Baby Pereppadan elected as Mayor of South Dublin County Council

Fine Gael councillor Baby Pereppadan has been elected as the new Mayor of South Dublin County Council.

Cllr Pereppadan, who is a father of two, has lived in Tallaght for the last 17 years. He first made headlines as the first Indian-born councillor in South Dublin County Council.

The Tallaght South councillor was elected during the local authority’s annual general meeting, with independent councillor Alan Hayes from Palmerstown elected as Deputy Mayor.

The annual meeting was the first sitting of the newly elected members since the Local Elections two weeks ago.

At the local elections, Cllr Pereppadan made headlines for a second time, finding himself in the unique position of being elected alongside his son Britto.

Cllr Pereppadan was elected for the third consecutive time at the latest local elections for Tallaght South, while his son Britto was elected for the first time as a Fine Gael councillor representing Tallaght Central.

Cllr Madeleine Johannsson (PBP) also ran for County Mayor. However, Cllr Pereppadan was deemed elected after receiving a majority vote (23).

“Thank you to my colleagues who have entrusted me with this responsibility,” he said. “I won’t let you down.

“This position is not just a title. It’s a commitment to the residents of South Dublin to listen, advocate and to work tirelessly for the betterment of our community.

“I am looking forward to working across party lines and with staff here at the council to make South Dublin a more inclusive place to live, work and build a family.”

Joining him in the chamber were his friends and family, along with his son Cllr Britto.

Cllr Britto, who is in his second year studying to become a doctor at Tallaght University Hospital, spoke to the Irish Independent during the local elections, stating that his dad was his “biggest inspiration”.

“He moved to this country and decided to serve people, and when he ran for the first time in 2009, I was just 10,” he said. “I don’t think I knew what I was doing, but I remember helping him hand out leaflets and knock on doors.”

The father-and-son duo hope to respond to the concerns of the people who voted for them by focusing on their main issues – safety, housing, and infrastructure.

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