Newry and Mourne District Council

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Coordinates: 54°10′34″N 6°15′22″W / 54.176°N 6.256°W / 54.176; -6.256

Newry and Mourne District
Geography
Newry and Mourne in Northern Ireland.svg
Area
- Total
Ranked 3rd of 26
902 km²
Admin HQ Newry
ISO 3166-2 GB-NYM
ONS code 95P
Demographics
Population
- Total (2010)
- Density
Ranked 4th
99,900
111 / km²
Community Catholic: 79.4%
Protestant: 18%
Politics
Control No overall control
Sinn Féin: 14
SDLP: 9
UUP: 3
DUP: 1
UKIP: 1
Green: 1
MLAs Newry and Armagh & South Down
Sinn Féin: 5
SDLP: 3
DUP: 2
UUP: 2
MPs Conor Murphy (Sinn Féin)
Margaret Ritchie (SDLP)
Meeting place
Website
http://www.newryandmourne.gov.uk

Newry and Mourne District Council (Irish: Comhairle an Iúir agus Mhúrn)[1] 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.[2] Council headquarters are in Newry, the largest settlement and only city in the area; it has 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 Down.

From 1973 to 1985, the council area consisted of six electoral areas. In 1985, this was reduced to the current five 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: 14 Sinn Féin, 9 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 3 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 1 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 2 Independents and 1 United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).[3] For 2010–2011 the Mayor is Councillor Mick Murphy (SF) and the Deputy Mayor is Councillor Karen McKevitt (SDLP).[4]

2014 Criticism[edit]

In April 2014 the Equality Commission criticised Newry and Mourne Council for retaining the name of a children's play park called after the IRA hunger striker, Raymond McCreesh. McCreesh had been linked to the death of ten protestants in the Kingsmill Massacre. Twenty nationalist councillors - including six SDLP representatives - voted to uphold his name in the December 2012 vote, but unionists campaigned against the decision. The Equality Commission concluded that their investigation has found that little consideration appears to have been given by the council to the impact its decision, in this instance, might have on the Protestant/unionist community or to the damage it might cause to good relations[5]

2011 election results[edit]

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

Party seats change +/−
Sinn Féin 14 +1
Social Democratic and Labour Party 9 =
Ulster Unionist Party 3 =
Democratic Unionist Party 1 −1
Green Party in Northern Ireland 1 =
UK Independence Party 1 +1
Independent 2 =

2005 election results[edit]

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

Mayor of Newry[edit]

The title Mayor of Newry replace the office of Chairman of Newry & Mourne District Council after Newry's elevation to city status in 2002.

Review of Public Administration[edit]

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.[12] The next election was due to take place in May 2009, but on 25 April 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.[13]

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