Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA ([ˈmˠaːɾʲtʲiːnʲ oː ˈmˠiːlʲoːɾʲ] born Martin Millar; 1959) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician, author, publisher and businessman, who served as the 58th Lord Mayor of Belfast (2013–14). Ó Muilleoir has two siblings, one of which is writer, blogger and Huffington Post columnist Adrian Millar, whilst the other is journalist and editor Gerry Millar/Gearóid Ó Muilleoir of The Belfast Telegraph.
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
|Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly|
for Belfast South
|Assumed office |
22 October 2014
|Preceded by||Alex Maskey|
|Minister for Finance|
12 May 2016 – 26 January 2017
|Preceded by||Mervyn Storey|
|58th Lord Mayor of Belfast|
2 June 2013 – 2 June 2014
|Preceded by||Gavin Robinson|
|Succeeded by||Nichola Mallon|
|Councillor on Belfast City Council|
1 January 1959
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Sinn Féin|
|Alma mater||Queen's University Belfast|
Early life and educationEdit
In 1997, Ó Muilleoir became part-owner of the Andersonstown News, which subsequently purchased the New York-based Irish Echo. A fluent Irish speaker, he has interests in other Irish and American businesses. He served as a temporary director of Northern Ireland Water.
When Pip Glendinning of the Alliance Party resigned her seat two years later due to the birth of the Glendinning's baby daughter, Ó Muilleoir won the resulting by-election in October 1987. During his time on the council, he initiated a number of legal actions over what he claimed was discrimination by the Unionist-dominated council, detailing these experiences in his book, The Dome of Delight.
He was re-elected at the 1989 and 1993 local elections, retiring at the 1997 local elections to concentrate on his business interests. In 1996 he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Northern Ireland Forum election in North Down.
He re-entered politics in 2011, when he was elected as a Belfast City Councillor for Balmoral, South Belfast, gaining the seat previously held by Jim Kirkpatrick of the Democratic Unionist Party, and was elected Lord Mayor in 2013, serving a one-year term.
In 2014, he was co-opted as an MLA into the Northern Ireland Assembly. He stood in Belfast South in the 2015 United Kingdom general election, losing to the Social Democratic and Labour Party incumbent, Alasdair McDonnell. On 12 May 2016, he was appointed Minister of Finance in the Northern Ireland Executive.
- Profile, niassembly.gov.uk; accessed 10 February 2016.
- "Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is Belfast's new Lord Mayor". The News Letter. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- Adrian Millar/Máirtín Ó Muilleoir relation, thewildgeese.irish; accessed 5 June 2015.
- "Máirtín Ó Muilleoir – a republican for change". The Belfast Telegraph. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- "Mairtin O'Muilleoir to represent SF in south Belfast". BBC.co.uk. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- Belfast city council election results 1985–1989, ARK, accessed 21 June 2013
- 1996 Forum Elections: Candidates in North Down, ark.ac.uk; accessed 5 March 2017.
- Balmoral election results, 1993–2011, ARK.ac.uk; accessed 21 June 2013.
- Profile, belfasttelegraph.co.uk; accessed 17 May 2015.
- Belfast South result, BBC News, accessed 6 July 2016
- Ó Muilleoir is new North finance minister, The Irish Echo, 25 May 2016, accessed 22 January 2017
- Profile, companieshouse.gov.uk; accessed 9 December 2016.
- Profile, heraldscotland.com; accessed 25 February 2017.
| Lord Mayor of Belfast
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
| MLA for Belfast South
| Minister of Finance