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January meeting of Belfast City Council

Lyric Theatre — The council agreed with Councillor David Rodway that it should make its case for having a representative on the Lyric Theatre’s board when it receives a presentation from the theatre’s chief executive on plans for the theatre and how it could assist the council to deliver its objectives.

Councillor Jim Rodgers added: “The indications I'm getting are that there will be no councillors on the board (of the Lyric).

“I don't think that is acceptable. It would be grossly unfair that the citizens of this city are not represented on the board of the Lyric.”

City Hall tourist information point — Councillor David Browne expressed confusion over whether plans agreed by the development committee to provide a tourist information point at the City Hall would be manned or unmanned (it would be mainly through interactive screens) and requested clarification.

The information point would provide details on the council’s key attractions such as the City Hall, the Waterfront and Ulster halls, the Zoo, Belfast Castle, and a what's on guide.

The development committee chair, Councillor William Humphrey, is to seek clarification.

Councillor replacement — Nichola Mallon was named as the SDLP’s replacement for Alban Maginness on Belfast City Council.

Miss Mallon joined the SDLP in 1998 and currently works as a political assistant to South Belfast MP Dr Alasdair McDonnell.

Councillor Mallon, 30, said: “I feel very privileged and honoured to be selected by the SDLP to replace Alban Maginness MLA and serve the people of the Oldpark Ward.”

Belfast Telegraph