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

Lisburn City Council
Lisburn in Northern Ireland.svg
Area447 km2 (173 sq mi) 
Ranked 16th of 26
District HQLisburn
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom {Defunct}
List of places
Northern Ireland

Lisburn City Council was the local authority for 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 City Council.

Created in 1974, the council was the second largest in the Belfast Metropolitan Area. Council headquarters were 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. The council area included Glenavy and Dundrod in the north, Dromara and Hillsborough in the south, Moira and Aghalee in the west, and Drumbo in the east.

The council area consisted of five electoral areas: Downshire, Dunmurry Cross, Killultagh, Lisburn Town North and Lisburn Town South. It had 30 councillors, last elected in 2011. The final composition was: 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.[1]

The first elections for the new council took place in May 2014.[2]

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.[3]

Source: ARK Retrieved 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 =

Mayors of Lisburn

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.[5] 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.[6] The introduction of the new councils was subsequently postponed until 2015.


The area covered by Lisburn City Council had a population of 120,165 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 February 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Your City Council". Lisburn City Council. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. ^ Lisburn council election results 1993-2011, ARK, Retrieved 13 January 2013
  4. ^ "Your City Council". Lisburn City Council. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Minister Foster announces decisions on Local Government Reform". DoE. Archived from the original on 24 May 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  6. ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, 25 April 2008, Retrieved 27 April 2008
  7. ^ "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 December 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.