Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

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 [...]

BREXIT CONCERNS INTENSIFY

Public concern about the prospect of a no deal Brexit is intensifying. One hopes that the national media will get its head back in the game having largely taken its eye off this massive issue due to a doleful Presidential Election campaign. Reports last week revealed that consumer confidence has dropped to a level not seen [...]

Higgins is Poised for Áras Return

Kathleen Stone of Portlaw pictured presenting a knitted Michael D. Higgins to the President made by the Clodiagh House knitting group, Portlaw during his visit to Waterford City on Friday last.
It looks very likely that Michael D Higgins will be returned to serve a second term as Uachtarán na hÉireann following Friday’s Presidential Election. President Higgins has served both the office and this country well, and given the many centenaries that lie ahead, be it the First World War Armistice, the War of Independence, the [...]

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 [...]