Borough and county councils safe

MINISTER Phil Hogan has indicated that Kilkenny Borough and County Councils will remain in existence.

MINISTER Phil Hogan has indicated that Kilkenny Borough and County Councils will remain in existence.

In an interview published in tomorrow’s Kilkenny People the Minister for Environment and Local Government said: “There is a critical mass of population required in an urban area to justify its existence as a borough council and that is here in Kilkenny. And I will be looking at the structures of local government in that way around the country and in eight to ten weeks time will bring forward my proposals,” he said.

He also revealed that he hopes to introduce measures, involving using water from the River Barrow to deal with water shortages in the Eastern part of the country. He also told the Kilkenny People that within a month he hopes to announce the scrappage of the electronic voting machines that cost the State 55 million.

‘Big Phil’ also stated that he hoped to site part of a technical university for the South East in the city.

For the indepth and exclusive interview see tomorrow (Wednesday’s) edition of the Kilkenny People.