Alan Kelly has rejected claims made by Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Chris O'Leary, that the decision to merge Cork City and County Councils is a "wreckless act of political vandalism".
The Lord Major of Cork today wrote to Taoiseach Enda Kenny informing him that the
This follows a recommendation by a Local Government Review group that the two councils be joined together.
Speaking in Dublin today Minister Kelly said he is merely acting on the findings of the review group.
Mr Kelly said: "This is a very open and transparent process, it began last December and January.
"The chairman went about his task in a very diligent way, I had no communications with him whatsoever or any of the members of the committee until they left the report with me.
"I accept the reports findings and look forward to bringing it through government."