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Dublin to miss out on the mayor it obviously needs

Our capital is crying out for an elected mayor, but the system won't allow it, writes Fionnan Sheahan

Published 23/03/2014 | 02:30

Environment Minister Phil Hogan
Environment Minister Phil Hogan

WITHOUT lifting a finger, Phil Hogan has probably killed off the prospect of Dublin getting a directly elected mayor. The proposal has been knocking around the political system for the best part of a decade in the wake of the success of the move in London.

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Having a directly elected mayor is the norm in most major cities, particularly in Europe. An inferiority complex in this country determines that a capital city of over one million, out of an overall population of four million, means Dublin is not a major city.

Yet Dublin is battling on a daily level to attract jobs, tourism, education, talent and

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