Cork City Council
Cork City Council (Irish: Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí) is the authority responsible for local government in the city of Cork in Ireland. As a city council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. Prior to the enactment of the 2001 Act, the council was known as Cork Corporation. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. The council has 31 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the honorific title of Lord Mayor of Cork. The city administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Ann Doherty. The council meets at City Hall, Cork.
Cork City Council
Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí
John Sheehan, FF
|24 May 2019|
|City Hall, Cork|
2019 boundary change
The boundary of Cork City Council was extended from 31 May 2019, taking in territory formermly part of Cork County Council. This implemented changes under the Local Government Act 2019.
The 2015 Cork Local Government Review recommended merging Cork City Council and Cork County Council into a single "super council", within which a metropolitan district council will govern the Metropolitan Cork area; however, a minority report opposed the merger. This was subsequently followed in 2017 by a report published by an expert advisory group recommending a city boundary extension. The city boundary was to be extended to include Little Island, Cork Airport, Ballincollig, Blarney, and Carrigtwohill, adding a population of over 100,000, however the final extension will not include either Little Island or Carrigtwohill. Places farther out will remain part of the county, including Cobh, Carrigaline, and Midleton, as well as Ringaskiddy, the centre of the Port of Cork. The report gives parameters for compensation to be paid by the city to the county for the consequent reduction in its revenue. The revised proposal was welcomed by Micheál Martin but criticised by some county councillors. The city council voted unanimously to accept it. Barry Roche of The Irish Times wrote that the Mackinnon Report "has proven almost as divisive as its predecessor", except with the city and county councils' positions reversed. On 6 June 2018 Cabinet approval was given for the boundary extension, to include the surrounding areas of Cork Airport, Douglas and others.
Local Electoral Areas
The following were elected at the 2019 Cork City Council election, following the 2019 boundary extension.
|Cork City North East||6|
|Cork City North West||6|
|Cork City South Central||6|
|Cork City South East||6|
|Cork City South West||7|
2019 seats summary
Councillors by electoral area
|Council members from 2019 election|
|Local electoral area||Name||Party|
|Cork City North East||Kenneth Noel O'Flynn||Fianna Fáil|
|John Daniel Maher||Labour Party|
|Joe Kavanagh||Fine Gael|
|Oliver Moran||Green Party|
|Ted Tynan||Workers' Party|
|Cork City North West||Tony Fitzgerald||Fianna Fáil|
|Thomas Gould||Sinn Féin|
|Kenneth Collins||Sinn Féin|
|Damian Boylan||Fine Gael|
|John Sheehan||Fianna Fáil|
|Cork South Central||Mick Finn||Independent|
|Dan Boyle||Green Party|
|Seán Martin||Fianna Fáil|
|Shane O'Callaghan||Fine Gael|
|Fiona Kerins||Sinn Féin|
|Cork South East||Des Cahill||Fine Gael|
|Lorna Bogue||Green Party|
|Mary Rose Desmond||Fianna Fáil|
|Terry Shannon||Fianna Fáil|
|Deirdre Ford||Fine Gael|
|Cork South West||Derry Canty||Fine Gael|
|Fergal Dennehy||Fianna Fáil|
|Colette Finn||Green Party|
|Colm Kelleher||Fianna Fáil|
|Garret Kelleher||Fine Gael|
|Henry Cremin||Sinn Féin|
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