Bound­ary chiefs urge two new coun­cils

■ Kan­turk/Mal­low split in two ■ Num­ber of bound­aries re­drawn

Irish Examiner - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

The Lo­cal Elec­toral Bound­ary Com­mis­sion has rec­om­mended the cre­ation of two more mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict coun­cils in Co Cork and has re­drawn a num­ber of them ahead of the ex­pan­sion of the city bound­ary.

The com­mis­sion wants to in­crease the num­ber of mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict coun­cils in the county from eight to 10.

The Kan­turk/Mal­low mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict coun­cil is to be split in two. It is cur­rently rep­re­sented by six coun­cil­lors. Un­der the rec­om­men­da­tions, it will see the cre­ation of a five-seater mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict for Mal­low and a four-seater for Kan­turk.

Most of the Glan­mire area will come un­der the con­trol of Cork City Coun­cil due to its bound­ary ex­ten­sion, as will Blar­ney and Ballincol­lig.

Glan­mire was orig­i­nally part of the Cobh mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict, but the com­mis­sion has de­cided to only re­duce what re­mains of it by one seat to a six-seater.

Even though Blar­ney will be re­moved from the Mac room/ Blar­ney mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict, the com­mis­sion has left it as a six-seater.

A large part of Mill­street, which was for­merly un­der the Kan­turk/Mal­low dis­trict will be moved into the Mac­room mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict.

The elec­toral divi­sions of Ca­herbar­nagh, Coom­lo­gane, and Dr­is­hane will be trans­ferred to the con­trol of the Mac­room dis­trict.

The bound­ary com­mis­sion has rec­om­mended there be no in­crease or de­crease in the num­ber of county coun­cil­lors who will be elected to County Hall at next year’s lo­cal elec­tions. Their num­ber will re­main at 55.

The com­mis­sion said 53 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived in re­spect of Cork County. They were “care­fully con­sid­ered by the com­mit­tee and pro­vided a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion dur­ing the de­lib­er­a­tive process”.

Fianna Fáil coun­cil­lor Gearoid Mur­phy wel­comed news that Mal­low is to have five coun­cil­lors af­ter the next elec­tion.

“Af­ter the last re­draw north Cork was left with a

lower num­ber of coun­cil­lors for our pop­u­la­tion than other ar­eas in the county and this looks set to change un­der the new plans,” said Mr Mur­phy.

Fine Gael coun­cil­lor Ai­dan Lom­bard, who is based in Mi­nane Bridge, said a pre­vi­ous bound­ary com­mis­sion made what he de­scribed as “a dis­grace­ful de­ci­sion” to split Car­ri­ga­line down the mid­dle. He claims it neg­a­tively af­fected the town over the last four years.

“The Ban­don/Kin­sale dis­trict was dis­cussing one end of the town and Car­ri­ga­line/ Ballincol­lig dis­trict dis­cussing the other side, which was un­work­able,” he said.

He said he wel­comed the de­ci­sion by this bound­ary com­mis­sion to re­unite Car­ri­ga­line in one new mu­nic­i­pal dis­trict as Ballincol­lig will also be ceded to the city coun­cil as part of its bound­ary ex­ten­sion.

Mr Lom­bard said the pub­lic had re­peat­edly called for the re­unit­ing of Car­ri­ga­line in re­cent years.

“How­ever, I’m very dis­ap­pointed the com­mis­sion has again split com­mu­ni­ties,” said Mr Lom­bard. “The parishes of Trac­ton and Ballinhas­sig are very strong com­mu­ni­ties that the com­mis­sion has split in a way sim­i­lar to the way they pre­vi­ously split Car­ri­ga­line.”

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