16/05/2019

SF Cllr John Finucane To Be Belfast's Next Lord Mayor

Newly elected Sinn Fein councillor John Finucane is set the become the next Lord Mayor of Belfast.

Announced by the party's Belfast City Council group leader, Councillor Ciaran Beattie, he will succeed the current Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey. It comes after the Belfast-based Solicitor was elected earlier this month in the local government elections.

Councillor Beattie commented: "John Finucane, who was recently elected to Belfast City Council, is a fearless defender and promoter of human rights and social justice and will ensure the rights of all are promoted and upheld." 
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Mr Finucane is well known in the community as a campaigner. His father, Pat Finucane, was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in 1989.

Speaking ahead of the nomination, he said: "I am honoured to have been selected by Sinn Féin for nomination to be the next Ard Mhéara of Belfast. 

"I am grateful to those who have elected me and to my party colleagues who have nominated me for this position.

"If elected, I will build on the legacy of Deirdre Hargey and put human rights and social justice at the heart of my term in office; standing up for the rights of all."

The top positions in council are decided using the D'Hondt voting system. Sinn Fein returned the highest number of local councillors in the area, and are on track to have two Lord Mayors in office in as many years.





(JG/CM)

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