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A new era for Douglas as it becomes part of the city

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:48pm

Douglas is finally set to become part of Cork city and Cork City Council as legislation has been signed into law by President Michael D Higgins.

On 1 June Cork city will grow to five times its current size taking in areas including Douglas, Rochestown, Ballincollig, Blarney and Glanmire, expanding the population of the city by 85,000 to 210,000.

Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn welcomed the news, saying: “This will pave the way for the expansion of Cork city for the first time in 50 years which will have hugely positive implications for housing, transport and other infrastructural development and investment in the years ahead.”

While this is a momentous occasion, there are worries about the future of areas such as Douglas.

Speaking to the Cork Independent, Peter Horgan, Labour Party Local Area Representative discussed such issues, highlighting in particular the need for improved public transport.

“The expansion of the city presents opportunities and challenges for all of Douglas, residential and business. We need to make sure the expansion works for everyone, and importantly centre that around the delivery of services and the provision of transport alternatives.

“I am glad to see the new 24 hour bus service, which is working well from using it myself and talking to commuters but there are other routes that need servicing. We need the expansion of the Cork bike share scheme to take place but we also need to see what the City Council plans to do to maintain and enhance services. Up to now, I haven't seen anything and there is a real fear amongst residents that they will be forgotten. I want to make sure that doesn't happen.

“Douglas needs to know the council will work for them, and work efficiently,” he added.

To help residents in Douglas and elsewhere, Cork City Council has released an interactive map which allows them to confirm whether they will be living and working in the city or the county.

Users can insert their Eircode or postal address to search for their property.

The interactive map also shows residents which ward or local electoral area (LEA) the will be in for the upcoming local elections, the number of councillors to be elected in each LEA, and the population of each LEA.

This map can be found on Cork City Council’s website,

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