Ireland’s first LGBTQ+ woman mayor

by Rachel Cunningham

Councillor Emma Murphy, of Fianna Fáil, was elected as the mayor of South Dublin county at the South Dublin County Council annual meeting, in County Hall, Tallaght, last Friday writes Rachel Cunningham. 

The election of Councillor Murphy, who represents the Firhouse – Bohernabreena electoral area, on June 24 was a landmark moment for the state, as she is the first LGBTQ+ woman elected to the office of mayor in any county in the Republic.

Councillor Murphy was proposed by councillor Shane Moynihan, from Fianna Fáil, and was seconded by Councillor Alan Edge, an Independent. Councillor Joanna Tuffy, Labour, was elected as deputy mayor.

Councillor Murphy joined South Dublin County Council in 2016 and has a background in developing youth empowerment programmes and promoting education opportunities at home and abroad. She currently works with Barry Andrew MEP as his communications director.

Tributes were also paid to the outgoing mayor, Councillor Peter Kavanagh, Independent, and the deputy mayor, Councillor Laura Donaghy, Green Party.

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