Harbour chamber favours councils’ amalgamation

A large chamber of commerce has said it’s backing the Smiddy proposal that Cork city and county councils should be amalgamated.
Harbour chamber favours councils’ amalgamation

Cobh and Harbour Chamber (CHC), which represents a large number of businesses in the area, is not only backing the majority findings of the Smiddy Cork Local Government Review Group, it has also invited him to address their upcoming business lunch.

CHC spokesman John Mansworth said an amalgamation of the two local authorities “would give them more strength” and this could be positive for businesses interests in the area.

“It would be especially important in strengthening the growing cruise line business to the benefit of both Cobh and the city,” Mr Mansworth said.

Chamber president James Sweeney said the talk by Mr Smiddy, which takes place in the Commodore Hotel, Cobh, on Friday, November 13, will provide an insight into the proposed changes to local government administration in the Cork area.

“It is vital that business people and members of the community become informed and keep up to date with what is proposed, as the changes will impact greatly on the whole of County Cork, including the Cobh and harbour area,” Mr Sweeney said.

He said the lunchtime event is also open to non-members of the chamber who can get tickets by contacting 021-4813612, or info@cobhharbourchamber.ie

The chamber, which was founded in 1958, will also look to the future development of non-shipping business in the region.

“The non-shipping development of Cork harbour is only in its infancy. Good planning and strategies in the future will see a transformation in the business, tourism and amenity structure of Cobh and the lower harbour. Tourism is of vital importance to this region,” Mr Sweeney said.

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