Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

WHY LITERACY IS A NATIONAL CAUSE

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 [...]

Brexit shivers begin to relent

For well over a year, there have been major concerns in Ireland regarding the dreaded Brexit. Thankfully, that cloud somewhat lifted last week given the ‘Flextension’ that was agreed to by the European Union following further discussions with the British Government. With a no deal Brexit already off the table thanks to one of the few sensible [...]

SELLING THE SOUTH EAST

By 2030, the South East will not only be the fastest growing region in Europe, but it will also be the most sustainable. That was the sunny sentiment offered at last Wednesday’s South East Business Expo by Falcon Real Estate Development Director Rob Cass, who believes the benefits of living in this region continue to [...]

REVIVING OUR MAIN STREETS

"What’s been achieved with at Waterford's Applemarket is proof that Waterford City & County Council did not sit on its haunches during the recession"
That the main streets of the South East need a leg-up is made plain by walking along any of them. Be it Waterford, Tramore, Cappoquin, New Ross, Carrick-on-Suir and even in parts of Kilkenny city, there are, at present, far too many vacant units. Vacant units not only means there’s an economic deterrent in play, [...]

SOUTH EAST MUST PULL TOGETHER

Ministers of State John Halligan and John Paul Phelan flanking Business, Innovation and Enterprise Minister Heather Humphreys at the launch of the South East Regional Enterprise Plan in Waterford on Friday last.				| Photo: Leo Murphy
“We have come through the recession, and what we can achieve and deliver over the next few years will dictate if the region can overcome the challenges of its past and show to the world the type of great place to live and work that we believe it is.” The words of Frank O’Regan, Chair [...]

Farmers losing out amidst Brexit stasis

It has been a crazy week in British politics even if, thankfully, it appears a no deal Brexit has been avoided after days of often confusing voting in the House of Commons. However, farmers are already being hit hard with prices for cattle and sheep dropping over the past 12 months, with no sign of [...]

Business diversity across Waterford

We attended the Waterford Chamber of Commerce Business awards on Friday last week and were very impressed with the range and diversity of business throughout the city and county. Dungarvan and Waterford Chambers linked up for this event held at the Tower Hotel, which proved a resounding success.The awards also served to illustrate just how [...]

DOWNSIZING MAKES SENSE

ALONE, the charity that supports older people to maintain independent living in their own homes, has welcomed the Government’s recently published ‘Housing Options for Our Ageing Population’ report. Getting older people to downsize and move into smaller housing units to free up larger properties that are unused fully is a challenge that the Government is [...]

ECONOMIC SIGNS OF PROGRESS

In recent months, we have heard a lot of negative news on Brexit and the potential danger to the food industry, notably to beef and cheddar cheese exports to Britain.With the potential extension of Article 50 being widely speculated upon as we went to press, the pervasive sense of chaos about the UK’s exit from [...]

THE SCOURGE OF ILLEGAL DUMPING

On Thursday last, we attended the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade launch, the theme of which this year will be ‘SOS: Save Our Seas’ given the local, national and international concern being expressed about the level of plastic that’s being dumped and deposited in our waterways. The pollution of our seas, rivers and lakes are now [...]