Waterford was held up as a representation of Ireland’s economic misfortunes this week in a BBC news bulletin.
During Monday’s News at One, on BBC One, an item regarding the imminent Irish general election contained a live broadcast from The Quay in Waterford.
News anchor Kate Silverton introduced the story, where she said reporter Mark Simpson was “in Waterford to gauge the mood ahead of Friday’s ballot.”
Mr Simpson, the BBC’s Ireland correspondent, appeared on screen standing on the Quay, with the foreboding sight of the Ard Rí clearly visible in the background.
“In the past three years, Ireland has gone from boom to bust and it’s not hard to spot the evidence of it here in Waterford,” Mr Simpson began.