Tuesday 21 January 2020

Meet the new Lord Mayor as McAuliffe takes over from Ring

Paul McAuliffe is Lord Mayor
Paul McAuliffe is Lord Mayor

Paul McAuliffe is the new Lord Mayor of Dublin.

The Fianna Fail councillor was last night selected by his colleagues of the newly-elected Dublin City Council.

It was the first meeting of the council since the local elections on May 24.

Mr McAuliffe has become the 350th Lord Mayor, taking over from Nial Ring.


Councillor McAuliffe was born and raised in Finglas, where his family has lived for more than 60 years.

He has been an elected member of Dublin City Council since 2009, representing Finglas, Glasnevin, Ballymun and Santry.

He has also served as the chairperson of the council's Enterprise and Economic Development Committee and is a member of the seven-person Corporate Policy Group.

He led the City Economic and Community Plan and published the Dublin City Brexit Summits.

He has also served as the chairperson of the city's Local Community Development Committee, where he has overseen the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme.

Outside of politics, he has been actively involved in local youth and community groups and he has worked as communications manager with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Irish Platform for Patients' Organisations Science and Industry.

He is married to Ciara and they have two young children, Millie and Hugh.

Meanwhile, history was made yesterday when a new county council held an inaugural meeting with a 50-50 gender balance.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council's line-up of 20 male and 20 female councillors is the first time a local authority membership was evenly balanced on gender.

There were 15 new members welcomed into the council chamber for the first time.

Among the 25 veteran councillors to return after the local elections was Fine Gael councillor John Bailey, who attended the meeting in a wheelchair.

He is the father of Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey, a former member of the council.

Fianna Fail councillor Shay Brennan, son of the late former Fianna Fail government minister Seamus Brennan, was elected by councillors to act as Cathaoirleach for the first year of the council's five-year term.

Mr Brennan has represented the Dundrum electoral area since 2014.

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