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Legislation approved by cabinet for a directly elected Mayor for Limerick

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Elections for a Directly Elected Mayor of Limerick to be held in June 2024 on the same date as the Local and European elections

Government has decided that the election for a directly elected Mayor for Limerick will be held on the same date as the Local and European Elections in 2024

TD Kieran O'Donnell is saying the new school should be ready by 2024

Elections for a Directly Elected Mayor of Limerick to be held in June 2024 on the same date as the Local and European elections
Minister for State, Kieran O’Donnell TD said the directly elected mayor will take on many of the executive functions which currently rest with the chief executive

Kieran O’Donnell TD, Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, welcomed today’s approval from Government to publish draft legislation to deliver the Programme for Government commitment for a directly elected mayor with executive functions for Limerick. Furthermore, Government has decided that the election for a directly elected Mayor for Limerick will be held on the same date as the Local and European Elections in 2024, which will be held between June 6 and June 9 2024.

“I am delighted that Government has approved publication of this draft legislation to allow the people of Limerick city and county to directly elect a mayor with significant powers and that the election will be held on the same date as the local elections in 2024. Having a directly elected mayor will enable the people of Limerick to have a greater say over how services and infrastructure are delivered and how Limerick develops, as they voted for by plebiscite. 

“This is a key milestone on the way to having the first directly elected mayor in Ireland and is one the most significant reforms of local government since the foundation of our state, with Limerick leading the way,” said Minister O’Donnell.


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At its meeting today (Tuesday, 25 July), the Government signed off on publication of the Local Government (Mayor of Limerick) Bill 2023 which establishes the office of mayor and its mayoral functions, sets out the governance structures to support that office and provides a code for the election of the mayor. It also makes provision for holding plebiscites in other local authority areas on the question of whether to directly elect a mayor.

Minister O’Donnell said, “The directly elected mayor will take on many of the executive functions which currently rest with the chief executive and will also take on a host of new functions, supported by a budget to implement the mayor’s programme and priorities. 

“This legislation provides the Mandate, Structures and Means to deliver on the ambition of the office of the first directly elected Mayor of Limerick. It provides a major opportunity for Limerick to forge an enhanced local government. There is huge potential to develop service delivery and accountability locally, and to add value for all the people of Limerick.

“I look forward to working with colleagues across the Oireachtas in the coming months to pass this legislation and pave the way for the mayoral election. Limerick City and County Council will be a very different local authority from the other 30 local authorities – working with Councillors and all stakeholders, a directly elected mayor will be a champion for Limerick city and county, and will have a place-making role for the county and region.    

“I wish to thank the implementation advisory group, chaired by Tim O’Connor, for its work in producing their comprehensive report. The legislation is consistent with the report recommendations, including how the Council should be structured. 

“Also, I wish to acknowledge the work of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage on their pre-legislative scrutiny report on the legislation.

“Finally, I would like to recognise the valuable input of Councillors and officials in Limerick City and County Council in developing these provisions, and will continue to engage with them as we move closer to creating this historic office of a Directly Elected Mayor for Limerick.”

The Local Government (Mayor of Limerick) Bill 2023 will be published in the coming days.

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