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Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Farm accident figures not surprising

Dear editor

As an Agriculture commentator from

Rathgormack County Waterford I find that farm accidents figures are of no surprise.

With produce produced on the farm at dangerously low prices they are forcing farmers to do longer hours because they can’t afford hired in labour.

Cash shortage and debt build up is a real issue on farms when standards of working conditions can’t be improved or even maintained.

The worry of an Department of Agriculture inspection is also leading to even more stress.

With a combination of the age profile of farmers and then the real dangers are obvious. Manufacturers selling farm produce are selling it for prices which return very poor prices back to farmers in many cases. It amounts to reckless trading which is doing real damage at farm level. The consumers are paying record low historical prices for really

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Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has said that the sense of relief in KIlmeaden and the surrounding areas was palpable last week when it was announced by An Post that it has accepted the withdrawal of resignation by the current Postmaster, Mr Burns.

The net effect of this decision is that the post office in Kilmeaden will remain open while the national post office review takes place.

Deputy Butler commented, “This is a positive step for the Kilmeaden community and I want to thank Mr Burns for his support.

“However, the fight needs to continue to ensure that when the national review concludes, Kilmeaden Post Office is allowed to remain open.

“The review is expected to be concluded by late October or early November with a decision on which post offices will cease trading to be made after that.

“An Post has confirmed

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Wednesday, 4th October 2017

Stroke

Politics

With the reopening of Stepaside Garda Station in Dublin there have been many accusations of the whole thing being a huge exercise in stroke politics. Of course it has been vehemently denied by everyone involved but it hasn't stopped the accusations from going away. It seems that anytime something out of the ordinary happens in Irish politics that stroke politics is somehow in play.

It isn't hard to see why the Irish electorate has become so cynical about the way in which politics is done here in this country. Every constituency has a number of national politicians who are working away on behalf of the people who elect them so they would be stupid to ignore their own backyard. They would ignore it at their peril and you only have to judge the election literature of any T.D. or senator to

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Wednesday, 4th October 2017

If there is one thing worse than one referendum than it has to be a whole slew of referenda which we are told that we are due in the next year or so. Let's hope that somehow some of the referenda can be held on the same day so as to make them easier to get through. Although if you are a child of primary going age then the wider you can space them all out the better.

We have only been told that there are going to be referenda on a number of issues there is one that we have already had some lobbying on and that is the Eight Amendment with the March for Choice which was held on Saturday in Dublin with a similar rally being held on the same subject in London. If past experiences are anything

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Wednesday, 4th October 2017

Anger at 2.5% Local

Property Tax Rate Hike

Dear editor

People in Waterford have been voicing their anger over the council's decision to increase Local Property Tax by 2.5%. This amounts to an increase of 20 euro per month per household according to Council CEO Michael Walsh who had proposed an increase of 10%. (We assume this 20 euro is an average.)

In an interview with local radio Michael Walsh raised some interesting points. Local authorities have been subjected to cutbacks to their budgets over the last number of years which has seen councils come to rely on Local Property Tax as an important revenue stream for the provision of public services. This goes to the heart of competing ideologies. Centre-right governments will continue to cut budgets to public services in the belief that the private sector should take up the burden in order

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Wednesday, 4th October 2017

Waterford Women’s Support Network is running a free information evening and all men, women and teenagers welcome A Novel Approach to Improving Physical & Emotional Wellbeing on Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 8.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.

Venue: The Ship Room at The Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre (ERIHC), Barrack street, Waterford. Wheelchair accessible and lift available for those with mobility difficulties.

Speakers:

Dr Ryan Foley PT, DPT Evolve

Physiotherapy & Wellness

- Applied Functional Neurology

- Empowering people how to help themselves

- Improving physical & mental performance

Utilising cutting edge techniques to enhance:

- Sports performance,

- Sports injury & pain resolution

- Weight loss

- Emotional & Wellbeing class

- Promoting Positive Mental Health

A highly respected Nutritionist and Dietician explaining:

- Longevity – what really make us live longer?

- Weight loss – what is the right approach?

- Preventing or reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Michael Kelly founder of G.I.Y. Williamstown Centre, Ardkeen, Waterford

- How growing some of your own food can reconnect you to health

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Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Dáil Season

Even though it seems as if politicians are never off our screens or gracing our newspapers the last number of months have been particularly quiet because the Dáil has been on holiday. Now all bets are off and it's time for the Dáil to be back up and running and the level of political debate will never seem as if it has been higher as all those ego's and those of their political parties will be getting a fresh airing after so long in the doldrums.

If you have a particular political bent then of course it is going to be good news for you but for everyone else they'll be waiting for the Christmas holidays to roll around so we can wrap up our politicos in cotton wool for about a month or so and put them into hibernation

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Wednesday, 27th September 2017

In an age of perpetual political spin we are never far from being told that the latest discussion document, bill, law or speech is one of the most important that we will have heard since the last one. A case in point is that of Theresa May talking on Brexit in of all places Florence late last week. If you had been following the debates about her speech, the leaks, discussions about leaks, newspaper articles and everything else then you'd probably have been able to put together her speech without having to listen to a second of it. It is no wonder that people are put off by politicians when they just get to hear all of the same old guff a hundred and one times over until it all begins to blend into one. Ireland is not immune to

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Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Regarding:

To vaccinate - yes or no?

Dear editor

There was a huge welcome when the HPV vaccine was introduced and became part of the school schedule in 2010. Our uptake rates were more than 80% - among the best in the world. In recent years, misleading and false claims have caused doubt, undermined trust and led to parents hesitating about the vaccine.

Each year in Ireland, over 6,500 women need hospital treatment for pre cancer of the cervix, 300 women get cervical cancer, and 90 women die from it. Cervical Cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Some HPV infections caused by high risk HPV types can progress to precancerous growths which may then progress to cervical cancer.

The HPV vaccine protects girls from developing cervical cancer when they are adults. The HPV vaccine is offered to all girls in first year in

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Wednesday, 20th September 2017

Focus on Dementia – First Steps following a diagnosis

This is the fifth article in our "Focus on Dementia" series and this week we look at what to do if you or a loved one is diagnosed with dementia. Here's what you need to know.

What is dementia?

Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that damage the nerve cells in the brain. Common symptoms may include difficulties with thinking and language, problem-solving and the carrying out of everyday tasks, as well as issues with memory loss and changes in mood and behaviour.

Get informed

A dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming and the unknown is always daunting but you're not alone and it’s important to know that people with dementia can live active and fulfilling lives with the right practical and emotional supports. You can find out more about the condition, how to access

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    Celtic BounceThat our economy has steadily been getting better in the last number of years is something that won't be lost on most people. In fact things were so bad for so long at one period that there was no other way but up. Things are getting better but the questions have to be how much better and for whom? That there has been a bounce in our economy was witnessed by the better than average trading figures for the Christmas and New Year period. People did have more money to spend and they went ahe …

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