Dublin: Dublin’s new mayor on leaving city council
A new mayor of Dublin has announced he will leave the city council and is set to form a new government.
Source: RTÉ News 4/4 Dublin: Former Dublin city council leader on leaving the city councillor’s role as part of the “agenda” article Dublin’s former mayor of the capital has announced that he will take up a new role as a councillor.
Former Dublin city councillor Joe McHugh was appointed the new head of Dublin City Council in May, replacing Michael McGrath.
He replaces Michael McGrattan, who left the city after five years.
Dublin City Council will meet for the first time on Tuesday (March 12) to nominate its new mayor.
The appointment of McHugh, who is also the councillor for Dublin South West, means he will no longer serve on the council, which had just been dissolved by the previous council leader, Brian Hayes.
He will become the new leader of Dublin city.
“Joe McHugh is a young, ambitious man and I have known him for a long time,” said Deputy Mayor John O’Connor.
“We’ve worked together for years and he’s a very good person, a great public servant, and he is a fantastic choice to lead Dublin City.”
He added that the appointment of the new mayor would be a “historic moment” for the city.
McHugh, 56, was the only candidate to stand against outgoing council leader Brian Hayes, who stepped down amid a row over council spending.
McGuinness said that he would seek to make “significant progress” on the issues he campaigned on during his term as mayor.
“I have worked with Joe on many issues, and I’m committed to his efforts,” he said.
“I will not shy away from challenging the views of those who have been in the trenches, and challenging those who say things that are not true.”
“He’s got the right qualities for the job, and his experience will be a great asset to the city.”
McGuigan was also a leading figure in the “Agenda 2020” campaign, a coalition of organisations campaigning for a “clean and sustainable” city.
He was a key figure in negotiations between the council and the city over its financial future, and led the campaign for the introduction of the €1.4bn Fine Gael-Green alliance.
McDonagh is also an advisor to the City of Cork and a member of the European Union’s Executive Council.