Lisburn and Castlereagh

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Coordinates: 54°31′23″N 5°58′23″W / 54.523°N 5.973°W / 54.523; -5.973

Lisburn and Castlereagh
Lisburn and Castlereagh district in Northern Ireland.svg
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryNorthern Ireland
Admin HQLisburn
Incorporated1 April 2015
 • TypeDistrict council
 • BodyLisburn and Castlereagh City Council
 • Total195.1 sq mi (505.3 km2)
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total144,381
 • Density740/sq mi (290/km2)
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)

Lisburn and Castlereagh is a local government district in Northern Ireland. The district was created on 1 April 2015. It consists of the combined area of the City of Lisburn with the Borough of Castlereagh, but not including "the localities of Gilnahirk, Tullycarnet, Braniel, Castlereagh, Merok, Cregagh, Wynchurch, Glencregagh and Belvoir, Collin Glen, Poleglass, Lagmore, Twinbrook, Kilwee and Dunmurry" which transferred to Belfast.[1] The local authority is Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.


The district takes in many of the outer suburbs of Belfast and had an electorate of 83,369 prior to its formation.[1] The name of the new district was recommended on 17 September 2008. The area covered by the new Council has an estimated population of 144,381 residents.[2]

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council[edit]

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
Coat of arms or logo
Founded1 April 2015
Preceded byCastlereagh Borough Council
Lisburn City Council
Deputy Mayor
Cllr Tim Mitchell, Ulster Unionist Party
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council 2019.svg
Political groups
  DUP (15)
  UUP (11)
  Alliance (9)
  SDLP (2)
  Sinn Féin (2)
  Green (NI) (1)
Last election
2 May 2019

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council replaces Lisburn City Council and Castlereagh Borough Council. The first election for the new district council was originally 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 2011.[3] The first elections took place on 22 May 2014 and the council acted as a shadow authority until 1 April 2015, at which date the council proper was created.[4]


From To Name Party
2015 2016 Thomas Beckett DUP
2016 2017 Brian Bloomfield UUP
2017 2018 Tim Morrow Alliance
2018 2019 Uel Mackin DUP
2019 2020 Alan Givan DUP
2020 2021 Nicholas Trimble UUP
2021   Stephen Martin Alliance

Deputy Mayor[edit]

From To Name Party
2015 2016 Alexander Redpath UUP
2016 2017 Stephen Martin Alliance
2017 2018 Hazel Legge UUP
2018 2019 Amanda Grehan Alliance
2019 2020 Johnny McCarthy SDLP
2020 2021 Jenny Palmer UUP
2021   Tim Mitchell UUP


For the purpose of elections the council is divided into seven district electoral areas (DEA):[5]

Area Seats
Castlereagh East 6
Castlereagh South 7
Downshire East 5
Downshire West 5
Killultagh 5
Lisburn North 6
Lisburn South 6

Seat summary[edit]

Party Elected
DUP 20 15
UUP 8 11
Alliance 7 9
SDLP 3 2
Sinn Féin 0 2
Green (NI) 0 1
TUV 1 0
NI21 1 0

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

Current council members
District electoral area Name Party
Castlereagh East Martin Gregg Alliance
Sharon Skillen DUP
Sharon Lowry † Alliance
David Drysdale DUP
Hazel Legge UUP
John Laverty DUP
Castlereagh South Sorcha Eastwood Alliance
Nathan Anderson DUP
Michelle Guy Alliance
John Gallen SDLP
Ryan Carlin Sinn Féin
Simon Lee Green (NI)
Michael Henderson UUP
Downshire East Aaron McIntyre Alliance
Andrew Gowan DUP
James Baird UUP
Alex Swan UUP
Uel Mackin DUP
Downshire West Owen Gawith Alliance
Caleb McCready DUP
John Palmer UUP
Jim Dillon UUP
Allan Ewart DUP
Killultagh David Honeyford Alliance
Ross McLernon UUP
Gary McCleave Sinn Féin
Thomas Beckett DUP
James Tinsley DUP
Lisburn North Stephen Martin Alliance
Jonathan Craig DUP
Johnny McCarthy SDLP
Scott Carson DUP
Nicholas Trimble UUP
Stuart Hughes UUP
Lisburn South Jenny Palmer UUP
Andrew Ewing DUP
Amanda Grehan Alliance
Tim Mitchell UUP
Paul Porter DUP
Alan Givan DUP

Co-opted to fill a vacancy since the election.
New party affiliation since the election.
Last update 28 March 2020.

For further details see 2019 Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council election.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Provisional Recommendations of the Local Government Boundaries Commissioner for Northern Ireland". LGBC. Archived from the original on 20 September 2008. Retrieved 26 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mid-2019". Office for National Statistics. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  3. ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, 25 April 2008, accessed 27 April 2008
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Open Council Data UK - Northern Ireland councils". Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Elected Members of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council - Lisburn Castlereagh". Retrieved 26 November 2017.