July 26, 2021

‘Much more needs to be done’ – frustration over slow progress of key Waterford projects

2020 must be “the year of delivery for Waterford”, a local TD has said.

Reflecting on the year, Deputy David Cullinane said progress was made on “some key issues for Waterford”, but he added: “Much more needs to be done next year to get key projects over the line.”

Deputy Cullinane said the landmark North Quays development, the completion of the seconds cath lab and and new mortuary at University Hospital Waterford (UHW), the runway extension at Waterford Airport, progress on the Technological University and the provision of more public and affordable housing “are all key to realising Waterford’s potential”.

The Sinn Féin TD added: “2019 was a year that saw progress on some key issues for Waterford. The North Quays Development has reached a milestone with a planning application lodged, funding was secured for a second Cath Lab and a new mortuary, Waterford retained its Garda Headquarters and a commitment was given to fund a runway extension at the Airport.”

Deputy Cullinane said local Oireachtas members have “worked collaboratively” to help deliver for Waterford.

But he admitted progress has been slow in a number of key areas.

“The transition to a Technological University still lags behind other regions. The housing crisis continues with a lack of public and affordable housing a big challenge for the City and County. And University Hospital Waterford remains underfunded and without key infrastructure,” said Deputy Cullinane (pictured below).

“We need now to move from progress to delivery. 2020 must be the year the second cath lab and mortuary are finally delivered. It must be the year the Dunmore Wing at UHW is fully opened and operational.

“We need to see a fully and decisive public funding model for the North Quays and work beginning on the runway extension at the airport. Real progress needs to be made on the University as we are far behind other regions.”

He added: “The days of operating with one hand tied behind our backs must come to an end. 2019 was a year of promises and limited progress. 2020 must be the year of delivery.”

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