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

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]

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[4]

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.[11] 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.[12] The merger will now take place in April 2015 to form Newry City, Mourne and Down District Council.

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

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BBC News
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:15:00 -0700

Unionists on Newry and Mourne District Council are to present a motion of no confidence in the Sinn Féin mayor at a council meeting on Monday night. It comes after councillor Dáire Hughes wrote to traders in the area in July, asking them to consider ...
Newry Times
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 05:33:45 -0700

“Unless we record where our wildlife is, we cannot look after it” Abby McSherry, biodiversity officer with Newry and Mourne District council, said. “It is so simple to record what you see, especially these days when free phone apps and other on-line ...
Newry Times
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:26:15 -0700

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has today announced it has awarded a grant of £980,000 to Newry and Mourne District Council to protect one of Northern Ireland's last great wildernesses – the Ring of Gullion in south Armagh. The Ring of Gullion is the ...
Newry Times
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:33:45 -0700

Newry and Mourne District Council's District Development Department has successfully applied for and gained the prestigious Customer Service Excellence Award for another 3 years. The Customer Service Excellence Standard, which is independently ...
Newry Times
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:15:00 -0700

Newry and Armagh MLA Megan Fearon has welcomed the news of the recent £980,000 Heritage Lottery Fund award. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) last week announced it has awarded a grant of £980,000 to Newry and Mourne District Council to protect ...
Newry Times
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:30:00 -0700

Councillor Daire Hughes, Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council presided at an Interdenominational Ceremony at the Paupers Graveyard, Camlough Road, Newry on Sunday 10th August 2014. The Service was organised by Newry and Mourne District ...
Newry Times
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 05:00:00 -0700

“That Newry and Mourne District Council condems, in the strongest possible terms the appalling loss of life in Gaza and calls on the International Community, including the Irish and British Governments, the EU and the UN to intensify its efforts to ...
Newry Times
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:11:15 -0700

Part-financed by the European Social Fund, the Department for Employment and Learning, Newry and Mourne District Council and Enterprise Northern Ireland. The programme is delivered by Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency under the Northern Ireland ...

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