Martin: ‘Time to stop scare­mon­ger­ing’

The Corkman - - NEWS -

FIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin has crit­i­cised what he de­scribed as “scare­mon­ger­ing” over the boundary change con­tro­versy urg­ing all sides to ‘ get on with it’.

Mr Martin, who has said the Mack­in­non rec­om­men­da­tions present a rea­son­able frame­work for the fu­ture gov­er­nance of the en­tire county, was speak­ing amid the in­creas­ingly bit­ter dis­pute be­tween the County and City Coun­cil over the boundary changes.

Cork County Coun­cil for­mally moved a counter pro­posal of re­duced ter­ri­tory for the City on Mon­day, amid sharp crit­i­cism from city coun­cil­lors who ac­cuse the county of try­ing to stall and frus­trate the process.

“I think there has been too much scare­mon­ger­ing go­ing on in terms of the im­pact of the ex­ten­sion on other ar­eas,” Deputy Martin said. “We are all en­ti­tled to our par­tic­u­lar per­spec­tives but there’s a time to get on with it as well. Some peo­ple are get­ting en­gaged in this de­bate as if their en­tire per­sonal lives are in trou­ble.

“What is best for the peo­ple of the county and city is what counts; long af­ter we leave the scene is what counts. Mack­in­non and his com­mit­tee, in my view, came for­ward with a rea­son­able frame­work and I would call on the two in­sti­tu­tions con­cerned to en­gage con­struc­tively with the im­ple­men­ta­tion group.”

He said the Mack­in­non pro­pos­als would al­low the county grow too, leav­ing as it does the in­dus­trial zone of Rin­gask­iddy within the ru­ral au­thor­ity. “We’re all birds of pas­sage here, we may be in po­si­tions now but we don’t own the city, we don’t own the county,” the for­mer Cork City coun­cil­lor said.

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