TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar would consider running to be the first directly elected mayor of Dublin, if the position is given proper powers.
Mr Varadkar says he "would not rule it out" and added it is a job anyone in politics would covet.
"The question doesn't arise yet but it's a job that anyone in politics and anyone who loves Dublin would love to have but I'm sure there would be better candidates than me on offer," the Dublin West TD told the Irish Independent.
However, he said it was "impossible to say without knowing what the job is yet".
It comes after Environment Minister Phil Hogan published the new Local Authority Bill, which paves the way for directly elected mayors in major cities.
However, the capital will be up first and voters in the four Dublin local authority areas – Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown – will decide in a plebiscite next year if they want the position to be created.
A working group of councillors from the four local authorities are deciding the powers the mayor could have, and this will then be put to Dubliners. Many have suggested the Dublin mayorship could develop along the lines of the London mayorship.
While people such as Education Minister Ruairi Quinn have been mentioned as possible contenders, Mr Varadkar is the most senior political figure to express an interest.
"I think a mayor in Dublin is only worth having if it is a real job with executive powers like the mayor in London or the mayor in New York," Mr Varadkar said. "I don't think we need the chairman of a super quango, which is what was proposed by John Gormley.
"That proposal has to be put together, then it will be put to the people of Dublin in a vote as to whether they want that or not," he added.
If the plebiscite is passed, the first election for mayor is not expected to take place for at least another two years after that, around 2016.
That means any mayoral election could be run alongside the next general election, or just after it.
The four Dublin councils have been charged with coming up with a new plan for a directly elected mayor, and a working group of councillors has been set up to consider what options should be put to Dubliners in next year's plebiscite.
However, an online survey is being carried out by the four councils and Labour Dublin city councillor Dermot Lacey – a long-time champion of a directly elected mayor – says the results so far show people want a powerful mayor.
The survey gives a number of options, including a directly elected mayor with his or her own cabinet, an elected mayor who would work with staff already in place in local authorities, or an elected mayor with no executive powers but a strong representational role.
Mr Lacey says the latest survey totals show around 40pc of people favouring the first option, and 30pc the second, with the remainder going for the least powerful role, which he said shows "an overwhelming" number in favour of a powerful mayor.
Fingal mayor Kieran Dennison has held a number of public meetings to discuss the proposal, and also says there is a mood for a powerful figurehead for the capital.