John Finucane, son of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane, to be next Belfast lord mayor

John Finucane will be nominated by Sinn Fein to be the next Belfast lord mayor
John Finucane will be nominated by Sinn Fein to be the next Belfast lord mayor

A prominent solicitor is set to become the next lord mayor of Belfast.

John Finucane was elected to Belfast City Council as a Sinn Fein candidate earlier this month.

He is well known figure in the city as a solicitor and also a campaigner following the murder of his father by loyalist paramilitaries.

Pat Finucane was shot dead at the age of 39 in front of his wife and three children in 1989.

His son is expected to be nominated by Sinn Fein to become the next first citizen of the city at the annual general meeting of the council next Tuesday.

He will be the second Sinn Fein lord mayor in as many years, following Deirdre Hargey.

The top positions at Belfast City Council are decided using the D’Hondt mechanism based on party strengths.

Sinn Fein returned the highest number of councillors in the city following the recent local government elections.