NORTH QUAYS: Confusion as Government insists ‘no decisions’ made about €39m for new Waterford train station
The Government has said “no decisions” have been made about €39 million being allocated to build a new train station in the heart of the planned North Quays development.
Local Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane yesterday said he had been told by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy that his department will fund the money for the project.
Deputy Cullinane told WLRfm’s Déise Today programme yesterday: “It’s great news; it’s great news for Waterford. Obviously we’ve been pushing for this collectively for some time.”
Indpedendent TD and Minister of State John Halligan said afterwards: “Negotiations are taking place at present with the Department of Transport and Paschal O’Donohue’s department but it has now been confirmed that the money will be made available to move the train station, which is a big, big plus and a big move for the further development of the North Quays.”
Local Fianna Fáil TD Mary Butler also tweeted about “positive news” from Minister Murphy.
However, the Department of Housing and Local Government subsequently said that “no decisions were made at the meeting” and that “it was simply a discussion” about issues facing the city.
Government sources also told WaterfordNow.ie no decision has yet been made in relation to funding for the relocation of the train station.
Attempts to contacts Deputy Cullinane today were unsuccessful.