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Re-routing of Bypass welcome but preservation and excavation of Viking Site needs to follow

23 February, 2005

Sinn Féin Councillor David Cullinane has welcomed the apparent decision to re-route the Waterford City Bypass away from the Woodstown Viking Site. He said that the building of the bypass was essential for the future development of Waterford and hoped that this much needed development proceeds as quickly as possible. However he also cautioned the Government against ignoring the potential that the Woodstown Viking Site has.

Cllr Cullinane said:

"The construction of the Waterford City bypass is hugely important to people not just in Waterford but the Southeast. The decision to re-route the bypass away for the Viking site is obviously welcome and long overdue. However it is also important that the Government recognises the huge significance of the Woodstown Viking Site and the potential that exists from excavating and developing the site."

"I caution the government against ignoring this potential. If the Minister moves to preserve the Viking Site he must match it would funding to fully excavate the entire site. What would be the point in preserving one of the most significant Viking finds of our time without it being fully excavated. Sinn Féin never believed it was a case of 'either or' in relation to the bypass and the Viking find. We can have the best of both worlds with the Bypass proceeding and the Viking site fully excavated."

"The Government must now demonstrate vision and properly fund a full publicly funded excavation of the site. This funding must come from central government. An interpretive centre could then be built near the site once a full excavation is carried out. Let's hope the government demonstrates the necessary vision.

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