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 The advisory group is to consider the strategic role of Cork city as a regional growth centre. Photograph: Ian Gethings/Getty

The advisory group examining local government reform in Cork needs to come up with proposals in the first six months of this year to allow preparation(...)

Alf Smiddy: the former managing director of Beamish & Crawford has been appointed an independent director of the ESB. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Siemens executive Paul Lynam and businessman Alf Smiddy are set to join the ESB board. The Government has approved the appointment of both men (...)

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(...)

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