Tourism body accused of “institutional bias” against Waterford

CONCERNS have been expressed over an “institutional bias against Waterford” following Fáilte Ireland’s launch of a new tourism initiative for the Midlands. Last week, Fáilte Ireland announced its newest regional tourism proposition entitled ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’ which incorporates the Midlands and stretches from Limerick to the border with Northern Ireland. The €2m initiative, which will place significant [...]


Council Must Double its Housing Output

Eoghan Dalton Reports The Chief Executive of Waterford City & County Council believes Waterford city must will have to more than double its current housing output if it hopes to match ambitions for growth set out in the Project Ireland 2040 plan. Michael Walsh told Councillors at last week’s Plenary meeting in Dungarvan that the Metropolitan area [...]


Ballybeg leisure village is “ideal”

Eoghan Dalton Reports Plans for a massive leisure centre in Ballybeg have been welcomed as the ideal development for the community by local Councillors. Cllr Jason Murphy (FF) is based in the area and says the multi-use leisure village would bring upwards of 200 jobs. He told members that the land had “raised a number of challenges [...]


Minister Reflects “Vanity Project” claims over refurbished Court

THE Minister for Justice has rejected claims by a local Councillor that the revamped and extended Waterford Courthouse is the “wrong project in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The new look Waterford Courthouse was officially opened last week by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan at a ceremony also attended by Chief Justice of Ireland [...]


Q & A with Richard Hayes of WIT

Dermot Keyes (DK): Taoiseach Leo Varadkar made an unexpected comment, I suspect, at the WIT Arena on March 9th when he publicly stated his disappointment with the likelihood that the WIT/IT Carlow bid for Technological University (TU) status will not be the first applicant past the post in this process, and that the Dublin franchise [...]