Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

Food, Brexit & marketing our wares in Asia

Ireland’s South East can boast of a strong and vibrant food sector, with market leading companies including Glanbia, Dawn Meats and Flahavan’s. Dungarvan has also marketed itself as a leading ‘foodie’ destination and the city continues to make welcome strides in this key area of the hospitality industry. However, legitimate fears remain about how a potentially [...]

BRANDING THE SUNNY SOUTH EAST

Fáilte Ireland’s pushing of the ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ brand, while not making any formal hay with the ’sunny south east’ moniker we are more readily familiar with, appears to be a flawed approach, in our view. This Ancient East marketing is primarily aimed at international tourists, and while we realise that we may not [...]

FUNDING THIRD LEVEL IRELAND

The cost of sending schools leavers to third level education is becoming an increasingly onerous burden on parents, and is all the more pressing for parents in the south east, as we remain without a university (or Technological University). Fees have risen on average to €3,000, the increase in which has really kicked in since the [...]

A NEW YEAR’S UNCERTAIN OUTLOOK

The past year has seen a new but unstable Government elected, with Enda Kenny earning his place in history as the first Fine Gael Taoiseach returned to office. A Budget has been passed, water charges have been effectively dumped and a new housing plan has been announced, yet others matters, such as public pay, have [...]

MORE GOOD NEWS AT BELVIEW

Smartply’s €60 million expansion at the Port of Waterford in Belview, which was effectively re-announced on Friday last following the commencement of expansion works at the plant in January 2015, is, nonetheless an encouraging development. It’s a sign of confidence in the future of the business, the Port itself and the south east economy on the [...]

Water charge body blow for Fine Gael

The ongoing water charge debacle illustrates the weakness of our politics, with Fine Gael emerging as the biggest losers of all in terms of Irish Water and how we will fund – directly or indirectly – our future water supply. And, as Finance Minister Michael Noonan put it last week to party colleagues, it is [...]

SHOPPING LOCAL IS THE WAY TO GO

We are writing this leader on Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, as shoppers the world over search for value and variety in the run up to Christmas. This year, Communications Minister Denis Naughten is encouraging small businesses to seize this moment to diversify their market and also trade on [...]

A trip to Tramore’s French twin

Cadaujac is well worth a visit
ast month, we paid a visit to Cadaujac, the French town with which Tramore is twinned. It’s practically a suburb of Bordeaux, nestled among vineyards in a village that is being absorbed into the greater Bordeaux area, the major regional city of South West France. It may not have the majestic beauty of the Tramore Bay, but [...]

A WELCOME MOVE ON MICHAEL STREET

It’s good to see some positive movement to the Michael Street development with works on the sizeable city centre site now imminent. There may well be more than a few objections or submissions to the project on some aesthetic grounds, objections people are fully entitled to make known, but it will give the city a [...]

New coalition may well be on the cards

The vagaries of forming a Government are swinging by the week. Last week, the Independent TDs were getting all the attention but it now appears the move is back on Labour and the Greens when it comes to forming a reliable Government. With very few Independents having voted for Taoiseach after three Dáil votes, perhaps the [...]