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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Sinn Fein has come a long way in it's history and this weekend saw another major move as it elected it's first new leader in over 34 years when Mary Lou McDonald took over the position vacated by Gerry Adams as leader of the party. Considered one of the strongest performers in the Dail and a stalwart in her party it is no surprise that there were no other contenders for the position when her name went forward although one of the first things she did in her acceptance speech was to say that Sinn Fein was nothing more or less than a democratic political party. Despite her new position it will take some time for Ms. McDonald to bed in considering that Gerry Adams was so synonymous with the position for so long. There are many challenges ahead for

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Our voices will be heard

Dear Editor

We write as parents of children with

disabilities or as people living with a

disability in response to recent coverage of the relevance of our voices and of the

experience of our children’s communities to the abortion debate. We feel that there has been a concerted effort to silence our voices and to make our families invisible in this

discussion.

This past ten days, in particular, it has felt like our existence is inconvenient for some supporters of the abortion referendum, and that they would rather we went away and were quiet. We will not. It is a cold, hard, undeniable fact that when abortion is

introduced, a disproportionate impact is

suffered by those children diagnosed with some form of disability.

Already, the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin offers first trimester screening, which can test for Down syndrome as early as 9 or 10

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

The Waterford Intellectual Disability Association will hold its Annual General Meeting in the main building of the Edmund Rice Centre, Barrack Street, Waterford on Wednesday March 7th at 7.30pm.

WIDA is funded by the HSE and provides respite and day services for adults and children with an intellectual disability in addition we also operate a residential service for adults. Our adult day centres are at Spring Garden in Cherrymount and a training programme for adults at our facility at Killure Manor, St John’s Park. We also provide a community inclusion service from the Edmund Rice Centre as well as supporting adults working in the community. In the last year the Association has also started a day respite service on Saturdays.

The adults and children that avail of our services are drawn from the city and county as well as south Kilkenny and

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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Education

With thousands of secondary school students sitting or preparing to sit their 'mock' examinations for the Leaving Cert or the Junior Cert at the moment it is clear that when it comes to education, Ireland is a country that takes it very seriously. Education has always been seen as a pathway to a better standard of living around the world and the ability to get as far as possible in your chosen field has always been applauded in this country.

Even though secondary school students are just sitting their 'mocks' and not the actual exams at the moment they will be all too well aware of just how important these exams are in the scheme of things. Of course they are not the be all and end all of things and they are called 'mocks' for a reason but even a

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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Despite the huge increase in online business it has just emerged that the Gardai are still two years behind in tackling online crime cases, including online child sex crimes. The Gardai say that the reason it is having such a difficult time in dealing with online crime cases is that they have not had the sufficent funding necessary to deal with all of the crime cases that they have on file.

It is estimated that by the end of March of this year that they will have the backlog of cases down to those committed in 2016/17. It has also been announced that in an attempt to tackle online cases that two new offices will be opened up in the South East and the South specifically to deal with the old and new cases that will come to light. Online crime

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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

RTÉ, Science Foundation Ireland and the Insight Centre for Data Analytics are calling on people all around Ireland to download a new app called How Are You Ireland? which is designed to assess the mood and stress levels of the nation. As part of its ongoing broadcasting partnership with Science Foundation Ireland, RTÉ is supporting the scientists behind the How Are You Ireland? app by encouraging volunteers to take part.

The app is part of a major research study being conducted by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. It was announced on The Late Late Show by asking the public to download the app and sign up to take part in this groundbreaking research project. It’s hoped that the research will give valuable insight into the wellbeing of the Irish population.

The results of the survey will then feature in an RTÉ

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Trump - One Year On

One of the most surprising things about the fact that President Trump has made it to one year in his presidency is that he has done it and the world is still turning. His many critics since he announced that he was running for president have said that he would be an unalloyed disaster and that he would be a disaster for America and hence for the world in turn. He might have got in many twitter spats with North Korea and ramped up nuclear tension in that region but it hasn't led to anything. In fact if you look at it from th President's point of view it only led to renewed talks between North and South Korea and the North's entry to the Winter Olympic Games.

That is the point with Donald Trump, he can

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

The decision by the Dail to undo the ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday can only be seen as a forward looking step towards a fuller more inclusive and pluralistic society here in Ireland. Naturally enough there will be a lot of people who will disagree with it mainly for religious reasons. But if you do disagree with it then you also retain the right not to go to a pub or purchase alcohol on that day in question. Some vintners have even disagreed with it but then again they don't have to go and open their premises on that day either.

Obviously working from a negative, i.e.having a ban on sales, is a pretty black or white position but at least if bars are open then you give people the choice over what to do on that day. And

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

State has a duty to narcolepsy sufferers

Dear Editor

Imagine knowing, that you, or your young adult child, could suddenly fall asleep at any time. Think of the implications for careers, education or something as simple as travelling on public transport.

That’s the reality of Narcolepsy. Think about how difficult everyday life would be if you were a young person with Narcolepsy in terms of work, study, exams, travel, finding accommodation and socialising.

It is a reality for approximately 100 young Irish people today because they developed Narcolepsy after they received the 2009/2010 H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine Pandemrix (manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline) at the behest of Irish State.

Sound (Sufferers of Unique Narcolepsy Disorder) was set up by parents of children who developed Narcolepsy after receiving Pandemrix.

Sound provides support for 87 Irish families affected by the vaccine and wants the State to provide a pathway for

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Dear Editor

At lunchtime on Thursday, 1st February, Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) members will protest against pay inequality outside the post-primary schools, FET Centres, colleges of further education and Institutes of Technology in which they work. Service to students will not be affected by the protest.

The purpose of the protest is to highlight the damage that pay inequality is inflicting on our schools/colleges and centres. Teachers and lecturers who entered the system since 2011 are paid at a lower rate than their colleagues for carrying out the same work. That inequality has undermined the teaching profession and corroded staff morale, leading to a crisis in the recruitment and retention of teachers. This inevitably impairs the quality of service to students. Students will miss out on subject choices and/or experience a fractured service due to retention problems.

Recruitment problems are evident both

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