Mayor estimate “personal conjecture” – FingalFeatured Updates, News Monday, September 20th, 2010
A €8m per year estimate for the planned Mayor of Dublin is “personal conjecture” according to Fingal County Council.
The report was shown to Fingal councillors last Monday and was released to Fine Gael. The party said the plans for a directly elected mayor were a costly extra layer of bureaucracy.
“This message is clear: Tax hikes for Dublin ratepayers are necessary to pay for Gormley’s Dublin Mayor plan,” said TD Phil Hogan, Fine Gael’s spokesman for the environment, heritage and local government.
He added: “John Gormley has obviously rushed through this plan without thinking. I want to make it clear, Fine Gael is in favour of a Dublin Mayor but the Minister’s plan is costly and does nothing but add another new layer of bureaucracy or political fiefdoms to the landscape in Dublin.”
However, the council issued a ‘clarification’ on Friday afternoon on its report shown to councillors. It said: “Some personal conjecture regarding the cost of running the Mayoral Office and the wider implications of the proposal was inappropriately contained in this report. Any confusion or misunderstanding caused is regretted.”
Fingal said that it is a matter of routine for such reports are brought to councillors updating them on policy development.
On Saturday, Green Party leader and Minister John Gormley was reported as saying the mayor would save money.
“The mayoralty will actually save us money… if we want to compete on the international stage we have to compete with cities across the world, across Europe particularly, where you have a directly elected mayor,” Gormley was quoted as saying in The Irish Times.
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