Chairman's Statement

Statement of Mr. Alf Smiddy, Chairman of Cork Local Government Committee

"I am privileged to be asked by the Government, and  specifically the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government,  Mr. Alan Kelly to Chair the Cork Local Government Committee, and specifically  to carry out an objective and independent review of Local Government  arrangements in Cork City and County, including the boundary of Cork City.

The Committee has a lot of work to do, and I would  like to thank the members of the Committee for giving of their time and energy  as we now begin our task. We look forward to engaging with Cork City Council  and Cork County Council and all the key stakeholders in the weeks and months  ahead.

The specific objective of the Review is to prepare a Report making recommendations on:

  • whether the boundary of Cork City should  be altered, and if so recommendations specific to this
  • or

  • whether Cork City Council and Cork County Council should be  unified.

Uppermost in our minds will be to determine and  recommend to Government the Local Government Model which works best for Cork as  whole (the city and county), and one that:

  • Is a progressive and proactive Local Government Model that opens up the City to the County and the County to the City, and always puts the people/citizens of the entire region First (our people must be at the heart of everything we do in Local Government).
  • Is the most Efficient, Effective and Innovative Local Government Model for the whole of Cork.
  • Is dynamic, energetic and a force that will transform the City and County as we approach 2020 and beyond.
  • Is a driving force for all existing and new economic and commercial activity and growth throughout the Cork region”.