Fine Gael Senator, Catherine Noone, this week said that the possibility of a directly elected Dublin mayor is back on the agenda. She was speaking after Fingal County Council overturned its previous decision and have now voted in favour of the proposal to have a plebiscite among Dublin residents on the idea of having a directly-elected mayor across the four Council areas.
“Now that all four Councils, and more than 75% of Councillors, have voted in favour of this, I believe it is time for the new Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly TD, to review this situation and to put plans in place for a plebiscite among the residents of Dublin.
“It is clear from recent planning decisions that the role of a directly-elected, accountable mayor of Dublin is now more important than ever before. I believe that this would have helped us avoid recent problems around concert planning.
“A directly elected mayor would have a hugely positive impact on our city. In a world where cities now compete directly for resources and investment, the notion of a Dublin mayor with real power and influence is a very positive one.”