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Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Not So Silly Season

It is often said that the Summer is the silly season when it comes to news items. However while the Government is on another one of its interminable breaks that doesn't mean to say that a lot of work isn't happening. It is also a perfect time for the Government to float some ideas and see what the reaction to them is like without having to answer any awkward questions in the Dail by the opposition parties. It seems that the latest item that the Government is looking to see what kind of reaction it is likely to get is with a loose plan, at the moment, to cut the pension entitlements through the Social Welfare budget. Approximately 500,000 people in the country receive a package of 230 Euro in pension entitlements and now it seems that

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Wednesday, 14th August 2013

Tramore Heights,

Co. Waterford.


Dear Editor,

I wish to highlight the fact that there is no Sunday bus service in Waterford city. If Dublin can have such a service so should we. I don't think the people of Waterford would mind paying an extra fare and bus workers would be entitled to extra Sunday premium, allowances, overtime etc.

Yours etc.,

Seamus Dunphy

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Thursday, 8th August 2013


As 21st Birthday parties go then it has to be said that Spraoi's was probably the biggest and the best that Waterford has ever seen. Of course the parade is always the highlight but this year, as with every year, there is so much going on over the long weekend that no matter what you like or what time of day or night that you could join the festivities there was always something going on. Of course this made for big crowds around the city center but it was great to see so many people out and about enjoying the atmosphere which as always was electric. It is perhaps one of the things about the Spraoi weekend that we almost take for granted and that is the vast majority of events are put on free of charge to the public.

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Wednesday, 31st July 2013

Doing what's necessary

Such are the astronomical sums of money being bandied about concerning how much the Government should decrease its budget in the forthcoming year that it is kind of hard to fully comprehend what is going on. While it is only still summer talk amongst politicians has already focused on the forthcoming budget. We all know that it going to be yet another budget that is going to further reduce services and impoverish the most needy in our communities. But the Tainaiste Eamonn Gilmore has come out and said that the Government will do only what is necessary in terms of cuts in the budget. That it turns out will be around 3.1, or slightly less, billion euros. Now that's a figure to play with. It is interesting to see the semantics that are being played with. What exactly

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

What's in a name?

Mercy, Charity, Good, Charity, Refuge. All of these are of course great things to be and if you have them in your name then you might think that you have an awful lot to live up to. In a way it is kind of advertising what you are all about. But as we have seen this week with four religious orders in Ireland with these nouns in their titles it seems as if these words mean very little to them at all. Having been asked to give money to those who worked in servitude in their laundries the four orders of nuns have said that while they are willing to help the women they will not give over any money. Naturally no one is expecting them to foot the full estimated 350 million euro bill but the

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Anyone for a Lapdance?

Just when you thought that Irish politicians couldn't get any stranger along comes an incidence to push your credulity just that little bit further. During the debate on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy bill last week in the early hours of the morning Fine Gael T.D. Tom Barry pulled a passing female T.D. onto his lap in what was later described by someone in his party as 'horseplay'. It was harder to think what was more insulting, what Tom Barry did or what someone in his party tried to pass it off as. Naturally later on Fine Gael retracted its 'horseplay' dismissal of what happened and made some sounds about how seriously the matter was being taken. To make matters worse Tom Barry tried to talk away what he had done by talking about how earlier

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Conscience Striken

Perhaps because it is such a rarity a huge amount of space in the media has recently been given over to a politician who has said that they are going 'to follow their conscience no matter the consequences' in the forthcoming bill relating to abortion. Lucinda Creighton has made much of her stance and it seems that the media has been covering every single nuance of this case since it first saw light of day. Much is being made of this case because it is seen as an unprecedented step by a politician who is considered on the up. If she votes against her party's wishes then there is no doubt that she will be expelled from it and will have to suffer the consequences. At first you might think that she is taking a brave stance but the

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

No Surprises

Cilla Black used to caterwaul at the end of her T.V. show 'Surprise, Surprise, when the unexpected hits you between the eyes.' However this isn't really the case when it comes to the recordings of Anglo bosses talking about the troubles at their bank and their recklessly cavalier attitude to the huge sums of money that they were going to be asking the Government to bail them out. Who in the country was really surprised when you heard the tapes that the Independent newspaper had got their hands on? You might have had many reactions, anger, disgust or even fury but surely surprise wasn't one of them. We seem to have gotten to the state in this country that we are inured to the disgusting behaviour of senior business people, not to mention politicians who sleepwalked the nation into

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

New Baby Milk & Baby Food Eu Legislation welcome

Nessa Childers MEP has welcomed the new baby food & baby milk legislation voted in Strasbourg.

"These new rules promoting and labelling food for babies are very welcome. Parents need to be confident and have reliable information when buying food for their babies, in particular milk-based products.

"In future, the labelling of milk-based food for babies up to the age of 12 months, including follow-on formula, will not include any pictures of infants or other pictures intended to idealise the use of such foods, to make sure that breast-feeding is not discouraged.

"We cannot allow parents to be misled. Babies' health is too important to be left in the hands of a multinational company's marketing department.

"After much tough

negotiating by MEPs with national governments, the

Parliament won a victory to extend labelling restrictions which currently apply to

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Not so GR8 G8

With world attention on Fermanagh as the meeting place of the latest G8 Summit it is no wonder that locals are basking in the reflected spotlight. We have all been told, if we haven't already experienced at first hand, the beauty of the location. We know about the exclusiveness of the hotels that the various leaders are going to be staying as well as some of their security detail. We know about the menus from which they will be choosing from. There is little about summit meeting that the media doesn't think we would like to know about. Of course it is welcome publicity for the region and it is a very beautiful part of the country but to be honest what is of most interest is what these leaders of the richest countries will talk about

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Letters to the Editor

  • 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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