The Citizens' Assembly which is considering a proposal for a directly-elected mayor for Dublin is holding its second meeting in Dublin today.

80 members of the Citizen's Assembly have gathered in Malahide in Dublin for a second time to consider the idea of a directly elected mayor for the capital.

The Assembly heard that the system has been working well in cities like Manchester, Boston and Helsinki.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said the public will always be sceptical about another layer of politicians.

But he said their model takes the building blocks of local government and does not add another layer.

Mr Burnham said that the model is working well and he said he believes it is superior to the London model.

He said that progress has been made on issues like homelessness due to an approach where everyone pulls in the one direction.

The Mayor said that he is pleased to see Dublin moving in this direction because he said it makes politics work better if you start with a place rather than politics.

He said it puts the emphasis on the practical rather than the political.

The lord mayor is currently a ceremonial role here - voted in by councillors.

Each of Dublin's four local councils have their own mayor.

A directly elected mayor would be voted in by a public vote.

Campaigners believe a mayor should have executive powers and be accountable for local services such as housing.