First black mayor hopes to win seat in the Dail
Published 02/02/2011 | 05:00
IRELAND'S first black mayor is hoping to make history a second time by becoming Ireland's first black TD, writes Eoghan MacConnell.
Nigerian-born independent Rotimi Adebari arrived in Ireland in 2000 and went straight into community development work in Laois.
By 2004, he was elected to Portlaoise Town Council and in 2007 caught the headlines as Mayor of Portlaoise. In the June 2009 local elections, Mr Adebari retained his town council seat and went on to secure a seat on Laois County Council.
Speaking of his historic election to the post of mayor, Mr Adebari said: "The people of Portlaoise made that decision in 2007 and if the people of Portlaoise can in fact elect the first black mayor, I know there is no reason why Laois/Offaly can not actually elect the first black deputy into the Dail."