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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

In under four weeks time this government will hold a referendum where they propose to remove the Eighth Amendment, protecting the right to life for women and the unborn in the Irish Constitution. The government want to replace that with "The government may legislate for the provision of termination of pregnancy"

Recently the Supreme court ruled that the only protection for the unborn child is the 8th Amendment. The Joint Oireachtas Committee recommended "that the law should be amended to permit termination of pregnancy with no restriction as to reason provided that it is availed of through a GP led service delivered in a clinical context as determined by law and licencing practice in Ireland with a gestational limit of 12 weeks".

This goes beyond the position in the UK where 2 doctors have to form an opinion in good faith and

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Lucy Brennan from St Angela School, Ursuline Convent, Ballytruckle, Waterford scooped a top prize at the National Scratch Coding Competition. The competition was held in the Kemmy Business School, at the University of Limerick, last Wednesday April 25th as part of Tech Week 2018. The winners were selected from over 500 entries nationwide and judged to be the best in their respective categories. Lucy took home the top prize in the first year to third year category for her project Piano Pal.

Scratch is a visual programming language that makes it easy for young people to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art – and share their creations on the web. Scratch allows students to develop creative and critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills as

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

The 2018 Annual Mayor’s Ball was a huge success with almost €36,000 fundraised.

There were almost 300 people in attendance at Saturday’s glamorous event and the representatives of Assisi House, WASSA and Sesame Early Intervention Service have expressed their gratitude to Cllr Pat Nugent, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford for the much needed boost to their organisations. Representatives of the organisations spoke passionately about the work their charities carried out and the importance the financial contribution from the event would make to their members.

Last Saturday night’s event raised a very substantial sum of €36,000 which will be divided equally between the three beneficial charities.

The packed Tower Hotel patrons were told that over €1m. has been raised

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

A public debate on the Eighth Amendment will be held in Woodlands Hotel on May 2nd, beginning at 7.30pm. Two well-known speakers will present at the debate, one to argue for retention of the Eighth Amendment, the other to advocate repeal of the Amendment. Caroline Simons will defend the retention of the Eighth and Professor Fiona de Londras will argue the case for repeal.

This is the only public debate on the upcoming referendum organised in this area. The outcome of this referendum will have serious implications for our society and voters should be as well-informed as they can be before they cast their vote. The issues facing voters are complex and challenging and it is hoped that a public debate will afford people an opportunity to openly the discuss the issues and to seek clarification on outstanding questions which may

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

A Waterford hurler spoke on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta last week about how a routine belt of a hurl in a match on 1 April left him unable to breathe and very seriously ill, and called on the GAA to consider installing oxygen tanks in clubs across the country.

Eoghan Breathnach, 37, from An Rinn in Waterford, was playing a junior hurling match with his local team against Baile an tSagairt on Easter Sunday when he got a belt of the hurl in the ribs. While he initially thought he was just winded, it became clear when he collapsed that things were more serious. It transpired that he had, in fact, broken three ribs, one of which had punctured his lung. He explained what happened in an interview with Helen Ní Shé on the An Saol ó Dheas programme.

"You get a

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

At 7am on Wednesday 25 April 2018, Transparency International Ireland will launch the first study and ranking of local authorities in Ireland, based on their systems to prevent corruption. The National Integrity Index on Local Authorities marks each local authority against 30 criteria, under the categories of Transparency, Accountability and Ethics.

The criteria measure the local authorities’ fulfilment of obligations relating to planning, zoning, ethics declarations, lobbying, procurement, protected disclosures, freedom of information and financial transparency, amongst other issues. The study looks in particular at issues raised in the Mahon Tribunal and in the 2015 RTÉ Investigates exposé on standards in public office, as well as issues raised in other TI Ireland research projects.

TI Ireland will launch the report as well as the http://www.national-integrity-index.ie webpages. The webpages will feature an interactive table of results, map of results as well

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Over 23,000 students (23,600) from 480 Irish secondary schools take part in Student Enterprise Programme through the Local Enterprise Offices every year, bringing the world of business into the classroom. Some of the county’s most enterprising teenagers are ‘counting down’ to the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on Wednesday, May 2nd in Croke Park. Starting every September, students across three age categories (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) research, set up, and run their own businesses with the help of their teachers and supports from Local Enterprise Offices Nationwide, 230 students from 77 different student enterprises have now reached this year’s National Finals, having qualified through school and county finals earlier in the year.

Student entrepreneurs from CBS Dungarvan and Ard Scoil Na nDeise will be representing Waterford on May 2nd, including:

- Deise Publications from CBS Dungarvan in the Junior Category

- A&K Crafts from Ard

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

The death has taken place of Mr. Sean Roche, Roanmore Park, Waterford which took place in University Hospital, Waterford on Monday, April 16. He was aged 87.

Sean was a lifelong trade unionist and Labour Party activist and was married to the former Mary Gallagher, daughter of the late Ald. Tom Gallagher, Roanmore Park and twice Labour Party Mayor of Waterford. They have two children Deirdre and Eoghan.

A native of Duncormick, Co. Wexford Sean grew up on the family farm and had one sister Carmel and four brothers, Richard, Jerry, Dermot and Ray. He trained in agricultural college but farming wasn’t for him and he came to Waterford where he worked as a psychiatric nurse in St. Otteran’s Hospital. He met his future wife Mary at a patient’s social night and they married over 61 years ago.

He excelled at sports and

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Aldi will once again this year sponsor The National Brown Bread Baking Competition, in association with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA). Relaunched four years ago by the NPA, the event has proven to be a huge success, with entries from each one of the 26 counties. TV presenter Síle Seoige and TV3 Chef Shane Smith were joined by NPA MD Anna May Mc Hugh, ICA President Marie O’Toole and reigning champion Mary Conway to announce details of this year’s competition.

NPA Managing Director Anna May McHugh said "We are delighted to be renewing our partnership with Aldi and the ICA given the popularity and success of the National Brown Bread Baking competition at Ploughing. There has always been

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Wednesday, 18th April 2018

LOCAL siblings Harry (13) and Molly Flynn (10) have been honoured with a top accolade at the 43rd People of the Year Awards, organised by Rehab, for saving their sister's life on many occasions.

The young "superheroes", who live on the Waterford/Kilkenny border, were presented with the Young Person of the Year Award by An Taoiseach LeoVaradkar for their extreme bravery and courage.

The Awards were broadcast live on RTÉ One from Dublin's Mansion House on Sunday.

Ireland's longest running and most prestigious awards event, the People of the Year Awards are widely recognised as one of Ireland's highest accolades. Nominated by members of the public, and finalised by a panel of adjudicators, a total of ten awards were presented

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  • Children in the womb deserve b...

    The Government wants us to vote "yes" in the abortion referendum in order to delete unborn children's right to life and allow abortion on demand in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion campaigners claim that there is no human being yet alive by this point. That's why they think abortion on demand is permissible.They are completely wrong. By 12 weeks the baby in the womb has a beating heart, can swallow and yawn, can kick, stretch and jump, has arms, legs, fingers and toes, has fingernails and hair, h …

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