Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

Could tax incentives end nursing crisis?

Trying to get Irish nursing graduates to remain in the country to work is one of the prime challenges facing the health service. Perhaps there are some lessons we can learn from elsewhere which could be put to good use here without leading to a pay-linked ‘free for all’ not only in health but across the [...]


Minister of State John Halligan has faced further questions about the provision of the second Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford (UHW), with local concerns understandable in the context of this region’s ongoing wait for health equality. Speaking to new ‘Deise Today’ presenter Damien Tiernan on Monday, the Minister re-iterated what he told this newspaper [...]

New Belview plant a welcome boost for the South East

Last week’s announcement by the Dutch Royal-A-Ware Group, partnered by Glanbia, regarding the development of a €140 million continental cheese manufacturing plant at the Port of Waterford in Belview, made for welcome news. This “best in-class facility” is scheduled for commissioning in 2022 and will produce continental cheeses in various formats, with an annual production [...]

Reviving a once popular Tramore cove

Senator O'Sullivan believes an Environmental Impact Study made me necessary for Tramore Cove
It’s great to see interest growing in the potential revival of Tramore’s Foyle Beach and Cove, a once popular area below The Doneraile, which is within proximity of The Pier. At Monday night’s Metropolitan District meeting, a motion was due to be tabled by Councillor Joe Conway (with the support of Cllrs Blaise Hannigan and [...]

Bottlenecks in the property market

While the dark clouds of Brexit loom over Ireland, there seems to be a growing confidence that the local property market will grow and help to lift the area out of the doldrums that have defined the past decade. There is a clear demand for housing locally, and prices here are considerably less than Cork or [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]