Larne Borough Council

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Coordinates: 54°51′18″N 5°50′17″W / 54.855°N 5.838°W / 54.855; -5.838

Larne Borough
Larne in Northern Ireland.svg
Area  336 km2 (130 sq mi) 
Ranked 21st of 26
District HQ Larne
Catholic 24.9%
Protestant 68.2%
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
Councillors MLAs
East Antrim
DUP: 3
Alliance Party: 1
Sinn Féin: 1
UUP: 1
Sammy Wilson (DUP)
List of places
Northern Ireland

Larne Borough Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It merged with Ballymena Borough Council and Carrickfergus Borough Council in May 2015 under the reorganisation of local government in Northern Ireland to become Mid and East Antrim District Council.

Its headquarters is in the town of Larne and is one of the most modern roll on-roll off ferry ports in the United Kingdom with a busy passenger traffic with Scotland.

The Borough of Larne Borough is divided into 3 electoral areas: Larne Town, Larne Lough and Coast Road. At the last election in 2011 15 members were elected from the following political parties: 4 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 3 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 2 Independent, 3 Alliance Party,1 Traditional Unionist Voice,1 Sinn Féin and 1 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).The current Mayor is Councillor Bobby McKee MBE (DUP); the current Deputy Mayor is Councillor Gerardine Mulvenna (APNI).

Aldermen Jack McKee(TUV) and Roy Beggs(UUP) are the longest serving on the council

Together with the neighbouring district of Carrickfergus and part of Newtownabbey, it forms the East Antrim constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.

Settlements and villages in the borough include Ballycarry, Islandmagee, Ballystrudder, Glynn, Magheramorne, Ballygalley, Cairnalbanagh, Glenarm and Carnlough.

See Also: Local Councils in Northern Ireland

2011 Election results[edit]

Party seats change +/-
Democratic Unionist Party 4 -1
Ulster Unionist Party 3 -1
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 3 +1
Independent 2 =
Sinn Féin 1 +1
Social Democratic and Labour Party 1 -1
Traditional Unionist Voice 1 +1

Mayors of Larne[edit]

1973: Aubrey Girvan, Independent
1974: Tommy Seymour, Vanguard
1978: Roy Beggs, DUP then UUP
1983: Thomas Robinson, UUP
1984: Jack McKee, DUP
1986: Rosalie Armstrong, UUP
1987: Winston Fulton, DUP
1989: Rosalie Armstrong, UUP
1996: Sam McAllister, DUP
1997: Joan Drummond, UUP
2000: David Fleck, UUP
2002: Bobby McKee, DUP
2004: Roy Craig, Independent
2006: Danny O'Connor, SDLP
2007: Mark Dunn, UUP
2008: Bobby McKee, DUP
2010: Andy Wilson
2011: Bobby McKee, DUP
2012: Gerardine Mulvenna, Alliance
2013: Maureen Morrow, UUP
2014: Martin Wilson, SDLP

Review of Public Administration[edit]

Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council was due to merge with Ballymena Borough Council and Carrickfergus Borough Council in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 1047 km² and a population of 127,101.[1] 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.[2]

Freedom of the Borough[edit]

In memory of a battle in the town of Musa Qala in Afghanistan in 2006, involving the Royal Irish Regiment, a new regimental march, composed by Chris Attrill and commissioned by Larne Borough Council, was gifted to the regiment on Saturday 1 November 2008 in Larne, during an event in which the regiment was also presented with the 'Freedom of the Borough'. This gave the regiment the right to march through the towns of the borough with 'flags flying, bands playing and bayonets fixed'. The march was named, 'Musa Qala'.[3]

Council services[edit]


The area covered by Larne Borough Council has a population of 32,180 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[5]