THE boundary map drawn up by the Implementation Oversight Group (IOG) for the city’s proposed extension is still not final with five areas not clarified as being part of the final recommendation to the Local Government Minister.
Glanmire, Inniscarra, Cork Airport, Monard and Hop Island are still “in contention” and discussions are still taking place on whether these areas will be subsumed into the city.
Several councillors have expressed anger and confusion that maps that had been given after a deal was agreed between the chief executives of both Cork councils last week were not the same as those given to city councillors.
Councillor Bob Ryan (FF) said: “Different maps were given to Cork city and county councils. That is a serious error. We were presented with map A, City Council were presented with map B. The differences in them mightn’t be huge but it just shows the inefficiency this process was operated on."
A third map emerged yesterday, drawn up by the IOG, but Clodagh Henehan of Cork County Council – standing in for chief executive Tim Lucey - has said that this is still not the final document.
“It’s the decision of the Implementation Group,” she said.
“They have the power of recommendation and the Minister has the power of decision in Government so the map is still not final. We know that there are five areas still to be agreed and work to be done on those five spots.
“My understanding is that a report has gone to the Minister and it outlines the difficulties associated with these areas.
"We have been advised that the Implementation Group intended to issue their report to the Minister and saying they are to be negotiated locally in that they have employed a senior planner that is external to our process to look at those," Ms Henehan added.
When asked by Councillor Timmy Collins (IND) if the boundary extension deal had been totally agreed by councillors from both city and county councils, Deputy Mayor Ian Doyle said it had not.