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Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Credit unions across Ireland, in partnership with the Irish League of Credit Unions International Development Foundation (the "ILCU Foundation"), which is the charitable arm of the Irish credit union movement, have pledged €50,000 to help those affected by the severe drought in East Africa.

For many months now, the ILCU Foundation's development partners that work with credit unions in East Africa have been crying out for help to fight the third year of drought in a row in the region.

The ILCU Foundation, through contributions from Irish credit unions, will be providing humanitarian assistance to people who are in dire need. This is being carried out in cooperation with Gorta-Self Help Africa (Gorta-SHA) in Ethiopia, and, in Kenya, via Aidlink.

Right now, 12.8 million people in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Somalia are suffering from extreme food shortages, with many on the brink of

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Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Unfinished business of Ireland's dark past and present

Dear editor

With the incoming Toaiseach promising a new approach to politics I wonder if the persecuted Irish Hare might be in line for a long overdue reprieve? This month last year Dail Eireann voted by 114 to 20 to allow the inhuman so-called sport of live hare coursing to continue. Despite cross party support for a ban on the practise the party whips prevented Independent TD Maureen O' Sullivan's valiant attempt to protect one of the gentlest creatures in the Irish countryside from becoming law.

Ireland has changed almost beyond recognition since the dark days when institutional abuse, quasi -religious thought control and a multitude of prejudices were rampant in our society, including some that would have made it difficult, if not impossible, for Leo Varadkar to succeed politically in that Other Country.

Ireland has

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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Taoiseach Elect

It had always seemed as if Leo Varadkar was going to be the winner of the race to lead Fine Gale but until all the votes are counted and everything is all present and correct you can never be sure of anything. But on Friday eventing all was revealed and Leo Varadkar stepped up onto the podium a winner. He didn't lead the race in all of the different categories and in one of the most surprising turn ups he did significantly worse than his opponent. In the section where the ordinary members of the party got to vote Leo Varadkar only got a small minority of the vote. It seems at least that he is not the firm favourite when it comes to the ordinary members of the party whereas as Simon Coveney obviously was. But the new

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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

It seems that the only time that you hear about charities these days is when there is another crisis or scandal within the whole industry and another group has to come out and try and deal with whatever is happening this week. It the St. John of God's Charity that seems to be in trouble this week and this time it is over pensions. There is some toing and froing over whether the payments they made were right or wrong but the real upshot is that the charity sector in Ireland is taking another battering. Those trying to collect much needed money for this particular group have already said that it is just getting harder and harder to put a case before the public as to why they should donate much needed money.

It seems that the public have reached the

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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has welcomed the progression of the WiFi4EU project she is leading. The Ireland South MEP was speaking as political agreement was reached between the European Parliament, Council and Commission on the initiative which will see free public Wi-Fi hotspots installed in communities across the EU.

“I am delighted that this scheme is continuing to progress. It is a fantastic development for citizens throughout Europe,” he said. “It will be particularly advantageous for rural towns and villages in Ireland, which have been internet blackspots for years, and will hopefully encourage the Government to live up their repeated promises to roll out Broadband schemes across rural Ireland.

“As rapporteur of this initiative in the parliament I am proud to have been able to play my part in getting the agreement of all parties to make the roll-out of

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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Family Carers in Waterford to take part in 11th National Carers’ Week

June 12 – 18

Dear editor

The 11th National Carers’ Week will celebrate and recognise the contribution of Ireland’s 360,000 Family Carers, with events being held throughout Ireland from 12 to 18 June.

Census 2011 reported 4,823 Family Carers in Waterford. 61% are women and 39% are men. The average age of Family Carers is 46.

The 11th National Carers Week is coordinated by Care Alliance Ireland in partnership with ten leading Irish organisations who support family carers: The Alzheimer Society, Family Carers Ireland, The Irish Cancer Society, Inclusion Ireland, The Disability Federation of Ireland, MS Ireland, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, The Irish Hospice Foundation, St Michaels’ House and The Special Needs Parents Association.

A sample of National Carers Week events in Waterford are:

Tue 13 Jun Confederation House, Waterford Business Park, Cork Road, Waterford

Launch

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Manchester Spirit

After one of the most devastating terrorist attacks ever seen in Manchester and with 22 people dead and over 50 people still being treated in hospital one of the most abiding memories of the whole event is the manner in which the people of Manchester have come together as a brave and resilient community to say in one voice that they will not be cowed by this cowardly attack and that they will stand as one in the face of anyone who tries to attack the spirit of the people of Manchester. Even now after a week following the attack people are still making their way into the center of the city to show their solidarity with those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack and also those who are still fighting for their lives in various hospitals

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

When you hear that a businessman holds a fundraising lunch for Leo Varadkar and to have it all reported as if it is legitimate news then you know that there is something a little awry with the leadership contest in Fine Gael. The Irish Times did have some legitimate news after it had a poll which showed that the majority, but not by much, of Fine Gael members and Fine Gael voters wanted Simon Coveney to win the leadership election. That is something newsworthy at least but with an election where so much of it is being held behind closed doors it is no wonder that so many rumours and hints of rumours are being held up as legitimately newsworthy stories even if they are in no way anything like.

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Get Breathing for COPD Cycle Challenge

Dear editor

I would be grateful for the opportunity to appeal to readers of Waterford Today to ask for their support for COPD Support Ireland's forthcoming "Get Breathless for COPD" Cycle Challenge.

The two-day cycle from Galway to Dublin, which is supported by A. Menarini, takes place on June 23 and 24 over two stages of approximately 100km each. It is led by world-renowned cycling champion, Seán Kelly.

The challenge has two main aims - to raise awareness of COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - and to help raise much-needed funds for COPD Support Ireland's range of services including our expanding network of local support groups countrywide and exercise rehabilitation classes for people with COPD.

Perhaps better known as bronchitis or emphysema, COPD is estimated to affect up to 380,000 people in Ireland, but with many remaining undiagnosed

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public not to swim for extended periods at present as drownings can happen due to hypothermia in waters that are still cold. Drowning risks increase during bank holiday weekends with alcohol present in one third of drowning victims. 62% of drownings occur inland with 80% of drownings occurring close to the victim's home.

Minimize the drowning risk with the following bank holiday safety guidelines:

Bank Holiday safety

- Supervise children at all times near water (30 children aged 14 and under drowned in ten years.)

- Avoid staying in the water for extended periods as waters are still cold and you risk hypothermia.

- Swim with others, never alone, in recognised, traditionally safe bathing areas.

- Swim within your depth, parallel and close to shore.

- Never use inflatable toys in open water or swim out after anything drifting.

- Train for your aquatic activity at

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