Sinn Féin stalwart Tom Hartley has tonight been elected Mayor of Belfast.
Cllr Hartley, who represents the Lower Falls in the Council said:
"Those who know me know how much I love this city. We live in a great city made great by its citizens.
"As Lord Mayor I believe ownership of this city must be felt by all the citizens, including women, the disadvantaged, ethnic minorities, the Travelling community, senior citizens, young people, the gay and lesbian community and disabled people.
"I will engage with everyone through an open door policy.
"I will acknowledge diversity in political and cultural life and I shall aim to turn what divides us into a diversity that enriches our city and citizens."
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams also said:
"Mo chomgairdeas do Tom.
"He has been a first class representative for the people of the Lower Falls for years and I know he will be a first class Mayor of this city." Críoch