Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

Hopes for a Spring Tide

As far as most Irish are concerned, Spring has sprung once more, and hopes for a progressive year in Waterford and across the region are building. News broke last week of a proposed leisure facility development in Ballybeg on a site adjoining Tesco. This represents the most positive news the area has received in quite some [...]

Are the Irish over-qualified?

A Sunday Times report over the weekend put Ireland at the top of the league in terms of overeducation in Europe.Cormac Lucey’s analysis suggests that some students who may not be cut out for specific levels of academic study are being pushed into third level education at the expense of vocational education. Do we need more [...]

Minister outlines mortgage plan but more supply needed

We listened with interest to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy’s offer for a new initiative on housing. The 1000 mortgages offer at long term fixed rates of over 2 per cent for year one is very attractive and should suit many in the provinces, where incomes are not too high and property prices reasonable. For [...]

Farming to a New Beet?

News that a site is to be acquired on the Carlow-Kildare border for a proposed new sugar beet processing site has been widely welcomed. It’s believed that a 200-acre at Plumperstown, near Castledermot, just off the M9, the site is to be bought by the Beet Ireland group with the aim of producing almost 200,000 tonnes [...]

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied for Abuse Victims

“We were told, around the time of the court case, that (Bill) Kenneally would not be named unless we went public. That’s the only reason any of us went public. The five of us went public on this. We have 16 children between us. Hopefully we’ll all have grandchildren. We’re not naïve enough to think [...]

The State We’re In: The World in 2017

A series of high-powered speakers addressed global affairs at the Kilkenomics Festival back in November, reflecting on global politics, the North Korean situation, the winning – and losing – of elections, and, of course, Donald Trump. The prospect of President Trump blowing up the world are not that strong and we can rest somewhat easily, said [...]

The future of Waterford Airport

“VLM’s presence at Waterford Airport, though short-lived, has proved once again that a sustainable level of passenger traffic exists in the catchment area for Waterford Airport. This can be harnessed for further development of aviation activity, particularly with an extended runway, where the Airport can offer in conjunction with its future airline partners the right [...]

The Christmas Markets of Bavaria

The Christmas market in front of Passau Cathedral.
We were in Munich and Passau on the Danube in the run up to Christmas. Bavaria and Germany are the home of Christmas markets with many countries now copying their wonderful traditions. The German tourist board say there are 3,000 to 4,000 markets across Bavaria alone in south east Germany alone; we were in Passau visiting [...]

Food, Brexit & marketing our wares in Asia

Ireland’s South East can boast of a strong and vibrant food sector, with market leading companies including Glanbia, Dawn Meats and Flahavan’s. Dungarvan has also marketed itself as a leading ‘foodie’ destination and the city continues to make welcome strides in this key area of the hospitality industry. However, legitimate fears remain about how a potentially [...]

BRANDING THE SUNNY SOUTH EAST

Fáilte Ireland’s pushing of the ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ brand, while not making any formal hay with the ’sunny south east’ moniker we are more readily familiar with, appears to be a flawed approach, in our view. This Ancient East marketing is primarily aimed at international tourists, and while we realise that we may not [...]