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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

There really was only one story this week and that was the huge snow fall that hit the country. However now that the weather warnings have been downgraded the big emphasis will be on getting the country back up and running again. Already schools are set to open which will have a big impact on getting people out and about once again. Those who couldn't make it to the post office to collect social welfare payments will be pleased to hear that the post offices, in the main, are open for business yet again. The main problem people will have is the fact that not all the road networks are up and running and many, especially in estates, are still blocked by high snow drifts. Yet the temperatures are on the rise and the snow is beginning to melt and

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Living in the

twilight zone

Dear Editor

The latest homelessness figures, which reveal that of the 9,104 people accessing emergency accommodation nationally in January, 354 people were living in the South East region with 119 in Waterford. Of particular concern is the regional figures for the South East of which 78 children were homeless. The increase in homelessness is a direct result of the increasing pressures in the private rented sector.

Through our work over the years, we know that the homeless figure is higher, there is a growing number of ‘hidden homeless’ – people sleeping on relatives’ sofas; families living temporarily in the spare room of a friend’s home; people moving from the floor of one place to another in order to avoid having to access emergency accommodation. The rise in the official figures do not include the plight of people and families

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

A series of free events are still on offer to entrepreneurs, existing business owners and start-ups in Waterford for Local Enterprise Week which takes place from March 4th to 9th 2018.

On Wednesday, March 7th a free workshop on Intellectual Property Awareness is set to take place at Carrickpheirish Library from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. This workshop is designed to offer the letter of the law information on Intellectual Property particularly in relation to setting up a new business or growing an existing business.

Thursday, March 8th is International Women’s Day and a celebratory event is planned for Waterford. ‘It’s ALL about you!’ a workshop designed to assist business women in leveraging their uniqueness is set to take place from 8.30am to 2 pm at Waterford’s City Hall.

On Friday, March 9th the Waterford County Enterprise Awards Ceremony will also take place. At this

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Civil War

It has been seven years since the start of one of the most violent and one of the most complex civil wars that this age has seen in Syria.

Although since it started it has hardly been out of the news, it has been the focus of renewed attention recently due to the massive amount of bloodshed that has happened in the Eastern Ghouta province of the country. Since the fighting in Aleppo stopped in 2016 when practically all of the civilian population there were held ransom has the country not seen such fierce fighting involving the civilian population. It has been estimated that approximately 500 civilians have died in the fighting since it broke out this week and out of that number approximately 100 of them have been children. What is making this whole incident such a focus of

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

As many as there are, excuses as to why the Permanent TSB are selling off over 18,000 non performing mortgages to vulture funds, none of them really go to fully explaining whether it is a good thing or not. The usual reasons for such an event have been trotted out but they still don't give you a good feeling, whether it is due to the Government stepping in or the European Central Bank exerting some control over the situation it all still doesn't somehow sit right.

These vulture funds are there for no one's health other than therir own, the name of them is good enough to give it all away really and if you were one of the 18,000 mortgage holders you would be sitting a little less comfortably now that the news is out. The only silver lining on

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Government inaction could threaten 100s of new house builds in Waterford

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As the dust settles in the aftermath of the information contained within the National Planning Framework (NPF) and the National Development Plan (NDP). Cllr Eddie Mulligan has growing concerns around REAL South East regional development.

"It was very obvious, having heard the open air spat on WLR FM, between a South Kilkenny Councillor and a local colleague. We will never achieve the aspired population growth, hinted at in the NDP, unless the administration and governance concerns surrounding the City’s hinterland are tackled post haste." Commented Cllr Mulligan.

"I was privileged to represent Waterford Council, during several exchanges and presentations to the Boundary Committee. In the aftermath of an extremely professional and fair process, with every representation being considered, supported by factual evidence, I have no doubt that the recommendations of the

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Wednesday, 28th February 2018

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018 NCCWN Waterford Women's Centre will launch an exhibition honouring 100 years of women’s right to vote Annual Women’s History Exhibition Together with "Roses from the Heart" Bonnet Exhibition in Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford on 8th March at 11.30am.

Waterford Women’s Centre presents a rich and extensive exhibition highlighting Waterford city and county women’s stories through photographs and written narrative. This exhibition represents many years of collaboration between Andrew Kelly, Kilmacthomas and Waterford Women’s Centre’s management members Ann Fitzgerald.

This year’s exhibition highlights the 1918-2018 Centenary of women’s suffrage. After a long and difficult campaign women got the right to vote. They had to be 30 years of age and own property. Eventually in 1922 after a strong campaign, all Irish women over 21 were given the right to vote. The exhibition will also

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

No Gun Control

As 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 history is anything to go by, gun ownership will actually increase, with the misguided notion that if gun ownership is not going to be banned then it's better to own one than not. But that will be of little solace to the friends and families of those who died

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

We've all heard of the Soviet 5 year economic plans so it is interesting to hear that the Fine Gael led Government is now in the process of rolling out a 22 year plan for the country. The Project Ireland 2040 plan is set to revitalize all the regions of the country and essentially improve the economic viability of every area by listing out all of the things that, depending on size, every area of the country should have by the plans end in 2040. Naturally enough there has been widespread scepticism on behalf of the opposition with Fianna Fail coming out and saying that the plan was effectively a huge election manifesto on behalf of Fine Gael. Fine Gael has said that everything has been expertly researched and costed. The cost of the plan is expected to be 116

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Residents upset at GAA fans’ inconsiderate parking while attending Walsh Park

Dear Editor

I write to bring awareness to the ongoing issue with regard to parking in residential areas in The Walsh Park vicinity on match days. My parents and I live within close walking distance to Walsh park and last Sunday the 18th February was the final straw regarding parking. Cars were parked up on the green area of Arbor Road destroying it as were the cars abandoned on the green at Manor Lawn. Cars were parked up on footpaths, giving limited accessibility and very limited visibility whilst driving out from my parents’ road.

Then at my own house in The Canon Street area, it took me 5 minutes and about 15 manoeuvres to get my car out of my driveway as some extremely inconsiderate supporters had parked their cars so close

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    Rush to CriticismThere are not many people who at this stage have not heard about the Cash family and what happened to them. The mother and six of her children had to seek accommodation in the Tallaght Garda Station last week as they had absolutely nowhere to turn to. It led to an outcry as pictures of the young children sleeping on seats were posted to social media by the mother.Understandably there were a lot of people who were saddened to see that in this day and age that a family had to resor …

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