Sunday 26 March 2017

'Super council' is a great opportunity - let's seize it

Tim Lucey
Tim Lucey

Tim Lucey

As the Chief Executive of Cork County Council and the former Chief Executive of Cork City Council, it is my experience, working with both teams, that there has always been a genuine sense of enthusiasm for co-operation and support.

However, since the publication of the report of the Cork Local Government Review Group, I am dismayed that some stakeholders have opted to promote a boundary between the people of Cork and have decided the outcome before the establishment of an implementation group, as proposed by Environment Minister Alan Kelly.

Indeed, it is of serious concern to me that recent publicly aired divisions from Cork, and utterances such as threats to relocate business to Dublin, if a merger progresses, are damaging to the international reputation of Cork, to the future opportunities of Cork-based businesses and, to the efforts of many stakeholders in Cork working to attract investment opportunities to Cork.

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