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Boundary review meeting ‘productive’

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 1:01am

Cork city councillors are adamant that they still want a boundary extension. If follows a two-hour meeting with three representatives of the new boundary review committee and city councillors on Monday evening.

Twenty speakers spoke at the meeting, which the media were not allowed to attend.

Security was also very strict with both journalists and members of the public asked to stay downstairs while the meeting was held in the council chambers upstairs in City Hall.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, however, the Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill described it as a “productive meeting”. The review group’s chair Jim McKinnon was also in attendance.

The Lord Mayor also made a commitment that the 31 councillors of Cork City Council are in favour of a boundary extension.

He explained: “The three that were there from the committee were very impressed that there was such a calm, well-spoken, equal and collective council.

“They were very impressed that every (political) party was involved. Were we glad we came in? Yes, we were!”

Cllr Cahill (Fine Gael) said that what both the city and county councils do, they do well and Cork City Council want to expand the city boundary so that both councils can benefit.

He said: “As we’ve been saying all along, what we do in the city we do really well, and what they do in the county, they do well. We just want to expand the city so that both benefit. We are not looking for anything more.”

Speaking about the representatives from the boundary review committee, he said it was very clear that they came in with an open mind and that they have not been given an agenda to follow.

“Forty per cent of people who use our city are in the county, so we simply just want to have a city that reflects who we provide our services for and to give us adequate space to expand.

“If Cork is strong and Cork succeeds then it is better for the country.”

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