Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon
|Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon
Irish: Ard Mhacha, Droichead na Banna agus Creag Abhann
Ulster Scots: Airmagh, Bannbrig an Craigavon
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Constituent country||Northern Ireland|
|Incorporated||1 April 2015|
|• Type||District council|
|• Body||Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council|
|• Rank||2nd of 11|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon is a local government district in Northern Ireland. The district was created as Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon on 1 April 2015 by merging the City and District of Armagh, Banbridge District and most of the Borough of Craigavon. The word "City" was added to the name on 24 February 2016, to reflect Armagh's city status. The local authority is Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.
The district covers parts of counties Armagh and Down, taking in the upper Bann valley and much of the southern shore of Lough Neagh as well as Armagh city. It has an electorate of 124,996. The name of the new district was announced on 17 September 2008.
The national identities of the new council from the 2011 census are:
- 50.5% British
- 28.9% Northern Irish
- 25.2% Irish
- 4.6% Other
- 1.3% English, Scottish, Welsh
The religious make up is as follows:
- 51.7% Protestant/Other Christian
- 43.0% Catholic
- 5.3% Other/None
Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council
The first election for the new district council was originally 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 2011. The first elections took place on 22 May 2014 and the council acted as a shadow authority until 1 April 2015.
- "Change of District Name (Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016". Legislation.gov.uk. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- "Provisional Recommendations of the Local Government Boundaries Commissioner for Northern Ireland". LGBC. Archived from the original on 2008-09-20. Retrieved 2008-09-26.
- Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008