Originally Posted by Yes Boss
Can you clarify this statement please? The only statement to date from Paudie Coffey (FG) was that Waterford would retain its 'Historic Status'. Now he was either stating facts or it was a 'mistake'. If what he said was fact - Waterford will be a 'Historical City' like Kilkenny and Clonmel and not a City under the Local Government Act 2001 which is the law of the land.
Sorry only spotting this now. I'm afraid that's playing on Paudies words a bit. My understanding from what Paudie was saying was that our City Status as a whole, would remain intact. He was backing up that statement by referring to our city as a Historical City. Which it is. Its not just any awl City but an Historical City. Its perfectly acceptable to describe Wateford as a Historical City as it currently is
and he was not, unless I am mistaken, stating that we would be 'downgraded' to a type of City that Kilkenny is. I'm unaware of any definition for Clonmel in the Local Government Act.
The Local Government Act 2001 states very clearly the Cities of Ireland and this includes Waterford on its own two feet without any other requirements or 'if' statements. What people are jumping on is that it states further down the makeup of the individual type of councils in Ireland and people are now saying there is nothing there for Waterford. I can remind people that this will be modified to cater for a new type council for Waterford, Limerick, Tipperary and so on. This modification would define this new type of body and give it legal status for 2014. This modification does not effect the original piece of legislation that covers the cities of Ireland and thus the overall City Status remains unchanged.
It is factually incorrect to state Waterford will no longer be a City or will be a Historical City on the same par as Kilkenny. People are twisting the wording of the legislation and when the above is quoted to them they immediately reply with an unfounded conspiracy that Phil Hogan when updating the Local Government Act will remove Waterford from the overall list of Cities. That's daft and there is nothing to suggest he will. There was never any question in the report done by Fianna Fail or the Fine Gael government that our City Status should be looked at for removal or change in any shape or form.
Phil Hogan, according to WLR, stated Waterford will remain a City.
Anyway, I just wanted to clarify what I meant as requested. Your free to continue this discussion in the other threads about the merger but I think this topic should be kept 100% to the implications for Waterford and the South East if what Cullinane says is true!