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Candidates back plans for elected city mayor

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 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 proposals to create the new role should be put to a referendum.

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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.

Objections from members of Fingal County Council are expected to scupper the plan.

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

Ms Fitzpatrick said that as leader of the Fianna Fail group on Dublin City Council she will 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," she said.

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