‘We need a soup kitchen – not a Great Garden’

A local councillor has hit out at a number of Kilkenny’s ‘Medieval Mile’ proposals and the decision to allocate €5.5 million to the project, due to what he describes as the ‘real poverty’ in the city.

A local councillor has hit out at a number of Kilkenny’s ‘Medieval Mile’ proposals and the decision to allocate €5.5 million to the project, due to what he describes as the ‘real poverty’ in the city.

Cllr Joe Malone (FF) says that spending over €1 million on a riverside garden makes no sense in present circumstances, and that rather than a new ‘information centre’ in the Tholsel, a soup kitchen would be more appropriate. He says that improving housing and feeding impoverished people should be the council’s priority.

“You would be better off putting a soup kitchen in the town hall,” Cllr Malone told the Kilkenny People.

“The poverty around the city is unreal. There are people living in the darkness and in the cold all around Kilkenny.

“It may be from a different fund, but at the end of the day, this is all taxpayers’ money. Is this the best way to spend it?”

Cllr Malone also said that the ‘Great Garden’, due to run along the bank of the River Nore, is an unnecessary project, the funding for which should be used differently.

“Go along the quays – there is already serious amount of damage done to trees and nothing is done,” he said.

“Who is going to maintain this garden, when they are cutting services in the council? Where are the jobs going to be? Of course I welcome the funding, but don’t spend it on a garden.”