Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has said that she is delighted that two objections to the North Quays development that could have delayed the project have been withdrawn.

“This is a very positive development, as An Bord Pleanála was due to hold public meetings into the matter this week. It has been confirmed by Inspector Mannion of An Bord Pleanála that both objections have been withdrawn and that the North Quays development can now continue as planned.

“This is one of the last major obstacles to the commencement of this much needed investment into, and vote of confidence in, Waterford City.

“I understand that full planning permission will be granted by October with works on the site due to commence in early 2019.

“Since this news broke, there has been a really positive atmosphere in Waterford. I believe that this development will be the catalyst for the future development of the Ireland’s oldest city. It can allow the city to grow, generate new businesses and jobs, and make it an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

“Major congratulations and kudos are due to Waterford City and County Council CEO, Michael Walsh and his team, for their vision, drive and tenacity in driving this project forward,” concluded Butler.