RUGBY legend Brian O'Driscoll was put forward as an example of someone who would make a great elected mayor for Dublin.
In a survey, the Leinster and Ireland hero was suggested because he is "articulate" and capable of representing the capital.
And members of the public who took part in the research cited the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, as another example of the type of person who could make things happen.
"The benefit would be if they put the interests of the city first and not a political party. The Mayor of London has really achieved things for that city," a respondent stated.
Another said: "A good mayor would speak for the city, be articulate and really represent Dublin. Brian O'Driscoll would make great mayor."
The information is contained in a document A Directly Elected Mayor for Dublin, which consists of the results of an on-street survey carried out on Grafton Street, Coppinger Row, O'Connell Street, North Earl Street, Aungier Street and Camden Street.
The Studio -- the city council's innovation unit -- took part in conversations with members of the public to get their views.
The team of seven, which included the current Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn, spoke to 174 people -- 99 men and 75 women -- during a four-hour period on October 10 across the six city centre locations.
Some 126 said they are in favour of an elected mayor, with only 15 saying they are against it. Twenty-eight didn't know.
To the question 'If I say City Mayor what springs to mind?', some people automatically thought of cities where there is a directly elected mayor like New York, London, Chicago.
"Others thought more locally and referred to the Mansion House and two people mentioned the current Lord Mayor, Oisin Quinn, whereas some people struggled to think of something due to a lack of aware- ness," the report adds.
Concerns expressed about an elected mayor include the possibility that the country could become too Dublin-centric.
"There is a danger Ireland becomes centralised, that everything becomes Dublin focused with the result that focus is pulled away from the whole of Ireland. It happened in the UK," a member of the public said.