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City needs a mayor with track record

DUBLIN needs a mayor with a proven track record on the economy, the city's Chamber of Commerce said.

It has called on the Taoiseach to give the new Dublin mayor the power to prepare a plan to kickstart the capital's recovery.

Newly-elected Chamber president Peter Brennan also said that reform of the four local authorities in Dublin could bring a saving of €170m.

Speaking at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce AGM last night, Mr Brennan said: "Considering the future development of the Dublin city region, the promised legislation must ensure that the responsibilities of the mayor include transport, planning, traffic management, enterprise development, tourism, crisis management and the economic development of the region."

Mr Brennan said Dublin needed its own economic direction because so much of the country's resources were located in the greater Dublin area.

"However, nobody is politically responsible for the Dublin economy, no overall coherent economic development strategy exists, nor is one planned which has wide stakeholder support and a matching budget."

Celebrities such as Bono, Bob Geldof, Gerry Ryan and Gay Byrne have appeared in the betting for the coveted role.

Labour TD Ruairi Quinn has emerged as the favourite at 6/4 -- even though he hasn't confirmed he'll be running.