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Family man Oisin is new Lord Mayor

THE promotion of Dublin as "family friendly", welcoming diversity and a European gateway for business are the objectives of Dublin's new Lord Mayor.

Cllr Oisin Quinn (Labour) was elected mayor last night.

The married dad-of-three (44) succeeds Fine Gael's Naoise O Muiri.

"I am honoured to have been elected by my colleagues on Dublin City Council to the role of Lord Mayor, representing the citizens of this wonderful city," Councillor Quinn said following his election.

"I will strive to ensure that the role is not merely a symbolic one but one that will act as a driver for positive change in the city.

"Dublin is a city on the move, a great place to live, visit and do business."

The new Lord Mayor outlined a three-point plan for his year in the position.


"My main objectives as Lord Mayor are to promote Dublin as a gateway to Europe for business, to make Dublin a family friendly city, and a city embraces diversity at all levels of society," he said.

Cllr Quinn is a qualified barrister and was first elected to Dublin City Council in 2004 as a representative of the Rathmines Electoral Area.

He is also the nephew of current Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn.

"For me, the desire to make the world around me and my family has found its outlet in politics."

Reform for the way the Lord Mayor is elected has been mooted, with the option of Dubliners directly voting for a mayor favoured by many.

Fellow Labour Party Councillor Henry Upton (33) was elected Deputy Lord Mayor.