Breen elected mayor of Dublin City

Fine Gael Cllr Gerry Breen was elected lord mayor of Dublin City Council by his fellow councillors tonight.

Nominations included Cllr Criona ni Dhalaigh of Sinn Fein and Independent Cllr Christy Burke. However, the Clontarf-based Breen (pictured) seems to have previously secured the mayor role under a voting pact between Labour Party and Fine Gael councillors on Dublin City Council.

Cllr Edie Wynne, a Fine Gael councillor for Pembroke / Rathmines, was voted Deputy Mayor. Only nominations of Cllr Dessie Ellis (Sinn Fein) and Cllr Mannix Flynn (Independent) opposed the Fine Gael choice.

Breen, a local business man, the chairman of Dublin Bay Watch, and he was a vocal critic of the College Green busgate and the 30km/h zone in the city centre.

In a recent debate on provisions for cyclists, both Cllr Breen and Cllr Wynne quoted figures which do not apply to the Dublin City Council area. These heavily under represent the amount of people who use public transport and those who cycle or walk in the area.

MAIN IMAGE: Aerial photograph of Dublin City by Peter Barrow for Dublin City Council.

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