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The Lord Mayor of Dublin has taken to Twitter to tell the people of Dublin that they have a special place in the heart of a man who recently visited the Irish capital.

Mark from Lancashire composed a letter which paid tribute to the people he encountered during a recent trip to Dublin – a message which was swiftly shared by Mícheál MacDonncha.

Recalling the events of September 9, 10 and 11 this year, Mark explained that he collapsed on Leeson Street after suffering a brain injury, and was treated with the utmost care, respect and understanding by everyone from the emergency services to the hotel management.

Posting an image of the letter he received, the Lord Mayor wrote: "I received a lovely letter from Mark in Lancashire who asked me to thank people of Dublin, esp the Emergency Services, who helped him after he suffered a brain injury on 11th September."

"He is very grateful all in Dublin who were so friendly and thoughtful to him and his partner."

Mark writes: "I would like to thank everyone in Dublin who attended to me and helped my partner in the awful days after the accident, the Ambulance Service, St. James Hospital and Beaumont Hospital where I had an operation for a bleed on my brain, the Central Hotel on Talbot St, who free of charge let my partner stay for a night."

"I cannot explain how grateful I am to the people of Dublin who have been the most friendly and thoughtful people I have ever met and you must be so proud to be the mayor of such a wonderful city."

"I would be grateful if you could pass on my appreciation to the people of Dublin in any way you can."

Ladies, we're doing something right!



Dublin has a new Lord Mayor, and he goes by the name Mícheál Mac Donncha.

Mícheál was given the role as part of a political deal between Labour, Independents and his own party, Sinn Féin.

During his speech last night, he thanked his fellow Councillors and said he wants to celebrate the city we live in.

"Sincere thanks to all Councillors who voted for me. It is a tremendous honour to be nominated for this position by Sinn Féin and to be elected by a majority of the elected representatives of the people of our city". 

"We have always been a diverse city, an international city as well as the proud national capital of Ireland. I look forward to celebrating that diversity." 

Councillor Áine Clancy from The Labour Party was elected as Deputy Lord Mayor. 

Áine and Mícheál celebrated the fact that they are both from the Northside of Dublin.

They also vowed to take on the housing crisis as a main priority.

Congrats Áine and Mícheál!



According to emerging reports, Dublin City Councillors, who were in agreement that the memory of Savita Halappanavar should be honoured by naming a street in the capital after her, had their motion struck out by the Lord Mayor last night.

Savita Halappanavar, whose story sent shockwaves throughout Ireland five years ago, died after being denied a termination at a Galway hospital in October 2012.

The 31-year-old dentist requested a termination after falling critically ill four months into her pregnancy, but was told it was not possible due to the presence of a foetal heartbeat.

Despite all councillors voting in favour of Tina MacVeigh's motion to honour Savita with a street name, councillors don't actually have the authority to name city streets.

MacVeigh of People Before Profit explained her reasoning for the motion, saying: "Behinds Savita's name are the tens of thousands of other women in Ireland who have experienced difficulties and have been victims of our draconian laws which govern our reproductive care and rights in the health system."

“Savita’s life had dignity and meaning, her death had neither,” she continued. “Naming a street in her memory would be a gesture not only to honour her life but would also make a strong statement about the legacy of how women in Ireland have been treated."

All is not lost, however, as Lord Mayor Brendan Carr, who said he supports the motion, has stressed that it's up to the residents of a street to put forward a request to name it after the late 31-year-old, explaining: “That’s the process of it.”