The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Councillor Michael Sheahan, hosted the Implementation Advisory Group for the directly elected mayor with executive functions for Limerick City and County in Newcastle West yesterday, Wednesday 12 March, 2020.
“The Implementation Advisory Group is acutely aware that, when established, the new directly elected Mayor will be a Mayor for all of county Limerick, rural and urban. The Group is meeting in Newcastle West today so that we all gain a very clear perspective of this area and the issues affecting the people of this part of County Limerick”, said the Mayor.
The chairman of the Implementation Advisory Group, Limerick-man and career diplomat, Mr Tim O’Connor, added “Since the Implementation Advisory Group was launched on 2 December last year, today’s meeting is our fourth and we are delighted to be here at the Newcastle West Municipal District Offices. Though this is our first meeting outside of Council HQ in Limerick, we intend to visit all of the Municipal Districts in the coming months as our work intensifies”.
The Group has a number of matters under discussion at the Newcastle West meeting, including:
- The scope of the role of directly elected Mayor
- Identifying substantive new functions and powers, and matching resources, that could be assigned to the new Mayor
- Lessons that can be learned from international case studies for the Mayor project in Limerick
- A public consultation exercise with the people of Limerick City and County
“The Group has already agreed that we should consult as fully as possible with the people of Limerick about what they would like and expect from their new directly elected Mayor. That consultation process will begin shortly”, said the Mayor.
Mr O’Connor stated “The Implementation Advisory Group is taking the approach that local government in Limerick must be improved through the directly elected mayor project. We are therefore being ambitious in imagining the potential of the role of directly elected Mayor for Limerick”.