New electoral wards for expanded city will be ready in June

New electoral wards for expanded city will be ready in June
A map showing the extended Cork boundary.

The new electoral wards for the expanded Cork city will be finalised before June in time for the council elections next year.

The Minister for Local Government has asked two committees to review and make recommendations on local electoral areas in Cork City and Cork County.

It follows the decision to expand Cork city into the county with areas like Ballincollig, Glanmire, Douglas, Blarney and Cork Airport now forming part of Cork city.

The review will be conducted on the basis of the revised boundary between the city and county, as proposed by the Cork Implementation Oversight Group and agreed by Government.

Minister John Paul Phelan wants the committees to report back to him by June 18 so that the new boundaries will be ready and in place for the next Local Elections taking place in June 2019.

Cork City Council currently has 31 councillors elected is six wards.

Cork County Council has 55 councillors elected in eight electoral areas.

Minister Phelan said there will be no change in the number of councillors but that the electoral areas in both councils should be redrawn having regard to the most recent Census and that electoral areas should be designed around towns and urban areas.

He also said there was a need to avoid areas which are very large or extend over very long distances or over multiple urban villages, or which divide individual urban villages or natural communities.

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