Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

Closure of Post Offices is Regressive

Kilmeaden Post Office staff members Angela and Breda pictured on the post office's last day of business.
his writing. From his small Leitrim farm, he once opined: “The universal is the local, but with the walls taken away.” One suspects were McGahern writing in 2018, he might be moved to suggest that the foundation of Rural Ireland, while not yet taken away, was beginning to slowly and irretrievably disassemble. The closure of [...]

Cath Lab Numbers Make Case

It appears we have now long since passed the point of incredulity when it comes to the issue of improved interventional cardiology services at University Hospital Waterford (UHW). As reported in these pages and elsewhere in recent weeks, cold, statistical evidence is now firmly making the case for both a second Cath Lab at UHW, in [...]

Large South-East Contingent to See Pope

The second papal visit to Ireland will attract a large crowd again to Dublin and Knock.New health and safety regulations will mean that crowds will be limited but still hundreds of thousands are likely to see Pope Francis.The country has changed much since 1979, mass attendances have fallen heavily since then, particularly in the urban [...]

Tom Raises the Barr in Berlin

Ferrybank AC's Thomas Barr pictured with his bronze medal after finishing third in the Men's 400m Hurdles Final at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin. See News 18 and Sport 1, 10 and 11 for more! 							| Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Thomas Barr’s European Championship bronze medal represents an ambition made manifest for the Dunmore-born hurdler, bringing great honour to his home village, his club, Ferrybank AC, Waterford and the nation as a whole. The 26-year-old became the first male Irish sprint medallist in these championships when taking bronze in the 400 metres hurdles, joining [...]

The Race for the Áras

Aspirant presidential candidate Gavin Duffy
We are glad to see that a Presidential Election will be held in the Autumn/Early Winter. The incumbent, Michael D Higgins, has certainly fulfilled his brief well but whether the prospective candidates yet to be officially endorsed can overcome his long-standing popularity with the general public remains to be seen. However, whoever is President beyond the [...]

Dignity Amidst Despair

The grey skies over Carbally Church on Sunday morning last mirrored the mood among the hundreds of mourners who bade farewell to Jack Power of Brownstown, whose young life was snuffed out in the early hours of Thursday last. Bewilderment and shock was both palpable and pervasive among the congregation, who for the past few [...]

Waterford Continues to Lag the National Recovery

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. According to one of the report’s authors, Dr Ray Griffin, “a weak labour market, combined with lower levels of support from state agencies and the lack [...]

The Water Supply Challenge

The past month to six weeks has seen Ireland experience its hottest and driest weather since the summer of 1976. And the only sprinkle of rain we’d seen anywhere prior to the weekend was on a drive to Dublin last week, which barely constituted what we constitute as ‘a drop’. While gardeners may be justly concerned [...]

Climate Change Now a Hot Topic

Given the extreme heat of last few weeks, conversations about climate change are becoming increasingly mainstream – and necessarily so. By coincidence, in the past week, Environment Minister Denis Naughten has launched a ‘Call for Applications’ under a new €500 million Climate Action Fund The Climate Action Fund will support initiatives from the public and private sector [...]

Staying Sun Safe During Heatwave

The South East coast has enjoyed a booming June due in no small part to the fantastic spell of sunny weather, with the Tramore Promenade Festival drawing huge crowds on both Saturday and Sunday last.This leader writer was in Kilkenny last Thursday afternoon, when the temperatures were in the range of 30 degrees Celsius. We [...]