Plans set to be revived for directly elected mayors

Coveney signals intention to rekindle proposals for office holders in big urban centres

Simon Coveney:  Believed the test in 2014 set the bar too high. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney: Believed the test in 2014 set the bar too high. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney intends to resurrect plans for directly elected mayors in Dublin and other major urban centres during his term in office.

A previous Fine Gael minister Phil Hogan had advanced proposals for a directly elected mayor for the Dublin in 2014. But the plan had to be approved by a majority of councillors in each of the four Dublin local authorities. A majority of Fingal county councillors voted against and the proposal fell.

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