March 6, 2021
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Government rejects Waterford councillors’ pleas for €1.3m Budget bailout

The budget crisis facing Wateford City and County Council has deepened after the Government said it does not have any more money to plug a €1.3 million hole in the local authority’s finances.

The council received an extra €2 million in recent weeks to offset the revaluation of Irish Water rates.

A cross party delegation (pictured above) travelled to Leinster House yesterday to meet Minister of State John Paul Phelan, who lives in Ferrybank, to request further funding.

However, Minister Phelan told the councillors there would be no more money made available to Waterford.

One of the Waterford delegation, Sinn Féin leader on the council Conor D. McGuinness expressed his disappointment at the outcome of the meeting. He blamed the Fine Gael led Government and Fianna Fáil for the crisis engulfing Waterford.

“I met with the Minister today as part of a cross-party delegation of Waterford Councillors and I challenged John Paul Phelan to address the mess that his Government created,” Councillor McGuinness said.

“It’s become clear that there is no political will amongst the confidence-and-supply Government to do right by Waterford. Fine Gael, the Independent Alliance and Fianna Fáil are content for our communities and our employers to take a hit due to the Irish Water fiasco.

“How long can Waterford be expected to bear the brunt of indifference and disdain from Government buildings?

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