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
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.