Armagh City and District Council
|Armagh City and District|
|Ranked 6th of 26
- Total (2010)
|Control||No overall control
Sinn Féin: 6
|MLAs||Newry & Armagh
Sinn Féin: 3
|MPs||Conor Murphy (Sinn Féin)|
Armagh City and District Council is a district council in County Armagh in Northern Ireland. It is set to merge with Banbridge District Council and Craigavon Borough Council in May 2015 under local government reorganisation in Northern Ireland to become Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.
The current Council area includes the city of Armagh, as well as the surrounding area. City status was officially conferred in 1995. Armagh has a long reputation as an administrative centre and the headquarters of the Southern Education and Library Board and the Southern Health and Social Services Board are currently located in the city. The Armagh Outreach Centre was established in 1995 and is linked to the Queen's University of Belfast. The heads of both the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland and the Church of Ireland reside in the city which was established by St Patrick as the Christian capital of Ireland. It also has some important Georgian architecture.
The district consists of four electoral areas: Armagh City, Cusher, Crossmore and The Orchard, from which 22 councillors are elected for a period of four years by proportional representation. At the last election in 2011 members were elected from the following political parties: 6 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 6 Sinn Féin, 5 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 4 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), and independent Councillor Paul Berry, a former DUP councillor. The current mayor of Armagh is Councillor Freda Donnelly (DUP). The last 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. The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the most recent district council elections took place in 2011
A Lord Mayoralty was granted by Letters Patent to Armagh City and District on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 2012. Since then the position has been that of Lord Mayor of Armagh City and District Council. Between 1995 and 2012 the position was Mayor of Armagh City and District Council.
Mayors of Armagh
- 1995 - 96: Jim Nicholson, Ulster Unionist Party
- 1996 - 97: Jim Speers, Ulster Unionist Party
- 1997 - 98: Pat Brannigan, Social Democratic and Labour Party
- 1998 - 99: Robert Turner, Ulster Unionist Party
- 1999 - 00: Tom Canavan, Social Democratic and Labour Party
- 2000 - 01: Jimmy Clayton, Ulster Unionist Party
- 2001 - 02: Sylvia McRoberts, Ulster Unionist Party
- 2002 - 03: Anna Brolly, Social Democratic and Labour Party
- 2003 - 04: Pat O'Rawe, Sinn Féin
- 2004 - 05: Eric Speers, Ulster Unionist Party
- 2005 - 06: John Campbell, Social Democratic and Labour Party
- 2006 - 07: William Irwin, Democratic Unionist Party
- 2007 - 08: Charles Rollston, Ulster Unionist Party
- 2008 - 09: Noel Sheridan, Sinn Féin
- 2009 - 10: Thomas O'Hanlon, Social Democratic and Labour Party
- 2010 - 11: Jim Speers, Ulster Unionist Party
- 2011 - 12: Freda Donnelly, Democratic Unionist Party
Lord Mayors of Armagh
- 2012 - 13: Sharon Haughey, Social Democratic and Labour Party
- 2013 - present: Robert Turner, Ulster Unionist Party
The area covered by Armagh City and District Council has a population of 59,340 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.
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