Deputy Martin said this is the latest attempt by the Government to shift blame for their failure on the household charge fiasco.
CORK Chamber has expressed disappointment at the decision by Cork City Council and Cork County Council not to reduce commercial rates for 2012, a system which is grossly unfair on the productive job-creating aspects of the business community.
Cork Chamber Chief Executive Conor Healy said, “Cork Chamber recognises the hard decisions taken by both Councils in preparing balanced budgets, particularly in light of incessant reductions to the local government fund.
CORK South Central Fine Gael TD, Jerry Buttimer, has been told that Cork Councils have written off €17 million in unpaid commercial rates as bad debts.
Deputy Buttimer has received details of bad debt provisions by local councils for unpaid commercial rates from 2008 to 2009 in response to a parliamentary question to the Minister for the Environment.
Deputy Buttimer said, “The amount of unpaid commercial rates written off as bad debts in Cork almost doubled between 2007 and 2009, it increased from €4vmillion in 2007 to €8 million in 2009.
CORK County Council has dealt what could be a fatal blow to the campaign of David Norris to get the Dublin senator onto the presidential election ballot sheet.
Mr Norris needs the support of four local authorities to gain an official nomination but looks like he may fall one short.
Cork county councillors voted 20-9 against supporting his nomination while seven councillors abstained.
CORK County Council has announced a number of internship placements as part of the new national internship scheme called JobBridge.
The new scheme will assist in breaking the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience, either as new entrants to the labour market after education or training or as unemployed workers wishing to learn new skills.
FINE Gael Cork North Central TD Dara Murphy, has called on the Cork city and county managers and mayors to get together to discuss the advantages of merging Cork city and county councils.
This follows the historic decision by the Minister for the Environment to amalgamate the city and county councils in Limerick.
“The decision will see the creation of a single dynamic local authority with a directly elected Mayor in place in Limerick.
CORK County Council has selected its new county mayor to replace Cllr Jim Daly who was elected a Fine Gael TD, topping the poll in the Cork South West constituency at the recent general election.
The mayoralty was passed to Mr Daly’s Fine Gael colleague, Kinsale-based Cllr Kevin Murphy who was unsuccessful in his bid for a Dáil seat at the general election.