Why after seven hundred years of office is the city of Dublin without a Lord Mayor?

The position of Lord Mayor of Dublin was suspended in April 1969 following the dissolution of Dublin City Council. It remained suspended until 1974.

The office of Lord Mayor of Dublin was introduced in 1229 when permission was granted to the citizens of Dublin to annually elect their first citizen. However, at the moment the office of mayor has gone. 

A loyal and discrete Mayor proper for the government of the city.

During the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the office of mayor invariably went to a loyalist.

The Lord Mayor was a very important person, equal within the city boundaries to the Lord Lieutenant.

In 1840, a new system of election was introduced whereby the Lord Mayor was elected by the Alderman and council, who were themselves elected by the people. 

Indirectly, anyway, you and I have a say in who will be our first citizen.

While the office of mayor brought many perks in the past, there are few today. The function of the office of Lord Mayor is to chair meetings of the council and perform civic duties receiving an annual allowance of £3,500 a year and the use of a Mercedes car. While the Mansion House is the official residence, the mayor doesn't actually get to live there. 

While other cities offer perks to holding the position of mayor, it is not so in Dublin. The Lord Mayor used to hold the title of Admiral of the Port and Chief Magistrate. But for now, such honours have gone.

Cathal O'Shannon outlines some of the functions of the position beyond chairing meetings. The mayor opens sales of work, attends luncheons and meetings of various bodies, greets visitors the capital, and lends dignity to official gatherings. However, in the last six months, many charities have had to do without the support of a mayor. 

Three Lord Mayors of Dublin look back on their terms of office, what the job entailed and the future of the position.

Maurice Dockrell (served 1960-61) describes the role as an ambassador of the city. 

For Sean Moore (served 1963-64) the Lord Mayor is a kind of ombudsman for the people. 

Frank Cluskey (served 1968-69) says the primary role is as the chairman of the city council but sees it as a decorative position. 

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 10 December 1969. The reporter is Cathal O'Shannon.