New Lord Mayor of Belfast takes up office today
1 Apr 2015
Councillor Arder Carson takes up office as the New Lord Mayor of Belfast from today (Wednesday).
The Sinn Fein politician who represents the Black Mountain district was elected to Belfast City Council in 2014 and was formerly a councillor in Lisburn.
The 54-year-old, from Andersonstown, is taking the theme ‘Lord Mayor for communities’ throughout his term.
“This is a new era, a new Council with new powers, new communities and new opportunities,” the new Lord Mayor said.
“I am delighted to be the first mayor of the new council in these changing and challenging times. I want Belfast City Council to be at the heart of Belfast's diverse communities, and equally I want the city's diverse communities to be at the heart of the council. I will use my office and my role to unite the traditional and new communities in this city.
“My office will be open to all the citizens of Belfast. It is especially open to those struggling minority communities who are overlooked or feel overlooked whatever their political, social, ethnic, gender or cultural background. In my year I want to harness the collective energies of all of Belfast's citizens. I want to point people to a positive future while we celebrate our past with pride.
“This is an exciting time for the people of Belfast and its council. As Lord Mayor for communities I look forward with optimism to the 14 months which lie ahead,” he added.