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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Speaking last week, Waterford City Councillor John Hearne called on the Minister for Public Expenditure to intervene and ensure that cancer patients are not denied medical cards or access to the care and treatment they require.

Councillor said: "In Budget 2013 the government signalled that a further €750 million would be cut from health spending this year, and that medical card entitlements would be targeted.

"Like many other Councillors my office has been inundated by citizens who are bearing the brunt of these cuts. Access to medical card entitlements has been reduced, in many cases from households in mortgage distress or who are desperately trying to make ends meet as a result extra taxes the government has introduced.

"It is especially reprehensible that cancer patients are to be denied medical cards. Preventing seriously ill people from getting the care and treatment they are

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has welcomed the Government's confirmation that a recommendation to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 will be put to referendum within the lifetime of this administration. Reacting to the Government announcement, Mary Cunningham, NYCI director said: "NYCI has been campaigning on this issue since 2009, and we are delighted at this announcement. The young people in the NYCI Vote at 16 campaign group pressed for a lower voting age at the Constitutional Convention last January. It is heartening to see that their arguments have been taken on board and the issue will now be put to the people who will have an opportunity to debate its merits.”

Maria Kelly, Vote at 16 campaign member stated: "If a 16 year old can leave school, seek full-time employment and pay tax, why can we

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

The 2nd Annual Robert Boyle Summer School in Lismore Co. Waterford discusses the contribution of science to mankind

The 2nd Annual Robert Boyle Summer School celebrating the life, work and legacy of Robert Boyle, one of the most influential scientists of his day, who established modern science and was one of Ireland's most important "new experimental philosophers” ' took place in Lismore Co. Waterford from 4th - 7th July.

Robert Boyle (1627 – 1961) believed that the "new experimental philosophy" (science) could and should be of great benefit to mankind. 350 years after he published his thoughts on the topic of experimental philosophy, over 150 people in total from around the world will gather in his birthplace of Lismore to consider the contribution of science to mankind then and

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Waterford Farmers allowed to make hay while the sun shines!

Labour T.D. for Waterford Ciara Conway is welcoming a decision by the Minister for Agriculture to lift restrictions on haycutting for participants in AEOS 2 and AEOS 3.

"Basically anybody under this scheme who selected the Traditional Hay Meadow isn't allowed cut until July 15th – but given the current weather and the fodder crisis, it doesn't make sense to leave it that long,” said Ciara Conway, Labour T.D. for Waterford.

"I have had representations from local farmers in West Waterford on this and I have brought these to the attention of Minister Coveney. I am pleased to say the Minister has taken the suggestions on board and has announced that he is lifting the restriction of the July 15 cutting date for 2013 and scheme participants may commence cutting meadows for hay

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Huge demand for housing support for people with disabilities in Waterford

Fianna Fáil Cllr Gary Wyse has called for the Government to direct more resources towards helping people with disabilities in Waterford to live independently.

It follows the decision of Housing Minister Jan Wyse to spend a further €10m on capital funding for housing people with disabilities, despite cutting funding for Waterford by over €1.2 million alone.

Cllr Wyse said: "Over the last two years the Government has cut the funding for Waterford City and County Councils to provide Adaptation Grants by over €1.2 million. This has now resulted in a massive backlog of people who need this money to make changes within their home that will support them living independently.

"While I welcome the fact that the Government has allocated a further €10m for capital funding to help purchase housing for people with

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Labour T.D. for Waterford, Ciara Conway is welcoming the launch of the National Digital Strategy by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD.

"This is a welcome initiative and I would hope that it will prove to be a practical, common sense incentive which will help local businesses in Waterford City and County to reach the world on-line,” said Ciara Conway TD.

""This programme will work on a voucher system which will grant up to €2,500 for 2,000 businesses to help them get the resources, training and expertise to enable them trade on-line. Businesses can avail of the voucher when they match the funding provided. The scheme will be introduced in Dublin first and ten rolled out around the country."

"We have a huge opportunity with this strategy and it really does open up a world of potential for

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly has welcomed the proposal to criminalise cyber-bullying.

"Unfortunately, over 1,700 young Europeans are at risk of death by suicide this year due to bullying and cyber-bullying according to research by a leading charity, Beat Bullying UK. There have been many tragic deaths of young people in Ireland linked to the problem.

"I welcome the proposed introduction of criminal sanctions as a deterrent as a means of highlighting the seriousness of cyber-bullying,” Sean Kelly MEP said.

Proposals from the Government's special rapporteur on child protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon, are understood to recommend that cyber bullying should be made a criminal offence.

"I am campaigning for the introduction of an EU and national level anti-bullying campaign involving key stakeholders in education, government and commercial and youth sectors in order

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

The business, which was started by Waterford goldsmith Elaine Sarah Comerford, has had an eventful four years; won many awards, received numerous glowing citations from the craft world and has even been backed by a Dragon.

According to Elaine Sarah the inspiration came from her mum who is an avid sewer. "When I was little my Mum used to make a lot of our clothes and I was always surrounded by bits of fabric, patterns and button tins. Many years later during a visit home I noticed the button tin as if for the first time and it evoked really strong childhood memories. From there, Button and Co. was born.”

Inspired by the memories that related to the button tin Elaine Sarah created a collection of jewellery that

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

With fine weather and tight supplies farmers reject factory beef price cuts

With the farmers very busy at silage and hay and little or no pressure to move cattle, Waterford IFA Livestock Chairman John Heffernan said farmers selling cattle should demand last week's price and reject any price cuts from the factories. "Despite the propaganda from the factories, the supply situation is very tight, demand is very strong and farmers should not part with cattle easily.”

The Waterford IFA livestock leader said with the beef price in our main export market in the UK very strong at €5.00/kg, the actions of the meat plants in pulling cattle prices is totally unjustified. He said the facts are there is a massive shortage of beef in the UK and demand remains very strong. John Kehoe said the factories would be much better employed in

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Health & Safety Authority must investigate this scandal - Joe Kelly

A former City Councillor, Joe Kelly of Hillview has made the following statement on the recent happenings in Dail Eireann where due to a lengthy sitting of the House, the Dail Bar was open until 5 a.m.

"Is it not ironic and farcical that the Dail, our House of Representatives happily and merrily break the law every day the Dail is sitting?

This has been going on for years but is only recently hitting the headlines due to Fine Gael TD Tom Barry pulling one of his party colleague's and fellow TD Áine Collins onto his lap in the early hours of the morning during an all-night sitting of the Dail.

Tom Barry has admitted that he had 'some' drink taken at the time and that he was tired. He also admitted that

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