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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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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Just a few days away from the referendum on repealing the Eighth amendment. As a man from Country Waterford, I will vote Yes on 25 May. I'd like to explain why.

This referendum is not a vote on abortion because abortion is already here. Everyone acknowledges that. Just look at the numbers. Between 2012 and 2016, 295 women from Country Waterford travelled to England to have abortions. That does not take into account those who did not list their home address, or who travelled to other countries to access care.

Nor does it account for the many women who, unable to travel, choose instead to order unregulated abortion pills online from unknown sellers. These pills are safe when taken under the supervision of a doctor, but that's not what is happening.

The shame and isolation of this act means that girls and women

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Cultural Attitudes

The recent survey by Price Waterhouse Cooper into cultural attitude that exist in the police force made for some interesting reading. One of the main findings in the report was that respondents felt that it was best to keep your head down and if you did think that something was wrong that it was better for yourself if you kept quiet about it.

Another finding was that a significant amount of Gardai felt that it was who you knew and not what you knew that determined how far you advanced in the force. Although none of these particular findings were necessarily true they were felt to have the force of truth behind them.

In a country where we are always trying to look on the positive in life and particularly the Irish experience it is interesting to catch a glimpse into

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

It has recently been estimated that some Irish families are paying over 3,000 euros a year so that their children can have grinds. Not necessarily a peculiarly Irish phenomenon grinds are effectively extra tuition in subjects that a student, or their parent, feels they need extra help. Of course they are available to everyone, or at least those who are able to pay for them. And that is where the problem lies in so far as many believe that it skews the advantages that some students have over others whose parents can't afford them. It's a difficult line to argue whether they are a right thing to have available or not but so long as students need help and their parents can afford them then they will likely continue, no matter the cost.

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Disappointing to see Irish actors come out in support of abortion on demand – LoveBoth

Dear Editor

Over the course of the weekend a number of Irish actors announced their support for the removal of the right to life for the unborn child from the Irish Constitution, and the introduction of abortion on demand into Ireland.

Responding to this Cora Sherlock of the LoveBoth campaign stated:

"I'm sure many people feel very let down to see celebrities join in with the political chorus that is trying to persuade the Irish people to introduce abortion on demand into this country, a course of action that would only repeat the mistakes made in England and other European countries. The legacy of abortion in England, Iceland, Norway and Denmark as well as so many other countries has been a deliberate targeting and destruction of disabled children, and

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Dear Editor

I would urge those who at the moment see the 12 weeks as a stumbling block to a yes vote, to take a moment to consider the following. Firstly, we are not actually voting on any of the proposed legislation. That still has to make it through the Dáil should the 8th amendment be repealed.

But secondly, even if the legislation does pass we need to look at what actually happens in reality. I think we all know, if we think about it, that when faced with an unintended pregnancy most women will not take months to make up her mind what she wants to do.

We know that between those who travel and those who take abortion pills at home there are at least 4,000 abortions in Ireland every year. Figures from 2016 show that 70% of these abortions take

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

As the days become longer and as the summer months become inexorably closer, so we approach the high point of the tourism season in Waterford. In the last number of years there have been a number of developments that have certainly ensured that the numbers of tourists in the city and county have improved.

There has been the development of the 'Viking Triangle' which has been hugely promoted as well as the addition of the wonderful Medieval Museum in the center of the city which has been a huge tourist draw. The establishment of the Waterford Crystal centre in this area of the city has also been a boon.

Historically Waterford has been seen as a 'corridor' county when it comes to tourism. A place where tourists merely passed through on their way to somewhere else like Kilkenny or Kerry and Cork.

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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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