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Cork merger proposal taken apart by Bovaird Report - Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

20 October, 2016 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said that the proposal to Merging Cork City and County councils is now becoming less and less credible, following the publication of the Bovaird Report, carried out by Mr Tony Bovaird, an expert in Governance, commissioned by UCC.

Deputy Ó Laoghaire said;

"The Bovaird Report simply takes apart the report on Cork Local Government Review, it undermines in a detailed way its conclusions and recommendations. It finds far more agreement with the minority report, and its conclusions support the idea of retaining two separate Local Authorities.

"Where many supporters of a merger argued that such a move would save money, this outlines that in many respects it would potentially be more costly in some respects to proceed with a merger.

"It also supports the idea that a City has particular needs and priorities which would potentially be lost in a merged authority. It is difficult to think of a prosperous thriving City, internationally, which does not have its own independent Local Government.

"Certainly there is scope for greater cooperation between the 2 authorities and there is a requirement to ensure that in both Local Authorities, that they are financially sustainable.

"It is has been my long standing view, and that of my party in City and County, that 2 separate local authorities, with a sensible expansion, and improved coordination, is the way to go. It appears to me that this is increasingly becoming a consensus.

"I hope that the McKinnion Committee, established by the Minister to review the Smiddy Report, will take this report on board and consider it."

"A great deal of paperwork has been generated by an idea which enjoys little support.”

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