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Brabazon in bid to stay on as city's Lord Mayor

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Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe

Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe

Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe

The incoming Lord Mayor of Dublin, who will temporarily fill in for outgoing Paul McAuliffe, after he was elected to the Dail, said that he will seek to keep his position when a permanent candidate is selected.

Tom Brabazon has served as Deputy Lord Mayor since last May, but once Mr McAuliffe is declared to be elected by the returning officer when the Dail sits next Thursday, he will step up into his position.

But the graduation is only until such time as Dublin City Council holds a meeting to elect a replacement.

There are a number of dates "being bandied around" for this meeting - one on February 24 would only give Mr Brabazon four days as official incumbent Lord Mayor.

The Fianna Fail City Councillor said that he has already began to fulfil the role and he will seek to win the council election when the opportunity arises.

Honour

"I'm very philosophical about these things. When I stood for election I said, 'well, if it's for me it won't go by me'," he said.

"It's a huge honour to fulfil the role. You're one out of 63 and to become the first citizen of the city, it's a wonderful opportunity to represent the city as best I can.

"I'm really looking forward to the role over the next few weeks and maybe after that the council may endorse my candidacy for it and we'll see where we go."

Whoever is chosen as Paul McAuliffe's replacement will serve until June, when a successor will be elected.

The mayoralty rotates annually between the City Council ruling group, made up of Fianna Fail, Labour, the Social Democrats and the Green Party.