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New Lord Mayor installed for Belfast

New Lord Mayor installed for Belfast

Councillor Daniel Baker is Belfast’s new Lord Mayor.

The Sinn Féin councillor representing the Collin area of West Belfast was installed today (Wednesday 18 December) at a special meeting of Belfast City Council.

The 37-year-old takes over from his party colleague and now North Belfast MP John Finucane. He said: “I’m pleased to be taking over the chain of office from John and look forward to continuing his great work in the year ahead.

“I will work as Lord Mayor for all communities, particularly those affected by poverty and unemployment. I will be a champion for improvements in mental health services, and continue to work on climate resilience in our city.”

Councillor Baker was a member of the Council’s Brexit Committee, People and Communities Committee and the Council’s Climate Change Working Group.

He will join a team of civic dignitaries that includes Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Peter McReynolds of the Alliance party and High Sheriff of Belfast, Alderman Tommy Sandford of the DUP.