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Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Anxious Times

The news of the inexorable spread of the Ebola disease has many people worried about every cough and splutter they hear coming from a stranger. While there are perhaps many more immediate worries for people both domestically and internationally it would appear that Ebola has caught the public's imagination and every new case that has come to light outside the hot zone of West Africa is being avidly followed. There are now confirmed cases in America as well as in Spain.

Just this weekend a man decided to make a joke on a flight by standing up and shouting that he had Ebola. Needless to say that panic ensued and the man is now facing major charges. Perhaps the last place you should ever make a joke these days is on a plane. But it is not so hard to

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Wednesday, 8th October 2014

Mental Health Week

This week sees a series of events that will be held around the country to highlight the issues surrounding positive mental health in Ireland.  It is, perhaps, an indication of just how far we've come in such a short time that an event like this is being held in the country.  Up until very recently mental health was something that was never spoken about and anyone who had a serious mental health issue was more than likely shunted to the sidelines and out of the way.  Out of sight out of mind seemed to have been the main attitude to mental health in this country but, thankfully, those days seem to be in the past.  Now the totality of a person's health is seen as important and good mental health is high on the agenda especially considering the

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Wednesday, 8th October 2014

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you with specific reference to the headline in last week's Waterford Today of "No cut in property tax for Waterford", which was carried on the front page.

In the report which quoted a statement issued by Cllr Eamon Quinlan. The article states that Cllr Quinlan attended the LPT Council meeting. The article also omits Cllr Eddie Mulligan's name from the list of attendees and from the list of Councillors who voted on the motion.

As a consequence Cllr Mulligan has received a number of queries from constituents in relation to his attendance at this special Council Meeting.

I politely request that the paper addresses the fact that Cllr Eddie Mulligan was not listed as an attendee at the LPT meeting. Cllr Mulligan was in attendance, proactively engaged in the LPT debate, and subsequently voted on the motion.

It should

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Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Islamic State Terror

After a six and a half hour debate the British Parliament decided by a 481 vote majority that it would join in on the bombing of Islamic State troops in the middle east.  Although it might have seemed that the British public would be loathe to join in any war in the region following the Iraq war some years ago it would appear that the public appetite for military engagement in the area has changed significantly.  While over a million people took to the streets of London to demonstrate their disapproval of a war against Iraq last time it would seem that this time out there is nothing but wholehearted backing from the public to join in a war against Islamic State.  That would mainly have to do with the brutal murders of both American and British aid

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Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Doom Time

'We are running out of time to save the world.' That statement by Mary Robinson just ahead of a UN climate change conference this week is a pretty dramatic not to say drastic assessment of the position of the challenges that we all face when it comes to the issue of climate change. We are all very well aware of just how important the issue of climate change is and how what we do now will have a serious impact on just how able we are to live a sustainable life going on into the future. We know the larger picture and we also know about the smaller picture, what we can directly do in order to make our own contribution. However do we have to constantly engage with every piece of scaremongering when it comes to the whole

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Wednesday, 10th September 2014

No More Cuts?

Both the Ministers for Health and Education, Leo Varadkar and Jan O' Sullivan, have come out and said this weekend quite emphatically that they will not stand for any cuts when it comes to the new budget that the Government is set to announce later this autumn.  It is good to see that both of these new ministers are so quick off the mark in stating their intentions but how they will be able to manage their preferred outcomes will be interesting to see.  Health and Education are huge Ministries with huge budgets so it is always inevitable that any Government will look and see where they can cut and streamline services so that they can save some money.  And this Government is always looking to save money and seems quite immune to all arguments to the contrary.

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Wednesday, 10th September 2014

Waterford food producers to create 30 new jobs in 12 months

Some work from their homes, some from kitchens and some from factories, but wherever its source there is a quiet food revolution developing in Waterford City and County.

From the traditional and famous Blaa to exotic seaweed based breads, the return of hand roasting coffee in the region to locally famous ice cream makers, these and more local food producers will be pitching their tents in Cathedral Square, Waterford City and creating the Enterprising Food Village in this September's Harvest Festival. Festival goers can also look forward to practical cookery demonstrations in the village over the weekend.

Over the past few years the routes to market for local food producers have expanded exponentially. Festivals such as Harvest increase sales, but

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Wednesday, 10th September 2014

Dawn Meats, the Waterford-based premium meat supplier of choice to a wide range of blue-chip food businesses in over 40 countries has been awarded 10 stars at the prestigious Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food in the United Kingdom. Established in 1980 as a family farm-based business in Co Waterford, Dawn Meats has evolved to become an integrated production, sales, marketing and distribution operation with a clear focus on quality meat products. It sells into 40 countries and employs more than 2,700 people in Ireland and abroad.

Dawn's awards include an elite 3 star award for its Nature's Meadow French Dressed Lamb Rack, and the 2 star award for its Tesco Ireland Finest Lamb Loin Chops, Nature's Meadow Best of Beef Rib Roast and Black Angus Tomahawk Steak. Judging the 3 star Nature's Meadow French Dressed Lamb

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Thursday, 4th September 2014

For many people watching what is happening in Ukraine and the alleged incursion of Russian troops onto their territory it would seem that sooner rather than later an all out war between the two countries will take place.  Already at the EU conference held to discuss the matter the Lithuanian Prime Minister has stated that war has already broken out between the two states and that it is time that the European Union do something about it before things further escalate.  It is understandable why the Lithuanian Prime Minister feels this way considering the proximity of her country to Russia and also given the fact that the same circumstances, namely a large Russian population resident in the country, exists as it does in Ukraine.  They are both angry and afraid that this situation has been allowed to develop.  As

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Wednesday, 20th August 2014

Good From Bad

Perhaps it is only fitting that even though his death was both tragic and untimely that some good will come from the passing of Robin Williams. Although not all of the investigations relating to his passing have been completed it looks pretty clear that he took his own life after suffering from a severe depression. The one thing that this shows is that mental illness is no respecter of position in life and no matter how well off you are anyone is capable of being brought low by a mental illness. Robin Williams for many will always be a true one off, a genius comedian and actor who could delight children and adults alike in his own inimitable style. He probably first became known to Irish audiences through the American sitcom Mork and Mindy where he played an

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  • A Wonderful Harvest

    Even though the weather Gods didn’t exactly play ball over the weekend it doesn’t take away from the fact that this years Waterford Harvest Festival was yet again another wonderful success. It was great to see the streets of the centre of the city so beautifully and thoughtfully decked out. The various food stalls offering tastes from all over were great to wander around. The information and background that each of the stall holders were able to give on the provenance of their food was really interesting an …

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