Saturday 17 February 2018

Quinn sets out vision as mayor

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

THE nephew of Education Minister Ruairi Quinn plans to promote Dublin as a "gateway to Europe for business", after he took over the hotseat as lord mayor of the city.

Labour councillor Oisin Quinn was officially elected at Dublin's City Hall, yet it was known for weeks that he was the next lord mayor as the role is rotated as part of a pact between the various political groups on the city council.

The politician was last year found to have acted in "good faith", after he inadvertently broke the law as he voted on a planning motion when he had an interest in an office building in the city.

The Standards in Public Office Commission found he should have disclosed both his and his family's interest in an office building and withdrawn from a council meeting.

It was a busy night as councillors across the country selected their new lord mayors.

There were a number of firsts and lasts etched into political history last night in Waterford. One of the country's youngest city councillors fended off one of the longest-serving representatives for the coveted seat.

Waterford City councillor John Cummins (25), the son of the Fine Gael Senator Maurice Cummins, was elected. This comes 18 years after Mr Cummins Snr was mayor of the city.

Cllr Cummins succeeded in fighting off Workers' Party councillor Davy Walsh, who has served the city for 34 years, for the honour.

And, the First Citizen of Co Donegal says he is fit and ready for the task at the spritely age of 82 thanks to a lifetime playing soccer.

Former Sligo Rovers star Ian McGarvey said there was "no question of my age being a problem. Sure I'm as a fit as a fiddle".

In Galway, Fine Gael councillor Padraig Conneely was elected to serve a second term.

And in North Tipperary, Fine Gael's Ger Darcy stepped in as mayor for the first time.

Irish Independent

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