Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers (Resumed). - Cork Borough City Manager.

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asked the Minister for Local Government when he intends to appoint a city manager for the Cork County Borough.

The Deputy will be aware that some time ago I took up with the councils of Cork County borough and county the question of the adequacy of their present administrative arrangements for co-ordinating the overall planning of the county and city and the provision of services in Cork city and the surrounding area and I suggested that it would be an effective solution to this problem of co-ordination if the county borough and county council were served by the same manager and assistant managers.

Pending the outcome of further consultations between the county council and the corporation and the consideration of views on the White Paper on Local Government Reorganisation, I feel that it would not be appropriate to proceed with the making of a new appointment of city manager.

Would the Parliamentary Secretary not agree that it would be more effective and rational that there should be one effective head for the Greater Cork area?

This has been examined.

Is this what the Parliamentary Secretary proposed?

No. I suggested that it would be a more effective solution to this proposal of co-ordination if the county borough and the county council were served by the same manager and assistant managers.

Would the Parliamentary Secretary agree with the complete shelving of this problem pending discussions with the two local authorities?

I am not familiar enough with the problem to give the Deputy an answer now.

If Martin Corry is re-elected to the next Dáil this will not happen.