Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

Time for Risks

After the auction politics prior to each election, most promises are broken as politicians scramble for power.It got more heated to offer more housing commitments, pensions promises, better health service and other goodies to win votes with these political proposals coming mainly from opposition parties. The same happened in 2007, when there was a famous headline [...]

Election to bring change

Will the Government get back in is a big topic on people’s minds. The polls suggest no and a minority Government may be the result with Fianna Fail looking good in the polls so far to lead the next government. They have rejected a grand coalition with Fine Gael although offered by Fine [...]

Election interest growing

The health issue and Matt Shanahan standing as an independent caught the imagination at the opening of the campaign and there is considerable support for him in the city and east Waterford. Getting a high first preference will be a challenge if he is to remain in the hunt. The Fianna Fail candidate Eddie [...]

Election 2020

As we go to press, we must say it is a very hurried election in a bad weather month. This is not ideal for a current Government to get back in. Getting the Brexit uncertainty out of the way is one excuse for it and also the weak numbers following by election losses. One thing is sure is [...]

North gets Assembly again

NI Assembly. Photo: Wikipedia
One positive outcome of the UK elections is that a new energy has emerged to get the Stormont Assembly up and running again.Loss of seats by Sinn Fein and DUP for the London seats have seen how the people are annoyed at the lack of public representation in Belfast. It has led to education and [...]

Minister Bruton launches Climate Action Fund

Minister Richard Bruton
As we begin 2020, the biggest theme is going to be climate change actions.Ireland is way behind in many aspects from electric public transport vehicles for trains and buses to public transport policy in the regions and encouraging farmers to use less fertisiliser and promoting wetlands. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, [...]

Express View 2019 in review

The year 2019 overall has been mixed, when we do review it in a short summary. There was great tension towards the year end, as we waited to see would a council budget would be passed.As often happens the issue went to the wire and saw some members of the Mayor Pact opposing it finding [...]

National lottery debacle

image from lottery.ie
The National Lottery debacle last week over the top prizes being unavailable for scratch card holders was quite astonishing.We are surprised that they would blame a printing issue and say it was an error. It may be more serious than that.An investigation is needed with the regulator.Also in the contract it was stated that unpaid [...]

Driving safely over Christmas and New Year period

Driving at Christmas and in December can be risky.People are distracted and do funny things; the weather can change quickly and cause issues. Vigilance is needed like in summertime. It is not just motorists that are in danger but also cyclists and walkers too. Where Hi Vis jackets and walk on footpaths.The Road Safety Authority (RSA) [...]

Council finances hit by Irish Water and other issues

Waterford seems to be getting the hard end in relation to the forthcoming annual rates review for business in the city.A 5 per cent increase seems extraordinary and is unlikely to be adopted.With an election coming in the new year, this is a strange move by Government to lump a big rates bill on Waterford.The [...]