Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris
Louis Le Fronde writes:
As a French-Canadian looking from the outside-in. Might I ask a couple of simple questions?
Why do you not have directly elected mayors in Ireland?
Why is it that Dublin, your capital city does not have a directly elected mayor with executive power, when it is pretty obvious it needs one?
I’m sure, I can predict some of the stock answers readers of Broadsheet are likely to give, including the fear that certain politicians might have, such as your prime minister feeling overshadowed by a strong Mayor in Dublin (it wouldn’t be hard). But such is the nature of politics. It was ever thus.
Nevertheless, I thought I might raise these questions with you directly.
And to those first two questions might I add three more?
Is it not absurd that Ireland does not have a system of directly elected mayors?
Is it not absurd, that Dublin which is marketed as a dynamic European city, does not have a directly elected mayor?
What are you going to do about it?