Rally against merger of Cork's local authorities
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.