City centre being “held to ransom”

A LOCAL Councillor claims Waterford city centre is being “held to ransom” by a British pub chain. Speaking at the January Metropolitan District meeting of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr Cha O’Neill (Ind) pointed out the number of vacant premises in the city centre including Flanagan’s Fish Shop and Sam McCauley’s. He sought clarity on [...]


Mixed news on the social housing front

LOCAL Councillors received mixed news on social housing across the county at recent Council meetings. At the January Metropolitan District meeting of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr Sharon Carey (FG) expressed concern at the lack of social housing planned for the Estuary area. “Unless I’m missing something, there is no social housing planned for Cheekpoint and [...]


Court challenge for Ard Rí fails

A legal bid by a director of the Treacy’s Hotel Group attempting to force a receiver to sell her the site of the former Ard Rí Hotel has failed in the High Court. It may clear the way for development on the 20-acre site, which has been delayed since it emerged in April 2017 that [...]

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Rents rise by 16 % in city

Rents rose nationwide by an average of 9.8% in the year to December 2018, according to the latest quarterly Rental Report by While this marks another record high in national average rents, the rate of increase is the slowest in almost three years. The average monthly rent nationwide during the final quarter of 2018 [...]


TDs raise Airport runway extension as wait continues

Fianna Fáil TD Mary Butler has called on Transport Minister Shane Ross to progress a proposal to upgrade and extend the runway at Waterford Regional Airport.The airport has been in limbo since 2016 when the Belgian parent of the VLM airline went bankrupt. It’s currently home to the Irish Coastguard Search And Rescue helicopter, along with [...]