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It would be impossible to please everyone on the Cork City/County merger.
It was thought the committee would decide on a boundary extension, but after submissions from both sides and research, they came to their majority conclusion that a merger would be best overall for the city and county.
What is surprising is how a modest boundary extension was not possible in the last 20 years into Douglas and Togher, which have expanded greatly into the county.
Cork City Council has excelled in supporting and introducing cultural events and festivals in the city and these have been a great success. The one area they and Cork County Council find difficult is providing more homes quickly to the large number of people in need in the city and county.
They could work more together on this without a merger. A merger is a big step and the people of the city and the county need to be convinced it will work.
But it is the councillors for the city who need to be convinced and this hasn’t happened with Cork City Council through its councillors deciding at a council meeting this month to start a legal challenge against the government.
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