Sinn Féin's Mícheál Mac Donncha elected as new Lord Mayor of Dublin

The Beaumont-Donaghmede councillor takes over from Labour's Brendan Carr

Sinn Féin's Mícheál Mac Donncha elected as new Lord Mayor of Dublin

Micheal Mac Donncha. Image: Dublin City Council via Facebook

Dublin City councillors have elected a new Lord Mayor.

Mícheál Mac Donncha of Sinn Féin was elected to the position at a meeting this evening.

He was voted in by an alliance of Sinn Féin, Labour, Independents and Green Party councillors.

The new Lord Mayor takes over from Labour's Brendan Carr.

Cllr Mac Donncha represents the Beaumont-Donaghmede area, and has served on Dublin City Council since 2011. He is also a former editor of his party's An Phoblacht newspaper.

Labour's Aine Clancy will take over the role of Deputy Lord Mayor.

In his acceptance speech, the new Lord Mayor said his top priority will be housing.

Cllr Mac Donncha said: “My first act as Ardmhéara will be to request a direct meeting with Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. I will also be requesting that he fulfils his predecessor’s commitment to report back to a full meeting of this City Council on his Department’s programme to address the dire shortage of housing.

“The housing crisis can be solved. The solutions are there. I intend to use the coming year to help ensure that those solutions are put into effect.”

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, meanwhile, congratulated an "outstanding public representative".

Dupty Adams said: "As a writer, gaeilgeoir, researcher, historian and political activist, Mícheál brings vast experience to the office. He is dedicated to politics of equality, respect and integrity. 

"Mícheál will make an excellent Mayor for all the citizens of Dublin."