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30th September 2018 | Community, Housing, Local Government, Political Reform, Press Releases, Regional Development, Transport, Waste

Greens accuse Government of “dropping the ball” on an Elected Mayor for Dublin

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The Green Party has accused the Government of “dropping the ball” on proposals to provide a directly-elected mayor for the nation’s Capital. In a note released late last night Minister of State John Paul Phelan T.D. stated that  the issue of directly elected mayors for Dublin has been deferred for more detailed consideration and citizen engagement by a Dublin Citizens’ Assembly to be specially convened in 2019.

Reacting to this announcement, Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, the Green Party’s European Election candidate for Dublin, said:

“The Government’s statement betrays a deep anti-Dublin bias. At a time when the four Dublin Counties are governed by four Chief Executives and and annual rotating crop of mayors with limited powers there is a clear need for the Capital to have a united voice. Dublin needs a metropolitan mayor directly elected by its citizens. The crucial infrastructural issues in the capital relating to traffic, housing and planning need to be coordinated rather than fragmented. It is clear that the Government has dropped the ball and fudged the issue by referring it to the Citizens’ Assembly next year.”

Green Party Dublin Rathdown T.D. Catherine Martin also joined in criticising the development.

“It’s frustrating that whatever progress comes from the Government on this issue is coming at a snail’s pace. Providing a directly elected Dublin Mayor must be viewed in the context of the housing emergency and the transport gridlock that Dubliners face every day. We badly need a strong coordinator across all of Dublin to deal with these issues, and we need it soon.

“It’s also disappointing to learn that the Government have opted not to take advantage of the nationwide votes on October 26th to hold plebiscites in Cork, Limerick and Waterford on elected mayors. This could easily have been arranged, and if approved could have allowed citizens in those cities the chance to elect mayors next May during the local elections.