Councillor Hazel Chu Has Been Elected The New Lord Mayor of Dublin

The Green Party member is the ninth female Lord Mayor of Dublin (the first being in 1939 when Caitlín Bean Uí Chléirigh was elected) and the first person of colour to ever assume the role.

At Dublin City Council’s annual meeting in the Round Room of the Mansion House on Monday night, Councillor Hazel Chu was elected the 352nd Lord Mayor of Dublin. 

Speaking after her election, 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.

Councillor Chu became 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.

In the same year, she was elected Chair of the Party.

As per the Dublin Agreement drawn up with Fianna Fáil, Labour and the Social Democrats, it is the Green Party's turn to take over the position of Lord Mayor.

Previous Lord Mayor Brabazon took over the position when party colleague Paul McAuliffe was elected a TD at the 2020 General Election.

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.

Born and raised in Dublin, Chu grew up in the suburb of Firhouse, before moving to Celbridge, and now lives in Ranelagh with her partner Patrick and their 2-year-old daughter Alex.

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-profits and as a production manager for music festivals.

After being called to the Bar in 2007 she worked in Sydney, Hong Kong and Guilin. Upon returning home she was offered a Fellowship by UCD Smurfit and worked in New York for Bord Bia. She has worked in various management roles and in 2013 became Diageo’s Head of Brand, Corporate and Trade Communications.

Councillor Chu was the first person in her family to finish school and go to college. Her parents are from Hong Kong. They met in Ireland in the 1970s.

Councillor Mary Callaghan was elected the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin at tonight’s meeting.

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