Author: Kieran Walsh

Election interest growing

Election interest growing

The health issue and Matt Shanahan standing as an independent caught the imagination at the opening of the campaign and there is considerable support for him in the city and east Waterford. Getting a high first preference will be a challenge if he is to remain in the hunt. The Fianna Fail candidate Eddie Mulligan has...
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Election 2020

Election 2020

As we go to press, we must say it is a very hurried election in a bad weather month. This is not ideal for a current Government to get back in. Getting the Brexit uncertainty out of the way is one excuse for it and also the weak numbers following by election losses. One thing is sure is that we will have two new...
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North gets Assembly again

North gets Assembly again

One positive outcome of the UK elections is that a new energy has emerged to get the Stormont Assembly up and running again.Loss of seats by Sinn Fein and DUP for the London seats have seen how the people are annoyed at the lack of public representation in Belfast. It has led to education and health cuts kicking in...
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Perpignan, well worth a visit

Perpignan, well worth a visit

Perpignan, a city with a population of just over 122,000 is a southern French city near the Mediterranean coast and the border with Spain. Though settlement in the area goes back to Roman times, the medieval town of Perpignan seems to have been founded around the beginning of the 10th century. Historically, it was...
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Catalan France

Catalan France

Hilly scenery, quaint historic villages and wine country Mid September last, we paid a visit to French Catalonia.It has much to offer from the splendid coastline to dramatic hills that surround large areas of vineyards and vegetable production. Further inland you have the mighty Pyrenees that reach well over 2,000...
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Express View 2019 in review

Express View 2019 in review

The year 2019 overall has been mixed, when we do review it in a short summary. There was great tension towards the year end, as we waited to see would a council budget would be passed.As often happens the issue went to the wire and saw some members of the Mayor Pact opposing it finding it difficult to pass. The Irish...
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Zip around Zagreb

Zip around Zagreb

Zip around Zagreb

This year we paid a very brief visit to Zagreb. They must be in the European champions league for Christmas.They won the award for best in Europe three times and no longer enter. The city of 800 000 people, a million with the surrounding area was described as dull over a decade ago and that shook them up and now is a...
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National lottery debacle

National lottery debacle

National lottery debacle

The National Lottery debacle last week over the top prizes being unavailable for scratch card holders was quite astonishing.We are surprised that they would blame a printing issue and say it was an error. It may be more serious than that.An investigation is needed with the regulator.Also in the contract it was stated...
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Girona and the Costa Brava

Girona and the Costa Brava

Girona and the Costa Brava

The Costa Brava has an image of lots of beach resorts on the interior is also worth visiting and we flew out to Girona to see a variety of places from the historic Catalan city, Girona and onto wooded forests and volcanic mountains. The tourism board wish to promote that there is more about the Costa Brava than...
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