The current Lord Mayor of Belfast is Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (Sinn Féin).
Councillor Ó Muilleoir was elected to office on 3 June 2013 and will serve as Lord Mayor until June 2014.
He was elected to represent the Balmoral area of South Belfast in May 2011. He previously served on Belfast City Council from 1987 to 1997.
His theme for his year in office will be Building the future Belfast - together.
The 53-year-old politician is the Managing Director of the Belfast Media Group and the Publisher of the Irish Echo in New York. He has stepped down from his business interests for the duration of his term as Lord Mayor.
Councillor Ó Muilleoir is a graduate of Queen’s University. He is married to Helen O’Hare and the couple have four children.
Duties and responsibilities
As Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has a number of duties and responsibilities:
- presiding over council meetings and, in the case of equality of votes, he has a second or casting vote
- promoting and raising awareness of the council’s main objectives and priority issues
- encouraging and supporting all aspects of life in Belfast by attending civic and public events
- receiving distinguished visitors to the city
- acting as host on behalf of the council and the citizens of Belfast at civic functions
- acting as a spokesperson to the local, national and international media
- providing an appropriate response on behalf of Belfast at times of local, national and international catastrophe
- supporting and encouraging charitable and other appeals as appropriate
- promoting Belfast's business, commercial, cultural and social life
- promoting Belfast as a place of excellence in which to do business and as a tourist destination.
A vision for Belfast
Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir's theme for his year in office will be Building the future Belfast - together. And he has set our his vision for Belfast. This means building the peace and working hard to bring our people together and striving to create jobs.
Addressing the Lord Mayor
If you are speaking in public and would like to welcome or introduce the Lord Mayor, the usual form of address is simply 'Lord Mayor'. For example, "and so, I'd like to welcome Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Lord Mayor of Belfast."
If you are speaking to the Lord Mayor in conversation, the correct title remains 'Lord Mayor'.
If you would like to write to the Lord Mayor, you should address your letter to 'the Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir'. You can also abbreviate this to 'Rt Hon, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir'.
You should also begin your letter with 'Dear Lord Mayor'.