DUP councillor Gavin Robinson has been elected to serve as the new Lord Mayor of Belfast.
The 27-year-old barrister has said he hopes to bring “dynamism and positivity” to the role, and said he was pleased that all parties in the council had backed him.
“I hope to represent all citizens of Belfast,” he said.
Councillor Robinson has represented the Pottinger area of East Belfast since March 2010 when he was co-opted to replace Sammy Wilson. He was then elected in May 2011.
He takes over the role from Sinn Fein councillor Niall O Donnghaile who attracted controversy last November when he refused to present a Duke of Edinburgh’s award to an army cadet.
Sinn Fein councillor Tierna Cunningham has been elected as the new Deputy Lord Mayor, taking over the position from DUP councillor Ruth Patterson.
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