Alf Smiddy

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 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(...)

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(...)

Alf Smiddy: Chairman of the review committee, who along with Tom Curran and John Lucey favour the council merger. Photograph: The Irish Times

Cork Chamber of Commerce has welcomed plans to merge the local city and county council insisting that it will be a “winning formula” which will facili(...)

Two committee members disagreed with the conclusion and argued trenchantly for a two-council solution. Photograph: Getty Images

Former minister for the environment Phil Hogan oversaw the abolition of town councils and mergers of some county councils as part of a dramatic and co(...)

A review led by Alf Smiddy recommended merging Cork county and city councils. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Cork Business Association (CBA) has described the recommendations of the Cork local government review in relation to the proposed merger of the city a(...)

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 (...)

Chairman of  review group Alf Smiddy:  report  ‘very comprehensive and thorough’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A review of local government structures in Cork, published today, recommends merging Cork City Council and Cork County Council into a single local (...)

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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