Cork City Council
Cork City Council
Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí
Mick Finn, Ind
|23 May 2014|
|Cork City Hall|
Cork City Council (Irish: Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí) is the authority responsible for local government in the city of Cork in Ireland. As a city council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. The council has 31 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the honorific title of Lord Mayor of Cork. The city administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Ann Doherty. The council meets at Cork City Hall.
2018 Boundary extension
The 2015 Cork Local Government Review recommended merging Cork City Council and Cork County Council into a single "super council", within which a metropolitan district council will govern the Metropolitan Cork area; however, a minority report opposed the merger. This was subsequently followed in 2017 by a report published by an expert advisory group recommending a city boundary extension. The city boundary was to be extended to include Little Island, Cork Airport, Ballincollig, Blarney, and Carrigtwohill, adding a population of over 100,000, however the final extension will not include either Little Island or Carrigtwohill. Places farther out will remain part of the county, including Cobh, Carrigaline, and Midleton, as well as Ringaskiddy, the centre of the Port of Cork. The report gives parameters for compensation to be paid by the city to the county for the consequent reduction in its revenue. The revised proposal was welcomed by Micheál Martin but criticised by some county councillors. The city council voted unanimously to accept it. Barry Roche of The Irish Times wrote that the Mackinnon Report "has proven almost as divisive as its predecessor", except with the city and county councils' positions reversed. On 6 June 2018 Cabinet approval was given for the boundary extension, to include the surrounding areas of Cork Airport, Douglas and others.
Prior to the enactment of the 2001 Act, the council was known as Cork Corporation. For the purpose of elections the city is divided into six local electoral areas: Cork North Central (5), Cork North East (4), Cork North West (4), Cork South Central (5), Cork South East (7) and Cork South West (6).
|Cork City North Central||5|
|Cork City North East||4|
|Cork City North West||4|
|Cork City South Central||5|
|Cork City South East||7|
|Cork City South West||6|
2014 seats summary
Councillors by electoral area
This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.
|Council members from 2014 election|
|Local electoral area||Name||Party|
|Cork City North Central||Thomas Gould||Sinn Féin|
|Mick Barry†||Anti-Austerity Alliance|
|Kenneth O'Flynn||Fianna Fáil|
|Lil O'Donnell‡||Anti-Austerity Alliance|
|John Sheehan||Fianna Fáil|
|Cork City North East||Stephen Cunningham||Sinn Féin|
|Ted Tynan||Workers' Party|
|Tim Brosnan||Fianna Fáil|
|Joe Kavanagh||Fine Gael|
|Cork City North West||Mick Nugent||Sinn Féin|
|Tony Fitzgerald||Fianna Fáil|
|Kenneth Collins||Sinn Féin|
|Marion O'Sullivan||Anti-Austerity Alliance|
|Cork South Central||Mick Finn||Independent|
|Fiona Kerins||Sinn Féin|
|Tom O'Driscoll||Fianna Fáil|
|Sean Martin||Fianna Fáil|
|Cork South East||Kieran McCarthy||Independent|
|Chris O'Leary||Sinn Féin|
|Des Cahill||Fine Gael|
|Laura McGonigle||Fine Gael|
|Terry Shannon||Fianna Fáil|
|Nicholas O'Keeffe||Fianna Fáil|
|Shane O'Shea||Sinn Féin|
|Cork South West||John Buttimer||Fine Gael|
|Henry Cremin||Sinn Féin|
|Mary Shields||Fianna Fáil|
|Fergal Dennehy||Fianna Fáil|
|P. J. Hourican||Fine Gael|
|Mick Barry||Anti-Austerity Alliance||Cork City North Central||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2016 general election||February 2016||Fiona Ryan||Anti-Austerity Alliance|
Changes in affiliation
|Name||Electoral area||Elected as||New affiliation||Date|
|Lil O'Donnell||Cork City North Central||Anti-Austerity Alliance||Independent||March 2017|
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- Riegel, Ralph (9 June 2017). "How Cork's 'super council' has been dismissed - and the city is getting a border extension". Irish Independent. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
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- Expert Advisory Group on Local Government Arrangements in Cork 2017, §§9.11,13.2
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- "County Hall spends more than €30,000 on legal advice on boundary changes". Evening Echo. 6 June 2018.
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