“We need unified democratic leadership of local government in Dublin and this postponement will only further hinder the economic and social development of our capital city over the coming years.”

Social Democrats Dublin Bay North Cllr Cian O’Callaghan said:

“Reports that the government want to shelve plans for a directly elected Mayor for Dublin and instead proceed with a directly elected Mayor in Cork as a pilot are baffling.”

“There is a strong and urgent need for a directly elected Mayor in Dublin. Dublin is facing a major housing and homelessness crisis, coupled with a democratic deficit in local government where most power and decision making lies with the four unelected chief executives of the Dublin local authorities. We need unified democratic leadership of local government in Dublin and this postponement will only further hinder the economic and social development of our capital city over the coming years.”

“There is no reason why a directly elected Mayor cannot be introduced to Cork and other major cities simultaneously. This proposal is the latest attempt by the Department of Housing and Local Government to maintain centralised control over local government.”

ENDS

31st August 2018