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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?

Dear Editor

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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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Minister of State John Halligan TD has congratulated the players and management on a ‘fantastic and memorable season’:

“I am absolutely gutted for the players and management and backroom team and their families who have sacrificed so much to give us this amazing summer of hurling. It was a proud day to see the blue and white on the pitch at Croke Park and Derek McGrath should hold his head high for getting us there. Waterford has a young, highly skilled team who are determined to bring the Liam McCarthy cup to Waterford and there is no doubt that we will be back, stronger than ever. Déise Abú!”

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Autumn is coming!

Of course everyone knows what 'Winter is Coming' means but before that you have to have Autumn and within a very short time that is going to be here and there is very little that we can do about it. For a lot of people it means very little, a slight change in the weather, as most seasons in Ireland we really have just one slight change in the weather to the previous seasons' without a great deal of difference. In summer you have slight warm rain and in winter you have slightly cold rain. In Autumn just split the difference.

Of course it is the time of year when the trees lose their leaves and some of the more intelligent birds leave the country for better climes. But with climactic seasonal differences there are other changes as well.

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

All the preparations are now complete and it just remains for the Waterford hurlers to go out on Croke Park and give it all for their county. The team has always given huge entertainment to their legions of followers and have always done their county proud with their hurling artistry. We wish them all the very best in the knowledge that every man, woman and child are behind them all the way. Up the Déise!

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Light up the night with Well

Festival of Arts and Wellbeing “Night Flowers” project

Dear Editor

Waterford Healing Arts Trust is looking for Waterford people to take part in lantern-making workshops to help them to light up the night at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) as part of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing 2017. “Night Flowers”, an installation project with artist Tom Meskell, will involve the lighting up of dozens of individually created flower lanterns – sculptures shaped around a wire frame and lit from within – to be created by the Waterford community.

The workshops take place at Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September from 10am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4pm. Anyone over 15yrs is welcome to take part – No experience is necessary. The workshop fee is EUR10.00 for a half-day or full day (free to WHAT members).

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

According to the most recent figures published by Eurostat, the gender pay gap in Ireland in 2014 was 13.9%, while the EU average was 16.7%. This means that, on average, women employees earned 13.9% less than male employees.

A public consultation on tackling the gender pay gap in Ireland was launched recently by Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Justice and Equality and David Stanton TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration.

Members of the public, employers, trade unions, civil society and other interested organisations are invited to give their views on the factors creating the gender pay gap, actions that need to be taken, and whether they can contribute to implementing those actions.

Contributions are welcomed by email or written submission before the closing date, which is 4 October 2017.

The consultation paper and details of how to make

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Wednesday, 9th August 2017

School Costs

Although we are still just at the start of August many parents will already be figuring out exactly how much they will have to hand over for their children to go back to school. The children's charity Barnardo's have just compiled a report saying that for a primary school child the figure will hit nearly 400 euro while a secondary school child will have to have roughly 750 euro paid out to ensure that they have everything that they need. And of course these figures are just for going back to school and don't figure into account the numbers that will accrue over the entire year as a child grows and needs extra clothes and shoes let along school supplies. If there is one saving grace from the figures that were just released is that there hasn't been a

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    Christmas timeBeing part of the huge crowd that was in Waterford city centre for the annual turning on of the Christmas lights was without a question one of the highlights of the year. Seeing so many people, and particularly young people, infants and children, being part of the whole event made the turning on of the lights an even better occasion than you could possibly imagine.Each year the Winterval festival just gets better and better and you really have to hand it to the people behind it whose …

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