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Dermot Lacey favourite to be Dublin's next mayor - PaddyPower


Who should be Dublin's first directly elected Mayor?

  • Dermot Lacey

    Votes: 22 27.2%
  • Ruairi Quinn

    Votes: 12 14.8%
  • Gay Mitchell

    Votes: 22 27.2%
  • Feargal Quinn

    Votes: 3 3.7%
  • Royston Brady

    Votes: 4 4.9%
  • Sean Haughey

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Bill Cullen

    Votes: 1 1.2%
  • Joe Duffy

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Mary Lou McDonald

    Votes: 8 9.9%
  • Paul Gogarty

    Votes: 2 2.5%
  • Bertie Ahern

    Votes: 7 8.6%

  • Total voters
    81
  • Poll closed .
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Councillor Dermot Lacey has replaced fellow Labour party cohort Ruairi Quinn as the bookmakers favourite to become Dublin’s first directly elected mayor. While a date for the mayoral election remains unclear Paddy Power have reported considerable interest in their betting with five favourites emerging over the past twelve months.

Cllr. Lacey is the latest favourite at odds of 6/4 with Ruairi Quinn TD at 3/1 and Gay Mitchell MEP at 6/1. Other names on the bookies shortlist include former Dublin Lord Mayor Royston Brady at 9/1 and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at 33/1.

6/4 Dermot Lacey
3/1 Ruairi Quinn
6/1 Gay Mitchell
8/1 Feargal Quinn
9/1 Royston Brady
14/1 Eibhlin Byrne
14/1 Sean Haughey
16/1 Pat Rabbitte
20/1 Bill Cullen
20/1 Joe Duffy
20/1 Trevor Sargent
20/1 David Norris
20/1 Duncan Stewart
25/1 Brian Hayes
25/1 Joe Higgins
25/1 Mary Lou McDonald
25/1 Paul Gogarty
25/1 Killian Forde
28/1 Fintan O'Toole
33/1 Marian Finnucane
33/1 Bertie Ahern
50/1 Bono
50/1 Shane Ross
50/1 Bob Geldof
50/1 Paddy Bourke
50/1 George Hook
80/1 Gay Byrne
100/1 Miriam O'Callaghan
 

johnfás

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Seeing as he basically started his campaign for it several years ago it isn't surprising.
 

Disillusioned democrat

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Dermot's a good man - I'd certainly be happier with him as mayor than any of the others.
 

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Dermot is a short at 6/4. Do we really need an elected mayor of Dublin on a ministerial salary and all the trappings with nothing to do all day. David Norris at 20/1 would be a good bet if he would go for it and forget the Aras.

This list looks like the bokkies cannot think of any worthwhile candidates.
 

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It really all depends on what powers it has. If it has none of close or none, then only Cllrs will be interested and Lacey has a decent chance. If it has real powers, then big guns in Fine Gael and Labour will be intrerested and Lacey doesn't have a hope of being the Labour candidate nevermind winning the election, as he would be completely destroyed by someone like Gay Mitchell.

Either way it's far too early to make any real prediction and at that I'd be surpised if the election ever happens.
 

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ah come on thats rubbish, nobody else has made any effort, you be building casinos in phoenix park lacey then being such a gambling fan?

there a number of joke candidates in there not alone him
 

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I still can't work out (given some of the others included in the betting) how my own in again, out again dangling on here hasn't resulted in my inclusion in the odds. I mean I did say that I'd be prepared to stand in any FG convention in order to ensure there was a vote at the convention. I happen to think conventions should be contested, ensure that we have to chance to give the presumptive candidate a run around the course as it were. Would I rate my chances highly, not likely. But I was more of a semi-declared candidate than Ruairi Quinn ever was.
 

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Hi All,

It is hard to know how to respond to this thread but basically I am glad that a political objective I have pursued for the last number of years looks as if it may now happen.

I am referring there to the creation of the post of a directly elected Mayor for Dublin. I believe such a post is needed to give this County a leadership and political voice that it has lacked and suffered from because of that. Of course I also believe that we need a fundamental reform of Local Government across the country - but for my own part have concentrated on the Dublin aspect of this.

Who knows who the candidates will be? I don't? I do know i believe in the necessity for the job.
 

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I still can't work out (given some of the others included in the betting) how my own in again, out again dangling on here hasn't resulted in my inclusion in the odds. I mean I did say that I'd be prepared to stand in any FG convention in order to ensure there was a vote at the convention. I happen to think conventions should be contested, ensure that we have to chance to give the presumptive candidate a run around the course as it were. Would I rate my chances highly, not likely. But I was more of a semi-declared candidate than Ruairi Quinn ever was.
Well we P.ie heads will be spoiled for choice so!

Good Luck to you both.:)

I think the important thing is to get the post up and running

It may have limited powers at first

- but its future success will stand and fall on the calibre of the person selected to fill it

- & their ability to get things done.

If we end up with an empty vessel then it will end up one day sleeping with the fishes

- in the River Liffey:-(
 

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While I will vote, support and canvass for Lacey I have to admit I am worried that the position in its current guise is meaningless and a complete waste of money. You'll be salaried to quite a high level, and while I think the position should be well paid, in its current form it should not.

Quite simply the dept of the Environment and Local Government has to upgrade the level of executive power to the new mayoralty. Also a budget has to be provided that can make it enact on proper schemes that can benefit the county.

If this does not happen, it will be a meaningless role and a waste of money. I hope it is not though.
 

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It's a joke of a job. Pointless, worthless and powerless.
Another salaried job for the politicals to bicker over while it will mean eff all to the public.
Wonder if there is a pension?
 

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While I will vote, support and canvass for Lacey I have to admit I am worried that the position in its current guise is meaningless and a complete waste of money. You'll be salaried to quite a high level, and while I think the position should be well paid, in its current form it should not.

Quite simply the dept of the Environment and Local Government has to upgrade the level of executive power to the new mayoralty. Also a budget has to be provided that can make it enact on proper schemes that can benefit the county.

If this does not happen, it will be a meaningless role and a waste of money. I hope it is not though.
Thanks Herodutus,

Just three quick points:

1) I agree the salary is too high. I have several times called for it to be halved. Personally I also think that Ministerial salaries on which it is based are also too high.

2) I agree the powers are limited - However I believe it is important that we get the post established and then the person in position can be a real advocate for real reform. ken Livingstones powers were considerably increased durung the first term

3) What is important is that the holder of this post has a real political agenda for Dublin. I do.

I know I said only three points at the beginning but really sometimes I find the hostility to politics and elected representatives as a group on Politics.ie quite extraordinary from people who on the face of it you would think wouldknow better.
 

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2) I agree the powers are limited - However I believe it is important that we get the post established and then the person in position can be a real advocate for real reform. ken Livingstones powers were considerably increased durung the first term
I guess thats where some of us disagree. We have 4 managers, 4 mayors/chairmen, all well paid in the Dublin area, now we're to have a super mayor to do what?
If it was proposed to have an American style mayor who would run the county and turn the managers into chief civil servants, I think it would be money well spent but it sounds to me like another job for one of the boys - an extra Senator?
 
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He is the only one that is constantly going on about it, who are the opponents. We have no FG/FF/SF/Green/Independents yet and no lab apart from Dermot. He is the only one.

I think that this is a good idea from Paddy Power, a bit of fun to publicize the betting for this at the start of the silly season in the Dáil. As the election gets closer the campaign will lose the light hearted approach as the real contenders start to emerge.
 

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How come Dustin is not in the poll??...:(
 

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