Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Comhairle Ceantair an Iúir, Mhúrn agus an Dúin
Founded1 April 2015
Preceded byDown District Council
Newry and Mourne District Council
Cathy Mason, Sinn Féin
Vice Chairperson
Oonagh Magennis, Sinn Féin
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council 2019.svg
Political groups
Executive (27)
  Sinn Féin (16)
  SDLP (11)
Opposition (14)
  Independents (5)
  UUP (3)
  DUP (3)
  Alliance (2)
  TUV (1)
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Downshire Civic Centre, Downpatrick and O'Hagan House, Newry

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (Irish: Comhairle Ceantair an Iúir, Mhúrn agus an Dúin) is a local authority in Northern Ireland that was established on 1 April 2015. It replaces Down District Council and Newry and Mourne District Council and covers most of the southeast of Northern Ireland. The first elections to the authority were on 22 May 2014. At the 2019 Northern Ireland local elections, Sinn Féin became the largest party with 16 seats.



From To Name Party
2015 2016 Naomi Bailie[1] Sinn Féin
2016 2017 Gillian Fitzpatrick SDLP
2017 2018 Róisín Mulgrew Sinn Féin
2018 2019 Mark Murnin SDLP
2019 2020 Charlie Casey[2] Sinn Féin
2020 2021 Laura Devlin SDLP
2021 Present Cathy Mason Sinn Féin

Deputy Chairperson

From To Name Party
2015 2016 Gillian Fitzpatrick SDLP
2016 2017 Garth Craig DUP
2017 2018 William Clarke Sinn Féin
2018 2019 Oksana McMahon Sinn Féin
2019 2020 Terry Andrews SDLP
2020 2021 Harold McKee UUP
2021 Present Oonagh Magennis Sinn Féin


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

Area Seats
Crotlieve 6
Downpatrick 5
Newry 6
Rowallane 5
Slieve Croob 5
Slieve Gullion 7
The Mournes 7

Party strengths

Party Elected
Sinn Féin 14 16 16
SDLP 14 11 11
DUP 4 3 2
UUP 3 4 3
Alliance 2 2 2
UKIP 1 0 0
TUV 0 0 1
Independents 3 5 6

Councillors by electoral area

Council members from 2019 election
District electoral area Name Party
Crotlieve Jarlath John Tinnelly Independent
Gerry O'Hare Sinn Féin
Declan McAteer SDLP
Mark Gibbons Independent
Mickey Ruane Sinn Féin
Karen McKevitt SDLP
Downpatrick Gareth Sharvin SDLP
Cadogan Enright Independent
Dermot Curran SDLP
Oonagh Hanlon Sinn Féin
John Trainor SDLP
Newry Gavin Malone Independent
Roisin Mulgrew † Sinn Féin
Michael Savage SDLP
Charlie Casey Sinn Féin
Valerie Harte Sinn Féin
Gary Stokes SDLP
Rowallane Patrick Brown Alliance
Terry Andrews SDLP
Kathryn Owen † ‡ ‡ DUP
Robert Burgess UUP
William Walker ‡ Independent
Slieve Croob Alan Lewis UUP
Róisín Howell Sinn Féin
Cathy Mason (Chairperson) Sinn Féin
Andrew McMurray † Alliance
Hugh Gallagher SDLP
Slieve Gullion Aoife Finnegan † Sinn Féin
Mickey Larkin Sinn Féin
Pete Byrne SDLP
Oonagh Magennis (Vice Chairperson) Sinn Féin
Barra O Muirí Sinn Féin
David Taylor UUP
Declan Murphy † Sinn Féin
The Mournes Glyn Hanna ‡ ‡ DUP
Michael Rice † Sinn Féin
Laura Devlin SDLP
Harold McKee TUV
Henry Reilly Independent
Willie Clarke Sinn Féin
Leeanne McEvoy Sinn Féin

Co-opted to fill a vacancy since the election.
New party affiliation since the election.
Last updated 1 March 2022.

For further details see 2019 Newry, Mourne and Down District Council election.

Bilingualism policy

The former Newry & Mourne District Council, uniquely among local authorities in Northern Ireland, has a bilingual policy which sets out the Council’s commitment to facilitate and encourage the promotion and use of both the Irish language and the English language in the Council area. In order to ensure that the new administrative division does not constitute an obstacle to the promotion of the Irish language, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council was obliged under the terms of Article 7.1 (b) of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, to progressively implement the bilingual policy throughout the whole of the newly enlarged district.[4]


The area covered by the new Council has a population of 171,533 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[5]


  1. ^ "Naomi Bailie is new Council Chair",, 31 March 2015
  2. ^ "Chairperson's Office". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)[dead link]
  4. ^ "The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is the European convention for the protection and promotion of languages used by traditional minorities". European Charter for Regional
    or Minority Languages
  5. ^ "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2014.