The Green Party organised an ‘End Dublin Rule in Cork’ discussion in association with the Save Cork City campaign group to discuss the lack of power in local democracy and the imposition of decisions by Dublin on Cork, such as the planned flood wall scheme.
John McCarthy, an engineer involved in Save Cork City, presented figures showing the political imbalance between Dublin and the rest of the country.
Dublin representatives have nine seats at the Cabinet table, compared to 10 for the rest of the country, a 47% to 53% split, despite Dublin only having 28% of the population.
There are three Munster TDs at Cabinet for Munster’s 1.2 million population, but nine for Dublin’s 1.3 million.
“The country is run by Dublin. Dublin are playing us for fools. The cabinet is absolutely dominated disproportionately by Dublin voices,” he said.
“That’s still the case in 2018. The central government can abolish a local council if they choose to,” she said.