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Wednesday, 16th October 2013

Are you Astounded?

According to the Minister for Finance the Irish public will be 'astounded' by the budget that he will announce in the Dail and that there will be much 'good news' in it. So on the one hand we have this news to digest and on the other we are hearing of dire cuts in all departments such as Health and Social Welfare. Sometimes it is hard to understand what this Government is up to. The one thing is clear is that it is keeping the Irish public very much on its toes. First of all we were given the 'good' news that instead of cuts totaling over 3 Billion Euro we will only have to have cuts in the region of just over 2.5 Billion Euro. Aren't we lucky? Then we've had the usual merry-go-round of speculation over

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Wednesday, 9th October 2013

What Happens Next?

Now that the referendum proposed by the Government was defeated it will be interesting to see what will happen next. Naturally enough all of those who are opposed to this Government are predicting a dire future for Fine Gael and Labour, but that of course is just par for the course in politics. Of course there are questions to be asked and answered by the Government parties but in the larger scheme of things, does their failure to have the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad make a huge amount of difference? First of all it has to be said that the motion was defeated by the slimmest of majorities and the result was a real matter of conjecture for a long time until the final tallies came in.

There are those who are saying that because the

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Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Time to Vote

Although there has been a relative quiet surrounding the two referenda that people are being asked to vote on next Friday that doesn't mean to say that people should take a back seat when it comes to going out and making their mark at the ballot box.

The discussion surrounding the referenda has been the least rancorous of any referendum of the last number of years but that doesn't mean that what is being voted on isn't important. The abolition of the Seanad is perhaps one of the most significant moves that has been made in a number of decades regarding the manner in which Irish people organise our parliamentary system. Perhaps it is the fact that the overwhelming majority of people do not have a vote in the Seanad elections now means that people just can't get exercised

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Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Business As Usual

Now that all the think ins are over and we are spared the sight of political parties trying to show that they have something new to say the Dail has started up in earnest and even though we all know that a week is a very long time in politics we are almost certain that the next while will be dominated by the forthcoming referenda as well as the upcoming Budget in October. It seems so far that the whole hoopla that usually happens when it comes to referenda has not yet happened and the whole debate surrounding them has been somewhat of a lack lustre affair. Even the potential abolition of one of our houses of parliament doesn't, yet at least, seems to have caught the public imagination. Maybe it is because the vote is some way

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Tuesday, 17th September 2013

Back on our Feet

So, according to the OECD, the international economic think tank, Ireland after so many years of recession and austerity is back on it's feet. Not only are the signs of recovery looking good but it seems that we are amongst the first of the European recessionary countries to be in such a position. Of course news like this has got to be a good thing but you can't help feeling that the pronouncement by the OECD is a little optimistic when compared with your own personal experiences. It doesn't seem so much a case of being back on our feet as more like staggering around the place looking for something to hold on to to stabilise yourself. With cliches such as 'green shoots of recovery' and now 'back on our feet' might sound all very well they

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Wednesday, 11th September 2013

What Happens Next?

Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education, has just stated that Ireland, contrary to what most people might think, does not have one of the best education systems in the world. So what did he do next? Did he resign straight away considering that he is the person ultimately responsible for the education system in Ireland? No he did not. He thought that it was perfectly fine to come out with a statement like that as if it had nothing absolutely to do with him. Like he was just visiting for the day and felt it was a perfectly fine observation to make. It was more than a Pontius Pilate symbolically washing his hands of the problem, he acted like he was just somebody in the crowd who'd realised that he was attending the wrong event, so he made his

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Wednesday, 11th September 2013

17 German Road

St. John's Park

Waterford City

Dear Editor

Thursday, 29th August, marked the 169 anniversary of the death of Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Irish Christian and Presentation Brothers. His legacy lives on in Waterford with the Mount Sion schools and the Heritage Centre on Barrack Street. But what a pity it was to see the house in New Street bearing the plaque marking the site of his first school, which started in a disused stable there in 1802, demolished in the past few weeks. The plaque was removed before demolition.

Waterford City Council must ensure that this historic and important site in New Street in terms of education of children, which spread around the globe and continues to this day, is marked. We have to ensure that some form of recognition is placed on the New Street site, and something

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Saturday, 7th September 2013

Death of a Poet

The death of Seamus Heaney after a short illness seems to have taken many people by surprise. However, no matter how unexpected his death was the level of heart felt tributes to the man have been as fulsome and as widespread as it could have been possible to imagine. There is no doubt that his passing has touched many people. There have been many interviews in the media from the great and the good who were friends and admirers of the man. From Presidents to Rock Stars there doesn't seem to be a person that he met that didn't like the man and didn't realise that they were in the presence of someone truly special. But it wasn't just the great and the good who were touched by Seamus Heaney and his magnetic personality. There were just

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Saturday, 7th September 2013

Death of a Poet

The death of Seamus Heaney after a short illness seems to have taken many people by surprise. However, no matter how unexpected his death was the level of heart felt tributes to the man have been as fulsome and as widespread as it could have been possible to imagine. There is no doubt that his passing has touched many people. There have been many interviews in the media from the great and the good who were friends and admirers of the man. From Presidents to Rock Stars there doesn't seem to be a person that he met that didn't like the man and didn't realise that they were in the presence of someone truly special. But it wasn't just the great and the good who were touched by Seamus Heaney and his magnetic personality. There were just

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Tuesday, 3rd September 2013

Death of a Poet

The death of Seamus Heaney after a short illness seems to have taken many people by surprise. However, no matter how unexpected his death was the level of heart felt tributes to the man have been as fulsome and as widespread as it could have been possible to imagine. There is no doubt that his passing has touched many people. There have been many interviews in the media from the great and the good who were friends and admirers of the man. From Presidents to Rock Stars there doesn't seem to be a person that he met that didn't like the man and didn't realise that they were in the presence of someone truly special. But it wasn't just the great and the good who were touched by Seamus Heaney and his magnetic personality. There were just

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  • Waiting can be bad for your He...

    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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