New Lord Mayor of Dublin talked about her top three priorities in the new role

The new Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland was elected 353rd Lord Mayor of Dublin at the annual meeting of Dublin City Council in the Round Room at the Mansion House. 

One of her priorities will be improving safety for women on the city’s streets: “I don’t think women and girls feel safe in our city at night. I know myself if I’m walking alone that I’m tense – it’s the not knowing”.

Mayor Gilliland has been a councillor for the Artane/Whitehall area since 2014 and is a former primary school teacher who has taught in Darndale and Swords as well as previously teaching English in Spain. Alongside being a councillor, she is the current equality officer for the Irish National Teachers Organisation. Cllr Gilliland was elected following a voting pact between the Dublin Agreement parties of Fianna Fáil, the Green Party, Labour and the Social Democrats, reports Sunday World.

The new Lord Mayor said that there will also be a focus on housing during her 12-month term: “I’m absolutely delighted to be elected 353rd Lord Mayor of Dublin city. I’m only the 10th ever female Lord Mayor but I’m hoping to give a priority to women and girls issues and that will encourage them to feel more included in our city in its decision making and also to get involved in activism and politics. My other priority is housing. We have a massive housing crisis with too many people locked out of affordable rental or purchase. We need more public housing on public lands and that’s something I want to progress with our housing Policy Committee and the housing section. My third priority is transitioning our city out of the Covid pandemic. Businesses need support but also our citizens and our communities. I want to work with our city recovery task force to ensure we can reimagine a new normal for Dublin city.”

As she prepared to leave office, Hazel Chu spoke about the last year when she served as Lord Mayor: “It’s been a hell of a year folks. It’s been really difficult, it’s been really challenging and we had so many losses of lives, of jobs, of homes. However, it has been an honour and a privilege to be lord mayor this year is a bit of an understatement”.

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