Opinion


Tales of the Tellurians


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Famous political quotes for the week that’s in it….

“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” - George Bernard Shaw “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it.” - Ronald Reagan (1986) “I contend that [...]

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Safer childbirth for first-time mothers

News this week that new research spearheaded at University Maternity Hospital Limerick has shown a reliable way to predict which first-time mothers are likely to need a Caesarian section when in labour. Experts say the research, which has been hailed worldwide, is likely to lead to safer childbirth for first-time mothers all over the world. ‘The Genesis [...]

A pilot’s wish list

A group from the Waterford Active Retirement Association was sitting in their seats on the plane before flying off to the Canary Islands. The Captain introduces himself to the passengers over the public address system and tells them about the height they will be travelling at, over what countries they will flying and about the beautiful [...]

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Devices against grave robbers can still be seen

This is a rather gruesome item but did you know that anti-bodysnatching devices can still be found in older cemeteries around the country? he practice of body snatching was widespread in the 19th Century and many affluent families arranged for devices known as ‘mortsafes’ to be erected on the graves of loved ones immediately after burial. Archaeologists [...]

John O'Connor

Dermot Keyes

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HOPING FOR A BETTER IRELAND

ow should you vote? Don’t look at me, folks. That’s not my job – at least that’s how I view conducting my brief in a responsible, even handed manner. After all, the people are sovereign. After all, I’m not standing for election. So I just don’t think it’s my business to tell you how to vote, [...]

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Criminality is no laughing matter

ast Friday’s Ulster Bank robbery on The Quay must have been a terrifying experience for the bank official who had a weapon – be it real, imitation or otherwise – directed at them by the raider. Alas, in this knee-jerk social media environment, someone with a relatively decent public profile in this city took to her [...]

TRAMORE MARKS THE SEAHORSE TRAGEDY

The loss of 363 lives would make international news today across print, broadcast and online media. Two hundred years ago, that lamentable tally of souls were lost in Tramore Bay when the 350-ton Seahorse sank during a storm. On Saturday last, a very well organised event was held in Tramore to make the tragedy’s bicentenary, with the [...]


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HEADGEAR FOR HOSPICE

eadgear for Hospice was originally started by Lily Moody, Mary Dunphy, Anne Nolan and Nellie Moore. Initially, the ladies used their talents of knitting and crocheting to make and sell headgear such as hats, scarves and headbands. Their time and talents are contributed on a completely voluntary basis and all proceeds raised are donated to Waterford Hospice. Now, [...]

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CFR: Community First Responders

Responding within a community. COMMUNITY First Responder (CFR) schemes perform a hugely important role in communities throughout Ireland, fighting sudden cardiac death and cardiovascular disease. The importance of CFR volunteers is clearly evident when you consider that 10,000 people die in Ireland each year from cardiovascular diseases. Volunteers are trained to deal with a variety of issues including [...]

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Friends of St John’s River regroup for year ahead

MEMBERS of Waterford’s Friends of St John’s River group are busily preparing their activities for the year ahead. This group of proactive volunteers have made huge strides in improving the area in and around St John’s River in Kilbarry since beginning their activities two years ago. Much of the group’s work throughout the past weeks and months [...]

Kieran Foley

Kieran Walsh

Express View


THE NEED TO SAFEGUARD THE PRESS

“I regard any threat to the freedom of the press in Ireland as a threat to the State itself.” The words of Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, issued in the wake of threats made to Independent News and Media reporters last week is another disturbing development in the wake of the Regency Hotel and Ballybough assassinations [...]

TRAMORE MARKS THE SEAHORSE TRAGEDY

The loss of 363 lives would make international news today across print, broadcast and online media. Two hundred years ago, that lamentable tally of souls were lost in Tramore Bay when the 350-ton Seahorse sank during a storm. On Saturday last, a very well organised event was held in Tramore to make the tragedy’s bicentenary, with the [...]

Enhanced Career Guidance Required

Recent figures revealed in the national media in relation to third level institutes have revealed an unwelcome development: an increasing level of drop-out rates. We believe that this worrying trend may be the end result of a long-standing issue which stems from secondary school level: a lack of appropriate career guidance. While some schools unquestionably have excellent [...]