The Mayor of Dublin supports Catalonia’s right to vote and independence. He has come out in favour of Catalan independence, telling a Catalan news agency that Irish people know how it feels to be treated as “second class citizens”. “I have no doubt that your day will also come, I have no doubt,” Burke said. “I hope that your country can move forward, as did Ireland”, he added, in comments that are sure to fire up both sides of the Catalan independence debate.
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Christy Burke (born 1948) is an independent Dublin City Councillor and current Lord Mayor of Dublin.
Burke sided with the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the 1970 split in Sinn Féin and the IRA. He served two terms in Portlaoise Prison on IRA membership charges in the 1970s.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin is the head of Dublin City Council and first citizen of Dublin. The title was created in 1229 as Mayor of Dublin. It was elevated to Lord Mayor in 1665. The date of election is the end of June, and the term of office is one year.