Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

Meat Industry Woes

The row among farmers with the beef industry is getting more serious with the blockade of lorries bringing cattle and workers layoffs.Good to see talks underway and hopefully a resolution can be found. The protest, some say, did serve to highlight the problem but got very serious with staff layoffs and no production in factories.Is [...]

Waterford lags national recovery

Dr Ray Griffin.
The South East Economic Monitor 2018 shows that, despite some signs of improvement, Waterford continues to be left behind and is not enjoying a fair share of the national recovery.We carried this story last week and the report received much national press and radio which is a good thing, but being over negative can make [...]

GAA World Games comes to Waterford

Great to see over 1,100 Gaelic footballers, hurlers and camogie players from all around the world come to Waterford for the GAA World Games 2019.As Mayor of Waterford, Cllr John Pratt said: “It is fantastic to see so many teams from around the world arrive in Waterford for a week-long tournament of Gaelic [...]

Agora create 135 new jobs for Waterford

Woodlock House, the site of Agora Publishing, Portlaw, Waterford
Great to see the Agora Companies, the global publishing consortium, announce last week 135 additional jobs in its offices in Woodlock House, Portlaw, Co. Waterford as well as Waterford City.Collectively, The Agora Companies in Waterford employ 270 people. The additional 135 roles will be in all areas of the South East operations; digital [...]

Will legal system be changed to address compensation culture?

The UK, USA and Ireland have a particular problem with a claims culture for small accidents or injuries. This is now so serious that small business are closing such as creches, shops etc.Motorists, especially younger ones, are finding it hard to get cover and drive.Householders see home insurance rise and medical insurance claims against the HSE [...]

EU-Mercosur Trade Deal to hit Irish beef?

After 20 years of negotiations, the European Union has concluded a trade deal with the four Mercosur countries – Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. This is the largest trade deal that the EU has ever negotiated, covering 773 million people.It is a trade deal that may offer significant opportunities for Irish businesses, [...]

Climate Change pronouncements creates concern

The Cabinet rolled up in a hybrid fuel bus to make big announcements on climate change.No electric public transport was just an example of how ill prepared we are.In less well off central European countries electric buses and trains are prevalent.We have a dispersed population with poor public transport and a high dependence on [...]

Airport finally gets Government support for runway

There must be an election looming as it looks like Waterford Airport has finally got the go ahead for key funding to develop the longer runway. This will enable medium sized jets to use it and this weakness has been a restriction for many years at Waterford Airport.Rival airports in Kerry, Knock and Donegal [...]

New Mayor and MEP

Michael Walsh, CEO, Waterford City & County Council congratulating Cllr.John Pratt as he takes his seat as the new Mayor of Waterford City & County Council. Photo: Noel Browne.
Congratulations to the new Mayor of Waterford County and City, John Pratt and our new Green MEP from Waterford Grace O Sullivan.Grace was set for a seat early in the week and secured the 4th Ireland south seat handsomely by several thousand votes.The situation in Waterford Council was much tighter however, with Labour’s John Pratt [...]


The full recount of the Ireland South European Election count, due to begin today (Tuesday) is set to cost at least €1 million and take at least 28 working days to complete. The Green Party’s Grace O’Sullivan and Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada are fighting to stay in the race with the initial recheck reducing [...]