Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

Mental Health Services Must be Safeguarded

“This Office is concerned with staffing problems in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) which means that children experiencing escalating levels of stress and anxiety are often unable to access the emergency supports they need. It is crucial thatthe HSE addresses issues relating to the out-of-hours contracts of consultant psychiatrists to ensure that [...]

Contrasts on Litter Front

Cigarette butts remain the most prominent form of litter on Ireland's streets
Cigarette butts remain the most prominent form of litter on Ireland’s streets: that’s the major funding revealed in the 2017 National Litter Front, which has just been published by Environment Minister Denis Naughten. The Report by the Department’s Litter Monitoring Body reveals the extent, causes and composition of litter across the country. However, Waterford is welcomingly [...]

Hurlers Make an Early Exit

Tommy Ryan striking home Waterford's goal in Sunday's defeat to Limerick
Waterford began their memorable run to the 2017 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final on June 18th last year when they exited the Munster Championship at the hands of Cork. This Sunday, June 17th, they will face the same opposition with their fate already decided, leaving players, management and supporters with a quiet summer, a far cry from [...]

Water Safety in Grim Focus

While the strides made to successfully reduce deaths on Irish roads have been justly lauded and reported upon, the level of fatalities on our waterways, lakes and other water sources remains far too high. And this issue was tragically highlighted on Thursday last following the deaths of Jack Kenneally and Shay Moloney at a quarry [...]

Housing Summit is a necessary step

Deputy City & County Mayor John Cummins
City & County Councillors, speaking at last Thursday’s Plenary Council meeting in City Hall, want a housing summit to be held within 30 days to deal with the extent of the local housing crisis. And that’s a means of addressing this issue that this newspaper would both support and endorse. The summit is likely to involve [...]

History Should Be Cherished

President Michael D Higgins was on the money on Monday last when calling for History to be retained as a core subject up to Junior Certificate level. From this September, under Junior Certificate reforms, History will no longer be a compulsory subject for students, meaning only Irish, English and Maths will be studied by all ‘JC’ [...]

Vicky’s Stance Will Save Lives

Vicky Phelan, pictured on The Ray D'Arcy Show on Saturday last. 	| Still: RTE
“I said to (Simon Harris): ‘Basically, look, what has happened to me is awful, but, you know, I believe in this programme. I think that cervical smears do save women’s lives. What I don’t want to happen is that there will be more women diagnosed with cervical cancer, and I thought it was important that [...]

Hard Brexit Threat Grows

The threat of a hard border on this island is growing after the EU rejected a proposed ’special technology border’ between North and South, as proposed by the UK, branding it as unworkable. European Council President Donald Tusk said that failure to reach agreement on the border would mean the UK would fully leave the [...]

A Tough Time on the Farm

Farmers have been on tenterhooks these past few weeks, waiting for Spring to finally arrive. Even after a relatively dry week, much of the farmland across the region is still too heavy for ploughs and other heavy machinery. Some enthusiastic farmers have been caught ought by moving too early, which has led to some getting machinery [...]

Blues on Crest of Soccer Wave

Waterford FC's Gavan Holohan celebrating a great win over champions Cork City: Photo by Noel Browne
It’s great to see Waterford FC riding high at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division in the wake of their 2-1 win over champions Cork City at a packed RSC on Friday last. The bumper crowds which have made the Kilbarry venue such a fortress this season shows how hungry soccer supporters [...]