Directly elected Mayor – Mayor takes to the streets to canvas views, Thursday 10th October

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Do you think Dublin should have a directly elected Mayor who would have responsibility for the City and County of Dublin? And what kind of functions do you think this Mayor should have? These are the kinds of questions which will be put to shoppers in Dublin City Centre between 4 and 8pm today, Thursday 10th October.
 
The on-street survey will be carried out by Dublin City Council at three locations, Grafton Street, O’Connell Street and Camden Street. The survey is part of a public consultation process which the four Dublin local authorities are conducting into the kind of directly elected Mayor Dublin might have. The findings will form the basis of a plebiscite which will be put to Dubliners at the same time as  the 2014 Local Elections. 

 
Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn will help carry out the survey at the top of Grafton Street  / South King Street at 4.45pm on Thursday 10th October. He says “We will survey about 300 shoppers on Thursday evening as part of the directly elected Mayor public consultation process. It’s another way of giving people a chance to give us their views on the proposed office. Do you think it’s a good or bad idea? What role should this mayor have and is there anything about it that concerns you? Your views will inform the question that will eventually go to the local electorate next May.”
 
There are still places available at the second of two directly elected Mayor public consultation workshops the Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn will conduct at the Mansion House. The two-hour workshop starts at 2pm on Saturday 12th October. 

 
ENDS
 
For further information contact:
 
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, 
 
 
Background
 
Earlier this year, The Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, in ‘Putting People First’, asked Dublin’s four Local Authorities to consider the options for the introduction of a Directly Elected Mayor for all of Dublin.  This public consultation forms part of that process. It is intended to ask Dublin voters if they agree to having a Directly Elected Mayor, or not, in a plebiscite in May 2014, at the same time as the local elections.
 
The on-street survey
 
The survey will be conducted by three teams of two people at the following locations - O’Connell Street median adjacent to the Spire, the Top of Grafton Street / South King Street , & Aungier Street / Camden Street on Thursday from 4 pm - 8 pm.

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