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FG TD launches attack on Alan Kelly and Paudie Coffey over electoral boundary changes

Published 25/11/2015 | 19:57

John Paul Phelan
John Paul Phelan

A Fine Gael Kilkenny TD has launched a scathing attack on the Department of Environment and his own party colleague over a proposed electoral boundary change which would mean he will be living in Waterford.

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John Paul Phelan accused Fine Gael Junior Minister Paudie Coffey and Environment Minister Alan Kelly of “political opportunism” over proposed changes to the Kilkenny/Waterford border.

In a statement, Mr Phelan, who is also a member of the Banking Inquiry, urged his constituents to “bury” the Department in a “mountain of paper work” in an attempt of block the boundary change.

The Carlow/Kilkenny TD said the proposed boundary change means he will become a Waterford man with “the stroke of a pen if two of his party colleagues have their way”.

Mr Phelan is urging Fine Gael members in his constituency to write to Department of the Environment objecting to the proposed change.

“When this change was last mooted 10 years ago, the people of Kilkenny stood firm, submitted an avalanche of 10,000 objections and effectively put an end to any proposed changes,” He said,

“This campaign is not a slight on the people of Waterford. It is being driven by Junior Minister, Paudie Coffey, and his boss in the Department, Alan Kelly. This proposed boundary change is nothing short of cynical opportunism on their behalf.  The people of Kilkenny have to stand together, stand firm and stop their efforts take this chunk of land from Kilkenny,” he added.

“The people of this constituency stopped Eirgrid’s high-powered pylon plan because they saw reason, they made their case and they buried them in a mountain of paperwork. The same needs to happen now on this critical issue. The proposed change is in nobody’s interest and it must be stopped.”

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