Speaking as election counting draws to a close, Cork Chamber President Paula Cogan, said:
“We congratulate the successfully elected representatives in Cork City and County Councils and look forward to working together over the coming years. Our message is clear, our Councillors must be progressive and visionary in their service to Cork. We have a unique opportunity to create the most vibrant and sustainable city region in Ireland and our delivery or otherwise over the next 5 years will be judged for decades to come”
Following the plebiscite on a directly elected mayor, Chamber President Paula Cogan calls for a real and meaningful progress on devolution of powers and improved local government funding.
“While Cork Chamber actively supported this proposal as an important first step, the result shows the need for real substance in relation to local authority powers and funding. A directly elected mayor can be truly impactful if they have budget to match their tenure and real power over devolved agendas.”
“An elected leader, accountable to the people, presents an opportunity to advocate and drive progress for Cork at national and global level. While this proposal failed to build sufficient confidence in its current format, it has sparked a debate on the level of power allocated to our city region and the best way to exercise it.”
“Given the closeness of the vote we now have an opportunity to assess the proposal further, ensure that local government reform has real substance, and put it back to the people of Cork.”
“The Chamber will continue to advocate for better delivery of infrastructure and service for Cork and for local government reform that promotes and facilitates the delivery of Ireland 2040 and Cork’s unique position within it” Ms. Cogan concluded.