Lord Mayor Gerrry Breen and Deputy Lord Mayor Edie Wynne commission

As incoming leader of the Fine Gael Group on Dublin City Council, I had the privilege of proposing Councillor Gerry Breen from Clontarf to serve as Lord Mayor of Dublin. In the 1960, our fathers worked together in the Department of Local Government in the Custom’s House. Mick Breen and Philip Tormey are today having a sip of celebratory wine in the Elysian Fields.
Gerry like myself was a class rep in UCD where he studied Commerce and developed an interest in politics. He has extensive business experience with Smith and Nephew, Cheseborough ponds, and Irish Biscuits. Currently, he has his own business ‘First Aid Supplies’ which is most appropriate to bind the wounds of the players in political blood sports.

Gerry was a founder of Dublin Bay Watch in 1999. He is chairing a group that is preparing to celebrate the Battle of Clontarf in 1014+1000.

Gerry is very convivial and much liked by a wide range of councillors across all parties. He is intent on transforming Parnell Street into a Chinatown but the Confucius in me intends to press for an International Quarter to recognise the contribution of our immigrants from diverse origins to the march of the Irish nation.

Out-going Lord Mayor, Emer Costello was a good and successful Lord Mayor and we thank her for that. She was focused on job preservation addressing a coherent response to the economic crisis in the city and country through her commission.

Deputy Mayor Edie Wynne was proposed by Mary O’Shea. Mary remarked that Edie was born in Monaghan which is a piquant observation from a Kerry woman. She forgot to say that Edie was the best thing from Monaghan until the advent of Tommy Bowe. Edie is a Fine Gael Social Democrat in the Garret Fitzgerald mode. She is an obvious lady. Gerry, you don’t have to go to Parnell Street
for Irish diversity, just look around the council!