Fianna Fáil members who would consider entering Government with Sinn Féin should either remove Micheál Martin as leader or else rule out such a coalition, Fine Gael senator Jerry Buttimer says.
That was the message from Seanad leader, Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer, last night after the city’s first boundary extension since 1965 increased its footprint almost five-fold and increased its population by some 85,000 to 210,000.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney says he is “frustrated” that much of the discussion about a directly elected Mayor for Cork, Limerick, and Waterford has focussed on the salary that would come with the position, and asked the public to inform themselves on the responsibilities of the role.
The Cork Mayor Campaign said with just 65 days to a plebiscite on the proposal for the soon-to-be-enlarged city, too many questions still remain unanswered about the nature of the new role and the powers the office holder may wield.
Cork’s senator Jerry Buttimer is spot on when he says that staff at hard-pressed, hospital emergency departments shouldn’t have to spend time on so-called patients who are there not as a consequence of an accident or an emergency, but simply as a consequence of having drunk far too much alcohol.
The Government and opposition have united in anger over An Bord Pleanála’s approval for an incinerator at Ringaskiddy, insisting the move is a “kick in the teeth” to a community playing a key role in the future of Cork City.