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Simon Coveney: ‘I’m pretty confident that it is possible to put a compromise position that everyone can be reasonably happy with’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney, has revealed that he hopes to make progress on getting consensus on local governme(...)

Simon Coveney: ‘I think it is possible to design a solution that the city and county can live with’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney, has said he maintains the view that local government structures in Cork are not de(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has rejected claims the planned merger of Cork city and county councils is fundamentally anti-democrati(...)

File photograph of  Cork City Council Chief Executive Ann Doherty. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Cork City Council Chief Executive Ann Doherty said a review group report which recommended the merger of Cork city and county councils was “fundamenta(...)

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(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Eric Luke

Cork City Council has decided to obtain legal advice on whether it can take an injunction to prevent Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly procee(...)

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