Proposed new City and County boundary yet to be finalised

Proposed new City and County boundary yet to be finalised
A sculpture of the coat of arms of Cork at the entrance to the city in Tivoli. Pic: Kevin Dwyer AIPPA.

CORK City Council may not get all the extras areas it was promised under the MacKinnon boundary report, it has emerged.

It is understood that a number of areas which had been expected to move from the county authority into the city may not do so as part of revisions to the report.

Areas which are largely industrial may be retained by Cork County Council under the changes as the extension is designed to rebalance population, not distort the rates base.

While no specific changes have yet been communicated to either council, a review group representing both authorities is expected to begin work on defining the final border shortly.

Despite what may be perceived as a setback for the city, officials are calling on the government to press ahead with the changes as a matter of urgency.

Jim MacKinnon, the author of the report, met with both Cork City and County Councils yesterday in behind-closed-doors meetings.

Speaking after the meeting, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, said that the changes will strengthen the entire region.

"The council is of the view that the experts effectively endorsed the vision and approach that this council has long held in relation to the role that this city has and needs to play as a driver for the southern region and, indeed, in a national context," Mr Fitzgerald said.

"The report sounded a stark warning that Cork's role as second city will be seriously undermined if the right strategic decisions are not taken."

Concerns are growing among elected officials in Cork city that any further delays to implementation will undermine the prospective growth of the city.

Mr Fitzgerald said, "The delay in concluding the process has itself become a serious impediment to the well-being of Cork and the region.

We would be failing in our duty if we were to ignore the warnings and recommendations of the experts. Implementation of the change agenda needs to begin and needs to begin urgently."

Independent councillor Mick Finn backed the Lord Mayor's stance.

"There is nothing to fear but everything to gain from this process," he said.

"A boundary extension for the city will mean a new focus for Cork's urban development while ensuring that rural focus is also maintained.

We cannot allow Cork city or county to falter."

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