2 October 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth
A meeting took place at the Ambassador Hotel, Cork last night on the proposed merger of Cork City Council and Cork County Council.
Addressing the meeting, Lord Mayor of Cork, Chris O’Leary, political scientist, Dr. Aodh Quinlivan and Cork TDs, Ciarán Lynch and Jonathan O’Brien, laid out their opposition to the merger. A number of city councilors also attended.
The meeting was organised by Oliver Moran, Green Party candidate for Cork North Central who facilitated an open-floor discussion lasting for over one and half hours during which the public put their weight behind the speakers’ positions.
Summarising the discussion, Moran said: “Those attending called on the minister not to bring the merger report to cabinet before the evidence of the individual members of the Cork Local Government Review Group is heard by the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht.”
On the outcome of the meeting, Moran said: “The meeting tonight demonstrated what we already know. The proposed merger is not wanted by the people of Cork. The evidence doesn’t stack up and people feel short changed by the lack of genuine public consultation ahead of this recommendation. The Oireachtas committee is due to hear from both the city and county councils in the near future. It would be hasty to proceed with any binding decision before then.”