Dublin Citizens’ Assembly:

Meeting #3

25-26 June 2022

9.15 a.m.        Introduction by the Chairman, Jim Gavin – objectives for the weekend [presentation]


Session 1

Saturday 25 June 2022. 9.30 a.m.

Devolution I

9.30 a.m.        Dr. Mark Callanan, author: Local Government in Ireland (2018). ‘Devolution and New Powers at Local Level: Debates, Proposals and Experience’  [presentation]

9.50 a.m.        Roundtable discussion (private session)

10.20 a.m.        Q&A with Dr. Mark Callanan

10.45 a.m.     Bertie Ahern. The reality of devolution.


11 a.m.           Q&A (questions from the previous session, moderated by the Chairman)


11.30am     Coffee

11.45 a.m.      Graham Doyle, Secretary General.

A perspective on a DEM and its benefits and challenges from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

[opening statement] [briefing material]

12 noon          Roundtable discussion (private session)

12.30 p.m.      Q&A with Graham Doyle and Ainle Ní Bhriain, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

12.45 p.m.      Lunch

Session 2

Saturday 25 June 1.45 p.m.

The Limerick Experience

1.45 pm          Tim O’Connor, Chairman IAG. Lessons from Limerick – 

2 p.m.             Roundtable discussion

2.30 p.m.        Q&A


Session 3

Saturday 30 April 2022. 2.50 p.m.

Devolution II – Powers that might be devolved

2.50 p.m.        Prof. Brian Caulfield (TCD). Transport  [presentation]


3.05 p.m.        Prof. Joe O’Hara (DCU). Education and Skills [presentation]

3.20 p.m.        Ms. Assumpta O’Neill, Wicklow County Childcare Manager. Childcare [presentation]

3.35 p.m.        Coffee

4 p.m.             Roundtable discussion (private session)

4.15 p.m.        Q&A

Session 4

Saturday 30 April 2022. 4.30 p.m.

Finance, funding and taxation

4.30 p.m.        Local govt finance in comparative perspective – Theresa Reidy (UCC) [presentation]

4.50 p.m.        Roundtable discussion (private session)

5.20 p.m.        Closing remarks by Chair


Conclusion of day’s proceedings

Session 1

Sunday 26 June 2022. 9.15 a.m.

Plenary Session: Feedback from yesterday’s roundtable discussions

09.15 a.m.     Plenary feedback session with Dr. Theresa Reidy (UCC)

Session 2

Sunday 26 June 2022. 9.45 a.m.

Perspectives from the business community on a directly-elected Mayor

09.45 a.m.      Mr. Aebhric McGibney, Director of Public and International Affairs. Dublin Chamber of Commerce. [presentation]

Chambers Ireland – Mr. Shane Conneely, Director of Policy & Communications [presentation]

10.15 a.m.      Roundtable discussion (private session)

10.45 a.m.      Q&A session with Shane Conneely and Aebhric McGibney

11 a.m.           Coffee

11.15 a.m.      What have we learned so far? (private session)

12.45 p.m.      Completion of evaluation surveys

12.55 p.m.      Conclusions by Chairman [presentation]


1 p.m.             End of weekend proceedings