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Business groups respond

Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 6:04pm

A business group in Little Island say it is conscious of other towns who must be disappointed that they are leaving Cork County Council’s remit.
Little Island Business Association (LIBA) told the Cork Independent back in September that it was willing fight the proposed city boundary extension in the High Court should Little Island be included in the new boundary extension.

Little Island will remain in Cork County Council territory after a compromise between the city and county council was made this week on extending Cork city’s boundary.

Michael Mulcahy, CEO Little Island Business Association said this week: “Little Island Business Association campaigned assertively to remain in Cork county and we welcome the proposal that would now see Little Island and its neighbouring area of Carrigtwohill remain in Cork county.”

“We have always said that we believe that Cork city needed to expand and to be able to double its population base and under this new proposal this will happen. We are also conscious that there will be serious disappointment in other areas of Cork such as Ballincollig, Blarney and Tower who sought to remain in Cork county also.

“The intention of LIBA is to ensure that we work with all parties for the betterment of Cork as a unit,” concluded Mr Mulcahy.

Meanwhile, business group Cork Chamber of Commerce said that with an agreement reached, focus can be concentrated on how best to position and invest in Cork to maximise its potential as the driver of growth in the southern region while Government plans for the development of Ireland to 2040 through the National Planning Framework.

Bill O’Connell, Cork Chamber President, said: “This agreement has been challenging for all involved and we welcome that Cork’s two local authorities have been able to reach a mutually agreeable compromise to what is a hugely important issue for the future of Cork. We are pleased to see that the need for flexibility and compromise has been acknowledged by all involved. It provides a workable, practical solution to ensure the city and county are vibrant and proud, serving the citizens and businesses of Cork well.”

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