Thursday 27 October 2016

Emotions run high as city gets new Lord Mayor

The new Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr
The new Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr

An emotional Brendan Carr was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin last night following a lengthy meeting of Dublin City Council.

As he donned his chain of office, the Labour councillor thanked his family for supporting him through the years, and for those in the chamber that voted for him.

Flanked by his wife and young son, Dublin's new Lord Mayor's was almost overcome with emotion as he spoke of his deceased mother.

"I have to thank someone who cannot be in the chamber tonight but who I know is watching over me and all my family with pride, and that's my mam," he said. "She was the one person who taught me that I could never be content as long as others less fortunate than me needed help. Mam… I just hope that I will make you proud."

A voting pact between Labour, Sinn Fein, the Green Party and Independents saw Mr Carr elected with 43 votes - making him the clear winner ahead of People Before Profit's Tina McVeight, who got nine, and Paul McAuliffe (Fianna Fail), who received eight.

In his inaugural address, the newly elected Lord Mayor of Dublin expressed dismay at the ongoing violence between the Hutch and Kinahan gangs, describing the bloody feud as a "murderous campaign" that has blighted Dublin's inner city.

Mr Carr said he would also work "tirelessly" to promote those businesses that paid the living wage, and who work towards introducing a 1pc hotel tax, which he said would generate €7 million annually

Following the council's lengthy session, fellow Labour councillor Rebecca Moynihan was elected deputy Lord Mayor unopposed.

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