He is a local councillor in Newtownabbey Borough Council. He was a Belfast city councillor for 12 years and High Sheriff of Belfast in 2000. He has a keen interest in jazz and classical music, reading and foreign travel.
Michael is married with two children and is an avid supporter of the Ulster rugby team. To relax Michael enjoys walking his dogs Otis and Toby. He is a member of the Lawyer’s Christian Fellowship.