FORMER Green Party TD Dan Boyle is to run in Cork City South Central at the local elections next year.
Mr Boyle will also be campaigning for Cork to introduce a directly elected Lord Mayor, although he gave no indication whether he would contest the position or not.
The Government is expected to introduce a directly elected Lord Mayor in Cork and the position would be held for a five-year term.
Mr Boyle was elected to the South East ward in 1991, before moving to South Central in 1999. He went on to be elected to the Dáil and appointed to the Seanad, but has not held any public office since 2011.
He said that, if elected, he would be going back to where he started, but to a very different council.
“I would be going back to where I started with Cork City Council. That was half a lifetime ago. I began as a naive, green in a more literal sense, twenty-eight-year-old who believed he could change the world. All these years later, I now realise that to change even the slightest part of it would be something.
“I would be trying to get elected to a different council for a new city. A city with an additional 80,000 people, an additional population equal to that of the next largest Irish city, Limerick,” he said.
He said that he would bring experience to the role, and a Green perspective.
“I like to think I still have something to offer. The experience I have gained, good and bad, puts me in a better position than most (I would argue) to try and make a system designed to frustrate, work.
“There are also big local Cork issues I believe could do with a Green perspective, from within the City Council. The cack-handed way the Office of Public Works is seeking to treat the city’s quay walls is brutal in its intent and its likely effect,” he said.
During the week, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed to Green Party leader Éamon Ryan that Cork, Limerick, Waterford, and Galway would have a vote on introducing a directly elected mayor, with an election to be held at a later date if it is successful.
Mr Boyle said he will be campaigning for the office to be introduced.
“I want to be part of that conversation. I hope the voters of these cities will bring this about. The continuity and better accountability will make for better local government,” he said.