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Dublin authorities seek feedback on mayor plan

A recent poll suggests over 60 per cent of Dubs want an elected first citizen, but views are being sought on just what powers that mayor would have.

Dublin City Hall
Dublin City Hall
Image: James Stringer via Flickr/Creative Commons

THE FOUR COUNCILS in Dublin are encouraging Dubliners to have their say on whether a directly-elected mayor for the capital is a workable plan.

To get the process underway The Lord Mayor of Dublin City, Mayors of Fingal and South Dublin and Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown  are engaging in a public consultation from Monday, 16 September.

The four are asking Dubliners or those with an interest in Dublin,  to complete a survey and/or make a submission on the topic at their local library, council office or online at

The aim of the survey, organisers say, is to gauge opinion on whether a directly elected mayor is wan and what kind of powers you would like this mayor to have.

A recent poll of Dubliners, ‘Your Dublin, Your Voice’, showed that 61 per cent of those surveyed were in favour of the concept.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin City Council Oisín Quinn said that he was pleased that Dubs were being allowed a voice.

“I am especially pleased that by making submissions and filling out our survey, Dubliners are being offered an opportunity to have real input into the proposals for a Directly Elected Mayor for Dublin. I call on everyone to grasp this opportunity to get involved and help form a decision on Dublin’s future.”

Quinn was echoed by South Dublin Mayor Dermot Looney, who said that despite its diversity, Dublin was a uniting place.

We have four local authorities and hundreds of communities from the Mountains to the North County, and from the Liffey Valley to Dublin Bay, but Dubliners are united in a sense of place; one county and one city.

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