Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

Ireland Votes on the Eighth

Voters will go the polls this Friday to vote on a proposal to change Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution – the Eighth Amendment. We believe that the overall tone of this Referendum campaign has proven more civil than was the case back in 1983, even taking into account some of the more vociferous views which [...]

Housing Summit is a necessary step

Deputy City & County Mayor John Cummins
City & County Councillors, speaking at last Thursday’s Plenary Council meeting in City Hall, want a housing summit to be held within 30 days to deal with the extent of the local housing crisis. And that’s a means of addressing this issue that this newspaper would both support and endorse. The summit is likely to involve [...]

History Should Be Cherished

President Michael D Higgins was on the money on Monday last when calling for History to be retained as a core subject up to Junior Certificate level. From this September, under Junior Certificate reforms, History will no longer be a compulsory subject for students, meaning only Irish, English and Maths will be studied by all ‘JC’ [...]

Vicky’s Stance Will Save Lives

Vicky Phelan, pictured on The Ray D'Arcy Show on Saturday last. 	| Still: RTE
“I said to (Simon Harris): ‘Basically, look, what has happened to me is awful, but, you know, I believe in this programme. I think that cervical smears do save women’s lives. What I don’t want to happen is that there will be more women diagnosed with cervical cancer, and I thought it was important that [...]

Hard Brexit Threat Grows

The threat of a hard border on this island is growing after the EU rejected a proposed ’special technology border’ between North and South, as proposed by the UK, branding it as unworkable. European Council President Donald Tusk said that failure to reach agreement on the border would mean the UK would fully leave the [...]

A Tough Time on the Farm

Farmers have been on tenterhooks these past few weeks, waiting for Spring to finally arrive. Even after a relatively dry week, much of the farmland across the region is still too heavy for ploughs and other heavy machinery. Some enthusiastic farmers have been caught ought by moving too early, which has led to some getting machinery [...]

Blues on Crest of Soccer Wave

Waterford FC's Gavan Holohan celebrating a great win over champions Cork City: Photo by Noel Browne
It’s great to see Waterford FC riding high at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division in the wake of their 2-1 win over champions Cork City at a packed RSC on Friday last. The bumper crowds which have made the Kilbarry venue such a fortress this season shows how hungry soccer supporters [...]

Regional Press Suffer Over SCU Controversy

It appears that other, more resource-rich elements of the media, in addition to some in the Opposition, have used the controversy around the Government’s Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) to curtail other Government advertising in the regional press. While watching television news reports on Tuesday last, one couldn’t help but conclude that some political parties appeared to [...]

Think Before Buying Plastic

Back in 2002, Ireland proved an international forerunner in becoming the first country to develop a policy on plastic bags. And in the first year after the plastic bag levy was introduced a reduction of 90 per cent of plastic bags in Ireland was recorded. However, according to new Eurostat figures, Ireland is now the top [...]

Taoiseach Drops the Ball Stateside

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar dropped quite the diplomatic clanger in Washington last week when he ill-advisedly brought up his apparent intervention on a wind farm proposal that had been planned near the Clare golf course owned by Donald Trump. During the St Patrick’s Day lunch at Capitol Hill, Mr Varadkar recalled receiving a call from then ‘Citizen [...]