LIMERICK’S directly elected mayor must have real powers to drive transport strategy for the city and county, a Fine Gael Senator has said.
Maria Byrne, who led the campaign in the city on behalf of Fine Gael, said: “I will be working to ensure that as well as budgetary oversight and other powers, that Government transfers significant powers to lead on transport strategy to the incoming mayor.
“The transport infrastructure in the city and county needs strong local leadership to ensure that as a growing city Limerick can hold its own when it comes to sustainable public transport.
“There is a real push at the moment, both locally and at Government level, to make Limerick an even better place to work and live and transport is an integral part of making that a reality.
“Limerick must not be left behind Dublin and other cities in the development of a state-of-the-art transport system. We need Limerick to be a well-connected city where people can rely on public transport that is plentiful, punctual and makes sense.
“Becoming the first place in Ireland to have a directly elected mayor is an opportunity to transform not only Limerick but also the entire region. I am determined to ensure that the incoming mayor will have true powers to achieve this transformation.
“It was exciting to see people from all walks of life come forward in support of our campaign to have an elected mayor and to lay out their vision for Limerick.
“I will work to ensure that this enthusiasm is matched in Government buildings as we map out what the mayor’s role will look like.”