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Coordinates: 54°30′40″N 6°02′35″W / 54.511°N 6.043°W / 54.511; -6.043

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Lisburn City Council
Lisburn in Northern Ireland.svg
Area 447 km2 (173 sq mi) 
Ranked 16th of 26
District HQ Lisburn
Catholic 36.5%
Protestant 55.9%
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
  • MLAs
    Belfast West & Lagan Valley
    Sinn Féin: 5
    DUP: 4
    Alliance Party: 1
    SDLP: 1
    UUP: 1
  • MPs
    Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP)
    Paul Maskey (SF)
    William McCrea (DUP)
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Northern Ireland

Lisburn City Council was a city council covering an area partly in County Antrim and partly in County Down in Northern Ireland. As of May 2015 it was merged with Castlereagh Borough Council as part of the reform of local government in Northern Ireland to become Lisburn and Castlereagh District Council.

Created in 1964, the council is the second largest in the Belfast Metropolitan Area. Council headquarters are in the city of Lisburn. It was the second-largest council area in Northern Ireland with over 120,000 people and an area of 174 square miles (450 km2) of southwest Antrim and northwest Down. It stretches from Glenavy and Dundrod in the north to Dromara and Hillsborough in the south and from Drumbo in the east to Moira and Aghalee in the west.

The council area consists of five electoral areas: Downshire, Dunmurry Cross, Killultagh, Lisburn Town North and Lisburn Town South. It has 30 councillors, last elected in 2011. The current composition is: 14 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 5 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 5 Sinn Féin, 3 Alliance Party and 3 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).

For elections to the Westminster Parliament, the council area was split between the Lagan Valley constituency, Belfast West and South Antrim constituencies.

The first elections for the new council took place in May, 2014.

Constituent cities, towns and villages

  1. Aghalee
  2. Annahilt
  3. Dunmurry
  4. Drumbo
  5. Dromara
  6. Glenavy
  7. Hillsborough
  8. Lisburn
  9. Maghaberry
  10. Moira

Summary of seats won 1973-2011

1973 1977 1981 1985 1989 1993 1997 2001 2005 2011
Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) 14 9 8 13 15 16 13 13 7 5
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) 4 6 10 8 5 3 2 5 13 14
Alliance (APNI) 3 3 2 3 2 2 3 3 3 3
Vanguard (VUPP) 1
Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) 1 1 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 3
United Ulster Unionist Party (UUUP) 2 1
Sinn Féin (SF) 2 2 3 4 4 4 5
Independent Conservative (IndCon) 1
Northern Ireland Conservatives (Con) 1 1
Ulster Democratic Party (UDP) 1 2 1
Independent Unionist (IU) 1 2 1
Independent 1

Notes: The independent elected in 1997 was Hugh Lewsley, a former SDLP councillor. William Beattie was elected as a "Protestant Unionist" in 1997, but is tallied as an Independent Unionist above. New legislation introduced for the 2001 elections required candidates to register party names for these to appear on the ballot paper, this also made it impossible for candidates to stand as Independent Unionist. The UDP missed the deadline for registration and their candidate, party leader Gary McMichael, was elected as an independent. The other candidate elected as an independent in 2001, described himself as a Unionist on the council website.

Source: ARK accessed 13 January 2013

2011 Election results

2011 saw the continued advancement of the DUP and Sinn Féin within the council Area. In Downshire, the DUP picked up a seat from the UUP, and in Dunmurry Cross, Sinn Féin gained from the SDLP. However the SDLP loss was compensated by changing demographics in the Lisburn Town North DEA, where the SDLP took a seat for the first time. There were no changes in the Killutagh or Lisburn Town South DEAs. The election saw the DUP return all their candidates with the exception of Ben Mallon, a local student standing in Lisburn North.

Party seats change +/-
Democratic Unionist Party 14 +1
Ulster Unionist Party 5 -2
Sinn Féin 5 +1
Social Democratic and Labour Party 3 =
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland 3 =
Independent 0 =

Review of Public Administration

Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council was due to merge with Castlereagh Borough Council in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 540 km² and a population of 175,182. An 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. The introduction of the new councils was subsequently postponed until 2015.


The area covered by Lisburn City Council has a population of 120,165 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.

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