By Eoin English, Senior Reporter Irish Examiner
Cork City Council has agreed to repair the landmark Shandon Clock on the northside of the city.
The confirmation came this afternoon after a high level meeting earlier with senior city officials and the lord mayor following mounting pressure over the issue this week.
The clock has been out of action for at least nine months.
The Irish Examiner has been highlighting the issue since last November and Cork's RedFM mounted a fundraising campaign last week after City Hall said it would not have funding in place to carry out the works until next year.
However, City Hall has confirmed this afternoon that it will put finance in place to repair the Shandon Clock.
Following on from a tender process undertaken by the council, the council is about to award a contract for repair to the iconic symbol known world-wide.
The finance department of the council has managed to ring-fence funding in accordance with the best tender price for repair to ensure the clock is restored to its former glory.
Lord Mayor, Cllr Catherine Clancy welcomed the resolution to an issue which had concerned her greatly over the past few weeks.
The Lord Mayor said: “Now that the commitment to repair the clock has been secured, I look forward to this jewel in Cork’s crown jewel being brought back to working order, and the Shandon Clock will soon be telling us all the time again”.