Dublin’s Citizens’ Assembly will meet for the final time this weekend to vote on the type of directly elected mayor and local government structure best suited to Dublin.
The Assembly’s 80 members will meet at Dublin Castle on Saturday and will also discuss issues relating to delegated powers, finance and funding, the role of Dublin City Councilors and a range of related matters.
Since it was first convened in April this year, the Dublin Citizens’ Assembly has carried out a detailed program of work, listening to and consulting with national and international academics and experts, as well as national and local elected representatives.
The results of the votes will be counted and announced on Saturday evening before the conclusion of the meeting.
Dublin Citizens Assembly leader Jim Gavin said the consultative democratic process had been “an empowering experience”.
“We have reached the finals this weekend as our assembly members reflect and vote on what they have learned and assessed over the course of our work programme,” he said.
“Members of the Dublin Assembly will vote on a series of ballots covering the various subjects and issues to be considered for their report, which will be submitted to the House of Oireachtas for consideration before the end of the year.
“Since our first meeting in April, 79 Dublin citizens have taken their time thinking about what kind of directly elected mayor we want in Dublin and what kind of structure is best suited to Dublin.
“My respect and admiration for the members of the congregation has grown with each meeting. This weekend, members of the Assembly are voting on their recommendations which they believe will best serve the people of Dublin.
“I will then oversee the preparation of the report, ensuring that it is submitted in a timely manner, and thereafter sensibly reviewed by our Oireachta homes.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/we-have-made-the-final-says-jim-gavin-as-dublin-citizens-assembly-concludes-this-weekend-42027210.html “We’ve reached the final” – says Jim Gavin at the end of this weekend’s Dublin citizens’ assembly