Independent Councillor Nial Ring Elected as the New Lord Mayor of Dublin
Independent Councillor Nial Ring was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin this evening.
Mr Ring becomes the 349th Lord mayor of the capital, succeeding Sinn Féin’s Micheál Mac Donncha in the role.
Mr Ring's election was all but assured having been nominated by fellow Independent councillor Christy Burke. This is the result of a formal pact between and independent grouping, Labour and Sinn Féin of rotating the city's mayorship.
The new Lord Mayor was first elected a member of Dublin City Council in 2004 when he was elected to represent the North Inner Central Electoral Area. He serves on a number of committees.
Mr Ring has been an outspoken voice in the north inner city where he has voiced concern over several issues afflicting the including the raft of murders linked to the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan fued.
His election was welcomed by fellow councillor Gary Gannon of the Social Democrats.
"Delighted to say that a fellow son of the North Inner City, Cllr Nial Ring has been selected as the Lord Mayor of Dublin. A really decent guy who will represent our city with pride," he wrote on Twitter.
Fianna Fail Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee also offered her congratulations and wished Mr Ring the: "Best of luck for the year ahead."