Belfast solicitor expected to become next Lord Mayor of Belfast

Belfast solicitor expected to become next Lord Mayor of Belfast

A prominent solicitor is set to become the next Lord Mayor of Belfast.

John Finucane was elected to Belfast City Council as a Sinn Féin candidate earlier this month.

He is well known figure in the city as a solicitor and also a campaigner following the murder of his father by Loyalist paramilitaries.

Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane was murdered by Loyalist paramilitaries in 1989 (Finucane family/PA)
Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane was murdered by Loyalist paramilitaries in 1989 (Finucane family/PA)

Pat Finucane was shot dead at the age of 39 in front of his wife and three children in 1989.

His son is expected to be nominated by Sinn Fein to become the next First Citizen of the city at the annual general meeting of the council next Tuesday.

He will be the second Sinn Féin Lord Mayor in as many years, following Deirdre Hargey.

The top positions at Belfast City Council are decided using the D’Hondt mechanism based on party strengths.

Sinn Féin returned the highest number of councillors in the city following the recent local government elections.

Sinn Féin’s John Finucane and party leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill at the local government election count at Belfast City Hall (Mark Marlow)
Sinn Féin’s John Finucane and party leader in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill at the local government election count at Belfast City Hall (Mark Marlow)

The party’s group leader on the council Ciaran Beattie said: “Sinn Fein will nominate Councillor John Finucane for the position of Ard Mheara for the coming year.

“John Finucane, who was recently elected to Belfast City Council, is a fearless defender and promoter of human rights and social justice and will ensure the rights of all are promoted and upheld.”

Mr Finucane said he was honoured to have been selected by his party, and said he intends to put “human rights and social justice at the heart of my term in office; standing up for the rights of all”.

- Press Association

More on this topic

The turbulent career of he who would be kingThe turbulent career of he who would be king

Varadkar already wooing possible future coalition partnersVaradkar already wooing possible future coalition partners

Epiphany Review: Not a straightforward adaptation of Joyce’s scenarioEpiphany Review: Not a straightforward adaptation of Joyce’s scenario

Climate change in The Kingdom - Compare viewsClimate change in The Kingdom - Compare views

More in this Section

Man dies in crash between car and motorbike in Co CorkMan dies in crash between car and motorbike in Co Cork

No winner of Lotto jackpot but someone is €1m richerNo winner of Lotto jackpot but someone is €1m richer

Hundreds protest in Cork city against closure of An Post mail centreHundreds protest in Cork city against closure of An Post mail centre

Loyalist flute band plays in PortrushLoyalist flute band plays in Portrush


Lifestyle

We’ve all had that feeling at some stage as we step off fast amusement park ride, or simply spin around for fun; that feeling of dizziness and disorientation and finding it difficult to stay upright. But why do we feel dizzy when we spin?Appliance Of Science: Why do we feel dizzy when we spin around?

Padraic Killeen reviews Epiphany from the Town Hall Theatre, Galway.Epiphany Review: Not a straightforward adaptation of Joyce’s scenario

More From The Irish Examiner