Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
Founded1 April 2015
Preceded byBallymena Borough Council
Carrickfergus Borough Council
Larne Borough Council
Peter Johnston, Democratic Unionist Party
Deputy Mayor
Andrew Wilson, Ulster Unionist Party
Mid and East Antrim District Council 2020.svg
Political groups
  DUP (16)
  Alliance (7)
  UUP (6)
  TUV (5)
  Independents (3)
  Sinn Féin (2)
  SDLP (1)
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Ballymena Town Hall (geograph 6611054).jpg
The Braid
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Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is a local authority that was established on 1 April 2015. It replaced Ballymena Borough Council, Carrickfergus Borough Council and Larne Borough Council.


On 2 December 2021, the councils chief executive Anne Donaghy was suspended.[1] She intends to take legal action for discrimination.[2]



From To Name Party
2015 2016 Billy Ashe DUP
2016 2017 Audrey Wales DUP
2017 2018 Paul Reid DUP
2018 2019 Lindsay Millar UUP
2019 2020 Maureen Morrow UUP
2020 2021 Peter Johnston DUP

Deputy Mayor

From To Name Party
2015 2016 Timothy Gaston TUV
2016 2017 William McNeilly UUP
2017 2018 Cheryl Johnston DUP
2018 2019 Cheryl Johnston DUP
2019 2020 Beth Adger DUP
2020 2021 Andrew Wilson UUP


For the purpose of elections the council is divided into seven district electoral areas (DEA):[3]

Area Seats
Ballymena 7
Bannside 6
Braid 7
Carrick Castle 5
Coast Road 5
Knockagh 5
Larne Lough 5

Party strengths

Party Elected
DUP 16 15 16
Alliance 3 7 7
UUP 9 7 6
TUV 5 5 5
Sinn Féin 3 2 2
SDLP 1 1 1
UKIP 1 0 0
Independents 2 3 3

Councillors by electoral area

Current council members
District electoral area Name Party
Ballymena James Henry Independent
Eugene Reid SDLP
Matthew Armstrong TUV
Patricia O'Lynn Alliance
Audrey Wales DUP
Rodney Quigley Independent
John Carson DUP
Bannside Stewart McDonald TUV
Timothy Gaston TUV
William McNeilly UUP
Thomas Gordon DUP
Tommy Nicholl DUP
Ian Friary Sinn Féin
Braid Robin Cherry UUP
Beth Adger DUP
David Reid † Alliance
Julie Frew DUP
William McCaughey DUP
Christopher Jamieson TUV
Brian Collins TUV
Carrick Castle Lauren Gray Alliance
Billy Ashe DUP
Cheryl Johnston DUP
Robin Stewart UUP
John McDermott ‡ DUP
Coast Road Geraldine Mulvenna Alliance
Andrew Clarke DUP
James McGeown Sinn Féin
Maureen Marrow UUP
Angela Smyth DUP
Knockagh Noel Williams Alliance
Peter Johnston DUP
Marc Collins DUP
Bobby Hadden Independent
Andrew Wilson UUP
Larne Lough Gregg McKeen DUP
Danny Donnelly Alliance
Keith Turner † UUP
Paul Reid DUP
Robert Logan Alliance

Co-opted to fill a vacancy since the election.
Elected in a by-election.
New party affiliation since the election.
Last updated 29 October 2020.

For further details see 2019 Mid and East Antrim District Council election.


The area covered by the new Council has a population of 135,338 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[4]


  1. ^ "Anne Donaghy: Suspended Mid and East Antrim chief takes legal action". BBC News. 2 December 2021. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  2. ^ Hughes, Brendan (2 December 2021). "Council boss taking legal action over 'disability discrimination'". BelfastLive. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  3. ^ "Current review of district electoral areas" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "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.