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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 15, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

    What Powers for Elected Mayor of Dublin?

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    There’s a lot of interest in this elected mayor of Dublin position but we  haven’t seen the draft legislation yet. It is not clear what powers the job will have.

    The elected mayor of London has real clout, especially over transport. Hard to see how our boy/girl would be able to control the existing powerful interests in that area – but who knows?

    The worst of all possible worlds would be a situation where the office was virtually nominal and you ended up with yahoos and crazies dominating the election.

     Now don’t you dare say we’ve already got that with the elections to the Dáil!

    • robespierre says:

      With 4 LA’s, no chance of interfering in the independent police force, no tax raising powers and a very disjointed national transport platform (RPA, RSA, DTA etc.) this is a complete and total waste of time, money and energy.

      It will not advance democracy an iota.

    • barratree says:

      When the London mayor was set up he didn’t have a huge amount of powers – none over transport. That followed as Ken showed the office could work and indeed that the mayor could work with government (as to declaring a socialist republic).


    • Blimey O'Riley says:

      Ken Livingstone did a great job as Mayor of London then the yahoos/crazies voted in bumbling Boris…Beam me Up! How does it go again? The problem with Democracy etc etc

    • paul m says:

      the hitchhiker mayors guide to dublin city council

      The council of Vogons – hard job to get anything by these chaps (unless you’re offering bikes for billboards), they are grafted onto their seats and if you ever scan over the motions for a meeting even at local level you’d go grey at the thought of how long it takes to get a motion passed…. passed along to another department.

      deep thoughtless – should your motion find its way to the top table, more likely as an emergency motion (ie if someone bought up a park square, whose lease was left lapse, and wants to build a parking lot on it, or signage in lieu of bikes that shouldnt be where it is) you’ll get to see debate at its farthest from the meaning of that word, live on webcam.

      Marvin the Paranoid Politicandroid – responsible for formulating the job of a mayor with powers, this intelligent being is often beset with such overwhelming concern for the demise of their own position that they capitulate to the vogons and eventually create nothing out of something. Has incinerators on the mind ;)

      Zaphod Bertiebrox – do you really want this two headed teflon coated monster in charge? made a balls of the last ‘galaxy’ he was in charge of, now pretends not to be interested in this new role but has been known to have a roving eye.

    • Michael says:

      Hmmmmm – what a great idea. A Mayor for Dublin – 20 odd highly paid staff, a family dynasty possibility in case the incumbent died in office, a super salary (benchmarked, of course), a large expense account (let’s not bother with receipts), perhaps a corporate jet, an environmentally friendly limousine with a bicycle in the boot, a large budget for junketting and of course preferably unaccountable to anyone except looking into his heart and knowing what is best for Dubliners. Another layer of badly needed bureaucracy for the punters.

      Job responsibilities – opening bicycle lanes, organising traffic jams, welcoming tourists in the new Dublin Airport arrivals terminal, sticking brass plates on buildings (Pat Murphy lived here, Brian O’Driscoll went to school there, Bertie drinks here), being interviewed on the Pat Kenny show or Joe Duffy’s Liveline. Visiting other mayors around the country – per diem and travel expense.

      We need this like we need a hole in the head -

    • robespierre says:

      I should add that I am potentially in favour of the concept but not without reform of the Dáil and local electoral structures and powers so that it could be meaningful.

    • barbera says:

      I know! Vincent Browne should go for it. I mean he sure talks the talk — in so far as he seems to be ‘down with’ the proletariat. Could be a platform for some real fireworks in the city, at any rate. Speaking of pyrotechnic devices, any mayoral candidate who promises to ban those aerial fireworks displays in the city gets my vote. Whatever happened to gazing at the stars?

    • gillian kelly says:

      and what do we do with the city and county managers mmmmmmm I know lets do the same as they did when the health boards merged into the HSE

    • Donagh Foley says:

      I will vote for the candidate that promises to cut the weeds on the numerous derelict sites within a few hundred meters of O’Connell St.
      If I run myself, I will launch my campaign at the centre of dereliction, i.e. the Black Church, and invite the IT to send a journalist to visit that out of bounds area for the paper’s journalists.

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