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
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.
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