Larne Borough
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Area336 km2 (130 sq mi)
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
List of places
Northern Ireland

Larne Borough Council was 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 Borough Council.

Its headquarters was in the town of Larne.

The Borough of Larne was divided into 3 electoral areas: Larne Town, Larne Lough and Coast Road. At the final 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).

Aldermen Jack McKee (TUV) and Roy Beggs (UUP) were the longest serving councillors on the council.

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

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

See Also: Local Councils in Northern Ireland

2011 Election results

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

1973: Aubrey Girvan, Independent
1974: Tommy Seymour, Vanguard
1975: Tommy Seymour
1976: Tommy Seymour
1977: Tommy Seymour
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

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] New local government district councils took over from the 26 former councils on 1 April 2015.[3]

Freedom of the Borough

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'.[4]

Council services


The area covered by the former Larne Borough Council had a population of 32,180 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[6]


  1. ^ "Minister Foster announces decisions on Local Government Reform". DoE. Archived from the original on 24 May 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  2. ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008
  3. ^ Executive Information Service, Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (Northern Ireland). "Local government reform | nidirect". Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  4. ^ Freedom of the Borough
  5. ^ "Carnfunnock Country Park". Larne Borough Council. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  6. ^ "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2014.

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