Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

VAT Increase on Hotels is Baffling

While the decision to retain the VAT rate for newspapers at 9% is evidently welcome from our perspective, Paschal Donohue’s 4.5% increase on the hospitality sector is impossible to justify. As economist Jim Power succinctly put it at last Wednesday’s Waterford Chamber Business Breakfast, not only is the VAT increase on the hospitality sector hard to [...]

Quay Rebirth Edges Nearer

A Drawing by the North Quay Project's Design Team of the Proposed Marina
The publication of Waterford City & County Council’s Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF) application is timely, a 28-page manifesto which presents a better and attainable future for both our city centre and our region. While the €104 million funding application represents a considerable increase on figures previously discussed and published, as our interview with Council [...]

A Directly Elected Mayor Has Appeal

The prospect of directly elected Mayors in Waterford, in addition to our four other major cities, represents a welcome step in the right direction. But it is clear that the development, revealed by Ferrybank-based TD John Paul Phelan, requires a great deal of tweaking if such an office is to possess executive heft and clear strengthening [...]

We Must Act Regionally

The confirmed delivery of a second Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) by Health Minister Simon Harris is a welcome step in the right direction. However, it is important to recognise that it is one of several forward steps yet to be taken when it comes to regional cardiology services and that there’s further work [...]

Waterford’s Renewable Energy Defecit

Last week, we travelled to an energy conference in neighbouring Tipperary from which one major conclusion emerged: Waterford is considerably behind the curve ball when it comes to enacting a renewable energy strategy. By sheer coincidence, during last Thursday’s plenary meeting of Waterford City & County Council’s Adam Wyse (FF) felt that our local authority [...]

Road Revamp is Essential for Region

The National Development Plan (NDP, 2018-2027) commits to the enhancement and upgrading of “accessibility between urban centres of population and their regions, in parallel with the initiation of compact growth of urban centres”. News that the N25 New Ross Bypass/Barrow Bridge project is ahead of schedule and is due to open in June of next [...]

Closure of Post Offices is Regressive

Kilmeaden Post Office staff members Angela and Breda pictured on the post office's last day of business.
his writing. From his small Leitrim farm, he once opined: “The universal is the local, but with the walls taken away.” One suspects were McGahern writing in 2018, he might be moved to suggest that the foundation of Rural Ireland, while not yet taken away, was beginning to slowly and irretrievably disassemble. The closure of [...]

Cath Lab Numbers Make Case

It appears we have now long since passed the point of incredulity when it comes to the issue of improved interventional cardiology services at University Hospital Waterford (UHW). As reported in these pages and elsewhere in recent weeks, cold, statistical evidence is now firmly making the case for both a second Cath Lab at UHW, in [...]

Large South-East Contingent to See Pope

The second papal visit to Ireland will attract a large crowd again to Dublin and Knock.New health and safety regulations will mean that crowds will be limited but still hundreds of thousands are likely to see Pope Francis.The country has changed much since 1979, mass attendances have fallen heavily since then, particularly in the urban [...]

Tom Raises the Barr in Berlin

Ferrybank AC's Thomas Barr pictured with his bronze medal after finishing third in the Men's 400m Hurdles Final at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. See News 18 and Sport 1, 10 and 11 for more! 							| Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Thomas Barr’s European Championship bronze medal represents an ambition made manifest for the Dunmore-born hurdler, bringing great honour to his home village, his club, Ferrybank AC, Waterford and the nation as a whole. The 26-year-old became the first male Irish sprint medallist in these championships when taking bronze in the 400 metres hurdles, joining [...]