Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

FARMERS’ BREXIT WORRIES

Prices of farm animals have dropped over the past six months as the summer weather led to an over supply; the push to move stock pre-Brexit is clearly causing consternation among Irish farmers. Granted, a hard Brexit might be just hard ball negotiation tactics in advance of the March deadline when the UK to leave [...]

Local Optimism and Global Worries

As a busy 2018 draws to a close and with a New Year just around the corner, we must admit to mixed feelings: after all, a year without an extended run in the Hurling Championship does feel a little emptier. Limerick scratched a 45-year itch last summer, and one wonders if Waterford will mark the [...]

Likely Loss of Ferry Link a Huge Blow

It is with great regret that we learned of the proposed closure of the Irish Ferries Rosslare-Cherbourg route. This ferry route to France goes back to the 1970s when the State owned Irish Continental Lines ran ferries to Le Havre and later to Cherbourg. It opened up Ireland to more tourism traffic from France, Italy, Belgium, Germany [...]

WINDS OF CHANGE ON THE SURISIDE

The recent insight provided to this newspaper by the pending commercial interest on Waterford’s North Quays, in addition to the Chief Executive of the Port of Waterford at Belview, provided much food for thought. The winds of change may well be taking time to blow through this city and region, but it would appear that stronger [...]

The Drugs Debate Continues

This week’s lead story and Focus story on News 6 focuses on the drugs issue which, sadly, has become a very visible and regular part of city centre life over the past 18 months. The vice of drug addiction has been a long-term feature of homelessness and while it is not the predominant factor in [...]

Rural Ireland’s Struggle is Real

In the coming weeks, many youngsters, along with those Irish now working in our main cities or further afield will return to their native towns, villages and rural communities to celebrate the Christmas season. Many of them now live busy lives in Dublin, Cork and London and elsewhere with long commutes, developing skills that they’d probably [...]

TUSE Process is Moving Slowly

WIT President Willie Donnelly says more resources are needed in terms of capital
As the new Technological University (TU) in Dublin prepares for its unveiling in 2019, it appears that the TU’s South East bid is plodding along slowly. The importance of TU status for the region was underlined to this newspaper by Sanofi’s Waterford Site Head, Ruth Beadle. “It’s not only about attracting other people into the [...]

Nothing Great About Britain’s EU Departure

After another week of mayhem in London, a potential Brexit deal looks set to be rejected by English MPs on both sides of the House of Commons along with, unsurprisingly, the DUP. To see our closest neighbour and largest trading partner entering into self-destruction, with both major political parties riven by in-fighting, is incredibly [...]

Decentralisation Drum Beats Again

As our in-depth coverage of recent weeks has welcomingly demonstrated, the Michael Street/North Quays development is now a matter of ‘when’ as opposed to ‘if’. However, there remain some missing pieces when it comes to our city and region’s economic future and if they could be tracked down, sustained and meaningful recovery would surely be [...]

North Quay Plan Gets Green Light

After what has been a lengthy wait, it is welcome to report that the regeneration of the North Quays and Michael Street will go ahead, bringing with it genuine hope that a bright new future for Waterford is just around the corner. Senator Paudie Coffey (FG), who has won praise from the Middle East-owned Falcon [...]