23rd May 2014
This was the first local election after the City (Borough) Council was abolished. Some councillors, such as Cllr. Joe Malone, said that the Central Access Scheme was a big issue in the Kilkenny City West Area, while he was on the hustings. Conversely, former councillor Seán Ó hÁrgáin said it was not. Whether or which, the results in both City election areas (Kilkenny City East and Kilkenny City West) were very good for those candidates who spoke out against the scheme just prior to the election. And several pro-CAS former councillors such as Martin Brett, Billy Ireland, Seán Ó hÁrgáin, John Coonan lost their seats on the council.
In Kilkenny City West the councillors who spoke out against the scheme were:
Cllrs Joe Malone (FF), Patrick McKee (FF), Malcolm Noonan (Green), Kathleen Funchion (SF).
In Kilkenny City East those who spoke out against were:
Cllrs Andrew McGuiness (FF), Breda Gardner (Ind), David Kennedy (SF).
Unfortunately by the end of August some councillors, such as Cllr. Patrick Mckee, have since said they were for the bridge scheme.
Click here for election results
22nd March 2014
Despite inclement weather, an estimated crowd of 450 people took part in this march – following the same route as September’s march, from the Peace Park, through Irishtown, up High Street and finishing on the Parade. Speakers this time included Archaelogical expert Cóilín O’ Drisceoil who outlined why he was against the scheme and why the Vicar Street houses should be retained.
21st February 2014
Several lime trees were felled by Kilkenny’s Local Authority at the Peace Park. The trees had survived the February storms intact – however the Council had other plans and according to the report (link below) from the Kilkenny People – they had been earmarked for removal to facilitate the construction of the central access scheme bridge.
Click this link to Kilkenny People Article
September 21st 2013
An estimated crowd of 600 people took part in a march in bright sunshine, from the Peace Park, through Irishtown, up High Street and finished on the Parade. Speakers on the Parade included Councillor Malcolm Noonan, who called on the authorities to complete Kilkenny’s Ring Road and not pursue the Central Access Scheme.