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Wednesday, 20th September 2017

South Tipperary General Hospital leaving the South/Southwest hospital group - a disaster for UHW

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Responding to leaks and rumblings that South Tipperary General Hospital will move from the South/Southwest hospital group to the University of Limerick Group, Sinn Fein TD for Waterford David Cullinane said such a move would be a disaster for University Hospital Waterford.

Speaking tonight Deputy Cullinane said:

"This has been a goal of Michael Noonan's for some time and it may well be a parting gift. I am slow to respond to leaks and rumours but we need to react get clarification and get it fast.

"Aligning St Luke's in Kilkenny and Wexford General Hospital with hospitals in Dublin has already seen a shift in patient referral away from Waterford to Dublin, a call I made at the time of the reconfiguration and establishment of new hospital groups.

"To lose

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Wednesday, 20th September 2017

Waterford shortlisted for Prestigious Award

In recent weeks the Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) announced the 25 housing schemes shortlisted for the prestigious Allianz Community Housing Awards 2017.

The ICSH Community Housing Awards, sponsored by Allianz, is a biennial competition that celebrates trailblazing excellence within the social housing sector, showcasing housing quality, innovation and partnership. The awards serve to demonstrate that good housing is the cornerstone to building diverse, sustainable and inclusive communities. Our awards will showcase the best in housing for older people, homeless projects, housing for people with disabilities, housing for families, regeneration, collaboration initiatives, community integration and housing management.

Speaking in advance of the Community Housing Awards, Dr Donal McManus, Chief Executive of the ICSH said that against the backdrop of acute housing need and increasing homelessness, the 2017 awards will help shine a light on the exceptional work

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Dr. Strangelove

For anyone who is trying to follow what is happening on the Korean peninsula, what with its promises of delivering 'gift packages' to America, you cannot help but feel that there is a bizarre air of unreality about the whole thing. Trying to unravel the manner in which Donald Trump tries to express himself is one thing but that is as nothing when it comes to the North Korean leadership. What is very clear is that North Korea is adamant that it be allowed to develop its nuclear weapons capability without any sort of hinderance and that it won't take any interference lightly.

Of course, this is very hard to take especially when its nuclear capability is directly aimed at some of the most militarily advanced countries in the world. It is no wonder that the Americans are taking what

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Yet again with the Harvest Festival at the weekend all over the city Waterford showed that it really knows how to throw a great party. What was really on display was the huge creativity from the organising committee of the Harvest Festival with its carrot trees and watering can out on display again.

But the stars of the show were all the food and drink that was available to taste, sample and buy. It really is amazing that year after year the Harvest Festival brings it home how much there is here on our doorstep in Waterford in terms of top quality food and drink. The week started with a great welcome home for the Waterford team who did us all so proud at the hurling final, and to finish up the week with such a great Harvest Festival was a

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Lack of accountability as another Garda Commissioner retires

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Solidarity The Left Alternative this evening commented on the retirement of Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan.

They said that the manner in which she has been allowed to simply retire while maintaining the confidence of the government despite the numerous scandals engulfing the Gardai demonstrated that there is no accountability for establishment figures.

They said that simply replacing O'Sullivan with another commissioner will not solve the crisis in the Gardai, and said that the police force should be accountable to the communities which they serve and be subject to democratic controls from these communities.

They also re-iterated their calls for a public inquiry into the alleged Garda conspiracy in the Jobstown trials.

Ruth Coppinger TD said "The end of Noirin O'Sullivan's reign as Commissioner is long overdue. However, the fact that she has chosen to retire rather than

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Sinn Féin spokesperson and member of the PAC, David Cullinane TD has welcomed the retirement of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Deputy Cullinane said the Policing Authority needs to be empowered to hire and fire commissioners and insisted that Commissioner O’Sullivan’s

replacement should come from outside the jurisdiction.

Speaking today Cullinane said; “Public confidence in An Garda Síochána is at an all time low as the force is engulfed with controversy after controversy and the government continually failed to act.

“The vast majority of Gardaí are held in high regard by the public and are committed and dedicated public servants. However, the spate of recent controversies has seriously damaged morale.

“Commissioner O’Sullivan’s retirement, while long overdue, is welcome and I want to wish her well for the future.

“It is important now that the government realises that this is an opportunity to begin the process of

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Autumn is coming!

A Tale of Two Floods

While sometimes it isn't the best thing to compare and contrast two similar events that happen at the same time in this particular case comparing and in particular contrasting Hurricane Harvey and the Monsoon floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal does seem like a worthwhile thing. The most important thing about the two events is that they happened at just the same time which makes it easy to compare and contrast them. The most obvious thing about the two floods is in the sheer media coverage that they both received.

Hurricane Harvey was never off our screens while you might have thought that there wasn't a killer Monsoon happened in South Asia.

Undoubtedly Hurricane Harvey was an absolutely tragic event killing people in their dozens and causing untold billions in property destruction. Over in Asia it

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

The idea that three homeless people died last week is awful in the extreme when you think about the conditions that these people would have had to live in in their last days. Naturally enough we don’t know if being homelss led to in some part to their deaths but even if it didn't it certainly wouldn't have helped them in their last days.

Living on the streets, living in a hostel with your children or even living in a tent are not the way that most people would want to live their lives but some people don't have any option. It is no wonder that housing minister Eoghan Murphy has called for an emergency housing summit this week due to the deaths. Of course it's too little too late for those who have passed away but hopefully it will help

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

State Totalitarianism creeping into Ireland?

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The Irish children's minister, Katherine Zappone has urged the Catholic Church to stay out of the Abortion Debate. The personal agenda of any minister should not dictate who participates in any debate. The Minister is discriminating when it comes to allowing freedom of speech. The Irish Constitution clearly states that the citizens have the right to express freely their convictions and opinions even it includes criticism of Government policy (Personal Rights, Article 40, 6 i.) and this right does not exclude any one group of citizens, ie. Clergy.

Surely, when we engage in a debate on any issue, we should not discriminate against one’s age, gender, wealth, religion or social position. We should focus on the argument they make and weight the merits of that.

By dictating Irish bishops what they are allowed to discuss, Katherine Zappone

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

GSK’s annual fundraiser, the Wheelie Good Cause, was hosted by GSK Dungarvan on Saturday, 2 September. Over 200 cyclists and volunteers took part in the cycling event which followed two routes, one 50 and one 100km, through the local countryside. Both cycles started and finished at GSK’s OTC plant on the outskirts of Dungarvan. All funds raised at the event were donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation and a cheque for €7,000 was presented at the end of the event.

The Wheelie Good Cause has been GSK’s flagship fundraising event since 2012. The first two events were hosted by Dungarvan and it returned after three years away. Participants in the event signed up for either a 50k cycle or the more challenging 100k route. All involved actively fundraised or donated to GSK’s nominated charity for which many thousands of euros have been

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