Belfast's new mayor vows to 'restore pride' in city
Published 02/06/2010 | 00:01
Belfast's new lord mayor, Pat Convery, has pledged to put the pride back into the city.
The SDLP councillor also vowed to work to bring people together after he was elected unopposed.
"It is with great pride that I accept the position of Lord Mayor of Belfast," he said.
"At a personal level it is a fitting way to celebrate ten years as a public representative for the North of the City.
"However, as a reflection of my pride at being selected first citizen for this city I aim to put the pride back into Belfast and its people.
"I want to focus on how we can continue to make progress in making Belfast a fantastic city to invest in, to work in, to visit and to live in.
"Belfast is a young city - 20% of our people are under 16 years of age, 44% under 30. We must take pride in our city and in our people and showcase the best of what he can offer to the rest of our country and beyond. I will continue the work of making it a safe, clean, united and prosperous city.
"This will be an extremely important year for Belfast. We have come a long way but have much further to travel."
Mayor Convery succeeds outgoing mayor Naomi Long, who ended her year in office in spectacular style by displacing First Minister Peter Robinson as east Belfast MP in the Westminster General Election.
Deputy Mayor is DUP's William Humphrey, who was also elected unopposed at the council meeting.