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23/10/2021

Councillors urge minister to bring immediate end to boundary review

Kilkenny County Council unanimously agreed to pass a resolution at its meeting last week to write to the Minister for the Environment and Local Government urging him to bring an immediate end to the boundary review process.

The council has also called on the minister to support the setting up of a structure to support regional cooperation, and in particular, to set up an implementationcommittee for the development of the environs of Waterford as envisaged in the PlanningLand Use and Transportation Study. The resolution was presented to the meeting by Cllr Tomás Breathnach (Labour Party) and seconded by Cllr Pat Dunphy (Fine Gael).

Cllr Breathnach said that the overwhelming level of public engagement and support for the position taken by Kilkenny County Council and the democratic expression of the people of Kilkenny strengthened the council’s view that a boundary review was unnecessary and unwarranted. It was the council’s position that a regional approach for cooperation, collaboration and coordination of services would better serve everyone in the south-east including Kilkenny, Waterford and its environs.

“ It is time to bring the review process to an end now,” said Cllr Breathnach.

Around 20,000 submissions were made to the review committee, which is to prepareand submit its reportto the minister by March 31.

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