Archive for the ‘Property’ Category

Boutique City Centre Hotels Mooted by Cllr

Cllr Mary Roche.
Eoghan Dalton Reports The local authority has been urged to take a leaf out of New Ross’s book and convert disused hostels into boutique hotels. However, Waterford City & County Council executives believe that the conversion process could cost millions – with little sign of profit at the end of it. The matter was raised by Cllr Mary [...]

How to Make the Most of Limited Space

If your house is starting to seem uncomfortably small, there are ways of making it look bigger and feel better. High property prices are forcing many first-time buyers to consider staying in their cramped studio flat rather than looking to move up the property ladder to something larger. But interior design experts say there are many ways [...]

Council Must Double its Housing Output

A major escalation in current building rates in Waterford generated considerable debate at last Thursday's City & County Council meeting in Dungarvan.
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 [...]

“Building delivery will increase” says City & County council boss

Minister Eoghan Murphy and City & County Mayor Pat Nugent planting a tree to mark the official opening of the newly refurbished housing scheme for the elderly at Convent Hill in Tramore. Inset: City & County Council Chief Executive Michael Walsh. 											| Main Photo: John Power
There is no ’specific building target’ nationally in terms of social housing delivery this year: that was the sentiment shared by Waterford City & County Council Chief Executive Michael Walsh last week. Speaking on RTE Radio One’s ‘Morning Ireland’, Mr Walsh, who chairs the Housing and Building Subcommittee of the City and County Managers’ Association, said [...]

Minister outlines mortgage plan but more supply needed

We listened with interest to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy’s offer for a new initiative on housing. The 1000 mortgages offer at long term fixed rates of over 2 per cent for year one is very attractive and should suit many in the provinces, where incomes are not too high and property prices reasonable. For [...]

Local Housing Market Analysis

Michael Griffin; Michael Griffin Auctioneers Property bubble. Soaring prices. Crisis! Crisis! Crisis! Flashy click bait headlines feature daily as our national obsession with property takes off yet again. Now I’m not for a minute understating the severity of the situation in the private rental sector and the homelessness issue in the capital and other parts of the [...]

House prices set to rise by 8.5%

Kieran Walsh Reports Tom O’Keeffe of E and Y Accountants, believes that house prices in Waterford city are expected to rise by 8.5 per cent over the next year. The current average price for a house is €160,000 in Waterford city and €204,000 in Waterford county, where a price rise of 7.5 per cent has been predicted. In [...]

Sixy-six social houses built in Waterford over 18 months

A total of 66 social houses were built by Waterford City & County Council between January 2016 and June 2017: a tally which exceeds the combined build totals in Kilkenny, Tipperary and Carlow in the same period. The figures, compiled by housing analyst and architect Mel Reynolds, were revealed in the November 15th edition of The [...]

IDA commits to developing “derelict” sites in Waterford

Cllr Adam Wyse (FF) has continued to highlight the condition of some vacant properties in the IDA Industrial Estate, many of which have been sprayed with graffiti. Photos: Mick Wall.
Kieran Foley reports NEW owners are being sought for a number of vacant properties on the Waterford IDA Industrial Estate, but concerns remain in relation to the current condition of these sites. Numerous properties within the Estate, some of which are in the ownership of the IDA and some of which are privately owned, are lying idle [...]

World Travel Fair focus on Waterford

Pictured at the World Travel Market in London last week were, from left: Tina Darrer (Dooley’s Hotel), Richard Hurley (Granville Hotel), Tourism Minister Brendan Griffin, Joan O’Shaughnessy (Chairman of Tourism Ireland) and Niall Gibbons (CEO of Tourism Ireland).
Brendan Keane Reports WATERFORD’S tourism attractions were highlighted last week at the world’s largest travel fair which was held in London. Representatives of Dooley’s Hotel and the Granville Hotel were among a Tourism Ireland delegation representing 70 Irish tourism businesses at the World Travel Market (WTM) event. The three-day fair saw the Irish delegates participating in a large [...]