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New Lord Mayor elected for Belfast

1 Jun 2017

Councillor Nuala McAllister is Belfast’s new Lord Mayor.

The 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.

The 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.

“I also 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.

Cllr McAllister is keen to focus on children and family issues throughout her term in office.

Her 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.

The 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.

Having 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.

Councillor Sonia Copeland (Ulster Unionist) has been appointed Belfast’s new Deputy Lord Mayor. Councillor Copeland represents the Titanic ward of the city.

Councillor McAllister replaces Alderman Brian Kingston as Lord Mayor.  Councillor Copeland replaces Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell as Deputy Lord Mayor.

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