Thursday, October 17 16:20:33
A directly elected mayor with real power to reform and develop the Dublin region is vital, according to Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
The comments followed the publication of the Local Government Bill which includes a provision that will allow citizens of Dublin to decide if they want a directly-elected mayor.
Gina Quin, Dublin Chamber Chief Executive said, "All over the world, mayors with strong executive powers and real vision are transforming their cities and making a real and tangible difference to the lives of their citizens. Over the past decade, Dublin Chamber has championed the concept of a directly-elected mayor for Dublin with the powers required to drive efficiency and to promote the region internationally."
It is proposed that a plebiscite will be held next May to determine public appetite for a directly-elected mayor. Between now and then, a forum of Dublin's four local authorities, chaired by Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn, will discuss proposals for a directly elected mayor. Following a public consultation, their proposals will be presented to Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.
"Dublin needs a champion who will be directly accountable to the people of Dublin as a whole on issues of regional importance. Such a champion would market the region internationally as an attractive location, drive the regional integration of infrastructure, and provide coordinated regional leadership. To achieve this, the forum must ensure its recommendations include real executive powers and accountability that cuts across the four local authorities," said Ms Quin.