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Old May 10th, 2009, 11:43 PM   #1
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DUBLIN: Directly elected mayor from 2011

Dublin is to get a directly elected mayor from 2011 - and it could be former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Whoever it is will have control of a big budget and ultimate decision making responsibilities for the Capital.


So anyway an interesting letter in the Independent today to get the ball rolling...




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It's Bert and the City


Sunday May 10 2009

IT'S good to see that politicians are coming up with job-creation ideas for a change.

Unfortunately, Bertie was more focused on his own job prospects than that of the unemployed when mentioning the new job of Dublin's directly elected mayor.

"Not mentioning myself, but I think it would be an excellent job and I hope it is taken seriously," he said. It's hard to think that we've been deprived of Bertie's deliberately vague pronouncements for one whole year.

When pressed on his ambitions he added: "A lord mayor with executive powers would be a very interesting job, that's all I said."

"I think it would be a fascinating job for an experienced politician who would understand local government and understand national politics," he added.

Yeah right Bertie. Who could that be? Even Green Party leader John Gormley was forced to admit Bertie could be a contender for the mayor's job in 2011.

Maybe he's been encouraged by the fact that another bumbling, dishevelled figure, Boris Johnson, has been a hit as London's mayor.

So look forward to the Bert and the City soap opera in two years' time!

Will Hanafin

- Will Hanafin

Good idea, bad idea? It's happening anyway but what are your thoughts?
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Old May 11th, 2009, 01:08 AM   #2
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Directly elected mayor with executive powers = good idea.

Bertie in this position = bad idea.

The mayor should be head of the Dublin Transport Authority whenever it finally emerges too.
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Directly elected mayor with executive powers = good idea.

Bertie in this position = bad idea.

The mayor should be head of the Dublin Transport Authority whenever it finally emerges too.
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Old May 12th, 2009, 07:08 PM   #4
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Gormley moves fast:

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Dublin to get elected mayor in 2010
Tuesday, 12 May 2009 16:22

Environment minister John Gormley has announced that Dublin is to have a directly elected mayor next year.

The new mayor will be responsible for planning policy, waste management, water services and housing across the four major Dublin local authorities.

The mayor will also be chair of the Dublin Transport Authority.

They will oversee implementation by the local authorities of the agreed regional strategies, a better public service and improved services across the board.

Mr Gormley described today's announcement as the most significant change to leadership in Dublin since the foundation of the State.

Mr Gormley said later he did not anticipate any restrictions to the type of candidate who might stand for the office

However, he confirmed that the dual mandate rule would apply so sitting public representatives would not be eligible.

He said the salary level would reflect that of a Government minister.

Story from RTÉ News:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0512/dublin.html

I'm glad it will be over the four local authorities (Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown) rather than just the "city" itself, and that the DTA is involved.

I'm guessing they will use the same voting system as they use to elect the President (Instant Runoff Voting) but I'm wondering what length the terms will be (my preferred option would be elected in 2010 until 2014 and then the mayoral elections take every five years along with the locals and Euros) as well as any term limit.

It'd be nice to see every county/city and even town have elected mayors with similar powers.

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That means, I presume, the Mayor would have final say in every transport project.....get someone from the Construction Industry Federation for Mayor!
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