Deputy Mayor Campbell looking forward to representing everyone
Sinn Féin councillor and newly elected deputy mayor of Belfast Mary Ellen Campbell has said she looks forward to representing everyone in the city in the year ahead.
Speaking as she was elected as the first openly gay deputy mayor of Belfast, councillor Campbell said;
"I believe with this nomination my party has shown our commitment to equality.
"I intend in my year in office to highlight and put a focus on the rights and needs of the LGBT community.
"Belfast is a welcoming city. We celebrate diversity now more than ever before. And LGBT visibility is good for Belfast.
"We are the institution that passed the first motion on marriage equality on these island. We also held a transgender remembrance event for the first time. These events and milestones are good for all the citizens of Belfast.
"A city based on equality is a happier and more prosperous one.
"I look forward to representing all the citizens of Belfast in the role of Deputy Mayor regardless of creed, class, gender or ethnicity and discharging my duties in the most inclusive and equal basis possible."