The Waterford County Board is expected to delay redevelopment work at Walsh Park until after next summer in an effort to stage their home Munster hurling championship games against Clare and Limerick at the venue.
The Irish Examiner reports that a decision from An Bord Pleanála on whether the project can go ahead is imminent, but work may be pushed back to allow Waterford pursue their case to retain home advantage.
New Déise manager Padraic Fanning, in conversation with county board chairman Paddy Joe Ryan over the weekend, was adamant their games against Clare and Limerick on 12 May and 2 June would take place in Waterford.
Munster Council chairperson Jerry O’Sullivan has said that Walsh Park is still in the reckoning to host games next summer. However, he added that the chief reason it was deemed unsuitable this year was not its capacity of approximately 8,000, but rather the collapsed Western Boundary wall.
"Walsh Park is still a possibility, but at this moment in time, nothing has been ruled in or out," O’Sullivan explained.
"We are anxious Waterford avail of the home games, the same as everybody else. They just find themselves in a very unfortunate position. Once that planning decision is made, we can all sit down and decide where we want to go from here.
"[Munster CEO] Kieran Leddy is due to go to Waterford on Thursday. Meetings are ongoing. If planning permission is refused, we are back to where we were last year and the only difference is the [western boundary] wall situation has been rectified. You would still have a problem with capacity.
"We’d be anxious to get these matters, relating to venues and times, put to bed as quick as is possible. That lets everybody know where they are going."