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City needs an elected mayor now

Dublin City Council will vote today on whether a referendum should be held to allow for an elected mayor of the capital.

Over the next week the city's three other local authorities will also decide whether the issue should be put to the electorate on May 23.

It appears the referendum will not be held, as Fingal councillors are expected to vote against – and therefore veto – the plan.

If this happens it would be a missed opportunity for the capital.

Dublin is a city of more than a million people, the driver of our economic recovery and our main tourist destination.

A directly elected mayor with executive power such as those elected in New York and London could have benefits for the city.

It's unsurprising that politicians at national and local level might oppose the establishment of the office, but they should see the bigger picture. This is a major opportunity – it would be a great shame to lose it.