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Cork City. Photo: Deposit

Cork City. Photo: Deposit

Cork City. Photo: Deposit

A petition has been launched to support high-rise development in Cork, which could turn Ireland's second city into a mini Manhattan.

The campaign, launched by Fine Gael's Julie O'Leary, is aimed at supporting high-density development to provide affordable accommodation for Cork workers, a cost-effective transport infrastructure and to avoid the urban sprawl that has plagued so many European cities.

The campaign was launched as developers are to seek planning permission for a 34-storey hotel tower block at the historic Custom House Quay.

The €200m Custom House tower will be almost double the size of the 17-storey Elysian tower (71 metres) just a few hundred metres away by Cork City Hall.

However, a campaign is also under way to oppose the proposed hotel tower, which local artist John Adams slated as unacceptably "ugly".

Ms O'Leary said Cork needed to learn from the mistakes of other European cities. "What I want to avoid in Cork is the sprawl Dublin has suffered from. We do not want Cork city sprawling out," she said.

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