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New mayor for South Dublin County

Sinn Féin has hailed the election as a marker of the party’s surging popularity and grwoth.

Image: South Dublin County Council

SINN FÉIN COUNCILLOR Cathal King was elected Mayor of South Dublin County at the council’s annual meeting in Tallaght this afternoon.

Accepting the role, King said he takes on the responsibility with “great pride and pleasure”.

His nomination was proposed by fellow Sinn Féin colleague Maire Devine and seconded by Labour’s Eamon Tuffy.

A Tallaght native, King intends to use the office to highlight the issue of mental health in the area and plans to facilitate a gathering of interested groups and individuals to develop well-being strategies for all age groups.

His other priorities, which he outlined in a speech today, include gaining a greater focus on housing issues, in particular the private-rented sector and the delivery of the emergency homeless accommodation project for the county.

Sinn Féin have welcomed King’s election with Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe noting that he is the party’s first Mayor in Dublin since the War of Independence. Describing the councillor as “an outstanding activist who works tirelessly for the people of his constituency”, Crowe believes he will “continue to be a force for change and will represent all of the people of south Dublin in a positive and proactive way”.

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