From our archives
Water supply could be disconnected
Wexford town has been blitzed with water rate demands ordering more than 100 householders to either pay up or risk having their water supplies cut off.
Since Christmas, 120 warning notices have been sent out by Wexford Corporation, threatening disconnection unless some arrangements are made for the payment of rates.
According to Town Clerk Don Curtin, some houses have already had their water cut off because they have failed to pay arrears due.
'Some people were cut off last week, and some were cut off in January,' he said, adding however that in total, only eight houses were disconnected.
Mr Curtin also pointed out this week that quite a number of people have failed to pay any water rates since the charge was introduced in 1983, which means that their demand notices were for sums of up to £300.
He noted that the majority of people who have received final demands have made arrangements with the Corporation for the payment of the arrears, but those who have their water disconnected must by a further reconnection fee to the local authority.
'Everyone has to pay their share. Ninety-nine per cent of people are paying, and people who don't pay are being unfair to those who do,' he said.
'Wexford Corporation are very accommodating of people who owe us money. We operate a waiver scheme and an easy payment scheme,' he added.
Wexford to get new high-speed internet
Wexford will be one of the first towns in Ireland to benefit from a new regional broadband programme which will bring high-speed internet access to 67 towns around the country.
Wexford County Council already has financing in place and will now tender for contractors to install and manage the networks.
County Manager Seamus Dooley said a lot of pipework, laid as part of the main drainage scheme, would facilitate the laying of the broadband fibres which make high-speed broadband communications possible.
The first phase of the project, of which Wexford is a part, is being conducted in association with local and regional authorities, which will receive 90 per cent of funding from the Exchequer.
A total of €44 million is already allocated this year in the Department of Public Enterprise budget for the project, which should be completed in the next full year at a cost of €60 million.
'Dirty dose of flu' - the worst is over
Good news for flu sufferers is that the worst is over. The virulent strain which has struck County Wexford with a vengeance in the past few weeks is now well on the way to receding.
A combination of factors has made 1986 the worst year for flu in a long time, with hundreds of people suffering from what Dr Patrick Judge, Director of Community Care, called 'a very dirty dose'.
When contacted, Dr Judge - who was himself suffering from his second bout of flu since the beginning of the year - explained that three different strains have struck this year, rendering vaccines ineffective in many cases.
The absence of snow has also contributed to the flu epidemic. 'Snow usually deadens the virus,' he explained.
The year's flu, which is being commonly labelled as the 'Asian' or 'Hong Kong' variety by many people, is symptomized by severe headaches and in some cases, gastric problems.
But 'the worst is over by far', according to one local GP. 'It was very prevalent about two weeks ago, but has subsided now,' he said.
Wexford County Hospital has also been feeling the brunt, with an increase in patients suffering from pneumonia.
'A lot of pneumonia has come out of it this year,' said the GP. Most people were treated at home but many others had to be admitted to hospital for treatment.
Factories and schools have also been badly hit, with one large secondary school reporting one third of students absent over a period of three weeks.
Pirate radio station could be bought out
A 'buy-out' of Wexford's four-year established pirate radio station is being negotiated, founding partner in CRW, Alderman Dominic Kiernan, has confirmed.
Discussions are ongoing with what Ald. Kierndan described as 'a committee', understood to consist of disc jockeys and presenters on the radio station. Ald. Kiernan also confirmed that the deal would mean the new owners would take over liabilities.
Ald, Kiernan and his partner in the station, Pat Murphy, do not have the time to devote to the enterprise, the Alderman said. Associate, Billy Sheehan, who had acted as Station Manager, was also pre-occupied with business in Waterford, he added.
Looking to the future and the year 2010
You've heard of Judge Dredd and of course Denis the Menace, but do you know that there a number of new characters now on offer to comic book aficionados?
In the new comic entitled 'Alternative' - written, drawn, produced and published by a group of young Wexford people - you can meet characters like Razor Blade, Thunder Words, Captain Ireland, and others, all local heroes with an Irish flavour.
Some of the stories are set in a Wexford of 2010 AD, with an invasion of robots from the future.
The lads behind the new comic are Wayne Daly, Lee Kelly, and Nicholas Roche, all currently at school in Wexford, and they are to be congratulated on their initiative and talent.
One of the characters, called Captain Ireland, has a real name of Aidan Duffy. He lives at 1 Haughey Place and works at Wexford Tekno, a space hovercraft manufacturing plant. He is helping Wexford people to rebuild their town following a robot invasion.
If you want to read about Captain Ireland and his friends, get your hands on a copy of 'Alternative' at good retail outlets in Wexford, but be warned - copies are already in short supply.
Work on new hotel
Work has begun on a new multi-million euro hotel on the edge of Wexford town.
The hotel, next to the Ballindinas roundabout, is being built by Murt and Michael Doran of Ellen Construction.
Designed by Wexford architect Ray Kelly, the 104-bedroom luxury hotel will include a leisure centre, gym, swimming pool, bar and restaurant, and should be up and running by the end of the year, with completion due in early 2003.
Negotiations have been taking place with 'a reputable operator', although it's understood that the Dorans will be retaining the hotel themselves.
From the adverts
A snapshot of the state of the County Wexford property market 22 years ago, taken from listings in the issue of March 15, 1993:
Semi-detached bungalow at Slaney View, Oylegate, with three bedrooms and back boiler central heating, guided at under £30,000;
Detached four-bed home at Parkside, Wexford, with large kitchen and solid fuel central heating, guided at £57,000;
Building site close to the Lobster Pot, guided at £6,000;
Two-storey cottage at Kilmore Quay, with four bedrooms, guided at £53,000; and,
'Commanding' two storey residence on mature private grounds at Drinagh, guided at £78,000.