Junior Minister John Paul Phelan will officially turn the sod on the project this morning.
Labour will hold its annual conference in Wexford this weekend.
He had to cancel due to Dáil commitments.
There's a meeting at six o'clock this evening to discuss how best to spend the money.
From Kilkenny Councillor, to TD, to Minister of State, and back to Kilkenny County Council - Ann Phelan has come full circle.