Independent councillor Nial Ring has been elected as the new Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Annual General Meeting of Dublin City Council, which was held on Monday last.
The new first citizen defeated Solidarity’s Michael O’Brien and Fine Gael’s Paddy McCartan, having been nominated by former Lord Mayor Christy Burke.
A fourth generation Dubliner, councillor Ring was born and reared in Ballybough, in Dublin’s North Inner City. He graduated from Dublin City University with an Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance.
He has held a number of senior banking positions in Ireland and abroad. Councillor Ring is also a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, a Licentiate of the Institute of Bankers and he holds a Diploma in Financial Services Law from University College Dublin.
Councillor Ring was first elected a member of Dublin City Council in 2004, when he was elected to represent the North Inner Central Electoral Area of the city. He serves on a number of committees including, Finance (Strategic Policy Committee), Audit, the Moore Street Advisory Committee, Parnell Square Special Committee and the Central Area Committee.
Councillor Ring is also a member of the Special Committee on Fire/Ambulance Services & Emergency Management, the Central Area Joint Policing Committee and the Commemorative Naming Committee and he is also a Public Representative for Dublin City Council on the Grangegorman Development Consultative Group.
At local level, he is on the board of a number of community organisations, including; North East Dublin Community Services Initiative Limited, Sean O’Casey Community Centre East Wall Limited, North Wall Community Training Workshop Limited and National Handball and Croke Park Community Centre Company Limited.
He is married to Joyce and he has four grown up sons. His interests include Irish History, politics and sports.
The race for deputy Lord Mayor was won by Cllr Catherine Carney Boud from Sinn Fein, when she defeated Cllr Anne Feeney from Fine Gael.