City vote has no legal result

A CONTROVERSIAL Cork City Council vote on the future of Páirc Uí Chaoimh does not have any legal implications for councillors yet, the city manager has said.

Joe Gavin was responding to questions from Independent Cllr Chris O’Leary who raised concerns that some councillors could face legal action following the vote last month.

Seventeen councillors voted in favour of a proposal to “facilitate in principle” GAA plans to expand the stadium and develop a centre of excellence nearby.

They ignored the advice of Mr Gavin and city planners and backed the proposal which has led to talks with the GAA about the disposal of almost seven acres of land.

Cllr O’Leary quoted legal advice given to Kerry county councillors in 2004 which stated that councillors “are not entitled to disregard technical advice... from the executive and there must be technical advice in support of their resolution in circumstances where the executives’ advice is to the contrary”.

Mr Gavin said that this does not have relevance in the council’s situation as there was no directive given to the city manager.


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