Opinion Colum Kenny

Sunday 21 January 2018

Colum Kenny: Mayor needs power to make streets safe

Random vicious attacks in our city should be met with full force by gardai, writes Colum Kenny

So what's wrong with this picture? The five combined boroughs of New York City, with over eight million inhabitants, have the same number of councillors as Dublin City. And New York has a directly elected mayor but Dublin does not.

In a week that saw a woman have her nose partly bitten off, a priority for any mayor of Dublin should be to clean up the city centre.

Dublin's new lord mayor, Fine Gael's Naoise O Muiri, has promised to try and root out anti-social behaviour in the city centre. But he will not be in office long because of how Irish mayors are rotated by their colleagues. Too many cooks spoil the broth. What Dublin really needs, says Mary Fitzpatrick, leader of Fianna Fail's city councillors, is a mayor who is directly elected by citizens for a period of five years. Then the mayor might just get something done.

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