Kilkenny will fight Waterford 'landgrab'
A Fine Gael TD has vowed to take to the streets and to the courts to fight a proposed 'landgrab' which would see part of Co Kilkenny transferred to Waterford city.
The recommendation of a boundary commission is to transfer 6,000 hectares of land, just north of the existing city border and the river Suir, from Kilkenny to Waterford, taking about 4,500 people with it, causing uproar in Co Kilkenny.
Members of Kilkenny County Council have rejected the recommendation, which has gone to Housing and Local Government Minister Simon Coveney for consideration, while local TDs are also up in arms about the proposal.
"We will fight it on the streets and we will fight it in the courts, if necessary," Fine Gael backbencher John Paul Phelan, who lives in the area of south county Kilkenny affected by the move, said.
"We're not going to be used as pawns ... to resolve the mounting debts of Waterford City and County Council by gifting them a piece of our proud county."