many men answered the call to join up and fight. The same happened for the Second World War even though Ireland was a republic and neutral, many Irish men still went to fight for the Allied cause.

While it might be wrong to call Armistice Day a day of celebration and much more an act of recognition

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Recent ban on wild animals in circuses very welcome but is only a start

a chairde,

The ban on the use of wild animals in circuses announced by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed is a welcome milestone in the battle to protect sentient creatures from willful cruelty and mistreatment.

Yet I can't help but baulk at the double standards of the government in its alleged "commitment to animal welfare", and the Minister's statement that "The use of wild animals for entertainment purposes in circuses can no longer be permitted."

Last year, the Minister and his government colleagues led the charge against TD Maureen O'Sullivan's Bill to ban hare coursing, a practice which also involves taking wild animals from their natural environment, confining them in unnatural captivity, and then forcing them to perform for the amusement of voyeuristic human beings.

If anything, hare coursing is crueler than

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Waterford Regional Gardening Club - Thursday 16th November at 8.00pm in the Edmund Rice Centre, Barrack Street, Waterford. A talk "The Battle for Plants" with Ingrid Swann MGLDA Landscape & Garden Designer.

Non Members welcome €5.00 pp Refreshments and Raffle to follow. Contact:- 087-6502067

2] Reminder - Bookings will be taken/finalised for our Club Christmas Dinner on Saturday 9th December.

3] Waterford Regional Garden Club - in association with Kavanagh Travel

TOUR to THE GARDENS of NORMANDY - by ferry - 17th June to 23rd June 2018.

Visiting Claude Monet's garden 7 5 other RHS recommended Normandy gardens.

Tour Cost €810 pp sharing - €100 single supplement (Deposit of €100 is required by 8th December 2017).

Full itinerary by email or post on request Phone 087-6502067 - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak7f9f1b0edf3149396992e119182edbd1').innerHTML =

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

A caring nation

One of the most surprising statistics released in the latest round of numbers by the Central Statistics Office was the fact that there are almost 340 million hours of unpaid work in caring for ill and elderly members of family done every year in Ireland. Everyone should know that the health system in the country wouldn't survive if there weren't so many people doing such trojan work on behalf of others at all times of the day and all for no monetary reward at all.

The CSO also went on to name the largest category of people who do all of this work and it is mainly middle aged women again showing that they are the lynchpin of modern Irish families. Many have their own families to care for as well as holding down jobs but that doesn't mean

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Whether you like it or not now that Halloween is out of the way the only major public holiday that is coming up is Christmas and no matter what shop you walk into between now the start of November and the 25th of December you will be constantly reminded of that. For a lot of people that will be too much but from the point of view of retailers you can understand why they are gearing up for the number one selling period of the year. At a time when we are beginning to come out of the recession retailers are amongst one of many industries that are trying to make up for lost time when sales figures were low and considering that the retail industry is one of the biggest employers in the country it is understandable that they

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Festival’s 80 events

Events to take place as part of National Science Week in Clonmel, Kilkenny, Wexford town, New Ross, Enniscorthy, Dungarvan, Lismore, Tramore and Waterford City and places are still available to book for public events

More than 3,000 places were booked out in an hour for primary school events at the Southeast Science festival which runs from 6-18 November 2017. Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Science outreach centre, will be running events throughout the south east, showcasing the wonders of science with interactive shows and lectures, making sure there is something for everyone.

While the schools events booked out quickly, bookings are currently being taken for a number of public events for adults and children. These include, It takes Guts, a Guinness World Record holding juggler, The London Science Museum’s bubble show, the Lismore Family Science Day, Prof John Nolan, Waterford

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Communities need to take a long searching look at how we ‘celebrate’ Hallow E’en a chairde,

The Hallow E’en just past has proved to be a fairly troubled affair in our town here. After a goodly number of pacific years, perhaps we were blasé about the potential that the festival had in the past to devolve into a vandals’ charter.

There were many people very upset and frightened, with widespread use of fireworks, fires, criminal damage, intimidation and antisocial behaviour.

I cannot remember when I had so much annoyance conveyed to me – and requests that there needs to be a rethink about how we manage the occasion.

Many people were discommoded and frightened – particularly our older citizens.

One pair of nonagenarians had about fifty youths outside their house for the better part of an hour – baying, burning, ghouling and swearing.

Another woman told

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Wednesday, 1st November 2017

Crime & Punishment

It seems that not a week goes by without some media stories about murder, manslaughter and assaults assailing the general public. Some stories in particular about murders, seem to take on a life of their own and turn into something more resembling a soap opera in the nature of their telling. In turn this seems to create a real climate of fear around the way in which people tend to live their lives. Whether or not this should be the way that things should be is another matter.

This seeming disparity between the reality of crime and the perception of crime is something of profound import. Obviously crime isn't something that should be taken lightly and of course it does have a very real impact on the people that are victims of it. Crime when it happens to you,

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Wednesday, 1st November 2017

Now that Catalonia has declared it's independence from Spain the central Spanish Government has stepped in pretty sharpish to quell any further moves on behalf of the nascent Catalonian Republic. The last number of weeks have seen a tense stand off between the Spanish and Catalan governments but now everything is out in the open and it remains to be seen what exactly will happen. Spain has already abolished the Catalan government and said that it will have an open election in the region before the end of the year. Despite the thousands who came out to cheer the news of the declaration of the new Catalan republic there are also many others who live there who want to remain a part of Spain. In this tug of war it remains to be seen who will finally win out.

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    Paradise papersOne of the most surprising things about the release of the copious amounts of tax details of some of the richest people on the planet wasn't the names of the people involved but the fact that three of them were actors from Mrs. Brown's Boys. Between them the three had accounts nearing 2 million euros in off-shore accounts and let's face it, these people aren't exactly Robert De Niros or Meryl Streeps but three bog standard, and that's putting it mildly, actors, from a middling comedy serie …

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