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Directly elected Mayors must have real executive functions – Ó Broin

26 October, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Local Government Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that the debate surround a directly elected mayor for Dublin must focus on what powers this executive office would have.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“As the pros and cons of having a directly elected mayor for Dublin are being debated, the real focus must be on what sort of powers will be devolved to this office. Sinn Féin supports the principle of a directly elected Mayor for the Dublin. However, if such an office is to have any value, it must have clear powers and the resources to back them up.

“Key functions related to transport, major roads, waste management and tourism should be vested in the Mayor’s office. There should also be a strategic coordination function in partnership with the four local authorities in areas including housing, planning and economic development.

“These powers must be devolved down from central government and relevant state agencies. Staff and funding should follow. However, there should be no reduction in the powers, functions, and budgets of the existing local authorities.

“Any Dublin Mayor must also be held to account by an assembly made up of members of the four Dublin local authorities.

“While I am sceptical of the latest initiative from the Labour Party on this issue, Sinn Féin will engage constructively with any sensible proposal to strengthen local government in Dublin and elsewhere. Unfortunately, recent attempts to address this issue have been far from ideal. Former Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan’s Mayor proposal in 2013 was clearly designed to fail. Likewise, Former Minister John Gormley’s Mayoral Bill was weak and without substance.

"There is no value in a purely symbolic office of Mayor. Either we give it the powers and resources to make a real difference to the lives of Dubliners or we don't bother at all.” 

Note: Please see attached Sinn Féin’s policy on a Dublin Mayor

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