First Meeting: 30 April - 1 May 2022

Saturday 30 April 2022

9.25 a.m.     Introduction by the Chairman, Jim Gavin. Introductory Remarks  [Speech]

9.40 a.m. Session 1: What is Dublin?

Dublin: a Geography (Historian Geographer, Dr. Ruth McManus, DCU) [Presentation]


Dublin is a Sound – (Roddy Doyle, author)


Q & A


Roundtable discussion (private session)


11.30 a.m. Coffee

11.50 a.m. Session 2: Local Government in Dublin

Broad introduction and overview of the current arrangements (How did we get here?)

Dr. Aodh Quinlivan, UCC  [Presentation]

Prof. Deiric Ó Broin, DCU  [Presentation]

Roundtable discussion (private session)

1 p.m. Lunch

2.15 p.m. Plenary feedback from the morning sessions


Voxpop of people living in the four Dublin local authority areas: “What do the Dublin Local Authorities do?”

2.45 p.m. Session 3: Role of Local Government

What are the main strands of activity? Planning, enterprise and economic development , social and community development, climate action, housing, infrastructure, transport, libraries, recreation and culture. – Dr. Brid Quinn, UL [Presentation]


Roundtable discussion (private session)

3.45 p.m. Coffee

4.00 p.m: Session 4

Who governs and how is power distributed? Dr. Bríd Quinn, UL  [Presentation]

Funding & Finance – who pays and how? Prof. Deiric Ó Broin, DCU [Video] [Presentation]

Q & A

Roundtable discussion (private session)


5.15 p.m. Conclusion by Chairman Jim Gavin

Sunday 1 May 2022

9.30 a.mShort Film: What do the Dublin Local Authorities do?


9.44 a.m. Brief Summary of previous day’s proceedings


Prof. Deiric O’Broin, Dr. Bríd Quin, Dr. Aodh Quinlivan


10.00 a.m. Feedback from previous day’s roundtable discussions


10.30 a.m. Session 1: Panel Discussion


Chief Executives of the 4 Dublin Local Authorities (4 x 5 minute opening statements, 40 mins Q&A)

11.30 a.m. Coffee

11.55 a.m. Session 2: Why a directly-elected mayor?

General challenges, risks, benefits and opportunities – Dr. Aodh Quinlivan, UCC [Presentation]

Roundtable discussion (private session)

1 p.m. Summary and Conclusions by Chairman