Thursday 23 March 2017

A directly elected mayor would've helped spare us all from Croke Park concert saga

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks

THE unseemly saga over the Garth Brooks concerts highlights once again the all-powerful role played by unelected city and county managers and the, by contrast, weak powers of our elected county councillors. It also begs the question as to whether what we really need in Dublin is a directly elected mayor with strong powers that could take charge of the city's reputation and ability to hold big international events like the Brooks concerts.

No disrespect to the current city manager and councillors, but the saga is a result of an old-style dispute about a 'planning decision', with both sides unreasonably dug in.

So perhaps what we really need is a bells-and-whistles mayor who can talk up the city and make sure that all problems to do with such major musical and sporting events are anticipated.

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