Source: Green Party
Green Party Councillor Ossian Smyth has been elected Mayor of Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown this evening.
Councillor Smyth, who represents the Dún Laoghaire Ward on DLR County Council, becomes the first ever Green Party Mayor of DLR Co Co.
Speaking following his election, Councillor Smyth said: “It’s a huge honour to be elected Mayor of Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown. Becoming the first Green Party Mayor of the County makes it extra special. I’m extremely grateful for the support I’ve received, and I’m really looking forward to the next year. I hope to meet as many people in our area as possible, and bring a Green perspective to the office of Mayor.
“Housing will be obviously be the key issue in DLR in the year ahead. As a Council, we must strive for better quality social housing, and deliver it in greater numbers. Housing that is affordable to run, warmer and more sustainable – better for our citizens, better for the taxpayer, and better for the environment. There are Green solutions to the serious challenges we face in DLR and in Ireland. My goal this year will be to advocate and highlight these solutions. I want DLR to be Ireland’s greenest county, and to lead by example in tackling the problems Ireland faces in a fair, equitable, and sustainable way.”
Green Party Deputy Leader, Catherine Martin TD, congratulated Councillor Smyth on his election. Deputy Martin, who previously served on DLR Co Co, said: “I’m delighted for Ossian, and delighted that Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown will be represented by a Green Party Mayor. Ossian will be a fantastic ambassador for our area, and I wish him well in the year ahead.”