New Mayor Of Dublin Announced

Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh has been announced as the new Mayor of Dublin.

She is the first Sinn Féin Mayor to be selected for Dublin, and said her priority for the year to come will be to help families who have been waiting years for housing.

Councillor Ní Dhálaigh said: "In line with this sentiment, my priority for the year to come will be those families who have been waiting years for housing, but also those who, once they get a house, find it is not a home, but a battleground, a place where they must fight every day for basic living conditions.

"We must work towards realistic, sustainable and achievable solutions to the housing crisis. We must ensure that people of our capital city have homes, not just houses, and make our city of equals a place to live, work and grow.

"In that vein, I will use my year as Mayor to push for all Council procurement contracts, in line with EU law, to contain social clauses requiring investment and support for local communities.

"I will also work for worker's rights. The contempt and mistreatment of Dunnes Stores workers by their employers is offensive. The sudden closure of Clerys, and the treatment of the staff, is equally reprehensible.

"The laws that allow this to happen have no place in a modern day Ireland.

"During the coming year I also hope to encourage and integrate the use of the Irish language in daily Dublin life, to make our first language more visible and prominent in our first city.

"Finally, there are councillors here representing very different political parties, ideologies and traditions. There is much on which we disagree, many profoundly and honestly held differences.

"But I also believe we have much in common. There is much that we share. We, each of us, love our city and the thriving communities that make it our home."


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