Coleraine Borough Council

Coleraine Borough Council

Coordinates: 55°07′55″N 6°40′05″W / 55.132°N 6.668°W / 55.132; -6.668

Coleraine Borough
Comhairle Baile Chúil Raithin
Coleraine in Northern Ireland.svg
- Total
Ranked 13th of 26
486 km²
Admin HQ Coleraine
ISO 3166-2 GB-CLR
ONS code 95C
- Total (2010)
- Density
Ranked 15th
117 / km²
Community Catholic: 27.2%
Protestant: 69.4%
Control No overall control
DUP: 9
UUP: 5
Alliance Party: 2
Sinn Féin: 1
Independents: 2
MLAs East Londonderry
DUP: 3
Independent: 1
Sinn Féin: 1
MPs Gregory Campbell (DUP)
Meeting place

Coleraine Borough Council is a local council mainly in County Londonderry and partly in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Its headquarters are in the town of Coleraine. Small towns in the area include Garvagh, Portrush, Portstewart and Kilrea. The population of the area is just over 56,000.

The Coleraine Borough Council consists of four electoral areas: Coleraine East, Coleraine Central, The Skerries and Bann. In the last elections in 2005, 22 members were elected from the following political parties: 9 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 8 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 3 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 1 Sinn Féin and 1 Independent. Following the resignation of a DUP councillor, who was jailed for electoral fraud [1] Alliance Party candidate Barney Fitzpatrick was elected to serve on the Council from 14 December 2006. Unionist-controlled Coleraine Borough Council operates a rotation for positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor between the Ulster Unionist Party(UUP), Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). 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.[1] The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the next district council elections will take place in 2011[2] The Mayor is currently Councillor William Alexander King of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP).

The borough council area, together with the neighbouring district of Limavady, forms the East Londonderry constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.

Mayor of Coleraine

Year Name Political affiliation Deputy Deputy's affiliation
1973 - 77 A. N. Clarke Ulster Unionist John White Ulster Unionist
1977 - 1980 John White Ulster Unionist G. A. McIlrath Ulster Unionist
1980 - 83 G A McIlrath Ulster Unionist C. R. Crawford Independent
James McClure Democratic Unionist
1983 - 84 James McClure Democratic Unionist C. R. Crawford Independent
1984 - 86 William King Ulster Unionist A. N. Clarke Ulster Unionist
James McClure Democratic Unionist
1986 - 88 Elizabeth Black Ulster Unionist James McClure Democratic Unionist
1988 - 1990 William Watt Ulster Unionist James McClure Democratic Unionist
1990 - 92 Elizabeth Black Ulster Unionist James McClure Democratic Unionist
1992 - 93 William King Ulster Unionist James McClure Democratic Unionist
1993 - 1995 David McClarty Ulster Unionist William Matthews Alliance
1995 - 97 Pauline Armitage Ulster Unionist John Dallat SDLP
1997 - 99 James McClure Democratic Unionist William Matthews Alliance
Elizabeth Johnston Ulster Unionist
1999 - 2000 Norman Hillis Ulster Unionist Olive Church Ulster Unionist
2000 - 01 Elizabeth Johnston Ulster Unionist Barbara Dempsey Alliance
2001 - 02 John Dallat SDLP Desmond Stewart Democratic Unionist
2002 - 03 Olive Church Ulster Unionist Gerry McLaughlin SDLP
2003 - 04 Desmond Stewart Democratic Unionist Eamon Mullan SDLP
2004 - 2005 Robert McPhearson Ulster Unionist James McClure Democratic Unionist
2005 - 06 Timothy Deans Democratic Unionist Maura Hickey SDLP
2006 - 07 William King Ulster Unionist Ellen Fielding Democratic Unionist
2007 - 08 Maurice Bradley Democratic Unionist Elizabeth Johnston Ulster Unionist

Source: Freedom of Information request to Coleraine Borough Council

See also

  • Local Councils in Northern Ireland


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