Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

Election thoughts on an uncertain outcome

That Portlaw-based Mary Butler topped the Waterford poll for Fianna Fáil came as a major surprise in last Saturday’s General Election count, with 6,000 of her 10,000 first preferences stemming from mid and west Waterford. The elevation of David Cullinane has long been on the cards, and his vote-gaining power was one that Sinn Féin would [...]

A HUNG DAIL LOOKS LIKELY

As we go to press, a variety of opinion polls suggest a political stalemate beckons once the votes are counted and the 32nd Dáil is elected this weekend. Unless the polls prove spectacularly off the mark, the prospect of Fine Gael and Labour retaining a majority looks unlikely, and even if they were guaranteed the support [...]

THE NEED TO SAFEGUARD THE PRESS

“I regard any threat to the freedom of the press in Ireland as a threat to the State itself.” The words of Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, issued in the wake of threats made to Independent News and Media reporters last week is another disturbing development in the wake of the Regency Hotel and Ballybough assassinations [...]

COMPETITIVE ELECTION IS IN THE OFFING

On the basis of the discourse we’ve listened to over the past fortnight in Waterford, it would appear that the race for Leinster House has produced the best brand of candidates we can recall for many elections. The first candidates’ debate, which was held at the Theatre Royal on January 28th, was, in our view, a [...]

TRAMORE MARKS THE SEAHORSE TRAGEDY

The loss of 363 lives would make international news today across print, broadcast and online media. Two hundred years ago, that lamentable tally of souls were lost in Tramore Bay when the 350-ton Seahorse sank during a storm. On Saturday last, a very well organised event was held in Tramore to make the tragedy’s bicentenary, with the [...]

FUEL PRICE DROP NOT REFLECTED IN OTHER SECTORS

Reading several newspapers over the weekend, it was worth noting that that despite the big fall in fuel prices, the benefits one might expect from such a drop are nor being sufficiently passed onto consumers. Forget not that public transport prices rose at the beginning of the year on both buses and trains yet one of [...]

Enhanced Career Guidance Required

Recent figures revealed in the national media in relation to third level institutes have revealed an unwelcome development: an increasing level of drop-out rates. We believe that this worrying trend may be the end result of a long-standing issue which stems from secondary school level: a lack of appropriate career guidance. While some schools unquestionably have excellent [...]

Supporting Waterford & Winterval

Winterval, which began on Friday last, is something all involved in its running and co-ordination should be very proud of. It is surely the best winter/festive event of its kind in the country and represents great entertainment for children. There’s so much for adults to enjoy too; and we hope that locals, along with visitors coming [...]

Regional City Road Linkages Require Work

The Government’s latest Capital Plan did not include linking regional cities via upgraded roads, and we understand that the prospect of such improvements is once again being discussed at regional authority level. No-one can suggest that Waterford wouldn’t benefit from improved connections to Limerick, Cork and Galway, and the status of the N24 Rosslare-Waterford-Limerick road was [...]

Regional City Road Linkages Require Work

The Government’s latest Capital Plan did not include linking regional cities via upgraded roads, and we understand that the prospect of such improvements is once again being discussed at regional authority level. No-one can suggest that Waterford wouldn’t benefit from improved connections to Limerick, Cork and Galway, and the status of the N24 Rosslare-Waterford-Limerick road was [...]