From top: City Hall, Dublin; Cian O’Callaghan

Dublin looks set to miss out on the opportunity to have a directly elected Lord Mayor, in favour of Cork.

There have been calls for Dubliners to be able to choose a mayor who could make executive decisions about how the city is run.

The Irish Independent claims a report to be presented to Cabinet will recommend Cork is prioritised as a test case for a directly elected mayor.

Dublin to lose out to Cork for directly elected Lord Mayor (Irish Examiner)

Fingal County Council Councillor Cian O’Callaghan of The Social Democrats, writes:

These reports are baffling. There is a strong and urgent need for a directly elected Mayor in Dublin. Dublin is facing a major housing and homelessness crisis…

…coupled with a democratic deficit in local government where most power and decision making lies with the four unelected chief executives of the Dublin local authorities.

We need unified democratic leadership of local government in Dublin and this postponement will only further hinder the economic and social development of our capital city over the coming years.

There is no reason why a directly elected Mayor cannot be introduced to Cork and other major cities simultaneously.

This proposal is the latest attempt by the Department of Housing and Local Government to maintain centralised control over local government.


Pics; Social Democrats/Rollingnews

16 thoughts on ““Baffling”

  1. bisted

    …any chance of a warning like ‘NSFW’ when you’re doing these Soc Dem puff pieces Broadsheet?

    1. Donal

      This is a news item that has been commented on by the Soc Dems, no doubt if other parties also want to comment on it their opinions can be added as updates…

    2. A Person

      I agree. Why is this guy posted here about a non news story.

      On another matter, surely politicians should be excluded from running anything?

  2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    “Cork and other major cities.”
    Although to be honest, that is a ridiculous sentence fragment.

  3. Cian

    It makes sense to trail this mayor idea and Cork is ideal as a smaller city with fewer complexities.

    If/when Dublin gets a Mayor there will be added complexities of the 4 separate councils.

    1. Papi

      Did you know, Cork was given the first ring road in Europe, as a test case to see if they worked properly, cos it was nice and small at the time?

      1. Brother Barnabas

        did you know city hall’s balustrade isn’t the original one? original (metal) one collapsed in 1815. 9 people were killed. it was a big deal at the time.

  4. steve white

    If you think the presidential election is bad imagine the contest for a directed mayor Dublin with executive powers?

  5. The Dude

    Sadly this does not seem to me to be baffling at all.

    FF / FG both resent Dublin, which they primarily view as a cash trough to be grabbed for other areas. The vast majority of the tax take within the state is gathered within 30 km of the GPO – yet it is spent elsewhere.

    Project Ireland 2040 outlines multi billion urban regeneration spend for all urban areas – other than Dublin. There is a metro promised for Dublin – but that’s been repeatedly promised since the 1970s, yet never built. Unsurprisingly, only 10% of a poll at TheJournal.ie with circa 12,000 respondents believe that it is likely to be built on time. Needless to say when it doesn’t get delivered again, nobody will be held to account – while current cabinet members will have have long disappeared from present positions.

    Too few Dubliners seem aware that 10s of millions of Euro every year of residential property tax collected in the Dublin area is allocated for outside of the capital: Alone in 2016, €50 million was swiped from the Dublin City Council area. Separately, corporate rates that should be payable by central government offices to DCC, as is the norm in European capitals, are not paid – with one estimate putting the monies forgone at hundreds of millions. Then people wonder why the Dublin is increasingly shabby and poorly functioning – with only 2 tramways built during at a time when most other European cities have experienced a major urban renaissance and refurbishment.

    Ironically the minister responsible for this matter, Eoghan Murphy, is elected from a Dublin constituency. In his other major capacity, Murphy appears to be doing nothing effective to fix housing. Yet now he is effectively blocking Dublin from having long overdue proper democratic governance. Posh Boy Murphy is a pox: hopefully his urbane Ranelagh constituents will recognise this incredibly anti-civic move for what it is by the time of the next election.

    The position of an accountable, democratically elected mayor poses far too much of a threat to a dysfunctional unaccountable central government where the modus operandi is primarily to rob the capital and its citizens. We would have to be living in a functioning democratic republic for this to change.

    Instead we will continue to be given pointless plebiscites on toothless positions such as the presidency – and other meaningless matters such as the blasphemy law being removed, despite it never having been used to any consequential legal effect. Actual accountability is denied. Their state will continue to look after their mates – and Dubliners shall continue to be robbed.

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