“I really don’t want for this surge to be seen as something that other parties feel they have to kick back against,” said Cllr Moran.
The Dáil recently declared a climate emergency while the United Nations called for changes in the way cities are run.
City councillor Lorna Bogue called for City Hall to be more ambitious.
“People can buy into that because it’s not just about the people in the council itself, it’s about the people of Cork buying into local government,” she added.
In the county, newly elected Cllr Alan O’Connor said that one of the key areas in need of focus is planning.
“I really hope I can work with colleagues in the council on the same wavelength to turn it around.