Fianna Fáil TD for Kilkenny Bobby Aylward has welcomed confirmation from Minister Simon Coveney that the Government will not be proceeding with the recommendation to extend Waterford County into Kilkenny.
Aylward said, “I am delighted for the people of south Kilkenny,in particular, those who would have been directly affected by a boundary extension, that this matter has been put to bed. I met Minister Coveney in a personal capacity in recent weeks regarding this matter. I came away from that conversation feeling very positive that there would be no change to the existing boundary and I commend the Minister for honouring his commitment.
Deputy Aylward continued by saying
"With such a contentious issue now behind us, I am hopeful that public representatives on both sides of the boundary can now renew our focus on working together to ensure that both counties prosper and thrive through collaboration and cooperation.
“We have unlimited potential for growth on both sides of the boundary and we need to tap into that through cohesive work at local government level. The people of Kilkenny and Waterford can benefit greatly from additional jobs in the tourism and retail sectors in particular. Minister Coveney's commitment to ensuring that new management solutions are in place to facilitate the cohesive expansion of Waterford City will hopefully help boost employment in communities on both sides of