Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

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 [...]


There was joy and disappointment among candidates at the local elections as the results came in over the weekend. The Green Party surge across the country also made itself known in Waterford as they elected two Councillors for the first time ever in the city and county. There was also a resurgence for the Labour Party [...]

Make Your Voice Heard

We would urge all who can vote in this Friday’s European and Local Elections across Waterford and the South East to do so. Now more than ever, in a period of ongoing flux primarily caused by Brexit, the need for competent and responsible representation at political level has never been greater, be it in City [...]

Broadband Plan comes with risk

The Government’s National Broadband Plan comes with a very high price tag and while we agree with its intentions, it appears that the Fine Gael-led Government is biting more than it ought to be chewing.Given the acceleration of change in broadband service provision, in just a few short years from now, fibre may not need [...]

UHW’s Mortuary: the need for clarity

The prospect of a deceased loved one’s body not being treated in a manner any family should be assured of at so traumatic a time is appalling to even contemplate. And if one bereaved family anywhere in this State has discovered that such post-mortem treatment was anything other than exemplary, then that is, without hesitation, [...]


On Thursday last, this newspaper attended the launch of the Labour Party’s ‘Literacy Ireland’ document, a policy paper which aims to “ensure that literacy supports are available to every adult and child”. Launched at the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms in Waterford’s Cultural Quarter, Labour’s plan bids to address a multi-generational failure of the [...]