New Lord Mayor Of Belfast Installed

Sinn Fein Councillor John Finucane has been installed as the new Lord Mayor of Belfast.

The 39-year-old father of four took over from party colleague Councillor Deirdre Hargey at Belfast City Council's AGM last night, Tuesday 21 May.

The newly elected representative is the son of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane and represents the Castle electoral area of the city.

Speaking about his appointment, he said: "It's a privilege for me to be taking over the chain of office from Deirdre and I will continue to keep equality and rights at the heart of my term of office.
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"I want to be a Lord Mayor for all the people of Belfast, to celebrate our diversity as a city and promote inclusivity; to build economic prosperity and tackle issues such as climate change, which impacts on everyone and affects everyone's quality of life."

He added: "The Belfast Agenda has ambitions to see a Belfast reimagined, well-connected, culturally vibrant, and a magnet for talent. During my term of office, I will be seeking opportunities to continue to showcase the city and its people, to continue to drive change and build on existing momentum."

Alliance Cllr Peter McReynolds was elected Deputy Lord Mayor, talking over from his party colleague Cllr Emmet McDonough-Brown. Mr McReynolds represents the Ormiston area of east Belfast.


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