Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said a directly-elected mayor for Dublin is not going to deal with the capital's problems.

Mr Ahern, who was speaking at the Dublin Citizens' Assembly on the issue, said he did not share the view that bringing in a directly-elected mayor "is going to change things".

He said he favoured a "federal system" with representatives from the local authorities in the capital and added that is "more important than a directly-elected mayor which I don't see as adding a lot to the present system".

He added that with the capital being so large and growing he thought a "streamlined system", where it was clear where the power lay, was important.

The Dublin Citizens' Assembly is currently assessing the benefits, risks, challenges and opportunities associated with a directly-elected mayor for the capital at its meeting in Malahide today.

Separately, Mr Ahern said he is "surprised" at indications that the British government is to push ahead with the next phase of legislation to override the Northern Ireland Protocol in the coming week.

He said the British government was "obviously trying to move on the legislation before the summer recess".

He said it was obvious the Prime Minister Boris Johnson was "beholden" to the European Research Group within the Conservative Party and "they are pushing the legislation".

He said the summer recess should be used to re-establish the Stormont Executive in Northern Ireland but that did not seem to be the course being taken by the British government.