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Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Celtic Bounce

That our economy has steadily been getting better in the last number of years is something that won't be lost on most people. In fact things were so bad for so long at one period that there was no other way but up. Things are getting better but the questions have to be how much better and for whom? That there has been a bounce in our economy was witnessed by the better than average trading figures for the Christmas and New Year period. People did have more money to spend and they went ahead and spent it. But what situation does that leave them in when now in January all the bills are due and are set to come flooding in. The fact remains that there has been a lift in our economy but it probably isn't as

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Wednesday, 17th January 2018

With over 20,000 people already having contracted the influenza virus in the country specialists in the field are saying that the virus has just about peaked but isn't over yet. In fact they are saying that if you are in an at risk category and haven't had the vaccine yet that you should go ahead and have it just to be safe. The virus can have a terrible impact on those who are very young and very old as well as others in at risk categories such as those with diabetes and it's better to be safe rather than sorry. Everyone has seen or heard just how bad it is in our hospitals at the moment and no one wants to get caught up in that at the moment. The influenza virus comes every year and you have to get

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Wednesday, 17th January 2018

People-power can fix the Health Service

Dear Editor

The number of people waiting for medical treatment in Ireland is 700,000 and the Health Service is falling apart, but Una Dunphy believes that it can be put right if people join the Still Waiting campaign and demand action to deal with the scandalous neglect of the nation's health. She has urged everyone to support the Still Waiting Ireland Health Conference in Liberty Hall, Dublin on 27 January.

The horror of sick and injured people being put on trolleys in hospital corridors and left without treatment is unnecessary and oppressive. The scandalous bed shortage is a manufactured crisis, and arises from a Government policy of disinvestment in the public service and a strategy of privatisation by stealth.

It is possible, and essential, to plan for the provision of adequate hospital and other medical treatment throughout the

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Wednesday, 17th January 2018

Dear Editor,

The way the Government deals with the homeless issue should be crucial to the survival of the government. If drastic measures are not made then Fianna Fail should bring down the government. This is more severe than the Frances Fitzgerald saga which dominated the headlines before Christmas.

I met a rough sleeper in John Street on Monday. I gave her €3. I asked her why she didn't go to a hostel? Full up, she said, but I was next on the list. My heart went out to her. I saw another woman outside Penney's covered in blankets.

We need a Fr. Peter McVerry trust here in Waterford. Homelessness is the worst part of the wh ole social housing crisis.

Yours etc.,

Seamus Dunphy,

Fianna Fail The Republican Party.

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Wednesday, 10th January 2018

Health

Catastrophe

Mary Harney, when she was Minister for Health, many years ago, declared that 300 people on trolleys in hospital corridors was a 'health crisis'. Now here we are in 2018 and we have nearly twice that number of people on trolleys within a hospital system that barely seems able to cope. The sad and infuriating thing about this, is that this is a yearly occurence where every winter ,just as the New Year is coming in, we find ourselves in the same position - every year.

The Government, of whatever colour, keeps on saying that it is going to do something to fix the situation but it never does, it just apologises, makes some contrite noises and hopes that things keep ticking over until the winter season is over. It doesn't matter the size of the hospital or the amount of

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Wednesday, 10th January 2018

You know that when the kids go back to school that the festive season is well and truly over. No matter how much you delay taking down the decorations at home and using up the last of your frozen turkey will ever be able to bring about a return to the Christmas and New Year's holidays. No, the festive season is well and truly over and there is no hope of turning back the clock. Even the most optimistic of children will not be talking about how many sleeps it is until Santa comes and visits again and it is a hardy parent who can use the excuse of giving coal to their kids when they misbehave. All we have to look forward to is the St. Patricks day holidays in March and then Easter some time later after that.

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Wednesday, 10th January 2018

Oxfam thanks Waterford for their generosity towards Rohingya people

Dear Editor

As we begin another new year, we hope for health and prosperity and that those dear to us will enjoy a happy and safe 2018. Sadly, for millions of people around the globe, their basic survival rather than happiness or continent are immediate priorities for the next 12 months.

One group of people for whom 2018 starts with great uncertainty and insecurity are the Rohingya refugees. Currently, close to one million Rohingya people have fled violence in Myanmar to seek refuge across the border in Bangladesh, with over 620,000 arriving since August alone.

Many have arrived with just the clothes on their backs. They are in desperate need of food, clean water and shelter. Those who survive the treacherous journey are living in makeshift tents in hugely overcrowded settlements.

Conditions in the camps are

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Wednesday, 10th January 2018

Now that the holiday season is over its time to book your next summer adventure!

Don’t forget to check your passport and make sure it is in date. The new online passport renewal service introduced by the Department of Foreign Affairs allows adults (over 18’s) to start their passport renewal process by capturing their image at a Photo-Me compliant photo booth in over 200 locations nationwide. This new and exciting development brings considerable benefits for Irish citizens in terms of turnaround times, convenience and security.

To start your passport renewal process online for your passport book or card simply find your nearest Photo- Me compliant booth at http://www.passportphoto.ie. Take your image (?8 option) which has your unique Passport ID Code and complete your application online at http://www.dfa.ie/passportonline. Your passport will delivered to your home within two weeks. There

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

A Happy New Year

Hopefully all of the readers of Waterford Today had a great New Year's celebration and are now looking forward to having an even better 2018.

It is quite understandable that at this time of year after so much excess over the Christmas period that a lot of people are trying to cut back and have if not a somber January than at least one that is a little drier and a little less filled with rich food. You only have to look at the ads on TV to know that at this time of the year, there is a lot that people want to change about their lives and lifestyles. In fact every second ad that you see on telly is all about trying to shape up and cut the bad choices out of your life.

For some people

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Despite the fact that there were a lot of people out braving the cold for the sales the streets of Waterford were relatively quiet over the holiday period. Everyone wishes for a peaceful holiday period at this time of the year and for the majority of people it seems that those wishes came true. While the festive holidays can be a frenetic time of the year this year it seems as if there wasn't much happening at all and for once that can only be a good thing. Not having a lot on at the Christmas and New Years period can do you a serious amount of good and rest and relaxation never a bad thing.

There were a lot of amusements on the streets as well as food stalls and pop up shops alongside the regular ones so there was

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    A Paper AnniversaryAs he has been in high profile politics for such a long time, it is hard to think that Leo Varadkar has just celebrated his first year as Taoiseach. Over the last decade, there has hardly been a time when the man hasn't been out of the headlines for one reason or another. But it is his role as Taoiseach which has cemented his position in Irish history.Of course such an anniversary didn't go past uncommented and he was given a rough ride in the Dail when the subject came up. As mu …

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