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      So John Gormely is presenting his green paper on local government today: this includes provision for a directly elected mayor for Dublin with powers over planning and transport. Certainly mayors can have a large effect on planning, Moses in NYc being an obvious, controversial example. Possibly here ABP will limit the power of the mayor, but, with a popular mandate, this will change planning in Dublin. How is another question: it could be good, unblocking impasse, getting things moving, supporting dramatic plans, tiding up and uncluttering, solving problems no-one currently takes responsibility for. Conversely, it could be terrible with half-thought out grand gestures, pet projects and self-indulgent, populist vandalism. Who knows?

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      At least we might get somebody that actually knows the city & has some semblance of an idea of what the city actually needs;

      Compare & contrast with random utterings from many a transport minister, may i sight martin cullen as an example, spouting shite about an interconnector & connectivity when its clear he has no clue as to what it is, what it will do or how much it will cost.

      I was bemused to hear Brian Cowen declare as part of his budget speech that ‘next year the m50 toll bridge will have four lanes in each direction’ … it already has four lanes both ways, that is not the issue, the god damn plaza is.

      Rural ministers in particular, do not have a clue about Dublin & its problems.

      If things are going arse ways in Dubin, at least we could pin the tail on a directly elected mayor, its fairly difficult to pin anything on 15 double speaking government donkeys.

    • #800167

      I don’t know i had a feeling gromers was all for rates I hope he is public as well.

      better than the current state off affairs but he has still done nothing about bikes footpath widening nice diesel… or oconnoll st bridge

      just what is the line between environment and planning…

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