Friday 15 December 2017

Capital mayor plan rests with city councillors

COUNCILLORS in Dublin will decide by the end of the month on whether a referendum on the position of a directly elected mayor takes place on the same day as the local elections.

Environment Minister Phil Hogan has examined a set of controversial proposals for the position – which would see some of the State's most powerful bodies weakened.

Mr Hogan has not endorsed the proposals and has instead sent them to all four local authorities in Dublin to vote upon.

If the proposals are passed by each local authority by the end of March, a referendum on whether to create such a position will take place on May 23.

However, if the four councils cannot agree on the proposals, the prospect of a referendum will be dead in the water.

Irish Independent

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