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I'm happy to take €3,000 cut, insists Lord Mayor

DUBLIN'S Lord Mayor says he is not concerned with the cut of around €3,000 in his personal allowance.

Cllr Gerry Breen (FG) told the Herald that he was "quite happy with the decision" which will be discussed tonight at a special council meeting.

"It's a 5pc reduction on the taxable portion of the personal allowance, it will be backdated to 1st January 2010," Cllr Green explained.

"We all have to see where we can squeeze a bit and get better value for Irish citizens," he added.

Cllr Green said the decision had been taken by the Department of Finance and that other mayors in the country would be facing similar cuts.

"Others are planning on cutting their budget too.

"It's out of my hands, it's out of the council's hands, it's a department thing so [other mayors] will follow suit," he said.

The Clontarf representative was elected as Lord Mayor of Dublin last month and has since put his own business on hold to concentrate on his new role.





Delighted

"I'm delighted to be doing this job. It's only for a year and I'm fortunate to be doing a job I love, so I have no issues with this reduction," he added.

Cllr Breen, who is living in the Mansion House in Dublin for the duration of his term in office, previously told the Herald that he intended to open the residence to the public and that he would employ interns as well.

"We are public servants and we serve the people. Every Wednesday, from 8am to 10am I will have an open door for the citizens of Dublin when I will make myself available to listen to suggestions or complaints members of the public may have," he said.

Tonight's discussion comes as it emerged that legislation for a directly elected mayor of Dublin is not expected to be considered by Cabinet at their meeting today.

The meeting is the last one until the end of August and if the mayoral legislation is not considered today, it is unlikely to be enacted to allow elections to take place this year.





Election

Senator Dan Boyle said: "It's more likely to be done in time for a spring election."

He said there was a queue of legislation awaiting examination by the Attorney General's office at present.

The mayoral legislation would have to join the paperwork queue, Senator Boyle said.

"At this stage, it is looking less likely it can be fully prepared and processed by the Oireachtas in time for an autumn election and it's more likely to be done in time for a spring election," he said.

"We want the legislation to be passed and we want it to be the right legislation," Sen Boyle added.

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