The Mayor of Limerick, Cllr. James Collins has said that the proposal to institute a directly elected Mayor of the City and County is a unique opportunity that must be grasped by the people.

Cllr. Collins was commenting as it emerged that Limerick would be one of three local authorities where plebiscites would be held to establish a directly elected mayor with executive functions.

“This is a real game changer for Limerick. I believe that for far too long our community has been held back by a central government that was not in tune with the wishes of local Limerick people.

“A directly elected Mayor can change that relationship as he or she will speak for the people of the entire city and county and can drive forward the changes and improvements we all want to see.

“However, it is crucial that any directly elected Mayor has the executive powers needed to drive change. Another figurehead Mayor is not what we need in Limerick,” concluded Collins.