Ó Muilleoir top in Balmoral by one vote

Published Friday, 23 May 2014
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Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Belfast Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is celebrating after narrowly topping the poll in the Balmoral district.

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The First Citizen was first across the line at City Hall on Friday afternoon, finishing one vote ahead of the SDLP's Claire Hanna who has also been elected.

Mr Ó Muilleoir said: "I'm very pleased, thrilled, over the moon. We fought a hard campaign in Balmoral and the response across the citizens I thought was grateful for the services we give.

"I'm very privileged to serve the people of Balmoral and I look forward to getting stuck in on their behalf."

PUP leader Billy Hutchinson topped the poll for the Court district.

Sinn Féin also led the way in Black Mountain where Steven Corr and Janice Austin were elected, and in Castle with Mary Ellen Campbell.

Alliance topped the poll in the Lisnasharragh district of east Belfast with Michael Long, who is Naomi Long's husband, ahead of Aileen Graham of the DUP.

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7 Comments
Patrick in Belfast wrote (160 days ago):
great ambassador for the city, I wish him the best, and hope we see him more in Balmoral!
colin in bangor wrote (160 days ago):
this man has done good things as lord mayor and deserves his place in Balmoral, fair play
cruesfan in Belfast wrote (160 days ago):
Couldnt agree more with nonbigot. As first citizen he was extremely visible in his approach to integration and outreach which is to be applauded. His demeanour and personality makes him a serious candidate and unionists who had the courage to recognise and exercise their vote accordingly are also to be applauded.
Richivibe in Belfast wrote (160 days ago):
Well done Martin from the Caribbean community. You are an amazing person and a great example of good leadership.
Caolan in Belfast wrote (161 days ago):
Goes to show each vote really does count.
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