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Mayor for Dublin Newsletter

Mayor for Dublin Newsletter

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A newsletter from the mayor4dublin.ie campaign, containing information on the role of the new, directly elected mayor for the Dublin Region.
A newsletter from the mayor4dublin.ie campaign, containing information on the role of the new, directly elected mayor for the Dublin Region.

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Published by: greenparty_ie on Oct 15, 2010
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Make Dublin's new mayor
work for you
What will the mayor do?
The mayor of Dublin will be elected to represent and toserve all of the citizens of the Greater Dublin Area. Themayor will represent us outside the city, attracting jobs,tourism and inward investment. The mayor will serve usby making sure that our services – transport, housing,waste, water and green spaces – are delivered in a costeffective manner that benets us all. The mayor willset the vision for Dublin and will have the powers to seethis vision implemented.
Why do we need a mayor?
Dublin needs a responsible leader who will put theinterests of the Capital rst. Dubliners have a right tochoose who that person should be. Our mayor will bedirectly elected by the people living in the region andhe or she will be directly accountable to us. Ireland’sbiggest city needs to be run in a fair, transparent andefcient way, with a leader who is responsible forcoming up with local solutions to local problems.
How can I have my say?
We want to know how you think your mayor canwork best for you. The Mayor4Dublin campaign isorganising a series of public meetings that you areinvited to attend. You can nd out more details at
and tell us what you think. There isalso a questionnaire on the back of this leaet that youare invited to complete.
Busting the myths
The mayor will be too expensive
There will be no additional costs. The mayor’s ofcewill be funded from within existing council budgets andwill save taxpayers’ money – as much as €40m – bystreamlining services across the Dublin region.
The mayor will have no powers
The mayor will have extensive powers, includingthe legal power to force county managers and localauthorities to implement his or her policies.
We don’t need another layer of bureaucracy
This isn’t true. The mayor’s ofce replaces the existingDublin Regional Authority. This will place a layer ofaccountability over the existing unelected bureaucracy.
A NEW MAYOR FOR THE DUBLINREGION WILL BE ELECTED IN 2011What powers should they have?What would make Dublin a betterplace to live in?What should be their top priority?
Mayors in other cities
Many great cities have mayors. Their mayors havethe respect of the people who elect them and defendthe interests of their citizens. And they are directlyaccountable.In
Ken Livingstone integrated bus andunderground rail services under TransportForLondon andreduced congestion, while Boris Johnston is managingLondon’s preparations for the 2012 Olympics.
Michael Bloomberg has tackled greenspaces, public health and schools – as well as the city’scarbon emissions, while Rudy Giuliani is famed for asuccessful crackdown on crime.In
, Pasqual Maragall i Mira transformedhis city’s transport infrastructure for the 1992 Olympics.
are just some of the other citiesthat have thrived under strong mayors with ambitiousplans to reform transport, parks, sports, culture andbusiness. They are now regularly ranked as the mostliveable cities in the world.
Who will be able to vote?
The new mayor
will represent over 1.2m people livingin the greater Dublin area, and will be responsible foroverseeing services across the four local authorityareas in the capital – Dublin City Council, Fingal CountyCouncil, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council andSouth Dublin County Council. Voters from Balbrigganto Bray and from Howth to Lucan will elect the mayor.If you have a vote in the council elections you can alsovote for the mayor. To check if you are on the register,go to
When will the elections take place?
The election will take place in early 2011. Before that,we need your help in deciding the mayor’s roles andresponsibilities. Laws dening the powers of thenew mayor and setting the date for the election willbe moving through Leinster House in Autumn 2010.Keep up to date and register for email updates at
1.2m people live inthe Dublin areaThe mayor willbe in charge oftransport, waste,parks, housing andplanningThe mayor’s ofcewill be responsiblefor investing morethan €1.5 billionper year in theDublin area andreducing waste andduplication in theservices provided bythe councils.

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