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City backs MacKinnon and rejects county plan

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017 6:08pm

The first task of a group responsible for handling the local government arrangements in Cork is to determine the precise line for the enlarged city council jurisdiction.

This news was revealed by Cork City Council Chief Executive Ann Doherty at a specially convened meeting on Monday.

The meeting was in response to a submission from Cork County Council, which asks for a reduction of the proposed city boundary extension outlined in the MacKinnon Report.

This submission, from Cork County Council, was received by Cork City Council on 4 August.

The Mackinnon Report recommends that the new boundary includes areas like Glanmire, Little Island, Ballincollig, Blarney, Carrigtwohill as well as the area around Cork Airport.

This report, which was chaired by Jim MacKinnon, came after a previous report, now shelved, recommended merging the two local authorities in Cork into a super council.

Mr MacKinnon briefed city councillors on 19 July about his report.

Two days later, the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community, and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD, formally established the Cork Local Government Implementation Oversight Group (IOG) and published Terms of Reference for the Oversight Group’s work.

The Minister appointed John O’Connor (Chair), Ned Gleeson and Brigid McManus as members of the IOG. The first meeting of this group took place on Thursday 3 August 2017 with both chief executives present for the meeting.

Ms Doherty said: “The County Chief Executive and I were invited to attend.

“I understood from that engagement that the Oversight Group would be working to implement the recommendations contained within the Report of the Expert Advisory Group (MacKinnon report) and that the first essential task would be to determine the precise line for the enlarged City Council jurisdiction.”

She continued: “In the context of the work of the Oversight Group, I understood that the acceptance of the Report is substantially driving the approach being taken by the Oversight Group, as it effectively determines the fact that the scale of the boundary extension has largely been established.”

Ms Doherty also said that proposed submission by the Cork County Council included a “modest extension” or the city boundary. She asked members to continue to support the MacKinnon report, which councillors unanimously said they would, therefore rejecting Cork County Council’s submission on 4 August.

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