Sinn Fein's John Finucane set to become Belfast's next Lord Mayor
Sinn Fein have nominated John Finucane to be the next Lord Mayor of Belfast.
Councillor Finucane, son of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane, was first elected to Belfast City Council (BCC) at the local government elections earlier this month.
The Belfast-based solicitor is set to take over from the current Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey.
Sinn Fein's BCC group leader Ciaran Beattie made the announcement on Wednesday evening.
"John Finucane, who was recently elected to Belfast City Council, is a fearless defender and promoter of human rights and social justice and will ensure the rights of all are promoted and upheld," he said.
Look who popped into City Hall to check out his new office only the next Mayor of Belfast @johnfinucane who will do a brillant job in building Belfast and representing all of its people 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/SmlVsFTXym— Deirdre Hargey (@DeirdreHargey) May 15, 2019
Councillor Finucane said he was "honoured" to be selected for the position of Belfast's First Citizen.
"I am grateful to those who have elected me and to my party colleagues who have nominated me for this position.
“If elected, I will build on the legacy of Deirdre Hargey and put human rights and social justice at the heart of my term in office; standing up for the rights of all."
John Finucane previously contested the North Belfast parliamentary seat in 2017 and gained the party's highest ever vote in the constituency, but failed to unseat the DUP's Nigel Dodds.
Earlier this month he was elected to BCC on the first count in the Castle DEA with 1,650 votes, just behind former lord mayor Nuala McAllister.
His father Pat Finucane was shot dead by loyalists at the age of 39 in front of his wife and three children in 1989.
Belfast Telegraph Digital