Plebiscites for Directly Elected Mayors
On 24 May 2019, the people of Cork City; Limerick City and County; and Waterford City and County will have an opportunity to vote in a plebiscite on a proposed directly elected mayor with executive functions (duties). A plebiscite is an electoral poll consulting the public on a proposal.
Voters in the three council areas will be asked if they approve a proposal that would allow the people of their council area to directly elect a mayor with executive functions for a five-year term. At present, the mayor of a council (called a mayor in Limerick City and County, and Waterford City and County, called a lord mayor in Cork City) is elected for a one-year term by other councillors. Under the Government’s proposal, the directly elected mayor would have more functions than a mayor/lord mayor currently has, including some or all of the executive functions held by the relevant chief executive.
The plebiscite is taking place through provisions in the Local Government Act 2019. Under the Act, if the proposal is accepted by a majority of voters in a council’s administrative area, the Minister will submit a report to the Oireachtas with legislative proposals for an election of mayor by the people. The Oireachtas will then consider the legislation. If the law is passed, an election for mayor will take place.
If the proposal is rejected by a majority of voters in a council’s administrative area, the current balance of powers and functions will not be changed without legislation.
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Sample Ballot Paper
Video on plebiscites for directly elected mayors
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Public meetings on the plebiscites
As part of the public information campaign on the plebiscites, the Committee to Oversee the Plebiscite Public Information Campaign will hold public information meetings about the plebiscites.
Public meeting on the plebiscite for a directly elected lord mayor with executive functions for Cork City: Tuesday 14 May 2019
Public meeting on the plebiscite for a directly elected mayor with executive functions for Waterford City and County: Wednesday 15 May 2019
Public meeting on the plebiscite for a directly elected mayor with executive functions for Limerick City and County: Thursday 16 May 2019
Details of the time and venues for these meetings will be published on this webpage. If you would like to be notified when details of the meetings are announced, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If I live in one of these three areas am I eligible to vote in the plebiscite?
In order to be able to vote in their council’s plebiscite, a person's name must be entered on the Register of Electors in either:
- Cork City Council
- Limerick City and County Council
- Waterford City and County Council
People are encouraged to check if they are registered to vote at www.checktheregister.ie.
Application forms will need to be received by the registration authority (council) for the area in which the applicant is resident not later than Tuesday, 07 May 2019.
For those seeking inclusion in the supplement to the postal and special voters lists, the relevant application forms will need to be received by the registration authority not later than Sunday, 28 April 2019.