Archive for the ‘Express View’ Category

BREXIT CONCERNS INTENSIFY

Public concern about the prospect of a no deal Brexit is intensifying. One hopes that the national media will get its head back in the game having largely taken its eye off this massive issue due to a doleful Presidential Election campaign. Reports last week revealed that consumer confidence has dropped to a level not seen [...]

Higgins is Poised for Áras Return

Kathleen Stone of Portlaw pictured presenting a knitted Michael D. Higgins to the President made by the Clodiagh House knitting group, Portlaw during his visit to Waterford City on Friday last.
It looks very likely that Michael D Higgins will be returned to serve a second term as Uachtarán na hÉireann following Friday’s Presidential Election. President Higgins has served both the office and this country well, and given the many centenaries that lie ahead, be it the First World War Armistice, the War of Independence, the [...]

VAT Increase on Hotels is Baffling

While the decision to retain the VAT rate for newspapers at 9% is evidently welcome from our perspective, Paschal Donohue’s 4.5% increase on the hospitality sector is impossible to justify. As economist Jim Power succinctly put it at last Wednesday’s Waterford Chamber Business Breakfast, not only is the VAT increase on the hospitality sector hard to [...]

Quay Rebirth Edges Nearer

A Drawing by the North Quay Project's Design Team of the Proposed Marina
The publication of Waterford City & County Council’s Urban Regeneration Development Fund (URDF) application is timely, a 28-page manifesto which presents a better and attainable future for both our city centre and our region. While the €104 million funding application represents a considerable increase on figures previously discussed and published, as our interview with Council [...]

A Directly Elected Mayor Has Appeal

The prospect of directly elected Mayors in Waterford, in addition to our four other major cities, represents a welcome step in the right direction. But it is clear that the development, revealed by Ferrybank-based TD John Paul Phelan, requires a great deal of tweaking if such an office is to possess executive heft and clear strengthening [...]

We Must Act Regionally

The confirmed delivery of a second Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) by Health Minister Simon Harris is a welcome step in the right direction. However, it is important to recognise that it is one of several forward steps yet to be taken when it comes to regional cardiology services and that there’s further work [...]

Waterford’s Renewable Energy Defecit

Last week, we travelled to an energy conference in neighbouring Tipperary from which one major conclusion emerged: Waterford is considerably behind the curve ball when it comes to enacting a renewable energy strategy. By sheer coincidence, during last Thursday’s plenary meeting of Waterford City & County Council’s Adam Wyse (FF) felt that our local authority [...]

Road Revamp is Essential for Region

The National Development Plan (NDP, 2018-2027) commits to the enhancement and upgrading of “accessibility between urban centres of population and their regions, in parallel with the initiation of compact growth of urban centres”. News that the N25 New Ross Bypass/Barrow Bridge project is ahead of schedule and is due to open in June of next [...]

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 [...]