The corner of Hamilton Street and Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast and just a few metres from the plaque commemorating “Official IRA” captain, Joe McCann who was killed in a gun battle with British Army. Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is Sinn Féin candidate for South Belfast.
Máirtin is a fairly recent call up (or recall) to Sinn Féin electoral ranks. He seemed to be happy enough in his role as a media “tycoon” but seemed to be drafted into Belfast City Council, specifically to be Mayor of Belfast in 2013-14.
There is no doubt that he was a success. He used Twitter extensively. And courted the Belfast “cultural and creative” crowd. Actually I found his use of Twitter (he used the name “newbelfast) to be risible. A triumph of Image over Substance. Yet he is the Acceptable Face of Sinn Féin to many in the Metrotextual World of the Norn Iron Bloggery.
A Declaration of Interest. Máirtín bought be a coca cola at last month’s Slugger O’Toole Tweet-Up.
O’Muilleoir was co-opted into the Sinn Féin Assembly Party last year due to the illness of SF’s Sue Ramsey.
He is certainly good in media terms…some would say he is a shameless self-publicist. But he has a tendency to describe himself as the “poll topper” in Balmoral DEA last year. He was indeed by a single vote from Claire Hanna (SDLP) but somehow he omits to mention he was the sole Sinn Féin candidate and he did Not outvote the two SDLP candidates.