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County Council 'ceding significant territory'

Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 10:05am

Later this week a revised Cork city boundary line will be determined and finally set, bringing to an end the long-running saga. The last extension to the city's boundary came in 1965. 

It comes as the latest in a series of engagements between Cork’s two local authorities and the Implementation Oversight Group (IOG) took place yesterday evening with political and executive representatives from both sides meeting with the IOG. 

The elected members of both Councils were subsequently briefed in relation to progress made on agreeing a boundary alteration. The new deal could double the city's population. 

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

However, Cork County Council wouldn’t agree to this and a compromise was agreed between Cork city and county at last night’s meeting. 

Most of Cork Harbour, Little Island, and East Cork will remain in the county while it is believed that Ballincollig, Blarney, Tower, Glanmire, and Cork Airport will now be part of Cork City Council’s remit. 

It is understood that the Chair of the IOG, John O’Connor, will this week deliver his report defining a revised city boundary to the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy who established the IOG.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald described the outcome of yesterday’s engagement as positive while County Mayor, Cllr Declan Hurley, expressed his satisfaction that both sides have achieved considerable progress.

He said: “While Cork County Council is ceding significant territory to the city, it will continue to retain responsibility for a large portion of its overall strategic employment areas (for example, areas such as those surrounding the entire Cork Harbour, Little Island, and East Cork, will remain in the county). 

“Both Councils acknowledged that it was unlikely that they would each achieve all that they individually sought to achieve. Today's developments provide a solid basis to move forward - on a joint collaborative basis - to drive the entire city and county of Cork as the leading economic region outside of Dublin, and that is great news for Cork,” he said. 

Sinn Féin has given a welcome to the expansion of the city coundary, agreed in principle between City and County Council yesterday. TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire commended the party's city and county councillors for their work on the issue.

"Sinn Féin was the only party to have the same position in city and county from the beginning, and we held to that position,” said the Cork South-Central TD 
 

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