Archive for the ‘Property’ Category

Halligan on striking the housing balance

The proposed housing development at Williamstown would require an improvement in local infrastructure according to Minister of State and Waterford TD John Halligan
“We’re trying to strike a balance here,” said Minister of State John Halligan when asked about the Government’s housing policy in the context of the proposed 324 unit development earmarked for a site off the Williamstown Road. “As any politician in Waterford will tell you, I know that my office is inundated with people trying [...]

Cosy Thatch “eyesore” needs remedy

A pitiful sight: Kilmeaden's Cosy Thatch.
IMMEDIATE action has been sought to address a derelict pub in the Kilmeaden area.Cllr John O’Leary (FF) has been expressing concern at the condition of The Cosy Thatch for the past number of years. The pub is located in a prominent position near the entrance to the Waterford Greenway and the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway. Speaking [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

City centre being “held to ransom”

Wetherspoons received planning permission to develop a 'superpub' at these two buildings on Broad Street, in addition to the former Permanent TSB building at Arundel Square back in November 2016.
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 [...]

‘Kerfuffle’ over housing numbers

Waterford City & County Council Housing Director, Ivan Grimes.
Eoghan Dalton Reports A local TD’s comments on housing figures have been criticised by an opposing Councillor, who believes he has “mislead the people”. Cllr John Cummins (FG) said Deputy David Cullinane (SF) had been “irresponsible” when he claimed on WLR that Waterford City and County Council’s (WCCC) record on housing in 2018 had been well [...]

Rented properties minus basic fire safety equipment

Cllr Breda Brennan believes that more must be done to ensure landlords fit out their properties with fire blankets and fire extinguishers
Eoghan Dalton Reports The local authority’s housing chief believes a national campaign is needed to improve standards for private rented accommodation in Waterford city. Figure provided by the City and County Council (WCCC) show that out of 54 inspections carried out recently on, 50 were not in line with fire safety standards. Director of Housing Ivan Grimes [...]

Waterford City house prices to rise by 10% in 2019, say REA

The price of the average three-bed semi in Waterford City is expected to rise by 10% in the next 12 months, according to a survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.The survey predicts Waterford City will have the largest national price rise, along with Longford.Waterford prices would be undervalued and be the lowest of the [...]

‘Waterford should be declared a Rent Pressure Zone’

Both Waterford and Limerick should be declared as Rent Pressure Zones (RPZ) according to national housing charity, Threshold. Responding to the Q3 2018 Residential Tenancies Board’s Rent Index, Threshold feels the Government must amend the RPZ’s definition given that rents in both Waterford and Limerick have increased by 10 and 11.8 per cent respectively. “We [...]

New additions of residential housing stock

A total of 464 residential address points in Waterford were added to the GeoDirectory database in the twelve months to December 2018, according to the latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report, published by GeoDirectory. Nationally, 21,207 dwellings were added. The vast majority of these new addresses were located in Leinster region (65.6%), with Dublin accounting for [...]