Ó Muilleoir steps up as Belfast mayor

Published Monday, 03 June 2013
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Sinn Féin's Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has been elected as Belfast's new mayor.

Ó Muilleoir steps up as Belfast mayor
Sinn Féin’s Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is the new mayor of Belfast. (© Pacemaker)

The councillor, who represents the Balmoral area of south Belfast, is head of the Belfast Media Group.

The business publishes the Andersonstown News, and the North and South Belfast News.

Mr Ó Muilleoir has previously spent a decade representing constituents at Belfast City Hall, before stepping down in 1997.

But in 2010 he returned to politics, stepping forward for the local council elections.

My theme for my year in office will be 'Building the future Belfast - together'

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Following his appointment, the 53-year-old father of four said: "I'm very privileged to be the new Lord Mayor of the great city of Belfast.

"I am picking up from Gavin Robinson of the DUP, who has had a great year in office. I am very grateful to the Sinn Féin party for nominating me for this high office this year.

"In the year ahead, I want the help of all our citizens to make Belfast better. First and foremost, that means building the peace and working hard to bring our sometimes divided people together.

"It also means striving to create jobs and doing all I can to help put the city`s economy back on track. And of course in all our work we have to ensure that our working class communities enjoy a greater share of the peace dividend."

Mr Ó Muilleoir will be supported by DUP Alderman Chris Stalford as deputy mayor.

He is taking over from Gavin Robinson, who represented the Pottinger ward in east Belfast.

Mr Robinson, who at 27 was the youngest mayor in the UK, signalled on twitter that he had come to the end of his term at City Hall.

Meanwhile SDLP councillor Martin Reilly has been elected mayor of Derry.

He said: "As First Citizen, I look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to this city as we approach the second half of our City of Culture year and I am determined that the people of Derry will have a real lasting legacy from our year."

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16 Comments
Ady in bewilderment wrote (512 days ago):
HA HA HA ,David you are so funny.
Eamo in Belfast wrote (513 days ago):
To Dougie it is only Nationalists who want to share power. Unionists wont give up the power.
Tommy Atkins in London, England wrote (513 days ago):
Eamo I nust have missed something about Martin M, when you state that "Martin is a great man,artticulate Welleducated and a great business man!" Eamo I did not know his immense qualifications in business and the education. Would you please list where and when he received those said educational and business diploma,and, or degrees?
Eamo in Belfast wrote (513 days ago):
To david in belfast nearly Cork is slightly smaller than belfast so therefore is 3rd
Dougie in Belfast wrote (513 days ago):
I'm open to correction here, but I've noticed that it only seems to be in nationalist dominated and neutral councils the position of Mayor seems to alternate between a nationalist 1 year and a unionist the next. Can anyone clarify this or explain it?
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