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

Coleraine Borough
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Coleraine in Northern Ireland.svg
Area486 km2 (188 sq mi) 
Ranked 13th of 26
District HQColeraine
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
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Northern Ireland

Coleraine Borough Council was a local council mainly in County Londonderry and partly in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It merged with Ballymoney Borough Council, Limavady Borough Council and Moyle District Council in May 2015 under local government reorganisation in Northern Ireland to become Causeway Coast and Glens District Council

Its headquarters were in the town of Coleraine. Small towns in the area include Garvagh, Portrush, Portstewart and Kilrea.

Coleraine Borough Council consisted of four electoral areas: Coleraine East, Coleraine Central, The Skerries and Bann. The council last had 22 members from the following political parties: 8 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 6 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 3 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 2 Alliance Party 1 Sinn Féin and 2 Independent. Unionist-controlled Coleraine Borough Council operated a rotation for positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor between the UUP, DUP and the Irish nationalist SDLP. The last 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.[1] The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the most recent district council elections took place in 2011[2]

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

Mayor of Coleraine

Source: Freedom of Information request to Coleraine Borough Council

Year Name Political affiliation Deputy Deputy's affiliation
1973–77 A. N. Clarke UUP John White UUP
1977–1980 John White UUP G. A. McIlrath UUP
1980–83 G A McIlrath UUP C. R. Crawford Independent
James McClure DUP
1983–84 James McClure DUP C. R. Crawford Independent
1984–86 William King UUP A. N. Clarke UUP
James McClure DUP
1986–88 Dr Gladys Black UUP James McClure DUP
1988–1990 Jim Watt UUP James McClure DUP
1990–92 Elizabeth Black UUP James McClure DUP
1992–93 William King UUP James McClure DUP
1993–1995 David McClarty UUP William Matthews Alliance
1995–97 Pauline Armitage UUP John Dallat SDLP
1997–99 James McClure DUP William Matthews Alliance
Elizabeth Johnston UUP
1999–2000 Norman Hillis UUP Olive Church UUP
2000–01 Elizabeth Johnston UUP Barbara Dempsey Alliance
2001–02 John Dallat SDLP Desmond Stewart DUP
2002–03 Olive Church UUP Gerry McLaughlin SDLP
2003–04 Desmond Stewart DUP Eamon Mullan SDLP
2004–2005 Robert McPhearson UUP James McClure DUP
2005–06 Timothy Deans DUP Maura Hickey SDLP
2006–07 William King UUP Ellen Fielding DUP
2007–08 Maurice Bradley DUP Elizabeth Johnston UUP
2008–09 David Barbour UUP William Creelman DUP
2009–10 Sandy Gilkinson DUP William King UUP
2010–11 Norman Hillis UUP Sam Cole DUP
2011–12 Maurice Bradley DUP William King UUP
2012–13 Sam Cole DUP Maura Hickey SDLP
2013–14 David Harding UUP Mark Fielding DUP
2014–15 George Duddy DUP Yvonne Boyle Alliance

* For 2015 onwards see Causeway Coast and Glens District Council


The area covered by Coleraine Borough Council had a population of 79,067 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008
  2. ^ "The executive fails to agree a deal on council reform". BBC News. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  3. ^ "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2014.