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New boundary could be set today

Monday, 4th December, 2017 10:19am

Cork city and county councillors are due to be briefed this morning on the progress of the Cork city boundary extension.

Media reports this morning indicate that negotiations have concluded and that the chief executives of Cork city and county councils are meeting this morning to finalise a boundary extension. 

If a decision is finally made, it’ll be the first boundary extension of Cork city in more than 50 years. 

During the summer, the Mackinnon report was published which recommened that the new boundary includes areas like Glanmire, Little Island, Ballincollig, Blarney, Carrigtwohill as well as the area around Cork Airport.

The scale of the expansion was an issue for Cork County Council. 

The Irish Examiner said that it is now understood that a compromise has been met and that Little Island and Carrigtwohill won’t be included in the boundary extension of Cork city. 

The Green Party in Cork has cautiously welcomed reports of a compromise agreement on the Cork city boundary extension, but says an objective framework is needed to deal with city boundary extensions in Ireland.

The Green Party representative in Cork North Central and the party's spokesperson on political reform, Oliver Moran said: "It's good that this fiasco is finally drawing to a close. But what it's revealed is that we need a objective framework for deciding city boundaries in Ireland.

"It's farcical that on one hand we want to grow Cork as a counter balance to Dublin - but then when it does, it finds itself wrestling with the county to adjust its boundary.

"This isn't just an issue faced by Cork. Limerick and Waterford have faced the same problems too. Cities grow, they shouldn't have to struggle to take in places that are obviously part of their city life.”
 

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