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Dublin Mayor - Heads of Bill

Dublin Mayor - Heads of Bill

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DUBLIN MAYOR
AND REGIONAL AUTHORITY) BILL 2010
General Scheme and Heads of Bill
LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DUBLIN MAYOR
AND REGIONAL AUTHORITY) BILL 2010
General Scheme and Heads of Bill

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Mayoral strategy

(1) Within 6 months of his or her election the Mayor shall prepare a strategy statement, in

consultation with such public authorities or other persons as the Mayor considers appropriate,

and having regard to any guidelines or directions given by the Minister.

(2) (a) A strategy statement shall comprise the key objectives, outputs and related strategies

(including use of resources by the Authority, or other bodies) of the Mayor for his or her term of

office.

(b)A strategy statement shall include an indication of the policies which the Mayor

intends to promote in pursuance of the general objectives and principal functions of the

Authority under this Act.

(c) A strategy statement shall have regard to the obligations of the Authority under Head

60.

(3) A draft strategy statement shall be submitted to the members of the Authority for their

consideration not later than 4 months after the election of the Mayor, and not later than 7 days

before a meeting of the Authority.

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(4) The draft strategy statement shall be considered at the next following meeting of the

Authority following the submission of the draft strategy statement to the members in accordance

with subsection (3).

(5) (a)The Mayor shall consider any comments or observations made in relation to the draft

strategy statement at the meeting of the Authority before finalising the strategy statement.

(b)The Mayor shall finalise the strategy statement within 4 weeks of a meeting of the

Authority in accordance with subsection (4).

(6) A person shall not question the validity of a strategy statement prepared by the Mayor under

this Head by reason only that the procedures set out in this subsections (1), (3), (4) or (5) were

not completed within the time required under the relevant subsection.

(7) The Mayor shall publish the strategy statement on the Authority’s website and in such other

form as the Mayor may decide.

Notes:

This provision for a Mayoral Strategy is based on section 5 of the Public Service Management
Act, Article 14(2)(g) of the Regional Authority Establishment Order of 1993 (S.I. 394 of 1993)
and section 134 of the Local Government Act. It should be noted that it is not proposed that the
Authority adopt the Mayoral Strategy. This is to be an overarching policy document set out by
the Mayor based on his or her electoral mandate, but taking into account the views of the
members of the Authority.

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(1)Subhead (1) provides for a strategy statement to be prepared within 6 months of the
Mayor coming into office and following consultation with bodies or persons as decided
by the Mayor. The provision is not prescriptive as to how this consultation should occur.
6 months is the period specified in section 134(1) of the Local Government Act 2001 in
relation to the corporate plan. It is also the period within which Strategy Statements must
be prepared in accordance with the Public Services Management Act 1997, though this
time frame is set out in Government direction rather than by the legislation itself.
(2)Subhead (2) sets out what must be contained in the Strategy.
Paragraph (a) is based on section 5(1)(a) of the Public Service Management Act 1997.
Paragraph (b) is based on Article 14(2)(g) of 1993 Order and section 134(6)(b) of 2001
Local Government Act. The subhead refers specifically to the general objectives and
principal functions conferred on the Authority.
Paragraph (c) requires the Mayor to ensure that regard is had to the obligation of the
Authority to work within specific national policies (as set out in Head 60).

(3),(4),(5) These subheads specify the procedure whereby the Mayor brings the draft strategy
to the members of the Authority for their consideration and sets down a time frame for doing
so. Local government law often sets such time frames, see for example section 140 of the
Local Government Act 2001 and section 12 of the Planning and Development Act 2000.

(6)This is based on section 12(16) of the Planning and Development Act 2000.

(7)Subhead (7) obliges the Mayor to publish the Strategy on the website.

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