In May 2014 Dublin voters will be asked in a referendum whether or not they want to have a directly-elected mayor for the whole city. The referendum will take place at the same time as the local elections.
Currently, Dublin is made up of four councils – Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, with Labour Cllr Carrie Smyth as Chairperson, South Dublin, with Labour Cllr Dermot Looney as Mayor, Dublin City, with Labour Cllr Oisín Quinn as Lord Mayor, and Fingal, with Cllr Kieran Dennison as Mayor.
This week has been a busy week for campaigning on the forthcoming referenda. Minister Alex White held a well attended public meeting with contributions from journalist Kevin Rafter and Deputy Aodhan ORiordain also held a public meeting on Dublin's North side with contributions from Noel Whelan and Dr. Eoin O'Malley. Over the weekend party members will be out canvassing so do keep an eye out for them in your area and they'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
You can also check out FAQs on both referenda which are linked to below.
Campaigning is continuing for the forthcoming referenda with Minister Alex White canvassing in Kilkenny with Deputy Ann Phelan. Earlier Minister White talked about how the campaign is going and you can hear what he said from the audioboo.
Meanwhile around the country Labour is putting up posters, canvassing and leafletting. We're uploading image of the canvasses as we get them to Flickr which you can check out here. We will also be continually updating our FAQs on the two referenda which you can check out from the links below. If you have any questions, do use the comment section and we'll update the FAQs with any questions raised.
Minister Alan Kelly has launched an exciting new Bike Share Scheme for Cork, Limerick and Galway cities. Tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd September) Minister Kelly will be in Cork and Galway to launch the individual Cork and Galway schemes.
The Bike Share scheme allows cyclists and would-be cyclists of these cities to avail of free or low-cost bikes to hire, taking out and returning the bikes to docking stations at a range of locations in each city. Calling the scheme a “breakthrough day for cycling in Ireland", Minister Kelly said: “Cork, Galway & Limerick will be joining the likes of Paris, London, Barcelona and Dublin as the cities which have their own public-bike schemes.
The new Court would exist at a level between the High Court and the Supreme Court, and would deal with a majority of appeals from the High Court and the Supreme Court. It will also update how the Supreme Court issues decisions on constitutional issues, so that the 'one judgement' rule is removed thereby ensuring decisions of the Supreme Court are more transparent to the public.
Deputy Kevin Humphreys and Minister Alex White postering for the Seanad referendum
The Referendum to abolish the Seanad takes place on Friday 4th October. The referendum proposes to the Irish people to abolish Seanad Éireann. Abolition would come into effect upon the resumption of Dáil Éireann after the next general election. The current Seanad would continue until then.
A Yes Vote would see the articles of the Constitution that refer exclusively to the Seanad removed. Labour, with Minister Alex White as Director of Elections, is advocating a Yes Vote simply because there is no credible argument for keeping the Seanad. Its role is unclear, its election process elitist and it has failed throughout its lifetime to act as a watchdog.
Posters are going up all over the country for the forthcoming referenda and in this post our Director of Elections, Minister Alex White, talks about the campaign around the country. We'll be posting regular updates from the campaign so do keep an eye out over the campaign. If you've any questions on any aspect of the two referenda do let us know in the comments and we'll answer them over the next while.