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Sunday 28 May 2023 Dublin: 12°C
Conor McCabe Photography Cllr Caroline Conroy was tonight elected the 354th Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Council Meeting in City Hall.
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Green Party councillor elected as new Dublin Lord Mayor
The election happened at this evening’s annual meeting of Dublin City Council in the capital’s City Hall.

A BALLYMUN NATIVE and Green Party councillor has been elected the new Lord Mayor of Dublin. 

Caroline Conroy was joined by her party colleague Councillor Darcy Lonergan as Deputy Lord Mayor. 

The election took place at this evening’s annual meeting of Dublin City Council in the capital’s City Hall. 

The new Lord Mayor is only the 11th woman to hold the office of the Lord Mayor of Dublin and succeeds Councillor Alison Gilliland. 

Conroy grew up in Ballymun and lives in Glasnevin. She is married and has three children. She is a member of the Green Party, having been elected to Dublin City Council (DCC) in 2019, representing the Ballymun-Finglas local electoral area. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Green Party.

The Green councillor set out her priorities for the year ahead with her focus on giving voice to young people and rebuilding biodiversity within the capital.

“I’d like all young people in this city to grow up as an integral part of the city, proud of their identity, proud of their community and their city.

“I want to focus attention on our youth, to hear their voices, to include them in our public amenities, to change the negative narrative around our young people, to build better relationships between our young and old. Let’s make this a youth-friendly city.

“Secondly, I’d like to focus on biodiversity. It may sound strange but growing up in Ballymun we were immersed in nature without thinking about it. We had wide green spaces nearby, we had fields, we had orchards, we had long grass.

“However, as Dubliners we all can see this has declined. Being so far removed from nature has consequences for us. It affects our wellbeing, our air quality, our food, our drinking water our mental health. So, I also want to highlight and work on initiatives that will make our city a better, cleaner, fresher, a liveable City,” she said. 

Lonergan is the Green Party Councillor for Cabra-Glasnevin and said she was looking forward to the year ahead.

“I am honoured to be working alongside Caroline, together we will use our different life skills, experience and passion to work in unison towards a shared green vision for Dublin,” she said. 

CMC98448-100 Conor McCabe Photography Lord Mayor of Dublin ADC Martin McCabe with Lord Mayor of Dublin elect Caroline Conroy at the Council Meeting in City Hall. Conor McCabe Photography

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan, said the election of his party colleague was an “incredible honour”. 

“Caroline has been an amazing advocate for her community, and I know she will bring that passion and vision to the role of Lord Mayor.

“This is an important moment for our capital, as we move on from the pandemic. I believe now is the opportunity to invest in making Dublin a more liveable and sustainable city for the benefit of everyone and I believe Caroline has the vision to make this a reality,” he said.  

Outgoing Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland paid tribute to the new Lord Mayor and thanked all who had helped during her tenure. 

“On my last day as Lord Mayor of the City I want to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the very many local communities, groups and individuals working and volunteering to make our city a great place to live in, work in, recreate in and visit – it’s been a privilege to meet, get to know and support so many of them,” she added. 

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