When Ciarán Mulholland arrives at Sinnamon Coffee on Stranmillis, he is rushed, dressed in a tailored grey suit, and carrying a leather work binder. He has the firm handshake one expects from a lawyer or businessman. After apologising for running late, he steps away to the counter to order a latté. He’s not the kind of person you’d expect to be an anti-agreement republican.
Last week I received a private message on Twitter from a unionist politician who said that his party was still finalising its list of candidates for council elections. In the meantime, he said, check out Ciarán Mulholland, a human rights lawyer and an independent republican socialist from West Belfast running for city council. The two had worked together some years back and had become friends. Ciarán was recommended to me as a young, new voice in Belfast politics worth checking out.
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