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Poll: Should Irish cities have directly-elected mayors?

Dublin could have its own version of London’s Boris Johnson or New York’s Michael Bloomberg under a process currently under way…

London Mayor Boris Johnson on a visit to Hong Kong
London Mayor Boris Johnson on a visit to Hong Kong
Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

DUBLIN COULD HAVE a directly-elected mayor with significant executive powers in just a few years’ time.

A consultation process is currently under way to gauge public opinion on the issue, with a vote planned next summer.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan was asked yesterday about the possibility of rolling the idea out to Cork, Limerick, and other Irish cities — but wouldn’t be drawn on the issue, saying “we’ll see how it goes” in Dublin.

What do you think?

Poll Results:

No way. Our cities aren't big enough to require a powerful mayor. (1290)
Great idea. We need a city CEO who's directly accountable to the people. (907)
I might be open to it, but need convincing. (838)
I don't have an opinion. (351)

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Daragh Brophy

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