Submissions to the Citizens' Assembly on Biodiversity Loss
The Assembly will begin consideration of the submissions in September. We would therefore be grateful if you could send us any submissions before then, although we will be open to receiving them until the conclusion of the process in October.
To make a submission to the Dublin Citizens’ Assembly, you can use one of these three options:
To read submissions already received click here
How we will use the Information that you share
- Subject to relevant legal provisions, we will publish all relevant submissions on our website including full names (first name, surname and name of organisation where relevant).
- We will not accept anonymous submissions.
- We will redact or remove sensitive/personal information if this is requested. If you believe your submission falls into this category please indicate this clearly on your submission
- We will not publish names of individuals under 18 if this is requested.
- We reserve the right not to accept a submission if it is deemed offensive, inappropriate or not relevant to the work of the Assemblies.
- Content from the submissions may be cited or quoted in reports prepared for the Assembly meetings.
Guidance on submissions
Submissions can be as brief or detailed as you wish. However, we would encourage you to focus your submission on the issues of central concern to the Citizens’ Assembly. These issues are set out in the Terms of Reference, below.
Terms of Reference for the Dublin Citizens’ Assembly (as prescribed by Dáil and Seanad Éireann, February 2022)
A Citizens’ Assembly, to be known as the Dublin Citizens’ Assembly, shall be convened to consider the type of directly elected mayor and local government structures best suited for Dublin, and to bring forward proposals in that regard. The Assembly will have a total of 80 members, including an independent Chairperson, 67 randomly-selected members of the public living in Dublin City and County, and 12 Councillors selected from across the four local authorities,
The Assembly shall consider, inter alia:
- the strengths and weaknesses of the current model of local government in Dublin;
- the potential benefits, risks, challenges and opportunities associated with a directly elected Mayor for Dublin;
- what functions could be transferred from central government to regional or local government in Dublin, and how this should be funded;
- the appropriate structure for local and regional government, councils and authorities, looking at models in other capital cities (e.g. a single elected Dublin authority with a mayor and no local councils, a two-tier structure like London or Paris with a mayor, regional assembly and local or borough councils, or a mayoral structure like Greater Manchester with a ‘super’ mayor sitting above the existing local authorities);
- the perspectives of the general public, representative groups, advocacy groups, the sitting Councillors of the four local authorities, the Dublin Teachtaí Dála and Members of the European Parliament, local authority senior officials and staff, experts and policy makers.