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Belfast’s next Lord Mayor Frank McCoubrey with Sally Cummings in west Belfast

Belfast’s next Lord Mayor Frank McCoubrey with Sally Cummings in west Belfast

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Paul McCusker

Paul McCusker

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Belfast’s next Lord Mayor Frank McCoubrey with Sally Cummings in west Belfast

DUP councillor Frank McCoubrey is to become Belfast's new Lord Mayor with the SDLP's Paul McCusker set to take the deputy position.

Mr McCoubrey said he would be deeply honoured to accept the role, and he was under no illusions as to the extent of the economic challenges facing Belfast over the coming year with the coronavirus crisis. "There will be thousands of job losses," he said.

"I'll be proposing that a task force is set up to focus on how best we get the city back up and running. I'd like to see a memorial built to all those who have lost their lives from Covid-19."