Cork City Council

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Cork City Council

Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí
Coat of arms or logo
Mick Finn, Ind
Cork City Council Composition.png
Political groups
Last election
23 May 2014
Meeting place
Halla na Cathrach i gCorcaigh.jpg
Cork City Hall
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. 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[edit]

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.[1][2] This was subsequently followed in 2017 by a report published by an expert advisory group recommending a city boundary extension[3]. 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.[4] 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.[4] The report gives parameters for compensation to be paid by the city to the county for the consequent reduction in its revenue.[5][6] The revised proposal was welcomed by Micheál Martin but criticised by some county councillors.[4] The city council voted unanimously to accept it.[7] 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.[8] On 6 June 2018 Cabinet approval was given for the boundary extension, to include the surrounding areas of Cork Airport, Douglas and others.[9][10]


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).[11][12]

Area Seats
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[edit]

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 10
Sinn Féin 8
Fine Gael 5
Anti-Austerity Alliance 3
Workers' Party 1
Independent 4

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.[13]

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
Paudie Dineen Independent
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
Thomas Moloney Independent

Replaced during term, see table below for details.
Changed party, see table below for details.


Outgoing Party Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee Party
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[edit]

Name Electoral area Elected as New affiliation Date
Lil O'Donnell[14] Cork City North Central Anti-Austerity Alliance Independent March 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cork Local Government Committee (September 2015). "Local Government Arrangements in Cork" (PDF). Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ English, Eoin (9 June 2017). "Cork council merger plans to be axed but extension of city boundary recommended". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  6. ^ Expert Advisory Group on Local Government Arrangements in Cork 2017, §§9.11,13.2
  7. ^ English, Eoin (13 June 2017). "Cork City councillors accept boundary extension findings". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  8. ^ Roche, Barry (15 July 2017). "Cork City Council needs 'extended boundary' to tackle housing crisis". The Irish Times. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  9. ^ "County Hall spends more than €30,000 on legal advice on boundary changes". Evening Echo. 6 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Boundary increase for Cork City Council approved by Cabinet". The Irish Times. 6 June 2018.
  11. ^ "2009 Local elections – Cork City Council". Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  12. ^ "S.I. No. 56/2014 - City and County of Limerick Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2014". Irish Statute Book. 7 February 2014.
  13. ^ "2014 Local elections: Cork City Council". Local Government. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  14. ^ "City Councillor Lil O'Donnell opts to leave newly named Solidarity party". Irish Eaminer. Retrieved 13 March 2017.

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