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December 06, 2017

Local Authority Agreement Strengthens Cork

 

Cork Chamber welcomes the historic decision by Cork City and County Councils to agree new local government structures in Cork. 

Commenting Bill O’Connell, Cork Chamber President, said:  “This agreement has been challenging for all involved and we welcome that Cork’s two local authorities have been able to reach a mutually agreeable compromise to what is a hugely important issue for the future of Cork.
 
In line with the Chamber view of Mackinnon as a framework for the Local Authorities to meet and reach a mutually acceptable agreement, we are pleased to see that the need for flexibility and compromise has been acknowledged by all involved. It provides a workable, practical solution to ensure the city and county are vibrant and proud, serving the citizens and businesses of Cork well.
 
With agreement reached, focus can be concentrated on how best to position and invest in Cork to maximise its potential as the driver of growth in the Southern region while Government plans for the development of Ireland to 2040 through the National Planning Framework.
 
We commend both Local Authorities, our local Oireachtas members, Ministers Coveney and Murphy and the oversight group for their work on this issue. We now encourage swift progress to the next phase and hope to see implementation get underway without delay.”
 
Mr. O’Connell added, “In the context of the significant contribution from business to Local Authority revenues we look forward to engagement with the new Economic Development and Planning Board which includes business representation as recommended by Mackinnon. This collaboration between business and local government will plan strategically for future economic growth and spatial development.”
 
Speaking on the value of agreement for the future of Cork, the Chamber President concluded:
“This agreement comes at a very exciting time for Cork. We believe that as a City region, Cork has the resources, skills, profile and track-record to strengthen Ireland’s metropolitan profile, and act as a strong complement in size, scale, economic and population growth to Dublin. The city, metropolitan area and wider county all have essential roles to play. It is important to have clear vision for the future and our vision is for Cork to be the best place to do business, driving a thriving Southern Region.
 
We must see commitment from Government to make the strategic decisions that reinforce strong regions. Our second city region must develop with a high-density core and corridors serviced by quality diverse transport that ensures our quality of life remains exceptional as we continue to grow. In the coming weeks the Government will publish a €100 billion investment plan, which needs to reflect Cork’s potential.”


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