Labour Councillor Oisín Quinn elected Lord Mayor of Dublin

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Labour Councillor Oisín Quinn was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Annual Meeting of Dublin City Council tonight. He was first elected to represent the Rathmines Local Electoral Area (Dublin South East Constituency) of the City Council in the Local Election in 2004, and was re-elected to Pembroke –Rathmines in the 2009 Local Election.

 Following his election the Lord Mayor said, “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.”

“During my term of office 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 great city and I will reinforce the message at local, national and international level that Dublin is a city on the move, a great place in which to live, visit and do business.

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 that embraces diversity at all levels of society. I will work tirelessly to achieve these objectives over the next twelve months and I look forward to engaging openly with all Dubliners on each of these objectives”, the Lord Mayor added.

Labour Councillor Henry Upton was elected Deputy Lord Mayor. He has represented the Crumlin-Kimmage Local Electoral Area since his election to the City Council in 2009. 

Further information on the newly elected Lord Mayor can be found at the following website:  


For further information contact: Dublin City Council Media Relations Office at Tel: 2222170/087- 7400277 or email: . 

Notes to the Editor


Lord Mayor’s Biography 

Dublin South East   

Local Electoral Area:



Political Career: 

Elected to Dublin City Council, 2004 for the Rathmines Electoral Area;

Re-elected to Dublin City Council, 2009 for the Pembroke-Rathmines Electoral Area, June 2009;

Secretary to Labour Party Constituency Council in Dublin South East, 2003;

Chairman of the Labour Lawyers Group, 1999-2001;  


Barrister, specialising in Employment Law since 1992. Appointed Senior Counsel, October, 2008. Previously worked for the Law Reform Commission. 


Amnesty International

Policy Network's Young Progressives

Board member of Royal Hospital Donnybrook

Board member of the Hugh Lane Gallery

Board member of Temple Bar Cultural Trust 

Family Background:  

Oisín lives in Rathmines and is married to Elva Mulchrone. They have 3 children. Eoghan, Alannah & Hugh 


Studied Law in UCD (1989) and the University of London, LSE and UCL (1990) and qualified as a Barrister from the Kings Inns in 1992. Appointed as a Senior Counsel in 2008.

Acceptance Speech

 OPENING - Thank you, this is a great honour.  

I am proud to represent this City and I am proud to represent this group of councillors.

 I believe in public service and the ethos of working for the public good. 

I got involved in politics in the 1990s.  My uncle Ruairi (who is here tonight) was the leader of the Labour party and I wanted to help.  It happened just as I was settling down.  Perhaps were it not for Ruairi’s example, I would have given time to our kids local school or sports club or a charity – a path many others follow. 

For me the desire to make the world around me and my family better has found its outlet in politics. It is not always easy, but it is vital and, usually!, rewarding work. 


Before briefly outlining some objectives for the year, I would like to say some words of thanks. 

Labour Colleagues 

First, thanks to my Labour colleagues.  I have never experienced the group working so well as they do now. 

Former Lord Mayors and colleagues 

Thank you to everyone else on the Council and the City Executive team and especially the outgoing Lord Mayor and former Lord Mayors.  Each of you has given me excellent advice and been very generous with your time. 

Most of all, family 

Most of all thanks to my family.  My parents, brothers and sisters, our extended family - and most of all Elva and our three wonderful children Eoghan, Alannah & Hugh.  Thank you all so much for your love and support and encouragement. 

I will make the year count! 

MAIN OBJECTIVES - My main objectives as Lord Mayor are to: 

Promote Dublin as a gateway to Europe for business;

Make Dublin a family friendly, liveable city; and

A city that embraces diversity at all level. 

1.         Dublin as a Gateway to Europe 

Dublin can compete and win against other European cities to be the gateway to Europe for international business 

We are the only English speaking capital city in the Eurozone

We have a young, well-educated and diverse workforce

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and many other tech and new social media companies already use Dublin as their European base

I will also build on the great work done by previous Lord Mayors building on our links with San Jose and the recent digital twinning with Guadalajara in Mexico.


Tough Decisions 

We must take the tough decisions now to ensure that Dublin can grow.  There is a new plan to further regenerate the Docklands.  This is critical if we want the city to grow at its very heart.  We can no longer tolerate sprawl.  It is not sustainable in either economic or human terms.  The vast majority of people living in the city centre walk or cycle to work and help keep businesses, restaurants and shops going.  All of which means jobs and a vibrant city.  For example, last year an extra 1,000 restaurant seats were added in just the area between Grafton Street and South Great George’s Street. 

Hard Choices 

This brings hard choices: 

We must not fear height or density in the right places.

Next, vacant sites must be tackled.  There are far too many of these ‘sites-for-sore-eyes’ in the city centre.  I intend to convene a taskforce to propose a vacant sites levy to the Government in the forthcoming Budget. 

Equally, to take advantage of our natural surroundings, cycle paths and walkways must be opened up in our nearby countryside.

Infrastructure is critical.  For example the city needs a clean and plentiful supply of water.  If that must come from the Shannon, so be it.

We must make Dublin a great place to live

& to help make this happen, we must find new ways to work with business in Dublin 

2.         Family friendly city 

We are making great improvements already.  In 2009 we launched what has become one of the worlds most successful public bike schemes.  We plan to triple it this year & I want to extend it to further next year.  In the last three years we have added new playgrounds and public pool improvements and this year we launched a free public wifi service. 

Make it more family friendly

However, there is so much more we can and need to do.  We must make the city more family friendly.  For example, we must make the city friendlier to parents with young children who need changing facilities.  Public places must be safe and clean and should have plenty of small child-friendly play areas.  The Luas link up and the expansion of the Dublin bikes scheme will help.  As will dedicated cycleways and greenways along our canals, rivers and coast. 

Leisure and Triathlon City 

Dublin has great leisure potential. Dublin has Europe’s biggest City Park, rivers, canals, coastline and mountains.  As a recent enthusiast of triathlons I have grown to appreciate these natural advantages.  I intend to compete in this years Dublin City Triathlon and to put in place a plan for Dublin to host a major international Triathlon in future years. 

3.         Promote diversity and culture 

If we have strength and diversity we also have strength in our rich culture.  Dublin is a UNESCO City of Literature, home of such great literary figures as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and W.B. Yeats and today it has a thriving arts and culture community.  Not only is this a massive potential attraction to international visitors but it has the capacity to greatly enrich the lives of Dubliners themselves. 

Cultural festivals working together 

I intend to commence an initiative that encourages Cultural Festivals to work creatively together on a number of unique joint events giving them all an opportunity for a year-round presence and to introduce their marketing strategies to each other bringing new audiences to each Festival. 

Promoting leadership in non-Irish communities  

I also intend to launch initiatives to promote leadership in the many non-Irish communities living in Dublin.  1 in 5 Dubliners are non-Irish.  So we must ensure all people are involved in shaping the City. 

Reform and the directly elected Mayor 

To get there however we need to consider reforming the way we do business. 

Not just in the Council chamber – but through more openness and engagement with Dubliners.  For example open access to data; more public participation in budgeting and easy to use online information is key.  The recently launched Digital Masterplan is a great start. 

Reform of the way Dublin is governed is also key.  Over the coming year I intend to work with colleagues here and in the other Dublin local authorities on specific education, housing and cycling initiatives for the Dublin region. 

The proposal for a popular vote in Dublin next year to see whether we think a directly elected mayor is a good way forward.  Whatever changes we make must also ensure that decision-making across the Dublin region is more efficient. 

Conclusion - I am proud of this great city and I believe we are taking it in the right direction. 

Dublin has a very bright future if we can seize the historic opportunity in front of us. 

I will work tirelessly to achieve these objectives over the next twelve months and I look forward to engaging with you all on each of these objectives.