Dublin councils could vote on elected mayor

Wednesday 12 March 2014 19.27
Dublin's four local councils will vote on the issue
Dublin's four local councils will vote on the issue

The prospect of a directly elected mayor of Dublin moved a step closer today when the Government approved a process that will see all four local councils in the capital vote on the issue.

If all four back the proposal and a majority of councillors vote yes by the end of this month, the Government may then approve a plebiscite on a directly elected mayor.

In that event, it is likely to be held in Dublin alongside the Local and European Elections.

Minister for Local Government Phil Hogan said: "This process is an exciting development in bottom-up democracy, allowing elected members the first say in what optimal governance should be in Dublin.

"It will also close off the debate of the past decade or more on a directly elected mayor in Dublin."

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