Sinn Féin Councillor Micheál Mac Donncha was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin at the annual meeting of Dublin City Council last night.
Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha has been a member of Dublin City Council since 2011 when he was first co-opted as a Sinn Féin member.
He was elected to represent the Beaumont –Donaghmede Ward of the North Central Electoral Area of the City in the 2014 local government elections.
He is deputy leader of the Sinn Féin group on the Council and has served as Cathaoirleach of Dublin City Council Finance SPC (Special Policy Committee) and of the Commemorative Naming Committee.
Speaking last night the new Lord Major said:
“As Ardmhéara my main priority will be to work with this Council, with all our communities, with those in housing need, and with central government to address this crisis.
“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.
“I know I speak for the members of this City Council and the vast majority of our citizens when I say that there absolutely has to be a step-change in Government housing policy.
“This City Council must be given the resources and the support – financial, legal, logistical – to build homes, to purchase homes, to refurbish and extend homes – to meet the housing needs of the people.”
Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha is also a board member on the City of Dublin Education and Training Board, the Board of the Hugh Lane Gallery and of the National Maternity Hospital.
He worked for 17 years (1997-2014) in the Oireachtas as Parliamentary Assistant to Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, former Sinn Féin Dáil leader. From the period of 1990 – 1996 he was editor of the Sinn Féin weekly newspaper ‘An Phoblacht’.
He has lived for most of his life in Kilbarrack, has written extensively on Irish history and politics and is a fluent Irish speaker.
Labour Councillor Aine Clancy was elected Deputy Lord Mayor.
She has represented the Cabra – Glasnevin Ward of the North West Electoral Area since her election to the City Council in 2009.