Cork City Council
Cork City Council
Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí
Deirdre Forde, FG
|Single transferable vote|
|24 May 2019|
|Statio Bene Fida Carinis (Latin)|
"A safe harbour for ships"
|City Hall, Cork|
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, environment and the management of some emergency services (including Cork City Fire Brigade). 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 City Hall, Cork.
2019 boundary change
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.
Local Electoral Areas
|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) 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);
those parts of the electoral divisions of Caherlag, Rathcooney (Part) and Riverstown that are contained within the City of Cork.
|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);
those parts of the electoral divisions of Blarney, Carrigrohanebeg, Matehy and Whitechurch that are contained within the City of Cork.
|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;
in the electoral division of Douglas; the townlands of Ballinvuskig, Rathmacullig East and Rathmacullig West.
|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;
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.
|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;
those parts of the electoral divisions of Ballincollig, Ballygarvan, Inishkenny and Ovens that are contained within the City of Cork.
|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
Councillors by electoral area
This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.
|Council members from 2019 election|
|Local electoral area||Name||Party|
|Cork City North East||Kenneth O'Flynn[b]||Fianna Fáil|
|John Daniel Maher||Labour|
|Joe Kavanagh||Fine Gael|
|Ted Tynan||Workers' Party|
|Cork City North West||Tony Fitzgerald||Fianna Fáil|
|Thomas Gould[c]||Sinn Féin|
|Kenneth Collins||Sinn Féin|
|Damian Boylan||Fine Gael|
|John Sheehan||Fianna Fáil|
|Cork South Central||Mick Finn||Independent|
|Seán Martin||Fianna Fáil|
|Shane O'Callaghan||Fine Gael|
|Fiona Kerins||Sinn Féin|
|Cork South East||Des Cahill||Fine Gael|
|Mary Rose Desmond||Fianna Fáil|
|Terry Shannon||Fianna Fáil|
|Deirdre Forde||Fine Gael|
|Cork South West||Derry Canty||Fine Gael|
|Fergal Dennehy||Fianna Fáil|
|Colm Kelleher||Fianna Fáil|
|Garret Kelleher||Fine Gael|
|Henry Cremin||Sinn Féin|
- Lorna Bogue is a member of the unregistered An Rabharta Glas party and therefore sits as an independent on the council.
- Changed party, see table below for details.
- Replaced during term, see table below for details.
- Solidarity–People Before Profit was renamed as People Before Profit/Solidarity in June 2021.
|Sinn Féin||Thomas Gould||Cork City North West||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2020 general election||February 2020||Mick Nugent|
Changes in affiliation
|Name||Electoral area||Elected as||New affiliation||Date|
|Kenneth O'Flynn||Cork City North East||Fianna Fáil||Independent||January 2020|
|Lorna Bogue||Cork South East||Green||Independent||October 2020|
|Lorna Bogue||Cork South East||Independent||An Rabharta Glas||June 2021|
- statiō bene fīdā carīnīs: literally "a good trust-station for keels", adapted by inversion from Virgil's Aeneid (II, 23: statio male fida carinis, "an unsafe harbour"). Sometimes corrupted to "fide".
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