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IDA growing regional focus

Anne-Marie Tierney-Le Roux, Head of Regional Business, Development, IDA Ireland, Minister John Halligan TD, Minister For State at The Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Roseann Miller, MD, Emerald Contact Centre and Emer Prendergast, Director Of Emerald Contact Centre cutting a ribbon to open their new offices at Confederation House, Waterford Business Park. Photo: John Power
The IDA is doing up a new plan for 2020 and the good news is that the regional focus will grow.In the past they have been criticised for putting too many jobs in Dublin mostly due to client demand.But now with labour shortages in Dublin and housing costs there is a greater reginal focus.An IDA [...]

Phil Hogan’s promotion is good news for South-East

Commissioner Phil Hogan has at times been a controversial figure here in Waterford. People here worried about Kilkenny, his home county, getting more attention than Waterford for investment when he was a Cabinet Minister.He has been on a bigger stage since as Irish EU Commissioner and has a had a successful period in Agriculture. In the past [...]

Airport in Waterford can alleviate pressure on Dublin

It was interesting to hear the head man in Aer Rianta and Dublin declare on Newstalk this past week that Dublin Airport is at full capacity.Dublin can no longer take new airlines from early morning to early evening peak times, only later times are possible outside of peak times.This must create opportunity [...]

Time for government to review farming sector

Given the huge concern over the blockade at beef plants in the past few weeks, is it not time for Government to review the Sector? The beef farmers are in serious trouble, due to the fall in prices and find it hard to sustain themselves. The factory owners are at risk with little supply and the [...]

Rural pubs closures rise

Pub closures continue as revenue figures show 71 rural pubs closed in 2018 – 1,535 less pubs in rural Ireland than in 2005.Drinks Industry Group of Ireland analysis shows nearly 20% of (1,535) rural pubs closed between 2005 and 2018, compared to just 1% in Dublin. Revenue figures show the rural pub population declined by almost [...]

Multi-Cultural Waterford growing

Cllr Eamon Quinlan, Cllr Jody Power, Kieran Walsh, Munster Express, Senthil Ramasamy, Waterford Metropolitan Mayor Cllr Breda Brennan, Cllr John Hearne.
Last week we attended a special event for India National Day where the advent of Multi-Cultural Waterford came up.Waterford has changed very much in last decade and a half with the strong Irish economy attracting labour from Europe but also further afield like India.There is a growing Indian community in Waterford and they seem happy [...]

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 [...]