Green Party's Hazel Chu is new Lord Mayor of Dublin

Updated / Monday, 29 Jun 2020 20:10

Hazel Chu with partner Patrick Costello and daughter Alex (Pic: @DubCityCouncil on Twitter)

By John Kilraine

Green Party councillor Hazel Chu has been elected as the 352nd Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Ms Chu was elected with the backing of the Dublin Agreement parties, which include Fianna Fáil, Labour, Social Democrats as well as the Greens.

She also received support from Sinn Féin councillors, getting a total of 43 votes.

Cllr Anne Feeney of Fine Gael received nine votes.

Speaking after her election, Ms Chu said she wanted the Dublin Agreement parties to tackle the housing and homeless crisis which has seemed like "filling a hole in a sinking ship".

Her other priorities are making Dublin a liveable city, fighting discrimination and protecting the vulnerable.

In her speech, she said she wondered if her mother - who worked washing dishes in a restaurant off O'Connell Street - dreamed that her daughter would become Lord Mayor.

Green Party councillor Michael Pidgeon - who proposed her for election - said Hazel Chu was only the ninth woman and first person of colour to become Lord Mayor.

Ms Chu was the first Green Party councillor to be elected in the 2019 local elections for the ward of Pembroke and topped the poll with over 4,000 first preference votes.

She was born in Dublin after her parents emigrated to Ireland from Hong Kong in the 1970s.

She studied politics and history in UCD and trained to be a barrister at Kings Inns.

While studying, she worked as a fundraising consultant for non-profit organisations and as a production manager for music festivals.

Cllr @hazechu has been elected the 352nd Lord Mayor of Dublin. pic.twitter.com/iojJRWuvY7

— Lord Mayor of Dublin (@LordMayorDublin) June 29, 2020

After being called to the Bar in 2007, she worked in Sydney, Hong Kong and Guilin,China and New York.

Ms Chu has also had various management roles.

The mayoral ceremony was held in the Round Room of the Mansion House to allow for social distancing and the chain of office was presented by Ms Chu's partner, Green Party TD Patrick Costello, instead of by the outgoing mayor, as is traditional.

Councillor Mary Callaghan of the Social Democrats was elected as Deputy Lord Mayor.

Councillor Mary Callaghan has been elected as Deputy Lord Mayor at the Annual Meeting of @DubCityCouncil held in the @RoundRoomDublin of @MansionHouseDub this evening. pic.twitter.com/WR1puyhJfJ

— Lord Mayor of Dublin (@LordMayorDublin) June 29, 2020