Tuesday February 18, 2020

Lessons from the front: How Waterford is beginning to bounce back

The renewal of the Viking-era port city is being led by Waterford Council chief executive and former inter-county hurler Michael Walsh

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

16th April, 2017
Waterford: Ireland’s oldest city is set for a long-awaited makeover Picture: Dylan Vaughan

Once, Waterford was a byword for recession. Waterford Crystal closed with the loss of 1,500 jobs. Another 575 went when the Talk Talk call centre shut down. But now, with the help of a former inter-county hurler, Saudi oil money and a new greenway, the Déise is on the cusp of a dramatic turnaround. So what lessons are there for other counties?

The key figure driving Waterford’s revival is the council chief executive Michael Walsh....

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