Councillor Eibhlin Byrne was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Annual Meeting of Dublin City Council on the 30th June 2008. Councillor Byrne (Fianna Fáil) was co-opted to the City Council seat vacated by Sandra Geraghty in 2002 and was re-elected to represent the Clontarf Ward in 2004, which includes Fairview, Donnycarney and Marino.
Councillor Emer Costello (Labour) who has represented the North Inner City Ward since being co-opted in 2003 to the seat vacated by Joe Costello, TD, was elected Deputy Lord Mayor. (She was re-elected to the City Council in 2004)
Lord Mayor’s Biography
The Lord Mayor is married to Ken and has 3 daughters Clare, Lisa and Aisling
The Lord Mayor has held distinguished positions in advocacy throughout her career to date and is currently employed by the Daughters of Charity Child & Family Services as a Senior Manager with responsibility for 10 family centres around the city. The centres offer therapeutic and counselling services to children and their families. Prior to this she held the position of Head of Communication, Advocacy & Policy at Depaul Trust Senior Management Team (Homeless Service), from 2003 to 2006 whilst concurrently holding the Chair of the National Council on Ageing and Older People.
Prior to these appointments the Lord Mayor was a teacher and also ran language programmes between Irish students and young people in France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
The Lord Mayor believes strongly in a collaborative cross party approach to work on the Council. Her responsibilities have included:
- Member of Housing Strategic Policy Group which has special responsibility for housing and social affairs;
- Lord Mayors Commission on Crime;
- Lord Mayors Commission on Older People;
- Member Dublin Regional Authority.
In a personal capacity the Lord Mayor is a Board member of Console. Console is an organisation under the patronage of President Mary Mc Aleese, set up by the families of those bereaved through suicide to help people experiencing this most awful of hurts. She has also recently been appointed member of the Visiting Committee for Dochas prison
1980 B.A. (Hons) French, Economics, History UCD
1981 H. Dip in Education (Hons) at UCD
1988 RSA Cert in TEFL at Language Centre of Ireland
1997 H.Dip in TEFL at UCD including study of cultural issues.
1998 Masters in Equality Studies in UCD
She speaks fluent French, can converse in Spanish and has a rudimentary knowledge of German and Italian.