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What's the best thing in Dublin? Our friendly and funny people, of course!

THE best thing about Dublin is its people, according to a new poll on the capital.

One third of those questioned for the comprehensive survey conducted by Dublin City Council said Dubliners were the best thing about the city -- mentioning friendliness, humour, and warmth as a unique feature.

The range of culture, arts and activities, and free admission into museums and galleries were the most liked by 17 per cent.

And there were high levels of agreement that Dublin is a great place to live (88pc) a welcoming place (77pc), a city of unique character (86pc) with lots to do (83pc).

Results from the Your Dublin, Your Voice research, which comprised of 2,300 members, was carried out in April.

Respondents were asked to describe the best and worst things about Dublin, and the council got about 2,200 comments on this.

A third of the panel said anti-social behaviour -- especially drink and drug-related behaviour -- is the worst thing about the city.

Some 17pc cited litter as the worst thing, while 11pc highlighted public transport as the worst thing, and traffic congestion was the fourth most commonly cited negative aspect.

Drug addicts and the visibility of poverty on the streets were highlighted as an issue along with beggars operating in tourist areas.

As few as 26pc of those aged 46 and over felt safe in Dublin at night and this rose to 36pc among 18 to 30 year olds.

Only half of Dubliners are supportive of a directly elected Mayor, according to the poll.

Just 54pc of respondents felt that a directly elected Mayor for the Dublin region would have a "positive" or "very positive" impact on the city.

Panel members were lukewarm on the idea of having a directly elected Mayor for the region, and one in three respondents were "unsure of the likely impact."

There was strongest support for this idea from panel members who had spent time outside Ireland, and probably had experience of living in a city with a strong mayor, according to the author of the report Jamie Cudden, Research Manager, Office of International Relations and Research, Dublin City Council.

Lord Mayor Andrew Montague said: "I think quite rightly people have been interested in bigger financial issues up to now and they haven't been focusing on local issues.

"But we need to have a unified planning decision maker in Dublin, and the four Dublin local authorities need to be working together because at the moment we're getting bad planning decisions."

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