Wednesday 17 January 2018

Rally against merger of Cork's local authorities

Alf Smiddy
Alf Smiddy
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Opposition to the creation of a €440m 'super council' will be marshalled with a major public rally.

The event, being staged in Cork's Ambassador Hotel tonight, is in opposition to a merger of the city council and county council into a giant new Cork authority.

It was arranged following the decision last week of the city council to proceed with a High Court challenge to the report which recommended the merger.

The Local Government Review (LGR) study, chaired by former Beamish & Crawford boss Alf Smiddy, argued that the Cork region can only act as a counterweight to Dublin with a single, powerful council.

Environment Minister Alan Kelly has endorsed the report findings as in the best interests of Cork. But one poll has indicated than just one-in-five Cork people support the merger proposal.

The 7.30pm rally tonight aims to demonstrate the cross-party opposition within the city to the merger blueprint.

Irish Independent

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