Waterford has a population under 50,000 at present and this sometimes leads to the city being under-represented in various international comparisons. Sometimes, we have been seen to be too small for proper regional consideration.
When Galway exceeded Limerick and grew too 70,000, it became a bigger focus of growth.
A Waterford merger with Tramore and surrounding areas could add many thousands to the city population. Tramore and Dunmore East are commuter areas and now with the city and county councils poised to be joined, it is time for the urban areas to merge also.