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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Advance Care Directive - What we might expect from pending legislation

Fiona Ormond

Solicitor with MJ O'Connor

Solicitors,

Confederation House, Cork Road, Waterford. 051 355663

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Whilst legislation is being drafted in this area, at present the legal position in relation to advance directives in Ireland remains unclear. An advance directive allows a competent individual to plan their future healthcare by stating their instructions regarding future medical

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

With the commencement of the EU-US trade talks recently, IFA President John Bryan said these trade negotiations cannot damage our important agricultural sector and particularly our beef and livestock sector. He said Ireland must insist that the EU makes our most important indigenous industry, the agri food sector a red line issue in these negotiations.

The IFA President said there is a real fear that large concessions to the USA in these talks would severely damage Ireland's agri-food sector and threatens thousands of jobs. "A deal involving a substantial increase in beef imports from the US would inflict severe damage on the Irish livestock sector.”

The IFA President said the French Government has made a strong case for it audio-visual sector and is adamant it will not be sacrificed because of its importance to the country. "I want the Taoiseach and the

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Mayor of Waterford Cllr. John Cummins has welcomed the launch of JobsPlus - a new employer incentive scheme operated by the Department of Social Protection which will incentivise businesses to hire jobseekers from the Live Register, boost job creation and reduce long-term unemployment.

The scheme which was launched in Eishtec's Waterford offices last Monday week by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Ministers Richard Bruton and Joan Burton is focused on people who are long-term unemployed, and will see the State cover approximately €1 in €4 of the typical cost of hiring someone who has been on the Live Register for 12 months or more.

Under the scheme, regular cash payments will be made to employers to offset wage costs where they employ persons who have been on the Live Register for more than 12 months.

The incentive will be payable, on

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Tramore Hill Challenge rescheduled

Sunday 21st July 2013 - New time of 11am to 3pm

The Tramore Hill Challenge is a one of a kind cycle event in Ireland that takes place on the steep hill of Tramore's main street and Upper Strand street on Sunday 21st July 2013. After a gap of a year the Tramore Hill challenge returns for its second event and is planned for many years to come.

The Tramore Hill Challenge will test rider's skills when they battle with the legendary steep hill of Tramore's Upper Strand Street and Main Street. It is not just the elite cyclist being targeted; this is an event for all the family: distances will vary per age group and all the kids under 12 will receive a certificate of completion. Adults will race up the whole length of Upper Strand Street &

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Local food and craft producers from across the region are set to feature at the Camphire International Horse Trials today which will take place in West Waterford later this month from July 26 to 28.

For those with a sweet tooth Maurice Butler from the Dungarvan based Butler's traditional Ice cream will be on hand to ensure visitors enjoy some of Ireland's finest handmade Ice-cream, Baldwin's Farmhouse Ice-cream from Knockanore and Candy Rock Lane from Cork will also be on hand with sweet treats.

The Summerhouse Café from Lismore will be onsite with their popular local produce along with Helen Murphy's Catering whilst Volcano Wood Fired Pizza will serve up delicious artisan pizza from their mobile wood fired pizza oven.

According to Festival Organiser, Billy Garvey, "Visitors to Camphire will be able to sample some wonderful local food produce whilst enjoying all the

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Budget 2014 must support increased demand and confidence

Waterford Chamber has announced details of Chambers Ireland annual pre-budget submission.

The Chamber has announced that the core focus of Budget 2014 must be to set the right conditions to improve demand and encourage consumer spending through a strong focus on supporting SMEs.

Speaking on the matter, Nora Widger, Waterford Chamber President said, "This budget is an opportunity for the Government to support the economy by facilitating better conditions for business that will ultimately sustain and create jobs. After a peak to trough decline in demand of 20%, the highest in the Eurozone, an increase in demand will stimulate growth and employment and build consumer confidence.”

"The best way to achieve this through Budget 2014 is by introducing no new taxes beyond those already announced. The sooner the Government gives certainty on this issue, the more

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

IFA Deputy President Eddie Downey has called for real reform and simplification of the inspection and cross compliance regime as part of the implementation of the new CAP Reform Agreement at farm level.

Eddie Downey said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must follow through on his commitment for a New Charter of Rights for farmers with fewer inspections, greater tolerances and reduced penalties.

The IFA Deputy President said the entire inspection process needs to be simplified and streamlined in an efficient and more farmer friendly manner. He said currently farm inspections are extremely complex and bureaucratic with a full inspection similar to a forensic examination involving hundreds of questions, many of which are incomprehensible.

Eddie Downey said there is an unacceptable and constant level of stress and fear among farm families over the possibility of an inspector from the Department of Agriculture

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

2012 saw almost 2,000 runners, walkers and joggers raise a staggering €286,000 for the Solas Centre and 2013 promises to be even bigger and better!

It's time to get active and run for life once more. That is the call from the organisers of the Solas Centre South East Run for Life as they announced details of the 2013 event which takes place on Sunday October 13th.

Every year across Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny 2,000 people are diagnosed with cancer. That is why the organisers are hoping to garner the support of at least 2,000 participants to take part in aid of the Solas Centre.

The sixth annual South East Run for Life has become the highlight of the region's sporting calendar and all funds raised will

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

People in Munster over the age of 60 have the best attitude towards ageing according to new research announced by Boots Ireland. 66% of those living in Munster felt positive about their physical and mental health, their fitness, their appearance and their outlook for the future. Within the Republic of Ireland, Ulster also felt very positive about how they were ageing (63%), followed by Leinster (61%) and Connacht (54%).

The research, commissioned by Boots Ireland, comes as the retailer launches its new enhanced offer for customers over the age of 60. Customers can now receive 10 Boots Advantage Card points for every €1 spent on Boots branded products, which can then be redeemed on Boots and non Boots branded products across the store. To sign up to More Treats

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

St Brigids Family and Community Centre in conjunction with the Sacred Heart Family Resource Centre has started a new drop in support for people who are in long and short term unemployment in Waterford called JETS. The programme which is funded through the Department of Social Protection is unique in the sense that it is actively facilitated by volunteers.

On Thursday 11th July, St. Brigid's celebrated the launch of JETS which was officially received by the newly appointed Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. John Cummins. Mayor Cummins spoke about the JETS support and how it can 'provide support to people who are unemployed who are seeking to find new opportunities in related areas such as in education, training supports, linking into networks relating to employment and possible volunteerism'. Liz

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