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Wednesday, 19th September 2018

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 many people are waiting for the treatment that they need.

The fact is that the health budget in Ireland is running on for nearly 15 billion euro a year and this in a country that has a huge number of young people per head of population. In fact Ireland spends more on health per head

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Wednesday, 19th September 2018

Brian Quigley

Roy Keane has certainly been in the news a lot in the last few weeks. He's probably had a higher media profile than Leo Varadker.

He's certainly taken up more column inches and radio time than his manager Martin O'Neill, or the Irish team's dismal loss to Wales in the Nations Cup and respectable draw away to Poland in a friendly.

Roy is someone who polarises opinion.

You either like him or you don't.

You either agree with him or you don't.

He doesn't pull his punches; there's no in-between.

Perhaps that's why he doesn't come across well doing his ITV punditry, in my mind.

He's someone with something to say, and that doesn't sit well with a station who would prefer if you didn't say anything, or just said bland inoffensive things.

I'm with Keane in the whole Harry Arter - Jonathan Walters spat.

He shouldn't have

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Wednesday, 12th September 2018

Even though the weather Gods didn’t exactly play ball over the weekend it doesn’t take away from the fact that this years Waterford Harvest Festival was yet again another wonderful success. It was great to see the streets of the centre of the city so beautifully and thoughtfully decked out. The various food stalls offering tastes from all over were great to wander around. The information and background that each of the stall holders were able to give on the provenance of their food was really interesting and a real eye opener.

It is fantastic to see that the Festival is growing stronger every year and that Waterford people have really taken it to their hearts. There is a lot of hard work that goes into creating such a diverse food festival here in Waterford and it

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Wednesday, 12th September 2018

With Autumn beginning to make its mark felt it’s inevitable as night follows day that the new political season begins to make itself felt. Not only nationally but locally there are bound to be upheavals in the political landscape that will change the political scene. Of course there is the Presidential election that will be happening soon but there is also the local elections that while they won’t be happening for some months into the New Year nevertheless means that there are already incumbent councillors out canvassing on the doorsteps of Waterford. One of the big political events that is already happening and that will have widespread repercussions is the budget that will take place next month. Already the Government is in discussions with Fianna Fail in an attempt to extend the confidence and supply arrangement that it has

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Wednesday, 5th September 2018

If politics is sometimes glibly considered showbusiness for ugly people then what can you make of the fact that three people from the same t.v. show have decided to put themselves forward for the forthcoming Presidential elections.

That three businessmen from Dragon's Den are now looking for Council nominations so that they can go forward and fight the Presidential elections must be something of a record and it will be interesting to see if all three of them will be able to secure themselves the four Council nominations that they need to enter the race.

You have to wonder why they would want to put themselves forward for what will be a very intrusive process where your every belief as well as your entire life history is put under massive scrutiny. It is certainly not for the faint hearted.

One of them has

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Wednesday, 5th September 2018

You have to wonder at the thinking behind Labour T.D. Alan Kelly's reasoning behind him making a tilt at the leadership of his party.

Labour has undergone enough troubles since the last election without there being more brought upon itself from within. The Left in Ireland has traditionally been a small, but sometimes pivotal, force. And for most of that time it has been the preserve of the Labour Party. That however is no longer the case.

Sinn Fein has established itself as a growing power on the left and it continues to grow in size.

You might think that Labour has enough going on trying to pick itself up from it's disasterous showing at the last election but it doesn't seem to be making much headway with the electorate. It certainly doesn't have many stellar performers in the Dail and when you

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Thursday, 30th August 2018

Our View

Returning to Ireland

In 1980 the present Pope Francis came to Ireland to study English at the Jesuit Center in Dublin. Now some decades later he came back to Ireland and there were tens of thousands of people lining the streets to see him.

Although this was not an official State visit there were elements of his time here that encompassed the ceremonial of a State visit. He visited the President and his wife in Phoenix Park and met an assembled gathering of the great and the good in Dublin Castle.

But what his visit will be most remembered for is the manner in which he met the ordinary people of Ireland. His visit to Sean McDiarmid Street and the Capuchin Centre in the heart of Dublin saw the Pope reaching out to the ordinary people of the country. It is this

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Thursday, 30th August 2018

Waterford is lucky to have many Summer and Winter Festivals that bring a sense of fun, entertainment and delight to the streets of the city. One of the newest Festivals on the block is Waterford Walls which has made a huge impact on the city in the small number of years that it has been active. It is back again this year and artists from all over the world can be seen working away on the walls of Waterford transforming them into wonderful creations that surprise and delight passers by. One of the great thing about Waterford Walls is that the work that the artists carry out, the wonderful murals, the portraits and the great colourful designs can last for years and really brighten up the city no matter the time of year it is. No doubt this year's Waterford

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Wednesday, 15th August 2018

Rush to Criticism

There are not many people who at this stage have not heard about the Cash family and what happened to them. The mother and six of her children had to seek accommodation in the Tallaght Garda Station last week as they had absolutely nowhere to turn to. It led to an outcry as pictures of the young children sleeping on seats were posted to social media by the mother.

Understandably there were a lot of people who were saddened to see that in this day and age that a family had to resort to such measures to simply have somewhere to sleep for one night. Homeless Charities have said that while what had happened was a terrible thing, that it wasn't entirely unheard of, and that they knew of several families in the recent past that also had to

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Wednesday, 15th August 2018

Just as the weather was beginning to turn it was wonderful to watch Waterford athlete Tommy Barr progress through the heats of the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. Each race he ran was a nail biting event as though Tommy is easily one of the brightest stars in Irish athletics he was facing stiff competition from all over Europe. But he made it to the finals in the 400 meters hurdles and you could sense that all over Waterford people were watching with their hearts in their mouths waiting for the gun to go off.

There surely couldn't have been a household where people weren't cheering Tommy on and to see him come home and win the Bronze medal was a brilliant thing. The best though was to see Tommy Barr take his place on the podium to receive his medal.

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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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