The Report of the Boundary Review Committee to the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has recommended that the
Minister should extend the Boundary of Waterford City and County Council into County Kilkenny by including the entire Electoral area of Kilculliheen and those parts of the Electoral Area of Aglish and Dunkitt contained within the Area of Interest that lie south of the N25 bypass.
This would mean a population of 4,500 would be incorporated into the Waterford area and would likely lead to an increase of one councillor in Waterford Metropolitan
District and a reduction of two councillors in the Piltown Municipal District of Kilkenny County Council. This would lead to a reconfiguration of all of the Municipal Districts within Kilkenny County.
The Report has been greeted warmly by elected representatives in Waterford City and County Council but has been received by members of Kilkenny County Council with hostility.
CEO of Waterford City and County Council Michael Walsh said “Waterford City and County Council welcomes the publication of the Report of the Waterford Boundary
Committee to the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. We note that the Minister has indicated recently that he will be considering it along with the other boundary reports, which he intends to address as part of the overall report on local government matters to be submitted to Government and the Oireachtas in the middle of the year. As the Minister intends taking time to consider the recommendations in the Report, we believe this also offers time for both Councils to reflect on the Report. In this regard, we will be considering the issue at our monthly
Council meeting this evening and will be issuing our views thereafter. As the Report has only been published and our Council has not an opportunity to consider and discuss its recommendations, it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”
Cllr Adam Wyse, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford is fully supportive of the recommendations outlined in the Report of the Waterford Boundary Committee to the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. Cllr Adam Wyse welcomes the recommendation to extend the boundary of Waterford City and County Council into County Kilkenny by including the Electoral Area of Kilculliheen and those parts of the Electoral Areas of Aglish and Dunkitt contained within the Area of Interest.
Cllr Wyse said “The Boundary Extension will ensure balanced and planned development of Waterford as the principle centre of population for the entire South East region, thus providing for the economic growth of the regional centre”
Sinn Fein TD for Waterford David Cullinane has written to all Waterford Oireachtas members inviting them to meet to discuss the boundary report. He said TD's and Senators working together and engaging in dialogue was important. Deputy Cullinane has also sought a meeting with the CEO of Waterford City and County Council Michael Walsh to discuss the reports content.
Deputy Cullinane said "The publication of the Waterford/Kilkenny boundary report is to be welcomed. It is an Independent report and makes clear recommendations. It is important that the report is given full consideration in a rational and calm manner.