Monday, 5 February 2018

Progress Update re boundary in Cork



·         A compromise boundary alteration was agreed (in principle) between the County CE and the City CE on 1st December
·         This was discussed and debated with political representatives at meetings on 4th December. The County Councillors neither accepted nor rejected it at that meeting
·         A special meeting of County Councillors was held on 15th December
·         The members rejected the proposal of 1st December, and called for more time to agree the finer details at a local level.
·         The members also requested updated legal advice in order to examine the legal options
·         They asked the County Mayor to make immediate contact with the Lord Mayor to continue talks
·         The Lord Mayor subsequently rejected the request for further talks
·         Just before Christmas, the Minister announced his intention to proceed with the drafting of primary legislation to give the change legislative effect. This is based on the compromise proposal of 1st December subject to a technical analysis being undertaken of 5 geographic areas (circled blue) on the map.

In summary:

·         The fact that the Minister has announced his intention to proceed with primary legislation means that it is unlikely that legal action can now be pursued
·         Primary legislation means that a Bill will go through the Houses of the Oireachtas (Dail and Seanad) and will need to be passed by majority vote
·         (For info, the other option open to the Minister was to sign a Ministerial Order. This would mean the changes would happen sooner, but the risk was that the process undertaken over the past 2 years could have been challenged, and this could have resulted in the whole boundary alteration being stalled).

Transferring to the City
·         Ballincollig
·         Blarney
·         Tower
·         Ballyvolane
·         Glanmire
·         Douglas
·         Rochestown
·         Togher

Staying in County
·         Killumney/Ovens
·         Passage West
·         Little Island
·         Glounthaune
·         Carrigtwohill

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