Cork City Council

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Cork City Council

Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Dr. John Sheehan, FF
Structure
Seats31
Ireland Cork City Council 2019.svg
Political groups
Elections
Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
Halla na Cathrach i gCorcaigh.jpg
Cork City Hall
Website
corkcity.ie
The area governed by the council

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. Prior to the enactment of the 2001 Act, the council was known as Cork Corporation. 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.

2019 boundary change[edit]

The boundary of Cork City Council was extended from 31 May 2019, taking in territory formermly part of Cork County Council.[1] This implemented changes under the Local Government Act 2019.[2]

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.[3][4] This was subsequently followed in 2017 by a report published by an expert advisory group recommending a city boundary extension[5]. 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.[6] 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.[6] The report gives parameters for compensation to be paid by the city to the county for the consequent reduction in its revenue.[7][8] The revised proposal was welcomed by Micheál Martin but criticised by some county councillors.[6] The city council voted unanimously to accept it.[9] 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.[10] On 6 June 2018 Cabinet approval was given for the boundary extension, to include the surrounding areas of Cork Airport, Douglas and others.[11][12]

Local Electoral Areas[edit]

Cork City Council has 31 seats, which for the 2019 local elections will be divided into the following five local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions and wards.[13]

LEA Definition Seats
Cork City North-East The electoral divisions of Blackpool A, Blackpool B, Mayfield, Montenotte A, Montenotte B, St. Patrick’s A, St. Patrick’s B, St. Patrick’s C, The Glen A, The Glen B, Tivoli A and Tivoli B as described in the County Borough of Cork (Wards) Regulations 1970 (S.I. No. 246 of 1970)[14] and therein referred to as a ward;

in the electoral division of St. Mary’s (part);

the townlands of Ballincolly, Ballincrokig and Kilbarry;

and that part of the townland of Ballyvolane that is contained within the electoral division of St. Mary’s (part);

and

those parts of the electoral divisions of Caherlag, Rathcooney (Part) and Riverstown that are contained within the City of Cork.

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Cork City North-West

The electoral divisions of Churchfield, Commons, Fair Hill A, Fair Hill B, Fair Hill C, Farranferris A, Farranferris B, Farranferris C, Gurranebraher A, Gurranebraher B, Gurranebraher C, Gurranebraher D, Gurranebraher E, Knocknaheeny, Shanakiel, Shandon A, Shandon B, Sundays Well A and Sundays Well B as described in the County Borough of Cork (Wards) Regulations 1970 (S.I. No. 246 of 1970) and therein referred to as a ward;

in the electoral division of St. Mary’s (part);

the townlands of Ballycannon, Ballygrohan, Ballysheedy, Clogheen, Coolymurraghue, Killard, Killeens, Knocknacullen East, Knocknagorty, Mount Desert;

and those parts of the townlands of Commons, Garranabraher and Knocknacullen West that are contained within the electoral division of St. Mary’s (part);

and

those parts of the electoral divisions of Blarney, Carrigrohanebeg, Matehy and Whitechurch that are contained within the City of Cork.

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Cork City South-Central

The electoral divisions of Ballyphehane A, Ballyphehane B, Centre A, Centre B, City Hall A, Evergreen, Gillabbey A, Gillabbey B, Gillabbey C, Greenmount, Mardyke, Pouladuff A, Pouladuff B, South Gate A, South Gate B, The Lough, Togher B, Tramore A, Tramore B, Tramore C, Turners Cross A, Turners Cross B, Turners Cross C and Turners Cross D as described in the County Borough of Cork (Wards) Regulations 1970 (S.I. No. 246 of 1970) and therein referred to as a ward;

in the electoral division of Lehenagh;

the townlands of Ballycurreen, Curraghconway, Grange and Inchisarsfield;

and

in the electoral division of Douglas; the townlands of Ballinvuskig, Rathmacullig East and Rathmacullig West.

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Cork City South-East

The electoral divisions of Ballinlough A, Ballinlough B, Ballinlough C, Browningstown, City Hall B, Knockrea A, Knockrea B, Mahon A, Mahon B, and Mahon C as set out in the County Borough of Cork (Wards) Regulations 1970 (S.I. No. 246 of 1970) and therein referred to as a ward;

in the electoral division of Douglas;

the townlands of Ardarrig, Ballinimlagh Ballybrack, Castletreasure, Douglas, Grange, Hop Island, Knocknamullagh, Maryborough, Moneygurney, Monfieldstown, Mounthovel, Oldcourt, Rochestown;

and that part of the townland of Ballyorban that is contained within the City of Cork;

and

those parts of the electoral divisions of Carrigaline (in the former rural district of Cork) and Monkstown Rural that are contained within the City of Cork.

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Cork City South-West

The electoral divisions of Bishopstown A, Bishopstown B, Bishopstown C, Bishopstown D, Bishopstown E, Glasheen A, Glasheen B, Glasheen C and Togher A as described in the County Borough of Cork (Wards) Regulations 1970 (S.I. No. 246 of 1970) and therein referred to as a ward;

those parts of the townlands of Ballinaspig More and Inchigaggin that are contained within the electoral division of Bishopstown (part);

in the electoral division of Lehenagh;

the townlands of Ballyduhig North, Gortagoulane, Lehenagh Beg and Lehenagh More;

and

those parts of the electoral divisions of Ballincollig, Ballygarvan, Inishkenny and Ovens that are contained within the City of Cork.

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Councillors[edit]

The following were elected at the 2019 Cork City Council election, following the 2019 boundary extension.

Area Seats
Cork City North East 6
Cork City North West 6
Cork City South Central 6
Cork City South East 6
Cork City South West 7

2019 seats summary[edit]

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 8
Fine Gael 7
Green Party 4
Sinn Féin 4
Labour Party 1
Solidarity–PBP 1
Workers' Party 1
Independent 5

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.[15]

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Cork City North East Kenneth Noel O'Flynn Fianna Fáil
John Daniel Maher Labour Party
Ger Keohane Independent
Joe Kavanagh Fine Gael
Oliver Moran Green Party
Ted Tynan Workers' Party
Cork City North West Tony Fitzgerald Fianna Fáil
Thomas Gould Sinn Féin
Kenneth Collins Sinn Féin
Damian Boylan Fine Gael
John Sheehan Fianna Fáil
Fiona Ryan Solidarity–PBP
Cork South Central Mick Finn Independent
Dan Boyle Green Party
Seán Martin Fianna Fáil
Shane O'Callaghan Fine Gael
Fiona Kerins Sinn Féin
Paudie Dineen Independent
Cork South East Des Cahill Fine Gael
Lorna Bogue Green Party
Mary Rose Desmond Fianna Fáil
Terry Shannon Fianna Fáil
Kieran McCarthy Independent
Deirdre Ford Fine Gael
Cork South West Derry Canty Fine Gael
Fergal Dennehy Fianna Fáil
Colette Finn Green Party
Colm Kelleher Fianna Fáil
Garret Kelleher Fine Gael
Thomas Moloney Independent
Henry Cremin Sinn Féin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "S.I. No. 25/2019 - Local Government Act 2019 (Transfer Day) Order 2019". Irish Statute Book. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Local Government Act 2019". Irish Statute Book. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  3. ^ Cork Local Government Committee (September 2015). "Local Government Arrangements in Cork" (PDF). Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Merger of Cork councils to be in place for 2019 elections". Evening Echo. 7 September 2015. Archived from the original on 10 October 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.eveningecho.ie/corknews/Cork-city-to-double-in-size-taking-in-Ballincollig-Blarney-and-Carrigtwohill--5d1a4c9e-d1ef-429d-999c-ffe188d95d30-ds
  6. ^ a b c 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.
  7. ^ English, Eoin (9 June 2017). "Cork council merger plans to be axed but extension of city boundary recommended". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  8. ^ Expert Advisory Group on Local Government Arrangements in Cork 2017, §§9.11,13.2
  9. ^ English, Eoin (13 June 2017). "Cork City councillors accept boundary extension findings". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  10. ^ Roche, Barry (15 July 2017). "Cork City Council needs 'extended boundary' to tackle housing crisis". The Irish Times. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  11. ^ "County Hall spends more than €30,000 on legal advice on boundary changes". Evening Echo. 6 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Boundary increase for Cork City Council approved by Cabinet". The Irish Times. 6 June 2018.
  13. ^ "S.I. No. 27/2019 - City Of Cork Local Electoral Areas Order 2019". 31 January 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  14. ^ "S.I. No. 246/1970 - County Borough of Cork (Wards) Regulations 1970". 22 October 1970. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  15. ^ "2019 Local elections: Cork City Council". Local Government. Retrieved 27 May 2019.

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