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Wednesday, 5th February 2014

Good News Bad News

The news that Ireland is the best country in the European Union when it comes to cutting dole numbers has been met with incredulity by most people on hearing this. There is sometimes a big difference between the anecdotal and the empirical but it would seem that most Irish people would question heavily any assertion that Ireland's record on employment has been anything other that abysmal over the last number of years. But the statistics show that unemployment has indeed gone down by a large margin here in Ireland and specifically youth unemployment. Of course though, if were to take a step back and question the statistics you might come up with something more accurately approaching the truth of the matter. The fact is that while unemployment figures might have gone down the next logical step to

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Wednesday, 29th January 2014

Demographics and Assessment

Demographics and Assessment 35% of people with dementia admitted from home were discharged to nursing homes

The average length of stay for a person with dementia admitted from home and discharged to a nursing home was 59 days, compared to 22 days in a person admitted from home and discharged home.

The actual practice as evidenced by the healthcare records (HCR) was less than the stated practice by senior managers and clinicians in each hospital: 62% of hospitals reported that an assessment of functioning using a standardised instrument is routinely carried out, but 36% of patients had this performed; 97% of hospitals reported that nutritional assessments were routinely performed, but 76% of patients had a nutritional assessment recorded; 88% of hospitals reported that the person's weight or body mass index (BMI) would be routinely recorded during the admission, but 39%

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Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

When the Taoiseach, accompanied by his Minister of Health, takes time out of his schedule to go and meet the staff of any organisation you know that there is something seriously wrong. In this case the organisation in question is the CRC which has hardly been out of the headlines for the last number of months. We thought that there couldn't possibly be any other revelations concerning the finances of that group until it was found out through the Dail Public Accounts Committee that the former head of the CRC Paul Kiely actually received over 400,000 Euro in his pension that he hadn't already declared to the same committee. And where this money come from? It of course came from charitable donations from the public. And to add further salt to the wounds this pension money, as it became, was

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Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

Mr Enda Kenny, Taoiseach.,

Government Buildings,

Upper Merrion Street,

Dublin 2.

Dear Mr. Kenny,

We represent over 20 townlands here in north Waterford from Mahon Bridge to the banks of the Suir. We were totally outraged by your comments on pylons on a visit to Saudi Arabia recently. You seemed to imply that the vast majority of the people in our area who are against the pylons and the tens of thousands of people elsewhere in rural Ireland who are against them, will, through our opposition to the Eirgrid projects, cause emigration of young people and hinder the creation of jobs through projects such as these.

Do you not realize that the vast majority of people in rural Ireland against pylons already have family members working overseas because of forced emigration, largely caused, not by us poor peasants, but by economic policies pursued by the last

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Wednesday, 15th January 2014

water, water everywhere

The establishment of a new agency that would oversee the privatisation of water here in Ireland was never going to be a popular proposition. When it comes to paying for such a fundamental and basic necessity for everyday life many people believe that is what they taxes for. However it seems now that despite all the arguments back and forth that we are very soon going to be paying for our water. We have had it pointed out ad nauseam to us just how much it costs for water to come out of our taps. No one is disputing that but that doesn't mean to say that people agree when it comes to what many believe is a basic everyday necessity. But the Troika made it very clear that for Ireland to receive help that we would have

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Wednesday, 8th January 2014

No matter how far we think that we have advanced as a people there are certain things that happen to us that remind us that to a large extent we do not have total control over our own lives. One of those things is the weather. The weather has become such a conversational pass time in Ireland that sometimes it seems that we talk about little else. The very unseasonably good weather that we had during the summer was such a revelation that we were all taken unawares by it and couldn't believe our good luck. Good weather just doesn't happen in Ireland and particularly during the summer, as much as a paradox as that sounds. However what we are used to is bad weather. The Inuit people might have 50 different words for snow but Irish people must have

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Wednesday, 8th January 2014

12 Roselawn, Tramore,

Co. Waterford.

Dear Editor,

Following the recent landslide at Plunkett Station, Waterford, passengers are again faced with a bus service to Kilkenny to link up with the train for Heuston Station, Dublin.

As we know this is not the first occasion this has happened. Our train station has experienced landslides before and more recently, flooding. The forecasters are predicting more of the same weather in the future and consequently more landslides and flooding. Is it not time for Iarnród Eireann to consider reclocating our station? To where?

Why not operate from the "Goods Yard” in Sallypark? The line is there - the train passes it at present. All that is needed, in my opinion, is for a building to put in place or even adapt the existing structure to house the necessary facilities. There is plenty of space for parking - AND

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Tuesday, 31st December 2013

The birth of a New Year is always a time for celebration but most people are wise to the fact that anything new is always informed by what has just passed. So, although the new year is a time for hope it doesn't mean that it is a totally new beginning. The Romans were wise to this and the god that they worshipped at this time of year was one with two faces, one looking to the future and one looking to the past. In the same way when all the fireworks have finished and all the songs and congratulations are over we know that what we are celebrating is more of a continuation rather than something completely different and new. That doesn't mean to say however that a new year is not something to look forward to. We do

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Wednesday, 18th December 2013

So, here it is

Although long in the planning, Christmas seems to fly by so fast for adults that it leaves you scratching your head and wondering did it all really happen? Of course that is for adults. For children it is an entirely different affair. Of all the festive holidays during the year this is the big one for them. It is a time of wonder and a time of happiness. Naturally enough if they have been good boys and girls then they will hopefully get the toys that they have put on their Santa lists. For children there is more of a build up to the main event that they seem to enjoy almost as much as the big day itself. It is wonderful to see all those children with their teachers and assistants down around the center of

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Wednesday, 11th December 2013

A Hero Of Our Time

Very often people are thrust into the spotlight that seem to define a generation. However, it is usually more the case that we truly don't know who will represent an era until decades have passed and it is possible to really separate the wheat from the chaff. Whoever thought during his time that Shakespeare would become more famous and more resonant than the most powerful female monarch that has ever reigned in England? But that is what happens. History has a way of sorting these things out for us. But with the death of Nelson Mandela last week there is absolutely no doubt that in the future he will become one of those defining figures who people will look back on and say that, yes, truly he was a person of outstanding merit, someone that helped

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Letters to the Editor


    Religious ToleranceAt a public meeting last week to discuss the plans for a new mosque in Kilkenny, it seemed that out of the crowd of approximately 200 that attended, the overwhelming majority were against the idea. While it was reported that most people were against the addition of the mosque to Kilkenny life due to logistical reasons, it was also reported, and quite prominently, that there were more than a few people who were vocally opposed to the whole idea of a any sort of mosque being built on rel …

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