Monday 11 December 2017

Mayor must get real powers

JOHN Gormley wants Fianna Fail backbenchers to stop criticising the legislation which provides for an elected mayor of Dublin. He has a point, since those deputies and everybody else should know the details in a matter of days and be able to speak with greater knowledge.

No doubt the Environment Minister suspects that his critics want to preserve a bad system, undemocratic, inefficient and riddled with cronyism, and have no interest in beneficial reform.

The present arrangements for local democracy in the Dublin region -- devised by Fianna Fail in the first place -- make sensible administration all but impossible. There are four "counties" covering the former city and county council area, complete with mayors, councillors and so on and so on. The city itself is one of the "counties". There is no overarching authority.

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