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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

A Paper Anniversary

As he has been in high profile politics for such a long time, it is hard to think that Leo Varadkar has just celebrated his first year as Taoiseach. Over the last decade, there has hardly been a time when the man hasn't been out of the headlines for one reason or another. But it is his role as Taoiseach which has cemented his position in Irish history.

Of course such an anniversary didn't go past uncommented and he was given a rough ride in the Dail when the subject came up. As much as the man doesn't like to celebrate birthdays or other important milestones in his life there was absolutely no getting away from the fact of his first year as Taoiseach in a Dail where it seemed that the mass of the Opposition wanted a pop

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

In life, everything we do seems to be related to numbers. Whether that's our age, paying the household bills, our disposable income or protesting within a consequential cohort. Less is not more, when dealing with figures. Unless of course you are talking about the BBC 1 "Pointless" programme. Here zero, nil, nada is the right answer to the questions being asked. Though some people I know, don't actually understand the lowest score wins!

On Sunday the 10th, I "pedalled" for the fourth time, the murderous Wicklow 200! Why I'd want to put myself through that torture and torment, by returning to this most scenic of regions, to test my mettle once again, shows that I am certifiably mad! To cycle 200 kilometres and climb over 2,800 metres of brutal hills, has become a numbers game to me. I am now trying to complete this

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Wednesday, 13th June 2018

Our View

A Rainy Day Fund

A Pharaoh once had a dream where he saw a green and lush field and in it was a sleek and fat cow.  Then into the field came an emaciated cow who began to devour the first one.  On waking the Pharaoh knew at once what he had to do.  He sent out an order around his kingdom that grain silos be built and that one tenth of all harvests were to be placed there.  For the next seven years the harvest was bountiful and the new silos were quickly filled.  Then for the next seven years the harvests failed and his people began to go hungry.  But because he had planned to plan ahead for such an eventuality there was enough grain in the new silos to keep his people fed. 

Fast forward a couple

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Tuesday, 5th June 2018

Yet another dark chapter

When the news broke about the illegal adoption of nearly two hundred children it was like a case of deja vu. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that it was another ‘dark chapter’ in the country’s history but it seems that when it comes to Ireland’s social history all that we have is dark chapters. Mother and baby homes, Magdalene Laundries, clerical child sexual abuse and the Church covering up clerical child sexual abuse. All of it part of Ireland’s history and all of it inextricably bound up with this country’s history with the catholic church. The issue of illegal adoptions, where children were adopted and their new parents names placed on the children’s birth certificates, goes back nearly fifty to seventy years ago at a time when there was a huge stigma about the whole issue of

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Tuesday, 5th June 2018

Hot on the heels of the Chelsea Flower Show it was Ireland’s turn to experience all things horticultural with the opening of Bloom the largest and most successful gardening show in the country. It first started 12 years ago with 50,000 visitors but now those attending reach over the 120,000 mark for the five day festival. The show is sponsored by An Bord Bia and they do so to highlight the huge amount of work that goes on in this country when it comes to horticulture and everything that stems from that, including the food industry.

It is clear that Irish people have a deep love and affinity when it comes to all things garden related and the success of Bloom just goes to show how much enjoyment people get from their gardens no matter how large.

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Tuesday, 5th June 2018

We should be paying for water

The water restrictions that have been in place in the Greater Dublin Area and surrounding counties in the aftermath of the double-whammy of Storm Emma and The Beast from the East came as no surprise to me, and although they mean hassle and hardship I’m fully behind the authorities on this one. Back in 2010, the last time the area had significant snow, there were widespread water restrictions after the event. The thaw exposed all the pipes that had burst when the water in them had frozen days before, and people left taps running on the coldest nights to try to stop their own lines freezing.

All this is understandable, but a modern city can’t cope with such massive fluctuations in demand. It has been reported that there was a 10% increase

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

It was a truly emphatic Yes

In the week leading up to the referendum it seemed as if the whole thing was on a knife edge and that either side could potentially win it. So it came as a huge surprise when the Yes side romped home with one of the biggest winning margins that has been seen in an Irish referendum. Even those who were campaigning on the Yes side in the referendum weren’t 100% sure that they would win even though they said that they were getting good feedback on their campaigning. As it turned out over 66% of the Irish electorate said that they wanted to repeal the 8th Amendment and even now the reverberations from the result are being felt. Here in Waterford the electorate went even further and turned out in their thousands to vote to

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Whether it is by walking, jogging, running or cycling there are many cheap and easy ways to start to make a positive impact on your health.

It is sometimes easy to put things off and begin to let things slide but the longer that you do this then the harder it becomes to start a healthy lifestyle. However being health savvy is one of the best things that you can do for yourself.

Being aware of what is good to eat and having a good level of exercise can ensure that you have an overall healthy lifestyle that can reap you enormous benefits.

You don’t necessarily need a radical overhaul but moderate changes can mean that you can live longer and healthier which has to be a good thing.

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

In the end it wasn’t the fact that we voted Yes that was a surprise, but the margin of victory. Sixty-six per cent in favour was an emphatic win for the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the constitution, and it was in line with opinion polls and exit polls, but until the counts started coming in there remained the doubt that the polls were wrong and that the No vote was being seriously underestimated, as has happened before here with votes on abortion and divorce.So it’s over to the politicians now to legislate for the provision of abortion here. This is something we could have done many years ago if we hadn’t been encumbered with the Eighth Amendment, which shouldn’t have ever been put in the constitution.

The Eighth Amendment was anti-women. It reflects well on us that we

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

The Government wants us to vote "yes" in the abortion referendum in order to delete unborn children's right to life and allow abortion on demand in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion campaigners claim that there is no human being yet alive by this point. That's why they think abortion on demand is permissible.

They are completely wrong. By 12 weeks the baby in the womb has a beating heart, can swallow and yawn, can kick, stretch and jump, has arms, legs, fingers and toes, has fingernails and hair, has all her vital organs, has vocal chords, responds to touch, and has a fully formed face. He or she is a baby human being. This is a matter of basic science.

What a baby at 12 weeks of age in the womb won't have if we vote "yes" is any kind

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    A Paper AnniversaryAs he has been in high profile politics for such a long time, it is hard to think that Leo Varadkar has just celebrated his first year as Taoiseach. Over the last decade, there has hardly been a time when the man hasn't been out of the headlines for one reason or another. But it is his role as Taoiseach which has cemented his position in Irish history.Of course such an anniversary didn't go past uncommented and he was given a rough ride in the Dail when the subject came up. As mu …

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