Minister John Paul Phelan has described Waterford Council’s efforts last year to extend the city boundary as an absolute waste of time, money and effort.”
The Waterford Boundary Commission had recommended that parts of South Kilkenny should come under the governance of the Waterford local authority, but this was rejected by the former Minister for Local Government, Simon Coveney.
Instead a joint structure will be formed using representatives from both counties to oversee the boundary area.
Mr Coveney’s replacement, Ferrybank-based John Paul Phelan told local councillors that the boundary extension was turned down, because it was never a runner.
He said while many of the twenty thousand submissions from Kilkenny people opposing a boundary extension were copy-and-pasted, they did reflect the public sentiment.
He says the time and money could have been better spent by Waterford.
John Paul Phelan says the joint structure will allow cooperation on governance of the Ferrybank area.