Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council
: Comhairle Baile Dhún Geanainn agus Thír Eoghain Theas
, Ulster Scots
: Rathgannon Sooth Owenslann Burgh Cooncil
) is a Local Council in Counties Tyrone
in Northern Ireland
. Its main town is Dungannon
, where the Council is headquartered. The Council area covers the southern part of County Tyrone (along with a small area of County Armagh) and has a population of nearly 48,000. Apart from Dungannon there are many smaller towns including: Augher
The district was originally named just Dungannon, and took its present name on November 25, 1999, after petitioning the Secretary of State for the Environment at Westminster.
The Dungannon and South Tyrone Council area consists of 4 electoral areas: Blackwater, Clogher Valley, Dungannon Town and Torrent. In the 2005 elections 22 members were elected from the following political parties: 9 Sinn Féin, 5 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 4 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and 4 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). The Council adopted the D'Hondt system in 2001 which allows the position of Mayor and Deputy Mayor to be allocated according to party size. The current Mayor is Councillor Francis Molloy (SF) and the Deputy Mayor is Councillor Norman Badger (UUP).
In elections for the Westminster Parliament it is split between the Mid Ulster constituency and the Fermanagh & South Tyrone constituency.
Review of Public Administration
Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council is due to merge with Magherafelt District Council
and Cookstown District Council
in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 1714 km² and a population of 120, 096. The next election was due to take place in May 2009, but on April 25
, Shaun Woodward
, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until the introduction of the eleven new councils in 2011.