After the relative successes of the youthful Niall Ó Donnghaile and Gavin Robinson, it's back to the grey haired blasts from the past, in the shape of managing director of Belfast Media Group and publisher of the US-based Irish Echo, Mairtin O'Muilleoir. He served in the council from 1987 to 1997 and even wrote a book about his experiences in the chamber, which I incidentally would recommend, regardless of political affiliation. O'Muilleoir is taking a break from his extensive business interests for the year to concentrate on Belfast's business interests. He is a Sinn Féin councillor for the Balmoral area of South Belfast.
'In the year ahead I want the help of all our citizens to make Belfast better. My theme for my year in office will be building the future Belfast together. First and foremost, that means building the peace and working hard to bring our sometimes divided people together. It also means striving to create jobs and doing all I can to help put the city's economy back on track'.
His right hand man, Alderman Christopher Stalford of the DUP was also elected as the deputy Lord Mayor at Monday's annual general meeting of Belfast City Council. He is an Orangeman and DUP Councillor for Laganbank. He also has a face like a well-scalped arse.
Here's the Belfast mayor's book about the mad goings-on in Belfast city hall a couple of decades ago.
Belfasts Dome of Delight: City Hall Politics, 1981-2000: Mairtin O Muilleoir, Tom Hayden: 9781900960083: Amazon.com: Books