Government parties in disarray on Cork Merger - Cllr. Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire
The Fine Gael- Labour coalition is in disarray on the issue of the proposed merger of Cork City and County Councils, according to Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire.
“There are reports today that Minister Simon Coveney is to seek a meeting with Ciarán Lynch, as well as Minister Alan Kelly to seek a resolution to a dispute that is developing between Cork Tds on this issue.”
“This follows on from the decision of Minister Kelly to give this report his backing, and it appears as though Minister Coveney is supporting this recommendation. This is contrary to what some of their backbench colleagues, and City Cllrs on the ground are saying. Both parties are divided in this regard”
“It is clear that the considerable public backlash against this decision in the last number of weeks has taken the Government by surprise and that has led to the inconsistent remarks from Government representatives.
“However, they should have anticipated that the people of Cork will not take a relegation of the City's status lightly. Nor will people from rural areas wish to see their areas lose their voice within an unwieldy super Council The needs in City and County are different.”
“All Cork TDs, City and County, and Government or otherwise, need to make it clear where they stand, the public deserve to know. Indeed it appears as though the Fianna Fáil leadership is also in conflict on this issue. Sinn Féin is consistent in it's outright opposition to a merger, and will not vote for any legislation that forces two very different Councils together.”