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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

UISCE is excited that for the first time the voice of people who use drugs in Ireland has been captured and included in the development of the National Drug Strategy. We are looking forward to continuing to share what’s important to us as members of the National Drug Strategy Committee for the next 8 years – membership here is also a first.

There are many new innovative actions that we are looking forward to being part of developing, including a Safe Injecting Facility, a recommendation on decriminalisation and recognition that addiction is a condition that requires compassion, understanding and seeing people as human beings.

Hannah Rodrigues, UISCE’s Coordinator says “For the first time, people who use drugs have been part of the development of the strategy and for the next 8 years we will be working to make sure that the actions

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Data from a recent study carried out by the ESPRIT (Evidence to Support Prevention, Implementation and Translation) research group led by Professor Patricia Kearney at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork (UCC), estimate that current weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery) provision in Ireland meets less than 0.1% of the need.

Bariatric surgery is an intervention for patients with severe obesity. The study, funded by Prof Kearney’s Health Research Board Research Leader Award and published in the journal Surgery of Obesity and Related Disorders, estimates the number of older Irish adults who are potentially eligible for and likely to benefit from weight loss surgery. It calls for a strategy to develop and expand the provision of bariatric care.

The prevalence of severe obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) is rising, which poses a major challenge for public health in

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Pensions

The vast majority of Irish people will have to rely on the State pension to cover all of their pension needs in the future the Citizens Assembly has heard. Only 30% of the richest pensioners will be able to fund their own pensions while even though compulsory pensions have fallen by nearly 10% over the last number of years. Even a basic interpretation of these figures leaves most pensioners in danger of falling into the poverty trap just at a time when their resources are at their lowest and the chances of earning more money are also at their lowest.

Compulsory redundancy will mean that more and more people once they hit retirement age will have to take a considerable hit in their income. Of course this means that those who are at the most vulnerable stages of their life will

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

SEPAG calls for public inquest into Thomas Power’s death

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The South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) is calling for a full public inquest into Thomas Power's death and the immediate implementation of 24/7 cardiac care at University Hospital Waterford

The South East Patient Advocacy Group fully supports the call for a full public inquest into Thomas Power's death at the request of his family. SEPAG is also calling on the Department of Health to immediately deploy a mobile cath lab to University Hospital Waterford to enable a 24/7 cardiac care service to be implemented for the southeast region without any further delay

“We cannot have any more needless deaths” said Hilary O'Neill of SEPAG “the simple solution is to install the mobile cath lab immediately which can operate 9 – 5 Mon – Fri performing diagnostics and some routine procedures. This would

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Waterford IT Students’ Union have called on Senators to support a Labour private members motion this Wednesday rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education.

Waterford IT Students’ Union President Michael Murphy said, “A decision to go ahead with an income-contingent loan scheme will increase emigration and sends a clear message to our future students: take your €20,000 debt, your degree, and get out. Many students here in WIT are on the grant and are struggling to get by - they don’t need this kind of debt weighing them down when they graduate. Education is a public good and should be invested in as such”.

2nd year HC Legal Studies student, Lauren Hayde, said “The only way I would have been able to go to college was if I took out a

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Jobstown

One of the longest running court cases and certainly one of the costliest, coming in at approximately 4 million euro, the result was one that most people could see coming. The six men who were picked out of a crowd of about over 100 people who allegedly detained the Tánaiste and her personal assistant over the water charges debacle were late last week found not guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

There are so many angles and so many interpretations of what went on and what the outcome of this case will be that you could spend another 10 weeks discussing the whole affair. The main question has been answered and that is that the men were not guilty of unlawfully detaining the Tánaiste. That is not to say that others in the crowd were not guilty of

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Now that all kids are out of whatever school they were in it is inevitably time to think of what to do with all of that spare time that they will be complaining about.

Of course summer camps are a perennial favourite of harassed parents and bored kids and here in Waterford there are literally one hundred and one things you can get your kids into no matter what they are interested in.

We also have some of the best coast line and countryside any where in the country and the opening of the walkways are a brilliant and cheap way for children to start to appreciate everything that is around them.

The same goes for all of the beaches that we have here in

Waterford, no matter what your aim for the day is there will always be a certain beach that will

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Stamps and Coins for Charity

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Sincere thanks to all your readers who send me stamps and unwanted currency (foreign and Irish) for charity. I send the stamps to “The Lullaby Trust” (Cot death research and support), which receives no official funding for its invaluable work. They most recently raised just under £300 from selling these stamps on to a dealer, and so unwanted stamps, no matter how few in number, do make a difference to their fundraising efforts.

In addition, I managed to raise just over €100 last year from unwanted covertible currency (including old Irish punts) and donated this to Oxfam Ireland ‘Unwrapped’ to purchase necessities for poverty-stricken villagers in the developing world, including the provision of ‘safe’ drinking water. Obsolete currency is sent to ‘Cancer Research’ for selling to collectors in their shops to raise funds for their good

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has published a revised version of the “Code of Practice for Preventing Injury and Occupational Ill-Health in Agriculture” (Farm Safety Code of Practice).

The original code, published in 2006, comprised of four items, a general guidance document, a risk assessment document, a Safe System of Work Plan (SSWP) document and a DVD. The revised code comprises of just two documents - a general guidance document and a working risk assessment document.

The revised code performs the same function as the original. It has been developed to reflect technical progress in the sector, changes in farming practice, equipment and accident trends.

The additional features include specific sections for ‘Slurry Handling’ and ‘Harvesting’. There are updated references to legislation and guidance, updated imagery and a section on how to understand and use new chemical symbols. There are also new

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Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Vigil

It was one of the first things that was said when the whole out of hours closure of the cardiac unit in UHW was first debated, that people would get a better service if they could use the unit down in Cork and that Waterford people would see the benefit of this. Of course there was a huge outcry and it was repeatedly said that this was just an accident waiting to happen and that someone would die as a result. And that, it appears, is exactly what happened with the death of Thomas Power. And that is why hundreds of Waterford people were holding a vigil for the man who died on his way to Cork because of the closure of the cardiac unit out of hours. It is ironic that in the same week that this happened that

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    Celtic BounceThat 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 ahe …

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