The Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, today announced the appointment of an independent statutory committee to review the Cork city boundary and other local government arrangements in Cork. Granite Digital’s chairman, Alf Smiddy, has been asked to chair the newly formed committee. Alf said he was “privileged to be asked by the Government, and specifically the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. Alan Kelly to Chair the Cork Local Government Committee, and specifically to carry out an objective and independent review of Local Government arrangements in Cork City and County, including the boundary of Cork City.”
The Committee is required to carry out an objective review of local government arrangements in Cork City and County, including the boundary of Cork City, the local government areas and the local authorities for such areas, and to prepare a report making recommendations for improvements in such arrangements with respect to: –
(a) whether the boundary of Cork city should be altered and if so, recommendations with respect to the alteration of the boundary; or
(b) whether Cork City Council and Cork County Council should be unified; and
(c) any further related matters on which the Minister may request the Committee to make recommendations during the course of its review.
The committee is comprised of the following members:
- Mr Alf Smiddy (Chair);
- Mr Tom Curran;
- Professor Dermot Keogh;
- Mr John Lucey, S.C.;
- Dr Theresa Reidy.
The committee is tasked with completing its work within 9 months and the report will be subsequently published by the Minister.