After much speculation and comment yesterday, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Criona Ni Dalaigh announced that a civic reception will be held in City Hall for Conor McGregor.
No date has been specified for the reception but they said it will take place towards the end of January.
I am delighted to honour Conor McGregor, World Champion, in his home city of Dublin and acknowledge his wonderful achievement in the sport of UFC. He became World Champion in such stunning style and was watched by many Irish people in the early hours of last Saturday morning. Comhghairdeas le Conor ar an éacht íontach seo. Curadh reatha an Domhain ó mBaile Átha Cliath is ea é.
It was important for us to contact Conor and his management team before making any public or media announcements and to make sure that he would welcome the reception and also ascertain his availability. We have held discussions with his team and are delighted to now be in a position to make this announcement. We will hold the reception in City Hall towards the end of January 2016 and further details will be announced as planning progresses.
Independent councillor Mannix Flynn came out in support of the measure at a meeting South East Local area committee on Monday night and was unanimously supported by all the councillors in the area.