Green Party spokesperson on political reform Oliver Moran had been among those most vocally calling for clarity on the role ahead of local referendums on 24 May.
Mr Moran said the proposal today was enough for people to support the measure and that the legislation that follows needed to be specific on how powers are defined:
“The policy document ticks the boxes that we were looking for. It sets out what people will be voting for on 24 May. It doesn’t dot every i or cross every t but the level of confidence that people need to support the referendum is now here. I urge everyone to now coalesce around the proposals and back a strong Yes in Cork, Limerick and Waterford.”
“The powers set out in the proposal mean mayors will have a real role in setting out and driving a vision for the city of Cork and the city-counties of Limerick and Waterford. And in a way that enhances the elected council too.”
“For example, the requirement for the elected Lord Mayor having to present a five-year Mayoral Programme to the city council within three months of taking office is a good one. It puts the emphasis for candidates to stand for election on a vision for Cork, Limerick and Waterford. It’s that vision that people will be voting on. That alone will really revolutionise local government.”
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