Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

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 [...]

MOVEMENT AT LAST TOWARDS A GOVERNMENT

The national interest, that long hackneyed phrase, is finally being recognised by the larger parties as they appear to near agreement on the formation of our new government. A minority administration is the likeliest option after Fianna Fáil rejected Fine Gael’s offer to enter a partnership government, leaving independents as the likely kingmakers when it [...]

SLOW PROGRESS ON THE POLITICAL FRONT

An inconclusive general election has, unsurprisingly, led to an inconclusive period in our political system. But given that we were told that it could take at least two months to form a new government, this comes as no great surprise, even if it is somewhat disappointing. Amidst the shadow boxing and the ‘will they, won’t they’ [...]

Ireland commemorates while Belgium mourns

The Easter 1916 commemorations in Ireland have been overshadowed by terrorism in Europe, with Belgian security services stepping up their investigations into the domestic cells responsible for last Tuesday’s fatal attacks in Brussels. This terrorist-led revolt, led by so-called Islamic State/Daesh, is of an altogether different type of that which the signatories of the Proclamation catalysed [...]

TACKLING CRIMINALITY IN WATERFORD

Over the past week, there has been an upsurge in Garda activity in Dublin the wake of the recent public executions which shocked the country, while locally, Operation Thor saw Waterford Gardaí make 11 arrests on Wednesday last in the wake of a series of burglaries. Major checkpoints were put in place at several locations in [...]

THE BUSINESS OF FORMING A NEW GOVERNMENT

We are now in the middle of a painstaking process which we hope will lead to the formation of a new Government. This time around, given the composition of the Dáil, it may take several weeks before we know who will govern – and how. Ideally, a national Government could be a good solution, but there [...]