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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

We need to put the human rights of women and girls at the centre of our abortion laws – their right to health, well-being and autonomous decision-making. It’s time to Repeal the 8th.

Ireland’s abortion law violates the human rights of women and girls. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is the root cause of these violations. It must be repealed.

Whoever you are, wherever you live, all the decisions you make about your body should be yours. Sexual and reproductive rights are human rights. They guarantee that everyone should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies, get accurate information about their health care options, and access sexual and reproductive health services.

It is long past time for change. Amnesty Interntaional welcomes the government’s decision to schedule a referendum and finally give the people of Ireland an opportunity to repeal

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Under Starter’s Orders

With canvassing already taking place on the doorsteps in Waterford it would appear that campaigning for the referendum in relation to the 8th Amendment is already occurring in earnest. While the debate surrounding the referendum is ongoing in the Dáil it would seem that the Government's resolution to hold the referendum in late May will take place.

There have been quite a number of TDs who have voted against the holding of a referendum with up to half of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party voting against holding a vote. Only in Sinn Féin has there been some sort of controversy with one of it's members going against the party and voting against the holding of a referendum. That person has been suspended from the parliamentary party for three months.

It would also seem that unlike the other parties which are

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

It is interesting to think that thousands of people will be making history this Friday by doing nothing more out of the ordinary than going to the pub or buying alcohol from any number of various places.

The 90 year ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday has finally come to an end and while there are some people who might be sad to see it go, the overwhelming majority of people in the country will only be too glad that they have now got the choice to enjoy a drink if they want to.

Naturally enough the Vintners Association have been one of the main backers of getting rid of the ban and hopefully it will do some good for their trade considering how much it has been hit since the economic downturn. It will also be good for the tourist

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

21st Annual Clean Up the Comeraghs

Dear Editor,

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This is the 21st anniversary of the "Clean Up The Comeraghs" which this year takes place on Easter Monday the 2nd April. People continuously ask why we still organise this event every Easter Monday. The answer to that is because of public demand and the support we get from every area. It’s an annual event for hundreds of people and it’s their chance to clean up their own area before the start of summer. Last year we covered the largest area ever and the amount of litter collected was the smallest amount since we started 21 years ago. Large scale dumping has almost ceased. The areas covered were from the Pike right through Englishtown continuing on to Faha down to McGraths Cross with all link roads leading onto the N25 and

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Veterans

Dear Editor,

It's The Royal British Legion's belief that every World War Two veteran should have the chance to revisit the battlefield on which they served. Thanks to new LIBOR funding from HM Treasury, we are now able to offer a fully funded trip to anyone who served in our Armed Forces during World War Two. However, as there is no unified record of World War Two veterans that are alive today, I am reaching out to you and your readers in the hope that you can help us spread the word.

The trips will take place between Spring and Autumn this year and a family member and a carer will also be able to go along and share this pilgrimage of Remembrance with them. Organised by Remembrance Travel, part of The Royal British Legion, the trip will give the World War

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Cold war reheated

The nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has without a doubt ratcheted up tensions between not only the United KIngdom and Russia but also the entire Western Alliance. Such a blatant attack using nerve agents has not been seen on European soil since the Second World War and is being directly attributed by the British as a direct attack by the Russians. British Prime Minister Theresa May has already brought to a halt high level relations between the two countries as well as expelling 23 Russian diplomats. Russia has denied that it was involved in the attack on Sergei Skirpal and his daughter and has said that it will respond in kind to any and all restrictions that the British will place on them as a country. For the moment it

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Isn't it terrible when you're trying to ingratiate yourself with people who are rich, powerful and influential that all that really happens is that you get in trouble with the people that you are supposedly there to represent. But that is exactly what has happened to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when he went to Washington and tried way too hard and way too much to get in with President Trump and came out with some guff about how they exchanged telephone calls some time ago about a wind farm and that the President got exactly what he wanted.

There is a way of buttering someone up and then there is putting your foot in it. It'll be interesting to see how the Taoiseach gets himself out of this one.

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

‘Liveable places for the future’

Dear Editor,

As cities and towns across Ireland celebrated St Patrick’s Day and extended a Céad Míle Fáilte to thousands of visitors, both returning emigrants and tourists, we were reminded of the plight of many for whom a roof over their head has now become unaffordable and unattainable. Figures released in January this year reveal that there are 119 adults homeless in Waterford. There is a certain irony that families that need long-term tenancies are staying in bed and breakfast establishments, hotels and other emergency accommodation while many tourists who in the past stayed in hotels are staying in housing on a short-term let basis.

We acknowledge there is a role for Airbnb in the tourism market however, short-term let’s are displacing homes that would otherwise be available in the long-term rental market and are driving up the

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Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Minister for Health Simon Harris has reaffirmed his commitment to early engagement with general practitioner representatives on the reform of the GP contract.

"I want to acknowledge the important role that GPs play in our health service, and to emphasise the Government’s commitment to ensuring sustainable GP services into the future, meeting the needs of patients and providing a viable and rewarding career for our current GPs as well as our medical graduates."

"One of my key objectives is to agree contractual changes that will bring an increased population health focus, providing in particular for health promotion and disease prevention and for the structured on-going care of chronic conditions. I want to secure agreement on meaningful improvements in the services that GPs provide to patients with a medical card or GP visit card and which will see additional resources provided to general

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Keeping a check

It is common knowledge that when it comes to technology, if you want to do something, just ask a young person to show you. They have grown up with all the technology that is around us at the moment and seem adept at using it in the easiest fashion possible. But just because young people are good at technology, does that mean that they should have unfettered access to all the sites and apps that are available to them today?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has just come out and said that he and the Government are looking into the possibility of placing a restrictive age limit on smart phones in order to keep young people safe online. He didn't exactly come out and say that there will be a ban on young people using smart phones but did say that

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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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