Directly elected mayors will take over most of the decision-making powers from local authority chief executives.
The Government has outlined its proposals for what role the mayors in Limerick, Cork and Waterford will play.
Under the Government’s proposals, a directly elected mayor with executive functions would:
- perform a significant amount of the executive functions currently performed by local authority chief executives;
- prepare and oversee implementation of a programme of office (similar to a programme for government);
- ensure that the chief executive performs the functions of the local authority in accordance with the mayor and elected council’s policies;
- be an ex-officio member and cathaoirleach of the elected council, contributing to the elected council’s exercise of their reserved functions;
- represent the entire local authority area at local, national and international level.
A public information campaign will be launched over the next fortnight.
Voters will be asked about the plans on May 24.
Read the proposals here: