Thursday 23 November 2017

Mayor's role a chance missed

THIS week, the Dail will debate, and presumably vote for, the legislation to create a mayor of Dublin, whose responsibility will be to run the capital and the entire surrounding region. Or so the Green Party would like us to believe.

They regard the appointment of a mayor on the model of successful cities such as London and Barcelona as their greatest achievement in office. They will rejoice at the sight of Fianna Fail deputies being whipped through the division lobby to vote for it. They know how much those deputies hate the idea of a directly elected mayor. The more clear-headed among them know that the hatred does not stop there.

But present-day Irish politics is so far out of touch with reality that even the clear-headed cannot see that this supposed exercise in democracy is the exact opposite.

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