Imagine if Dublin had a directly elected mayor with real powers to get things done. It might happen in the future, if Dubliners vote for it.
Local Government Minister Simon Coveney, of Fine Gael, has said he supports the idea, according to the Irish Times. A poll commissioned by Labour Senator Kevin Humphreys, three-fourths of Dubliners want a directly elected mayor.
So if we had a mayor for the Dublin region who was elected by – and accountable to – the people, and had executive powers, what would they be, what would they do?
Dublin Inquirer invited five Dubliners to Mansion House last Wednesday (2 November) to present and defend their visions for the role in a debate moderated by Jim Carroll of the Banter series.
The event lasted about an hour and a half. The version above is edited down to a length we hope you might actually have the time to watch.
Introduced by Dublin Inquirer Managing Editor Lois Kapila, the five mayoral “candidates” – none of whom have any intention of running for mayor as far as we know – were (seated from left to right):
–Richard Guiney, CEO of the city-centre business improvement district DublinTown;
–Nana Nubi, founder of a youth-empowerment initiative, The Alpha Project; and
–Chinedu Onyejelem, who since 2000 has been editing the Dublin-based multicultural newspaper Metro Éireann, which he co-founded.
After the debate, the audience of about three dozen people voted for their favourite candidates, and Guiney won the most votes.