A convicted IRA bomber mayor to lead the Belfast Centenary celebrations and meet the monarch could have been brought closer by the UUP/PUP union. The Alliance Party, who hold the balance of power, had been reluctant to support the nomination of Caral ni Chulin. However, the Sunday Life reports, the four Alliance councillors are reluctant to support the most likely alternative, an Ulster Unionist nominee because of the Ervine decision.
An Alliance Councillor said:
“The credibility of the Ulster Unionist Party has been shot to smithereens…the election of a member from that party would be difficult to support.”