Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (born 1 January 1959[1]) is an Irish Sinn Féin politician, author, publisher and businessman, who served as the 58th Lord Mayor of Belfast (2013–14).[2] Ó Muilleoir has two siblings, one of which is writer, blogger and Huffington Post columnist Adrian Millar,[3] whilst the other is journalist and editor Gerry Millar/Gearóid Ó Muilleoir of The Belfast Telegraph.

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir welcoming participants of the 2013 Horasis Global India Business Meeting.jpg
Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
for Belfast South
In office
4 November 2014 – 7 January 2020
Preceded byAlex Maskey
Succeeded byDeirdre Hargey
Minister for Finance
In office
12 May 2016 – 7 January 2017
Preceded byMervyn Storey
Succeeded byConor Murphy
58th Lord Mayor of Belfast
In office
2 June 2013 – 7 January 2020
Preceded byGavin Robinson
Succeeded byNichola Mallon
Councillor on Belfast City Council
In office
2011 – 7 January 2020
Personal details
Martin Millar

(1959-01-01) 1 January 1959 (age 61)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Political partySinn Féin
Spouse(s)Helen O'Hare
Alma materQueen's University Belfast
ProfessionPublisher, businessman

Early life and educationEdit

Ó Muilleoir was educated at St. Mary's Christian Brothers (a Roman Catholic grammar school) and at Queen's University Belfast.[4]


Business careerEdit

In 1997, Ó Muilleoir became part-owner of the Andersonstown News, which subsequently purchased the New York-based Irish Echo.[4] A fluent Irish speaker,[2] he has interests in other Irish and American businesses.[4] He served as a temporary director of Northern Ireland Water.[5]

Political careerEdit

Ó Muilleoir entered politics in 1985, when he stood as a Sinn Féin candidate for the Upper Falls area and narrowly missed out on being elected.[6]

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,[4] detailing these experiences in his book, The Dome of Delight.[2]

He was re-elected at the 1989 and 1993 local elections, retiring at the 1997 local elections to concentrate on his business interests.[2] In 1996 he was an unsuccessful candidate in the Northern Ireland Forum election in North Down.[7]

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.[8]

In 2014, he was co-opted as an MLA into the Northern Ireland Assembly.[9] He stood in Belfast South in the 2015 United Kingdom general election, losing to the Social Democratic and Labour Party incumbent, Alasdair McDonnell.[10] On 12 May 2016, he was appointed Minister of Finance in the Northern Ireland Executive.[11]


  1. ^ Profile, niassembly.gov.uk; accessed 10 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is Belfast's new Lord Mayor". The News Letter. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  3. ^ Adrian Millar/Máirtín Ó Muilleoir relation, thewildgeese.irish; accessed 5 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Máirtín Ó Muilleoir – a republican for change". The Belfast Telegraph. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Mairtin O'Muilleoir to represent SF in south Belfast". BBC.co.uk. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  6. ^ Belfast city council election results 1985–1989, ARK, accessed 21 June 2013
  7. ^ 1996 Forum Elections: Candidates in North Down, ark.ac.uk; accessed 5 March 2017.
  8. ^ Balmoral election results, 1993–2011, ARK.ac.uk; accessed 21 June 2013.
  9. ^ Profile, belfasttelegraph.co.uk; accessed 17 May 2015.
  10. ^ Belfast South result, BBC News, accessed 6 July 2016
  11. ^ Ó Muilleoir is new North finance minister, The Irish Echo, 25 May 2016, accessed 22 January 2017

External linksEdit

  • Profile, companieshouse.gov.uk; accessed 9 December 2016.
  • Profile, heraldscotland.com; accessed 25 February 2017.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Gavin Robinson
Lord Mayor of Belfast
Succeeded by
Nichola Mallon
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Alex Maskey
MLA for Belfast South
Political offices
Preceded by
Mervyn Storey
Minister of Finance
Office suspended