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Two weeks to next boundary meeting

Thursday, 14th September, 2017 8:44am

The proposed Cork city boundary extension was under the spotlight again this week.

The next meeting about the proposal will take place at the end of the month, which was confirmed by the chief executive of Cork City Council at Monday’s meeting of the local authority.

Ann Doherty said that the last meeting about the boundary extension, included the group appointed to oversee the proposed boundary extension – the Implementation Oversight Group (IOG) - well as representatives from Cork city and county councils.

She said: “The meeting was held last Tuesday (5 September) and both David Joyce and I attended. We presented our work and a draft of our implementation plan. The IOG listened very intently to our work and we agreed that we are to meet again on 29 September when both organisations have been asked to work together on the implementation plan. And that’s really where we are at.”

The MacKinnon Report, which recommended the boundary extension, suggested 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.

Following the recommendation in the MacKinnon Report, Minister Eoin Murphy, whose brief includes local government, formally established the IOG.

Cork County Council

Meanwhile, following a meeting of Cork County Council on Monday, a statement from them confirmed that the public will be invited to have their say regarding boundary alteration proposals.

Members were unanimous in their support for the proposal, saying that this approach will hopefully encourage Cork City Council to engage with the county “with a view to determining an appropriate and sensible boundary alteration,” the statement said.

The County Mayor, Cllr Declan Hurley, said that Cork County Council’s offer provides for a natural expansion of Cork city.

"Cork County Council is determined to bring this matter to a timely conclusion. By taking this initiative, Cork County Council is hopeful that Cork City Council will engage and enter into discussions with the County on agreeing a way forward.

“The proposal put forward is sensible and logical, and forms a basis for the two parties to come together to make progress. We will also have the benefit of public consultation. Cork County Council is currently putting the necessary arrangements in place.” He said he was “very mindful of the bigger picture”.

“We must respect the need to provide certainty to the citizens and businesses across all of Cork in relation to future developments. The future ability of both councils to provide the highest levels of service across their respective areas should be a key cornerstone, and while there are difficult decisions ahead, I am confident that both Councils will work together to do what is best for the entire Cork region,” concluded Cllr Hurley.

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