Merger of Cork City and County
The Cork Local Government Review Group has recommended the amalgamation of Cork City and Cork County Councils.
Reform of local government should deliver an outcome that will provide a platform for Cork to become a truly eminent European destination for business and tourism.
Yes, we need to change local government in Cork but people and communities must be at the centre of evidence based change. The report contains a number of contradictions and lacks substantive evidence to support its recommendations.
The report recognises the importance of second cities, but then it fails to provide a structure for a second city. Instead it relegates Cork to a municipal district. It recognises the importance of local government in supporting communities yet it proposes to move local government in Cork further away from communities.
We should be confident of successful outcomes before proceeding with reforms.
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