Waterford accused of ‘Nazi-like’ plans

IN a national affront, Waterford City Council has been accused of acting like Nazis over a plan to advance the county boundaries into neighbouring Kilkenny.

Former chairwoman of Kilkenny County Council Mary Hilda Cavanagh said Waterford’s proposal to extend into Co Kilkenny was akin to something that “Hitler and his henchmen” would have planned.

Now, as history proves, the Third Reich never managed to place the print of a jackboot on the green fields of Kilkenny, nor Waterford for that matter.

Nonetheless, Cllr Cavanagh has been having lebenshraum-induced cold sweats since the proposal was mooted.

Cllr Cavanagh said that looking back through history, it was obvious that aggressive Nazis were the cause of World War II.

In her non-revisionist opinion, she said the actions of Waterford City, which wants to double its size at the expense of Co Kilkenny, reminded her of Hitler’s dark period.

Her remarks were made at a recent special meeting of Kilkenny County Council on the official proposal by Waterford City to extend into Co Kilkenny.

Yesterday, the director of services and corporate affairs at Waterford City Council, Paddy Power, was not going to be dragged to the front lines. He would not comment on Cllr Cavanagh’s “headline grabbing” tactical warfare.

The proposal to extend the boundaries was being done in accordance with effective and correct local government procedures, enshrined in the legislation, he said.

The laws dictate the manner in which the proposal was being dealt with, he stressed.

The period of consultation had begun and submissions could be made between now and the end of September, he said, adding that all the data in relation to the proposal was posted on the Waterford City Council website.

The financial implications for Kilkenny were becoming clearer in the wake of the application by Waterford City to take 6,000 acres of Co Kilkenny and to make 5,000 people who live there part of Co Waterford.

“Rate payers in Co Kilkenny pay 22% less than their counterparts in Waterford,” Cllr Michael Lanigan said.

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