The Urban Land Institute (ULI Ireland) will next month host what promises to be a very timely and interesting debate on the merits and otherwise of a directly elected Mayor for Dublin. Taking place on the evening of May 23rd next, speakers will include former Taoiseach and former Dublin Lord Mayor, Bertie Ahern; Chief Executive of Dublin City Council, Richard Shakespeare; Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly; the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira; Head of Cities at ARUP, Alice Charles; Dr. Eoin O’Malley and Professor Deiric O’Broin from DCU and Dr. Aodh Quinlivan from UCC. Dublin Chamber of Commerce’s Head of Public Affairs, Stephen Browne will represent the views of businesses in the city at the event.

Chair of ULI Ireland, Marie Hunt said “ULI are delighted to be hosting this important event, which is timely considering that the citizens of Limerick will be holding an election for a Directly Elected Mayor this June. Ireland’s Citizens Assembly last year concluded that the people of Dublin should be given a chance to have a referendum on the proposal of having a directly elected mayor and it is in this context that ULI want to facilitate discussion on the subject, addressing the pros and cons and how the office could be structured. We all want a more liveable city with better services but moving to a directly elected mayor model would be a radical shift for Dublin and represent a very significant reform of local Government that would have considerable repercussions. There are lots of questions that need answers, and we hope to explore some of the key issues with an excellent panel of speakers, a number of whom presented to the Citizen’s Assembly on the subject last year”.

For more information about this event, which is open to non-ULI members, contact ireland@uli.org