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Lord Mayor attends as city honours war dead

Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir has been commended on his decision to attend a remembrance service marking the time of the end of the First World War.

Thousands of people gathered at Belfast's City Hall on Sunday morning to mark the annual tribute to those who died in the two World Wars and other conflicts - although the Sinn Fein representative was in America at the time and unable to attend.

On Monday, Mr O Muilleoir broke with the tradition of his party and joined Mervyn Elder, president of the Royal British Legion which organises the annual event, and Belfast City Council's chief executive, in a two-minute silence to mark the end of fighting in the Great War.

In July, Mr O Muilleoir laid a laurel wreath at Belfast's cenotaph prior to a commemoration of the Battle of the Somme and supported the Royal British Legion – which is one of his official charities – in its bid last year to illuminate Belfast City Hall red to promote the Remembrance Day.

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