Gogarty to launch Green Party's campaign on Dublin Mayor
Dublin TD will engage with Dubliners over the summer about new position
The Green Party's spokesman for Dublin Paul Gogarty has announced that he will be rolling out a campaign over the summer to engage with citizens about the Dublin Mayor elections, which will take place later this year. The Dublin Mid West TD said that he wanted to talk to Dubliners about how they expected the Mayor to improve services in the city and county.
Joining him at a press conference on the concluding day of the Green Party's annual Convention in Waterford, Party Leader and Environment Minister John Gormley welcomed Paul's announcement and said that the Dublin Mayor would revitalise local government in the Capital. Dublin would benefit from a mayor with a strong, green vision, he added.
Deputy Gogarty said: "This summer, I will be running the Green Party's campaign to gather ideas and generate debate about the role of the new Mayor for Dublin. We want to engage with the public and talk about the issues and the vision that the new mayor could demonstrate."
"I will run a frugal campaign but concentrate on engaging with people directly; face-to-face on the streets of Dublin from Ballybough to Stepaside, and online at the website http://mayor4dublin.ie
, which I will be launching shortly. The Mayor can bring huge value to the citizens of Dublin through better delivery of waste, water, transport and planning services. I believe that the Green Party has excellent policies in these areas and can offer voters a real vision for how Dublin can be run better."
Minister Gormley added: "There is a real opportunity for a Mayor to transform Dublin into a clean, green, smart city. It's already happening, but the Mayor will really be able to develop the city's reputation internationally. The Mayor will have real powers. To the people that have criticised my plan, I say: come and talk to me. Send me your ideas and I will see if we can improve the legislation. I want the Mayor to be a success, so if we can make the legislation better, then I am open to that.
"The new Dublin Mayor will have the power to ensure that the €1.5bn combined budget of the four Dublin councils is being correctly spent on implementing his or her plans. The draft legislation gives the Mayor unambiguous power to direct local authorities in this regard. There will be no question as to who is in charge. The Mayor will not operate at a level of approving the repair of individual potholes, but he or she will have formidable political powers," he said.