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John Paul Phelan accused Fine Gael Junior Minister Paudie Coffey (pictured) of "political opportunism" over proposed changes to the Kilkenny/Waterford political border

John Paul Phelan accused Fine Gael Junior Minister Paudie Coffey (pictured) of "political opportunism" over proposed changes to the Kilkenny/Waterford political border

John Paul Phelan accused Fine Gael Junior Minister Paudie Coffey (pictured) of "political opportunism" over proposed changes to the Kilkenny/Waterford political border

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.

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 political border.

In a statement, Mr Phelan urged his constituents to "bury" the department in a "mountain of paper work" to block the boundary change.

The Carlow/Kilkenny TD said the proposed change means he will become a Waterford man if two of his party colleagues "have their way".

Mr Phelan urged Fine Gael members in his constituency to write to the department objecting to the proposed change.

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