Alf Smiddy appointed chairman of Cork Local Government Committee

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.

One thought on “Alf Smiddy appointed chairman of Cork Local Government Committee

  1. congrats mr smiddy, gr8 ideas, i think there is a lot of potential for Cork, we have a huge huge market for tourists, we could do so much more for the city alone, more marketting, updating brochures on cork, adding on extras such as boat /barge rides under all the bridges(venice) , coffee pods along riverside,artists(french look) a promotion of blackrock castle, a horse ride to the castle (killarney look)this could be magical, and promote a magic garden, fairies, leprachaun, tree houses, there is council ground near castle, sculptures throughout the city, encouraging students work to display, dressing up the bridges, with flower boxes and lighting,making videos/ u tube videos on cork , events paying for themselves approaching businesses for donations to feature in videos(america is huge into this)our very own luas/tram through city.and many more. thanks for reading this, i think we must move with times and incorporate change.
    best wishes stella lenihan.

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