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Dublin Councillors should vote in support of referendum on directly elected mayor – Cllr Larry O’Toole

24 March, 2014

Sinn Féin’s leader on Dublin City Council, Larry O’Toole, has today called on all Dublin City Councillors to vote in support of a referendum to be held on whether the city should have a directly elected mayor.

If a vote is passed in all four local authorities, a referendum would be held on the 23rd of May in conjunction with the Local and European Elections.

Speaking ahead of the vote this evening, Councillor O’Toole said:

“Sinn Féin has long argued for directly elected mayors and we believe that this is an important part of the much needed reform of local government in the State.

"We support maximum devolution of powers to local authorities. We support a directly elected mayor for Dublin with specific powers including transport, waste management and major roads.

“It can only strengthen local and participatory democracy for Councillors to vote in favour of a referendum to be held on the 23rd of May.

“This should be a matter for the people of Dublin and they should, at the very least, be given the opportunity to decide on this issue for themselves.

“If a referendum is held, Sinn Féin will be advocating a yes vote.”

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