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Wednesday, 1st November 2017

How do we fund maintenance and repair on the Greenway

Dear editor

I believe a debate is now overdue, around how do we fund the maintenance of the Waterford Greenway.

The Greenway is essentially a new road (albeit closed to motor vehicles) that runs from the City to Dungarvan. This hugely popular amenity is going to be costly to maintain in both terms of council manpower and finance.

Presently the annual WC & CC roads budget is inadequate to maintain the counties roads. WC & CC Management has admitted to expect a further deterioration of our counties road network because of the failure of central government to provide enough funding.

A minor road in the Faithlegg area was turned down recently for funding even though its in a deplorable state and its also the right of way to twelve occupied houses. Essential services such as

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Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Halloween

Although the shops are full of products for Christmas you would be forgiven for thinking that there is no other large public holiday this side of New Year's. You would be forgetting of course that very soon it is going to be one of the most Irish of holidays of them all - Halloween.

Officially called All Hallow's Eve, the 31st of October is one of the most festive and widespread of holidays that you would ever find in the country. In fact the holiday has spread all over the world now and it coincides with other such popular holidays in other countries such as Mexico's Day of the Dead and to some extent Fireworks's night in Britain, although that latter holiday has more to do with the vagaries of dating rather than anything else.

Although Halloween is an entirely Irish holiday

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Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Hard brexit, soft brexit, no brexit, florence speech, mini-florence speech, hard border, soft border, common travel area. For nearly any and every type of eventuality when it comes to Brexit there seems to be a politician who is a proponent about it. The one thing that we don't have is any kind of clarity over what real sort of Brexit there is going to be and it seems that until the very deadline for Brexit we won't really know what is going to take it's place when Britain leaves the European Union. There are all sorts of numbers being thrown around when it comes to the divorce between the two parties and it doesn't look likely, as in any divorce, that they are going to come together amicably and agree a settlement. For now the only thing you can rest

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Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Health Equality for the South East

Cardiac Activation event 28th October

Dear editor

Health Equality for the South East is to hold a Cardiac Activation event on Saturday 28th of October in Waterford city.

The event will be supported by local campaign groups SEPAG and 24 Cardiac Care for the South East. Local Emergency responders and Voluntary ambulance personnel will also be on hand to demonstrate first response activity and CPR to the general public. Supporters will also hand out information leaflets with a voting declaration encouraging the public to become actively engaged and follow the example of Waterford Chamber of Commerce and Irish Heart Foundation in supporting the event. Some well known faces will also be in attendance.

Activity is planned to commence from 1:30 PM in the Apple Market and John Roberts square areas of the city. Please come and support this ‘Hand

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Tuesday, 17th October 2017

Ophelia wreaks havoc

The clean-up of in the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia is now seriously underway. The ferocity of Ophelia was clearly signposted by the national authorities and their warnings were heeded by the general populace with a few exceptions. The whole of the country was virtually in shutdown for the whole of Monday with all air and land transport practically non-existent. Ireland to all intents and purposes was isolated from the rest of the world for most of the day.

In Waterford City and County there were widespread reports of damage mainly caused by falling trees and the roofs of houses seriously damaged, particularly in Portlaw where up to seven houses had their roofs ripped off by the force of the winds. It is with the greatest sadness and regret that we report the death of Claire O’Neill, Aglish, Co. Waterford

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Tuesday, 17th October 2017

Although there were new taxes on sugary drinks in this most recent budget it didn't stop the budget from picking up the nickname of the 'Dollymixture' budget due to the small but sweet aspects that it encompassed.

This might have been Pascal O'Donoghue's first budget but he appeared to be at ease when delivering it, his speech being a flowing mixture of incentives and taxes on the old reliables. In fact there were so many incentives to such a large amount of individual groups that some commentators were immediately calling it an election budget. Though if the supply and the confidence agreement between Fianna Fail and Fine Gael continues though next year the present Government will have at least one more budget to get through the Dail. While there was no chance that this budget was going to have any serious

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Tuesday, 17th October 2017

The Bahá’í community of Waterford is hosting the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. In over 100,000 centres around the world, approximately 7 million Bahá’ís are joining with their families, friends and neighbours to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, and reflect on His mission of peace, unity and justice.

Celebrations will be held at St. Patrick’s Gateway Centre at 3.00pm - 6.00pm on Saturday, 21st October 2017 which will be attended by local residents, friends and neighbours, as well as representatives from the City of Waterford and the Metropolitan District of Waterford to which invitations have been extended.

"This is not just a time for celebration,” said Mathew Kennedy, a natural therapy practitioner in Waterford. "It’s a time to remember the sacrifice that the Founders of religions throughout history

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Tuesday, 10th October 2017

A class taoiseach

Even though an approval rating of 49% by the public doesn't sound like an extraordinarily high figure for politicians today it really is and it is a really good figure for any sitting Taoiseach to have. Leo Varadkar is popular for many reasons but perhaps one of the main ones is that he really hasn't been tested in any significant way since being elected to the top position in the country. He was elected just as the house was wrapping up for their elongated summer holidays and it is only now that the house is really getting back to sitting and debating the issues of the day.

Even so Leo appears to have the sort of qualities that inspire confidence in the electorate. First of all he is young and dynamic, the sort of go-getter who inspires confidence in

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Tuesday, 10th October 2017

As much as the Fine Gael party must be congratulating themselves over the approval figures of Leo Varadkar they are as nothing as compared to our President Michael D. Higgins. Out in Australia and New Zealand at the moment it is back here at home that he seems to be at his most popular with 75% of the electorate saying that they want him to continue into a second term as President.

When he was recently at the Ploughing Championships Michael D. was asked specifically whether he will take on a second term but said in his usually quiet and respectful way of his that he wouldn't be making a decision for the next year or so. At 76 years of age it is a tough ask to take on another term of the Presidency but with so many people in

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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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    No Gun ControlAs much as you might sympathize with the students and families of those who were at the center of one of the worst high school shootings in Florida last week, you easily get the impression that their deaths were all for naught. There is absolutely no way, following the 17 deaths at this shooting, that the law makers in America will bring in legislation that will see the curbing of gun use and gun ownership in that country. It is just not the American way.In actual fact if past histor …

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