Again so? Cork County today effectively makes up the Greater Cork Area, with Cork City at its centre. Merging the two local authorities would represent enormous economies of scale, which was why the cities of Limerick and Waterford were amalgamated into their own counties. If their is a boundary extension it would only be a temporary solution and the County Council would be back to approving developments on the citys periphery, outside the city council zone. And then ANOTHER boundary review would need to take place, and again, and again.Within a small concentrated area. Cork is big.
There was another proposal some time back to bring the entire Cork Metro region under a single authority......Merging Cork City and County Councils is really not on. But extending the City Council along the lines of the above map would appear to be on the money. Cork County Council could then move their HQ out of that grotesque building on the Western Road to Mallow or Ballincollig maybe. There might still be space going in the old Murphy's Barracks.
There was another proposal some time back to bring the entire Cork Metro region under a single authority......
If boundary expansion is the preferred plan then they should be ambitious and make the entire metro area one city region under Cork City Council. Dublins four local authorities need to likewise be merged into a new Dublin metro authority. The trend in England and the continent is for city regions, Ireland should do likewise.