Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary: opposes merger of city and county councils. Photograph: Jim Coughlan/PA Wire

Cork City Council is poised to become the first local authority to mount a legal challenge to the Government after councillors agreed in principle t(...)

Cork City Hall: Cllr John Paul O’Shea wrote to Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Chris O’Leary after Cork City Council agreed to seek legal advice on taking a judicial review of the local government review process. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Mayor of Cork County has written to his counterpart in Cork city asking that Cork City Council to hold off on taking legal action against the p(...)

Councillor and Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O’Leary has challenged Cork Chamber over its support for the proposed merger of Cork city and county councils. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Lord Mayor of Cork has challenged business group Cork Chamber over its support for the proposed merger of Cork city and county councils. Cllr Chr(...)

The merger of Cork city and county councils  was recommended by a majority of a local government review group set up by  Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Eric Luke

Business organisations in Corkhave clashed amid deepening divisions over the proposed merger of Cork city and county councils. The move was recommende(...)

 Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Chris O’Leary (left) among other dignitaries at the State funeral of executed rebel Thomas Kent at St Nicholas Church, Castlelyons, Co Cork, September 18th, 2015. Photograph: Jim Coughlan/PA Wire

The Lord Mayor of Cork has written an open letter to the people of the city in which he has accused Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly of “politi(...)

Last week the CBA, which represents around 250 small and medium-sized businesses in Cork city, came out strongly against the recommendation made by three of the five members of the group under the chairmanship of former Beamish & Crawford MD, Alf Smiddy (above).

A former president of the Cork Business Association (CBA) has come out against the association’s opposition to the proposed merger of Cork City Counci(...)

Cork city. The review group committee’s proposal is opposed by three UCC lecturers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A group of planning experts has come out strongly against the recommendation by a review group that Cork City Council and Cork County Council shoul(...)

“Cities drive regions”. Those three words, ringing with universal truth, open the minority report by two of the five members of the committee set up e(...)

Minister Alan Kelly said there is potential to achieve much more than a boundary extension or simple merger of two existing councils. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cork is heading in to “virgin territory” with a new report recommending the creation of a unitary local government authority and a merger of the city (...)

Cork City Hall: given that the city’s governance dates back to the 12th century, it would be an act of folly of historic proportions for the Smiddy committee to recommend amalgamation of the city and county. Photograph: Getty Images.

It is surely unprecedented in the history of this State that no less than 18 former mayors, from all shades of the political spectrum, would join toge(...)

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