The New York City Council Irish Caucus Chairperson Daniel Dromm joined Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (also a member of the caucus) in welcoming the Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh to New York City Hall last week. Dublin City Councilor Peter Finnegan, Irish Consul General Barbara Jones and Fitzpatrick Hotel Group President John Fitzpatrick were also part of the gathering.

Ní Dhálaigh, of Sinn Fein, is the 346th mayor of the city, but only the eighth woman to hold the office. She is the first member of Sinn Fein to serve as Lord Mayor of Dublin.

“I was thrilled to join Speaker Mark-Viverito and Council Member Crowley in hosting Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh and Dublin City Councilor Peter Finnegan at City Hall,” said Dromm.

“There is much that Dublin and New York City can learn from each another. This visit provided the opportunity for leaders of two major cities to share their ideas, hopes and challenges of improving local government. I look forward to continuing the dialogue and strengthening these important relationships in the months ahead. ”

“I was thrilled to join the Council’s Irish Caucus yesterday as we welcomed Dublin’s Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh to City Hall,” said Mark-Viverito. “The lord mayor is an inspiring leader with a strong commitment to inclusion and equality. In this important year where Ireland is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Easter Rising, the council is proud to continue to strengthen the ties between New York City and Ireland.”

“It was an honor to have Críona Ní Dhálaigh at City Hall,” said NYC Council Member Elizabeth Crowley. “As the only female member of the City Council's Irish Caucus, I'm especially proud of the strong relationship we keep with our Irish partners in government.”