At a special meeting of Dublin City Council on Monday, councillors filled the seats at City Hall vacated by those who earlier this month had moved on to Leinster House.
As lord mayor, Nial Ring spent far more than his three immediate predecessors on food, drink and entertainment for lord mayor’s receptions.
Nial Ring has far outpaced earlier lord mayors. He’s simply more sociable than others, he says. “The Mansion House is belonging to the people of Dublin.”
Sinn Féin’s Micheál Mac Donncha says the 1981 hunger strike got him into politics. He plans to use the ceremonial role of lord mayor of Dublin to push for progress on housing.
Brendan Carr suggests that the city introduce plaques for businesses that pay the living wage, and says he’ll push for a hotel bed tax in the city.
Next month, Dublin City Council is set to consider changing the title to Civic Mayor, because Lord Mayor is “in many respects . . . an alien colonialist term”. Sinn Fein’s group leader says he is against the change.
Barred from covering meeting at which she was elected, our reporter found that many people didn’t even know who the last mayor was – or care much.