Sunday 4 December 2016

Who do you call if you want to talk to Dublin? It's time for joined-up thinking - that means an elected mayor

Published 16/06/2016 | 02:30

London Mayor Sadiq Khan – the UK capital has thrived since it began to elect its mayor. Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
London Mayor Sadiq Khan – the UK capital has thrived since it began to elect its mayor. Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

At present, we have four local authorities, four chief executives, four mayors, 183 councillors and countless state agencies, all with different, and often competing, visions for Dublin. Amidst all that division, it is left to central Government and the Custom House to call all the shots.

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Henry Kissinger once famously asked who he would call if he wanted to talk to Europe. Well, who do you call if you want to talk to Dublin?

A lack of joined-up thinking on the big issues, such as housing, planning and transport, is costing us precious time, money and jobs.

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