Newry and Mourne

Newry and Mourne District Council

Newry and Mourne District Council is a local council in Northern Ireland. It includes much of the south of County Armagh and the south of County Down and has a population of approximately 93,400. Council headquarters are in Newry, the largest settlement and only city in the area with a population of 28,850. Other towns in the council area include Crossmaglen and Bessbrook in County Armagh and Warrenpoint, Rostrevor, Hilltown, Annalong and Kilkeel (an important fishing port) in County Down.

From 1973 to 1985, the council area consisted of 6 electoral areas. In 1985, this was reduced to the current 5 electoral areas: Crotlieve, Fews, Newry Town, Slieve Gullion and The Mournes. One of its 30 wards, Rathfriland, was transferred to Banbridge council in 1993. At the elections of 2005, 30 members were elected from the following political parties: 13 Sinn Féin, 9 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 2 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 2 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 2 Independents, 1 Green Party and 1 United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) who defected in February 2007 from the UUP. For 2008-2009 the Mayor is Councillor Colman Burns (SF) and the Deputy Mayor is Councillor Isaac Hanna (UUP).

In elections for the Westminster Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly it is split between the Newry & Armagh constituency and the South Down constituency.

2005 Election results

Party seats change +/-
Sinn Féin 13 =
Social Democratic and Labour Party 9 -1
Ulster Unionist Party 3 -1
Democratic Unionist Party 2 +1
Green Party in Northern Ireland 1 +1
Independent 2 =

Mayor of Newry

Review of Public Administration

Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council is due to merge with Down District Council in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 1539 km² and a population of 150,886. The next election was due to take place in May 2009, but on April 25, 2008, 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.

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