Much depends on outcome of Limerick experiment

Voters backed an elected mayor in 2019, but the details surrounding this radical decision – which could significantly alter local government in Ireland – are still unclear

29th December, 2019
Much depends on outcome of Limerick experiment
Limerick people went to the ballot boxes this year to vote on the for an elected mayor for the merged city and county council

The similarities between Britain’s Brexit referendum and this year’s plebiscite in Limerick are easily spotted. Voters in both polls were offered a choice between the status quo and a change that was poorly explained and lacked detail. And in each case the margin of victory was narrow, with only 52 per cent voting for change.

Fortunately for Limerick, the parallels don’t go much further. The implications of last May’s decision to back...

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