New Lord Mayor elected for Belfast
1 Jun 2017
Nuala McAllister is Belfast’s new Lord Mayor.
Councillor for the Castle area in North Belfast was elected the city’s first
citizen at the annual general meeting of Belfast City Council this evening.
28-year-old from the north of the city has announced that her theme for the
next year will be Global Belfast.
“I want to
develop Belfast's status as a global city, building upon our rich history as
world leaders in ship building, the linen industry, literature and music,” the
new Lord Mayor said.
“My aim is
to promote Belfast as an open, inclusive and welcoming place to live and do
business in; a city that is attractive to visitors and investors alike.
want to celebrate the influence Belfast's diaspora population continues to have
across the world. To strengthen the connection with our closest neighbours and
our furthest friends," she added.
McAllister is keen to focus on children and family issues throughout her term
interests include baking, travelling and walking the Cavehill. Coming
from a family of ten, she enjoys spending quality time with her wider family
circle as well as with her partner Sam and their 9-months-old baby son Finn.
Alliance politician becomes the fourth female Lord Mayor ever appointed in the
city, following in the footsteps of Grace Bannister (Ulster Unionist) in 1981,
Naomi Long (Alliance) in 2009, and Nichola Mallon (SDLP) in 2014.
previously worked as a business officer for the Alliance Party at Stormont, the
new Lord Mayor is an alumni of the University of Ulster (Law with Politics) and
the Washington Ireland Program.
Sonia Copeland (Ulster Unionist) has been appointed Belfast’s new Deputy Lord
Mayor. Councillor Copeland represents the Titanic ward of the city.
McAllister replaces Alderman Brian Kingston as Lord Mayor. Councillor
Copeland replaces Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell as Deputy Lord Mayor.