The Green Party is delighted to announce that Cllr Áine Groogan will be the next deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, to serve for the 2023-2024 term of office.

Cllr Groogan said “It is my great honour and privilege to serve as the next deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast”

“At a time of huge uncertainty for many in our community and voluntary sectors, the Stormont cuts will have a detrimental impact on our communities. I will use my position of deputy Lord Mayor to highlight the incredible work that these organisations provide for everyone across Belfast.”

“Our agenda for this term is focused on building a Greener Cleaner Fairer Belfast and highlighting the climate and biodiversity crisis that we all face, it is code red for humanity and this city needs to move further and faster in mitigating the impacts of climate change, which will provide us with an opportunity to improve the liveability of our city and the quality of life of its citizens while supporting nature recovery. While the Stormont parties fail to turn up, the Green Party will continue leading the way on these issues at council.”

Cllr Áine Groogan will be the first Green Party Lord Mayor or deputy in Northern Ireland.