A campaign is under way calling on the Government to allow the people of Limerick to vote for their own mayor, as was decided by plebiscite in May 2019.

The people of the city and county voted by a 52% majority to directly elect their own mayor - the only city among three to vote yes in the plebiscite.

Voters in both Cork and Waterford rejected the plan.

A campaign led by chair of Liveable Limerick John Moran, a former secretary general of the Department of Finance, along with Dr Stephan Kinsella of the University of Limerick is calling on the Government to allow the election of a directly-elected mayor to go ahead without further delay.

They point out it has been almost 1,000 days since the people of Limerick voted to be the first Irish county to elect its own mayor by popular vote, but people are still waiting.

They say every day that passes means another day of lost opportunity for the county and its people.

They have called for urgent action from Government to secure the vote and on all Limerick public representatives to make this happen in early in 2022.

The campaign launch was supported by Linda Ledger who runs the busy St Munchins community centre on the northside of the city, which provides daily home and meal services to families across the city.

As a citizen of the city she said its time now to act on what people have voted for, so that we can look to developing services in the city for the future.

Mary Fitzgerald of the Fitzgerald Woodland House Hotel in Adare, whose family have been involved in hospitality in Co Limerick for over 50 years, said is time now to move on with getting the position in place and that the people of the city and county did not want to wait another 1,000 days.

"We have to keep fighting for everything, or the work doesn't get done," she said.

The proposed legislation on the directly elected mayor has also been criticised for not giving the office enough power and funding

It had been envisaged that an election to vote on the mayor would happen by autumn of this year, but difficulties with Covid-19 made that impossible.

The proposed legislation on the directly elected mayor has also been criticised for not giving the office enough power and funding to carry out a wide range of functions on housing, transport, health and climate change measures.

The Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage last week presented its report to Junior Minister Peter Burke, who is responsible for drafting the bill which will bring about the legislative changes needed for directly electing the mayor .

It said the proposed legislation needed to be significantly strengthened to give the office of mayor additional powers to carry out the role envisaged in what people voted for in the plebiscite in May 2019.

It also said that the office should be provided with appropriate funding and revenue raising measures to cover the costs of these powers.

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Mr Burke said he will consider the committee's recommendations and how best to incorporate them into the general scheme, and stated it was his hope that many would be reflected in the bill before publication.

That process is continuing but he could still not give any definite date for a mayoral election. The date will be set by Government he said.

Meanwhile, the campaign #WeWantOurVote was launched today calling on the people of Limerick to support the petition for the right to choose their own mayor without further delay.