Cork politician calls for alliance between Cork and Derry
A friendship alliance between Cork and Derry could have huge economic and social benefits for both cities, according to Cork North Central TD Colm Burke.
Fine Gael TD has suggested that the councils of both towns establish a wider committee to begin the process of building such an alliance.
“Every generation has a responsibility to continue the work of reconciliation and peacemaking among all the people of this island,” Burke said.
Mr Burke said such an alliance should involve “the full range” of political, business, social, cultural, educational and sporting organizations from both regions.
He thinks the venture could be funded by the government’s Shared Island Fund.
“Cork is the second city in the Republic and Derry is the second city in Northern Ireland; there is a certain symmetry between the two cities establishing an alliance of friendship,” Mr Burke said.
“If the Mayor of Cork and Cork City Council were to take the initiative, I am sure the people of Cork would respond with enthusiasm and generosity to a proposal of this nature. I am also confident that Derry and its people would welcome such a move.”