The Cork boundary alteration is the most significant change of its kind undertaken in the State. It represents a major reorganisation of local government in Cork with a population of over 85,000 people in the relevant area transferring from Cork County Council to Cork City Council.
The Local Government Act 2019 came into effect on 31 January 2019 and provides primarily for the alteration of the administrative boundary between Cork County Council and Cork City Council, which is planned to take place when the new Councils take office after the local elections in May. The Act provides for the establishment of a statutory Cork Boundary Alteration Implementation Oversight Committee to ensure that the challenges of implementation are addressed effectively and to oversee arrangements for the alteration of the boundary in accordance with an Implementation Plan.
Generally, under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001 the Chief Executive of the Council is responsible for staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authority. In the context of the Boundary alteration responsibility for the detailed planning and implementation of the reorganisation process rests primarily with the two local authorities, subject to guidance and oversight by the Oversight Committee and compliance with the Implementation Plan.
While this is undoubtedly a major change management project, I understand that good progress is being made towards the transfer day of 31 May 2019 and that work on the staff transfer plan is also progressing well. I expect to receive the statutory Implementation Plan from the Oversight Committee shortly.