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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Tthe Irish Coast Guard advised the public to 'keep water safety in mind' when taking part in outdoor activities throughout the summer season. Declan Geoghegan, Manager of the Irish Coast Guard said: "With the warm weather forecast, our thoughts naturally go to enjoying the outdoors and outdoor activities. Whether you enjoy swimming, canoeing, surfing, angling, sail boarding, always remember to wear a Personal Flotation Device.”

Personal Flotation Devices include lifejackets and buoyancy aids. It is vital to wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid if your activity takes you near the water. This doesn't just mean the sea – it includes lakes and rivers too. If you enjoy sports like jetskiing, windsurfing, water skiing and canoeing, wearing the appropriate Personal Floatation Device will give you added confidence when in the water. Also, in the event of an emergency, it will help you

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

As the beautiful sunny weather continues and people flock to beaches all across Ireland the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reminding you to use Splash, the national bathing water information website, providing current and timely information about water quality. As people in Waterford make the most of the good weather remember to visit splash.epa.ie to check the water quality at local beaches before heading to cool off.

The Splash site has an interactive, colour-coded map that allows people to check if their favourite designated swimming spot is 'green' for good, 'yellow' for sufficient or 'orange' for poor water quality. Before deciding on the best place to take a dip you can find out if there are any bathing water warnings or notifications in place at your chosen location. Splash also details those areas that currently have a 'poor' status and those

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Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Sinn Féin Waterford City Councilor John Hearne has accused the government of "dismantling not reforming” the public health services.

He was responding to confirmation from junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch that the government is to introduce means testing and charging for home care packages and other community-based services for older people and people with disabilities.

Councillor Hearne said:

"The government claims to be reforming public health services. In actual fact it is dismantling those services with people forced to pay higher charges for shrinking services and now Minister of State Kathleen Lynch confirming that means testing and charges are to be imposed on people requiring community-based services such as home care. This is another attack on older people and people with disabilities.

"When the government published its so-called reform framework 'Future Health' last year we pointed out that such charging was in prospect when

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Waterford Crystal Leisure Centre is now under new ownership since June 28.

Pat Rocket and his partner, Jean Nugent, have retained 14 staff members and have ambitious plans for the centre. They purchased the property from the Receiver. Located on the main Waterford-Cork Road opposite Ballinaneashagh the centre has been one of the most prominent of its type in Waterford for many years.

Pat is well known in the Waterford business community and has been running his martial arts academy for many years. He also runs his own fitness business. He has wide experience in business management and was the general manager of the Reginald Bar for ten years.

Both Pat and Jean intend opening a new cafe/coffee shop and a ladies only gym. He also intends locating his martial arts

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

A motion in the name of Cllr. Dee Jacques has been tabled by the newly co-opted Labour Party councillor to Waterford City Council. The Motion reads as follows:

“That Waterford City Council recognizes that the trafficking, exploitation and abuse of women and girls is taking place in Waterford and throughout the country as a direct result of prostitution.

That Waterford City Council believes human rights abuses can be ended by targeting the demand for prostitution by introducing laws which make it an offence to pay for sex and is seeking such laws.

We note the success of similar laws in other European countries. That Waterford City Council will convey its views to the Minister for Justice.”

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Latest data on mortgages shows banks continue to be main barrier to relief for Waterford families – O’Ryan

The latest Central Bank figures, which show one-in-four restructured mortgages were back in arrears in the first three months of the year, proves that the banks remain the main barrier to bringing about relief for struggling mortgage holders in Waterford, according to local Cllr Michael J O’Ryan.

The Waterford Cllr commented, “Just over 24,700 new mortgage restructures were agreed in the first quarter of the year but in a third of these cases (33.1%) this was an interest only arrangement. Banks are continuing to string thousands of people along and are failing to really deal with the crisis facing distressed borrowers. I am meeting families in Waterford who have increased fears now about repossession in light of the new Code of Conduct.

"I recently had

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

The recent nationwide cuts to Special Needs provision in ordinary national schools is having an impact in forty eight Waterford schools, according to Tramore councillor Joe Conway.

Eighteen schools will have a direct cut in their allocation. A further thirty will have no increase, but due to enlarged general enrolments, will effectively take a cut also.

The inevitable sharing of supports will impact of the quality of education for all pupils. Children with special needs will have less support and the other children will - as a result - lose teaching time from their class teacher who will be called on to take up the shortfall.

The sad fact is - everyone will suffer down the line.  This may appear like an economy now, but in fact it is factoring in a certain loss for all children in the future. Children get a finite

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

BUDGET 2014 must have a strong message of HOPE for all especially those dependent on Social Protection payment in Budget 2014, according to the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament Voice of the Elderly.

BUDGET 2014 must start a process which gives people hope and confidence. This Budget must be FAIR to all and it must be Poverty, Equality and especially AGE Proofed.

State Pension Rates and their value to OLDER PEOPLE must be maintained. Older people no longer have any fall backs all nest eggs are gone. Our meetings and surveys show a particular trend which shows across a spectrum of need for ALL that those most in need are those who LIVE ALONE & the OLDER OLD.

That is why we are asking for an increase of €8 for those who live alone and an increase in the AGE Allowance to be increased

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

The 5th anniversary of The Island Run and Family day takes place on Sunday August 11th on the majestic Island of Waterford Castle.

The Island Run promises to be a great event again this year with food stalls, music from Waterford Academy, entertainment for all and of course the unique 5km Island Run itself.

The 5km distance is suitable for all, from runners looking for a fast race and top prizes right through to those starting off. Online entry for The Island Run is now open at http://www.runireland.com

See http://www.balance.ie for more details or contact Seamus Doyle at Balance fitness on 087 786 4013.

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Vulnerable children at risk due to government policy - Cullinane

Speaking in the Seanad on the report of the independent audit into the management of child neglect cases in South East Dublin, Waterford, and Roscommon, Sinn Fein Senator David Cullinane described the report as extremely worrying.

Senator Cullinane said;

"The main finding of this audit, which represents one of the recommendations of the Roscommon Child Care Case Inquiry in 2010, is that despite the involvement of the statutory services the circumstances of vulnerable children has not improved.

"This is a dreadful indictment on the state’s ability to protect vulnerable children, particularly in the wake of the children’s referendum.

"The audit finds that parental resistance to change and non-compliance with child protection plans are not challenged by professionals in the field, and that inclusion on the National Child Protection Notification System did not protect children.

"This is

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    Time for a breakJust as the height of Summer begins it seems that it is also the time when our politicians begin their yearly departure from Dail Eireann. While not many professions get as much holiday time as politicians do you have to ask the question whether they merit such long breaks?There are many who would immediately answer that they don't really deserve such long holidays, that they barely seem to spend any time in the Dail at all and after all they are well remunerated for the long hours …

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