“The voice of the few should not silence the voice of a city” – Natalie Treacy

“The voice of the few should not silence the voice of a city” – Natalie Treacy Castleknock Sinn Féin Representative

 

On Monday 31st of March, Fingal county council voted against a plebiscite which would allow the people of Dublin to have their say on a directly elected mayor.

 

“This was a chance for the people of Dublin to have their say on having a directly elected mayor. Instead Fine Gael and their buddies in the Socialist party have denied the people of Dublin their chance to have their say”

 

“Just to put this in perspective, sixteen people have denied one million a chance to vote, how can Matt Waine, Ruth Coppinger and the rest of the socialist party call that democracy!”

 

“What is even more infuriating is that none of the socialist party councillors on Fingal county council made a submission to the Department of Environment regarding the idea of a directly elected Mayor”

 

“Sinn Féin have made a submission and published a document regarding a directly elected mayor for Dublin.”

 

“Sinn Féin would call for significant executive power to be devolved from central government to the Mayor’s office. The Mayor should have a number of clearly defined executive powers including transport; major roads; waste management and tourism.

 

“The Mayor would also have responsibility for strategic policy development in a number of areas including economic development, environment, housing and planning.

 

“The Mayor would be held to account by a regional assembly made of six Councillors from each of the four Dublin local authorities appointed using the Group selection system. The Assembly would also assist the Mayor in the development of strategic policy while having a role, with the local authorities, in the appointment of the Directors of Service.

 

“The funding and staffing of the Mayor’s office will predominantly come from existing central government and state agencies’ resources.

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