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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Thank You to Waterford parishioners for donations to Trócaire’s life-saving work in Africa

Dear editor

On behalf of Trócaire I would like to thank parishioners in Co. Waterford for their support of the national Church collection held on 22/23 July which was called by the Bishops of Ireland. The money donated to this collection will fund Trócaire’s life-saving work in drought-ravaged east Africa.

East Africa stands on the brink of catastrophe with almost 25 million people at risk of starvation. The support Trócaire has received from people across the county will enable us to provide emergency food, water and medical care to people across Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Our health centres and feeding programmes are saving lives but the needs in the region are enormous. The generosity of people in Ireland will allow us to reach even more people with life-saving

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Dublin Zoo to host Reptile Weekend at Zoorassic World this August Bank Holiday

Slither into Dublin Zoo this August bank holiday weekend (Saturday 5th – Monday 7th) for a host of fun and informative reptile-themed activities!

Taking place at Zoorassic World, the Zoo’s brand-new home for reptiles of the past and present, visitors will be able to see reptiles from across the globe and find out about their prehistoric past by joining special talks led by zookeepers.

Promising something for all the family, themed arts and crafts will take place throughout the weekend as well as music on the Great Lawn!

What’s more, young visitors will get the opportunity to test their palaeontology skills with the fossil dig boxes as well as joining in with the fun games.

Children can also enjoy getting their faces painted to look like their favourite reptiles with the help

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

If you build it, they will come

Anytime there is a radical reimagining of a part of Waterford's city streetscape there seems to be a lot of people who will come out against it just for the sake of it without really giving it a chance. It has happened with nearly all of the city centre areas that have undergone pedestrianisation and now it looks like it is going to happen to the new Apple Market area that has just undergone a huge transformation.

Taking a walk around the new Apple Market is a completely different experience than it was just a number of months ago. There is a huge canopy over the pedestrian area and the space just seems way bigger than it used to. Now all of the bars in the area can have large outdoors spaces and it is

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

If there is going to be thing longer running than the whole Irish Water saga it is surely going to be how and when the Government gets around to paying back those people who paid for the service who not only thought it was the right thing to do but the legal thing to do, which it was. At one stage there was even talk that the Government wouldn't pay the money back at all but that was hardly ever going to fly. The fact is is that people are owed the money and somehow, someway the Government will have to figure out from what pot, or number of pots, they will have to raid to give people their money back. At this stage though it is a case of watch this space and don't expect the cheque to come

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Opinion Letter from 'Health Equality For the South East'

Dear editor

The use of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 in past days to transfer a heart attack patient from University Hospital Waterford to Cork University Hospital yet again demonstrates the need for a 24/7 Cardiac service in the South East region. The transfer times alone are far in excess of the clinical standard given the need for aircraft re-tasking and the requirement to access non hospital campus landing sites due to the aircraft size – this contributes to excessive treatment delay and sub optimal health outcomes.

The contracted Coast Guard helicopter service (5 Sikorsky S-92's) costs the state 68 million euro annually - 13.6 million each! This figure rises with a higher volume of hospital transfer flights requested. It also means a service tasked for Air/Sea rescue is not on station in the

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) have urged road users to take extra care as the number of tractors, trailers and other farm machinery on the roads increases over the summer months. The appeal comes as many farmers around the country are in the middle of the silage cutting season.

Ms Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, RSA said: “This is a very busy time of year for farmers, with silage cutting already underway. The number of tractors and trailers out using the roads will increase dramatically. As a result the risk of a collision involving a road user and farm machinery has increased. As such I am asking all drivers to be on the look out for tractors, trailers and other farm machinery exiting from fields and farm yards. If you are travelling behind farm machinery, please

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Rights & Wrongs

Given the ubiquity of the car it is no wonder that any time there is proposed legislation banning certain behaviours that there is some sort of outcry against it. The Cabinet approval of Transport Minister Shane Ross’ ban of three months of anyone registering a 50-80mg alcohol reading is yet another example of people saying that there are too many laws and legislations surrounding driving. The fact remains however that there are still too many people on the road drinking and driving and if anything this new legislation doesn't go far enough.

There really should be zero tolerance for any one drinking and driving no matter what the levels. Anything that impairs someone's ability to drive with the due care and attention that is needed should be taken seriously and steps should be taken to ensure that there is

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

The idea that you would have to pay for a 12 month lease on a property when you are only going to use it for a significantly shorter time period seems crazy but that is the proposition that is facing many students as they face heading back to college this year. Everyone knows that there is a property squeeze happening at the moment but it is a bit sickening to see that yet again those who can least afford it having to pay out the most when it comes to the crazy pricing in the property market.

The sad fact is that many people will have to do exactly this in order to get some sort of accommodation so that they will have some form of good quality housing for when they go back to college later in the year, and

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Joint letter from Concern and Trócaire chiefs about East Africa crisis

Dear editor

East Africa stands on the brink of what the UN has described as potentially the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Drought and conflict has left approximately 25 million people reliant on food aid for survival, with shockingly high rates of severe acute malnutrition among children across the affected regions of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan.

Governments and humanitarian organisations across the region are responding. Through urgent and robust action, they have helped stave off extreme levels of death from famine that have loomed over East Africa throughout this crisis. But appeals for international support have been met with a wholly insufficient response, and levels of funding across the region are now desperately low.

Humanitarian aid saves lives. South Sudan has been pulled out of famine because of aid. But

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

UISCE is excited that for the first time the voice of people who use drugs in Ireland has been captured and included in the development of the National Drug Strategy. We are looking forward to continuing to share what’s important to us as members of the National Drug Strategy Committee for the next 8 years – membership here is also a first.

There are many new innovative actions that we are looking forward to being part of developing, including a Safe Injecting Facility, a recommendation on decriminalisation and recognition that addiction is a condition that requires compassion, understanding and seeing people as human beings.

Hannah Rodrigues, UISCE’s Coordinator says “For the first time, people who use drugs have been part of the development of the strategy and for the next 8 years we will be working to make sure that the actions

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