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Wednesday, 16th August, 2017 6:08pm

It’s not a land grab! 

That was the consensus from Cork city councillors at a special meeting of Cork City Council on Monday. 
The meeting was convened to update councillors about a submission from Cork County Council which asks for a decline of the proposed boundary extension. 
Sinn Féin’s Chris O’Leary said: “It’s not for us at this stage to accept any other proposal. This isn’t a meeting for the sake of having a meeting. When we look at the MacKinnon Report it was based on the size and the capability of the population.” 
Fine Gael Cllr John Buttimer said that it was not about drawing a line on a map and was more about the delivery of services for the people of Cork. 
Independent Cllr Mick Finn praised the city council for it being consistent on its views. Fianna Fáil Cllr Tim Brosnan also praised management of the city council for their ongoing work on the proposed boundary extension and wish Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council to best in the future. He said: “God speed, you’re going to need it.” His partymate Tom O’Driscoll said that the MacKinnon Report speaks for itself. 
Meanwhile, another Fianna Fáil Cllr John Sheenan said: “It’s important that we don’t get in for a tit for tat with them (Cork County Council). The city is meant to grow!”
Independent Paudie Dineen said he supports the boundary extension to the fullest. He said: “It’s not land grab, it’s about the future. This should have been done 50 years ago.”
Fine Gael’s Joe Kavanagh said it was “wonderful” to see an united front on the issues. He said that Cork City Council “were a force to be reckoned with” when they are united on matters. 
Sean Martin, from the Fianna Fáil party, also echoed other councillors when he said that it was not about a land grab or a money grab.

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