Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

Hard Brexit Threat Grows

The threat of a hard border on this island is growing after the EU rejected a proposed ’special technology border’ between North and South, as proposed by the UK, branding it as unworkable. European Council President Donald Tusk said that failure to reach agreement on the border would mean the UK would fully leave the [...]

A Tough Time on the Farm

Farmers have been on tenterhooks these past few weeks, waiting for Spring to finally arrive. Even after a relatively dry week, much of the farmland across the region is still too heavy for ploughs and other heavy machinery. Some enthusiastic farmers have been caught ought by moving too early, which has led to some getting machinery [...]

Blues on Crest of Soccer Wave

Waterford FC's Gavan Holohan celebrating a great win over champions Cork City: Photo by Noel Browne
It’s great to see Waterford FC riding high at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division in the wake of their 2-1 win over champions Cork City at a packed RSC on Friday last. The bumper crowds which have made the Kilbarry venue such a fortress this season shows how hungry soccer supporters [...]

Regional Press Suffer Over SCU Controversy

It appears that other, more resource-rich elements of the media, in addition to some in the Opposition, have used the controversy around the Government’s Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) to curtail other Government advertising in the regional press. While watching television news reports on Tuesday last, one couldn’t help but conclude that some political parties appeared to [...]

Think Before Buying Plastic

Back in 2002, Ireland proved an international forerunner in becoming the first country to develop a policy on plastic bags. And in the first year after the plastic bag levy was introduced a reduction of 90 per cent of plastic bags in Ireland was recorded. However, according to new Eurostat figures, Ireland is now the top [...]

Taoiseach Drops the Ball Stateside

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar dropped quite the diplomatic clanger in Washington last week when he ill-advisedly brought up his apparent intervention on a wind farm proposal that had been planned near the Clare golf course owned by Donald Trump. During the St Patrick’s Day lunch at Capitol Hill, Mr Varadkar recalled receiving a call from then ‘Citizen [...]

The Taoiseach Comes to Town

Fine Gael’s public relations machine came into town last Friday pumping up their 2040 National Plan for fresh investment in the regions. Spending money in the regions is very welcome when it comes to urban regeneration, which will hopefully alleviate pressure from the Greater Dublin Area. As we know, Dublin has major transport issues given the failure [...]

The South East’s Crystal Vision

Pictured at Waterford Medieval Museum for the launch of Crystal Valley Tech were Ministers John Halligan and Michael D'Arcy, Niall O'Donnellan (Enterprise Ireland), Larry Breen and Elaine Fennelly (CVT) and Martin Shanahan (CEO, IDA).	| Photo: John Power
The past few weeks have been very encouraging from a regional perspective, given the positive noises emanating from the National Planning Framework/Ireland 2040 plan and the official launch of Crystal Valley Tech which took place on Monday. Speaking at the launch on Monday morning, WIT President and Crystal Valley Tech Board member Professor Willie Donnelly [...]

Let’s Make Waterford Great Again

The ‘Project Ireland 2040’ national plan, the branding of which we understand was arrived at following some Waterfordian intervention, is not the blasé, rehashed compendium of wall to wall re-announcements that some cynical commentators have claimed it to be. There are many positive elements contained within the document, and the consolidation of all five South Eastern [...]

The Need to Safeguard Local News

The case for safeguarding regional journalism within the public service funding sphere has long been clear as far as this newspaper concerned. And if TV3 and regional radio stations feel they should be getting some slice of the licence fee, the case for newspapers being afforded some level of State protection is inarguable. Of course, such [...]