Government should not proceed with Cork councils merger - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said the government should not proceed with a proposed merger of Cork's City and County Councils.
Mr Adams, who is in Cork today for the state funeral of Thomas Kent, said:
"The merger is an ill thought-out proposition and a further attack on local democracy following the abolition of 80 Town and Borough Councils and mergers in Tipperary, Limerick and Waterford.
"There are concerns that this merger will be used as cover for further reductions in services.
"A city of Cork's size needs it's own unit of local government. The proposal for such a large, unwieldy council is also bad for rural areas, particularly peripheral areas.
"Sinn Féin's alternative proposal contained in our submission on this issue and drafted by our Cork Councillors including Chris O'Leary, and Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire would have ensured strong and viable Cork City and County Councils.
"Sinn Féin is the only political party to have a consistent position across City and County.
"Fianna Fáil is at sixes and sevens of this issue with Michael Martin opposed to the merger, and Michael McGrath in favour. Likewise, Fine Gael and Labour representatives seem to be taking different views.
"The Government should not proceed with this proposal. Ireland needs strong local democracy, and a vibrant Cork."