Reports of possible merger “deeply worrying” - Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire
Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said that reports today that the Cork Local Government Committee is likely to recommend a merger, are “deeply worrying”.
The Sinn Féin Candidate for Cork South Central, has said that this confirmed the worst fears of many experts, and members of the community, and felt that this would be a serious mistake for Local Government in Cork City
“Today's Evening Echo reports that the Local Government Committee met to finalise its report with Minister Alan Kelly, and that it is very likely to recommend a merger of Cork City and County Council by a slim margin of two to three.”
“I find this news deeply worrying, and I believe that such a move would be a serious mistake, with massive implications for Local Government in Cork, both City and County.
“Sinn Féin was the only party to oppose a merger in both the City and the County Councils, and we did so because we understood the considerable fears of the community on such a proposal, as well as the concerns of many experts."
“This appears to be part of the Government's desire to centralise power, having abolished town Councils last year. Clearly the status quo, with large areas of the City being within the remit of the County Council, was unsustainable. But for Cork City to thrive, it needs its own, autonomous independent and strong Local Government, and Cork City has a history of Local Government stretching back centuries.”