A proposed development scheme for Cappoquin has been hailed as a 'milestone' for the West Waterford town.
The regeneration works include a pilot housing scheme consisting of eight dwellings, the conversion of the former Fennell's pub into a ground floor cafe or shop and an upstairs apartment.
Also on the plans are public realm works, including upgraded parking and lighting and the development of the former Moore's Hotel on Main Street into office space and accommodation with a roof terrace.
Councillors approved the plans, following a public consultation process at the recent Dungarvan/Lismore meeting.
Cllr Damien Geoghegan said it would bring a much-needed capital injection
"This is a good news story for Cappoquin - it is something that we have been talking about for quite some time and represents a serious injection of capital into Cappoquin and is a vote of confidence in the town.
"It may encourage other property owners in Cappoquin to avail of the council's schemes such as Repair and Lease which would bring even more people into the area - that is what keeps towns alive," Geoghegan said.
Morris Conway from Waterford Council says all going well they hope to begin the work next year.
"We hope to make the application to the RRDF as soon as it opens up and we hope that it will be successful.
"Hopefully, there will be some indication early next year and I think all going well we will be on site next year, Conway said.