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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Hogan to consider all-Dublin mayor role

The issue of a directly elected mayor for Dublin will be re-examined over the next two years.

The four mayors of Dublin's four local authorities met with Environment Minister Phil Hogan yesterday to discuss possibilities for future local government in the region.

Last March, Fingal councillors used their veto to reject a proposal for a directly elected mayor for the Greater Dublin region when councillors from the other three councils backed the move.

The four council leaders requested the meeting with the minister and a "frank exchange" of views included discussions on resurrecting the 'super mayor' proposal.

Mr Hogan has always supported a directly elected mayor.

He said any such proposal would be a bottom-up approach and not something prescribed by central government.

"If the Dublin authorities are serious about this, they must give close consideration as to how they will provide for the governance of the metropolitan area as a whole and not just focus on the position of the directly elected mayor.

"The citizens of Dublin are central to all of this and the local authorities must examine how they might engage them in the debate," said the minister.

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"Whatever comes out of this process must be substantial, realistic, and the functions and the cost and all other implications must be examined closely.

"I have asked the group to come back to me by October 31 with an outline of what they have in mind," he said.

Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke said the matter will be examined over the next two years.

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