Local councillor Patrick McKee has called for an independent mediator to intervene in the ongoing dispute over the new bridge as part of the Central Access Scheme.
Cllr McKee, who is the leas cathoirelach of Kilkenny County Council, says his primary concern at this stage is protecting the public finances, as well as listening to the concerns of both sides in the debate. He says any avenue which could ensure public money is not further wasted is an avenue worth pursuing.
“There is great merit in mediation as it would offer a non-adversarial forum to discuss and debate the issues of concern, and I believe mediation should be entered into without delay,” says Cllr McKee.
“I very much respect those who are protesting, but I cannot countenance the notion that we as public representatives could make a decision that would inevitably lead to a loss of several million euros of taxpayers’ money.
“This is not a situation of my making, but it is a situation that I have to face up to and deal with along with my fellow councillors in an honest and transparent manner.”