Thursday 22 March 2018

European candidates support mayor plan for capital

Mary Fitzpatrick. Photo: Damien Eagers
Mary Fitzpatrick. Photo: Damien Eagers

Fionnan Sheahan Group, Political Editor

EUROPEAN election candidates in Dublin are lining up to back a referendum on the creation of a directly elected mayor for the capital.

Fianna Fail's Mary Fitzpatrick and Labour Party MEP Emer Costello followed the Green Party's Eamon Ryan in calling for councillors to support the vote on the new position.

Councillors on the four local authorities in Dublin will vote this week on whether the proposal to create the new role should be put to a referendum in the capital.

Dublin City Council will vote tonight, followed by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council and Fingal County Council later in the week.

However, objections from members of Fingal County Council are expected to scupper the plans.

A majority of members of all four councils have to agree to the plebiscite for the vote to go ahead on May 23.

Ms Fitzpatrick said as the leader of the Fianna Fail group on Dublin City Council she would be voting to allow the people of Dublin to decide.

"If Dublin is to compete in a global economy we need a directly elected mayor for the city with executive powers to make changes and decisions that are in the best interests of the citizens of the city and county," she said.

Ms Costello said rejection by any of the local authority regions would be an attempt to undermine democracy.

Irish Independent

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