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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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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Data from a recent study carried out by the ESPRIT (Evidence to Support Prevention, Implementation and Translation) research group led by Professor Patricia Kearney at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork (UCC), estimate that current weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) provision in Ireland meets less than 0.1% of the need.

Bariatric surgery is an intervention for patients with severe obesity. The study, funded by Prof Kearney’s Health Research Board Research Leader Award and published in the journal Surgery of Obesity and Related Disorders, estimates the number of older Irish adults who are potentially eligible for and likely to benefit from weight loss surgery. It calls for a strategy to develop and expand the provision of bariatric care.

The prevalence of severe obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) is rising, which poses a major challenge for public health in

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Pensions

The vast majority of Irish people will have to rely on the State pension to cover all of their pension needs in the future the Citizens Assembly has heard. Only 30% of the richest pensioners will be able to fund their own pensions while even though compulsory pensions have fallen by nearly 10% over the last number of years. Even a basic interpretation of these figures leaves most pensioners in danger of falling into the poverty trap just at a time when their resources are at their lowest and the chances of earning more money are also at their lowest.

Compulsory redundancy will mean that more and more people once they hit retirement age will have to take a considerable hit in their income. Of course this means that those who are at the most vulnerable stages of their life will

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

SEPAG calls for public inquest into Thomas Power’s death

Dear editor

The South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) is calling for a full public inquest into Thomas Power's death and the immediate implementation of 24/7 cardiac care at University Hospital Waterford

The South East Patient Advocacy Group fully supports the call for a full public inquest into Thomas Power's death at the request of his family. SEPAG is also calling on the Department of Health to immediately deploy a mobile cath lab to University Hospital Waterford to enable a 24/7 cardiac care service to be implemented for the southeast region without any further delay

“We cannot have any more needless deaths” said Hilary O'Neill of SEPAG “the simple solution is to install the mobile cath lab immediately which can operate 9 – 5 Mon – Fri performing diagnostics and some routine procedures. This would

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Waterford IT Students’ Union have called on Senators to support a Labour private members motion this Wednesday rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education.

Waterford IT Students’ Union President Michael Murphy said, “A decision to go ahead with an income-contingent loan scheme will increase emigration and sends a clear message to our future students: take your €20,000 debt, your degree, and get out. Many students here in WIT are on the grant and are struggling to get by - they don’t need this kind of debt weighing them down when they graduate. Education is a public good and should be invested in as such”.

2nd year HC Legal Studies student, Lauren Hayde, said “The only way I would have been able to go to college was if I took out a

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Jobstown

One of the longest running court cases and certainly one of the costliest, coming in at approximately 4 million euro, the result was one that most people could see coming. The six men who were picked out of a crowd of about over 100 people who allegedly detained the Tánaiste and her personal assistant over the water charges debacle were late last week found not guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

There are so many angles and so many interpretations of what went on and what the outcome of this case will be that you could spend another 10 weeks discussing the whole affair. The main question has been answered and that is that the men were not guilty of unlawfully detaining the Tánaiste. That is not to say that others in the crowd were not guilty of

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Now that all kids are out of whatever school they were in it is inevitably time to think of what to do with all of that spare time that they will be complaining about.

Of course summer camps are a perennial favourite of harassed parents and bored kids and here in Waterford there are literally one hundred and one things you can get your kids into no matter what they are interested in.

We also have some of the best coast line and countryside any where in the country and the opening of the walkways are a brilliant and cheap way for children to start to appreciate everything that is around them.

The same goes for all of the beaches that we have here in

Waterford, no matter what your aim for the day is there will always be a certain beach that will

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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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