DUBLIN WILL have a directly elected mayor next year for the first time since the foundation of the State, Minister for the Environment John Gormley has announced.
The mayor, will be paid the same salary as a Government Minister, will have responsibility for transport, planning and waste management across the four Dublin local authorities.
â€œ2010 will see the direct election by the people of the Dublin region of a highly visible and accountable mayor who will have the authority and powers to deliver real leadership for the city and region,â€ said Mr Gormley.
â€œThe mayorâ€™s leadership will derive from a suite of substantial powers across the functions of local government.
He added that the election would take place next year in line with the commitment in the Programme for Government to bring in the new system for Dublin by 2011.