Councillor Ó Muilleoir was elected to represent the Balmoral area of South Belfast in May 2011. He previously served on Belfast City Council from 1987 to 1997.
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.
A graduate of Queen’s University, Councillor Ó Muilleoir is married to Helen O’Hare and the couple have four children.
Following his election tonight, he said: “I`m very privileged to be the new Lord Mayor of the great city of Belfast. I am picking up from Gavin Robinson of the DUP, who has had a great year in office. I am very grateful to the Sinn Féin party for nominating me for this high office this year.
“In the year ahead, I want the help of all our citizens to make Belfast better. My theme for my year in office will be ‘Building the future Belfast – together’.
“First and foremost, that means building the peace and working hard to bring our sometimes divided people together. It also means striving to create jobs and doing all I can to help put the city`s economy back on track. And of course in all our work we have to ensure that our working class communities enjoy a greater share of the peace dividend.”
The new Lord Mayor`s first appointment will be at the 174 Trust on the Antrim Road at 9pm where he will meet with the Rev Bill Shaw and other clergy working in grassroots communities. At 10pm, he will take part in a conference call to Congressman Richard Neal, Chairman of Friends of Ireland on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, to explore enhanced economic support from the US business sector for Belfast in the year ahead.
Alderman Christopher Stalford is Belfast’s new Deputy Lord Mayor elected at tonight’s Annual General Meeting of Belfast City Council. The DUP politician represents the Laganbank area of the city.
For further information, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/lordmayor