Cork City to Challenge Merger plans with county

Cork City Council decided last night to seek a judicial review of “the administrative actions” of the Cork Local Government Review Group which has recommended a merger of Cork city and county councils.

This is also expected to be the first challenge to the constitutionality of government policy in relation to combining local authority areas.

Tonight’s council meeting was addressed by former Cork Local Government Review (CLGR) member Dr Theresa Reidy, following which it was agreed to mount the legal challenge.

She co-authored a “minority report” with fellow group member, Prof Dermot Keogh, opposing the merger recommendation which was presented to Environment Minister Alan Kelly last week.

Dr Reidy told councillors that it was clear from the review process that cities are engines of regional growth and “must have independent autonomous governance to drive economic development”.

A merged council would take decision making one step further from citizens, she said, although she did not elaborate on how this would be the case.

Business groups are divided over the proposal, with Cork Chamber of Commerce and Cork Business Association members taking opposing stands on the report.


Peter Robinson steps down as Northern Ireland First Minister

Following a vote by parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly to reject a DUP proposal to adjourn the power-sharing institutions, Peter Robinson has resigned as First Minister and will be followed by other DUP ministers in a move that brings suspension or collapse of the Northern Ireland institutions a step closer.

This is breaking news so stay tuned

10/Sept/15 17:10

College American Football coming back to Ireland in 2016

Boston College are set to host Georgia tech in their opening game of the 2016/17 American College Football season.

This will be the third American college football game in 5 years to be staged in Ireland. Today’s announcement that the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech will take place in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 3rd September, 2016, was made by An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny at Dublin’s Mansion House

Aer Lingus was announced as Title Sponsor with Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council are also supporting the game.

The promoters are Event management and Anthony Travel

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2017 Womens Rugby World Cup to be held in Ireland

Ireland is to host the 2017 Womens Rugby World Cup, it was announced today. The competition will be held at venues in Dublin and Belfast.

At the time of entering their bid to host the tournament, the IRFU said it intended to host the  pool stages at UCD before moving to Belfast for semi-finals and finals at Queen’s University Sport and the newly developed Kingspan Stadium at Ravenhill.



Fire Dublin Restaurant Open on Good Friday

It’s an age old tradition that licensed restaurants in Ireland shut their doors on 2 days per year; Christmas Day and Good Friday.

While the Christmas day tradition travels far and wide, the Good Friday closure is fairly unique to Ireland, often causing confusion and distress for tourists.

However, Fire, the restaurant at Dublin’s Mansion House have announced that they are bucking that trend this year and are going to throw their doors open to tourists and locals alike on Good Friday.

The lounge is open from midday, and the restaurant opens an hour later  until late. FIRE has announced a special menu of non-alcoholic cocktails, and carefully sourced non-alcoholic wines to complement the new, exciting menus.

Commenting on the initiative, Padraic O’Kane of Fire said “Tourism is enormously important to Ireland, Dublin and our business. We’ve a hard won reputation for a Céad Míle Fáilte, yet each year for one night, at the start of the vital tourist season, restaurants and bars are shuttered. We decided that this would be the year that we’d buck the trend, and throw open our doors.”

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Malwarebytes to open EMEA HQ in Cork Ireland

Cyber security firm, Malwarebytes, is to open its HQ for Europe, Middle East and Africa in Cork, it was announced this morning.

Marcin Kleczynski , Malwarebytes founder and CEO, said Cork would play a “central role” in the company’s expansion.

“Cork has a deserved reputation as a leading location for technology companies, with a talented workforce and established tech ecosystem, it gives Malwarebytes the opportunity to build a world-class team.,” he said.

Malwarebytes was founded in 2008 and will initially provide 50 new jobs as it establishes the Cork operation over the next 3 years.

Cork Airport announces new route to Cardiff

Cork Airport has announced that Flybe will operate a new all year round twice weekly service between Cork and Cardiff, starting June 6th 2015.

The service will operate on a 118 seat Embraer 195 and will be Flybe’s first route from Cork Airport.

Aer Arann previously operated this route until its discontinuation several years ago. Its reinstatement by Flybe was welcomed by Cork Airport managing director, Niall MacCarthy; “This Cardiff route will be a significant boost to the local economy and provide a new destination for local businessmen and holidaymakers. At Cork Airport we have all been working extremely hard to provide our passengers with routes that will be beneficial for all.”

“This announcement is an exciting development for Cork Airport and we look forward to working closely with Flybe to develop our relationship and seek out further routes.”