Kilkenny County Council has rejected claims made last week by local archaeologist Cóilín Ó Drisceoil, who said that the city’s new Central Access Scheme will destroy a famine burial ground if it proceeds.
Mr Ó Drisceoil last week said that the local authorities were not aware of the historic graveyard, which is located near the county fever hospital, Wolfe Tone Street.
But a statement issued by the council this week said that the road would not interfere with the burial ground.
“Kilkenny County Council refutes strongly the statement as attributed to a local archaeologist and further wishes to make it clear that the proposed route of the new street will not affect the plot of ground located behind the old fever hospital purchased for famine graves in the 19th century,” said the statement.
The project is expected to progress in the coming weeks.