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Craigavon Borough Council

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Craigavon Borough
  • Buirg Craigavon
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Craigavon in Northern Ireland.svg
Area378 km2 (146 sq mi) 
Ranked 19th of 26
District HQCraigavon
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
List of places
Northern Ireland

Craigavon Borough Council was a local council in counties Armagh, Down and Antrim, in Northern Ireland. It merged with Armagh City and District Council and Banbridge District Council in May 2015 under local government reorganisation in Northern Ireland to become Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council.

The headquarters of the council was in Craigavon, on the shores of Lough Neagh, a new town built between Lurgan and Portadown. The council area included the large towns of Lurgan and Portadown, as well as smaller ones including Waringstown and Donaghcloney. The average council budget of £15.5 million provided a wide range of services to the 93,023 people living in the area.

The council area consisted of four electoral areas – Central, Loughside, Lurgan and Portadown – in which 26 councillors were elected every four years. The council held an annual meeting in June, at which a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor were elected. Parties elected in 2011, the last elections for the council, were Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) nine seats, Sinn Féin eight, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) six, Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) four, and Alliance Party of Northern Ireland one.

The last 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.[1] The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the 2011 Northern Ireland local elections took place to fill the last body on the council before being dissolved[2] The proposed reform took effect on 1 April 2015.

Together with part of the district of Banbridge, it was part of the Upper Bann constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.

Summary of seats won 1973–2011

1973 1977 1981 1985 1989 1993 1997 2001 2005 2011
Ulster Unionist (UUP) 11 10 9 11 12 10 11 8 6 6
Alliance (APNI) 4 3 1 2 2 1 1
Vanguard (VUPP) 4
Democratic Unionist (DUP) 3 4 7 6 4 4 3 6 9 9
Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) 2 6 5 5 6 6 7 7 4 2
Independent Nationalist (IN) 1 2
United Ulster Unionist (UUUP) 1 1
Workers' Party (WP) 1 2 2 1 1
Sinn Féin (SF) 2 1 2 2 4 6 8
Independent Unionist (IU) 1 1 1

Note: The Workers' Party were known as The Republican Clubs in 1977 and Workers Party Republican Clubs in 1981.

Source: [1]

Mayor of Craigavon

Year Name Political affiliation Deputy Deputy's affiliation
1973–75 Joseph A. Johnston UUP James McCammick Vanguard
1975–76 James McCammick Vanguard Tom Creith UUP
1976–77 Tom Creith UUP Herbert Whitten UUP
1977–78 Sydney Cairns UUP Brian T. English Alliance
1978–79 Herbert Whitten UUP David Calvert DUP
1979–80 Alan Locke UUP James McDonald SDLP
1980–81 Frank Dale UUP Sean Hagan Alliance
1981–82 Mary Simpson UUP David Calvert DUP
1982–83 Sam Gardiner UUP James Gillespie UUP
1983–84 James Gillespie UUP Frederick Baird DUP
1984–85 Arnold Hatch UUP Patrick J. Crilly SDLP
1985–87 George Savage UUP James Gillespie UUP
1987–88 Sydney Cairns UUP Arnold Hatch UUP
1988–89 Sam Gardiner UUP James McCammick UUP
1989–91 James McCammick UUP Joy Savage, then
Joe Trueman
1991–92 Joe Trueman UUP Fred Crowe UUP
1992–93 Fred Crowe UUP Sam Lutton UUP
1993–94 Joy Savage UUP Ruth Allen DUP
1994–95 Brian Maguinness UUP Sean McKavanagh SDLP
1995–96 Meta Crozier UUP Hugh Casey SDLP
Independent Labour
1996 – Dec 96 Hugh Casey Independent Labour Sam Lutton UUP
Dec 1996 – 97 Sam Lutton UUP Hugh Casey Independent Labour
1998–99 Mervyn Carrick DUP Dolores Kelly SDLP
1999–00 Dolores Kelly SDLP Fred Crowe UUP
2000–01 Fred Crowe UUP Mark Neale UUP
2001–02 Sam Gardiner UUP Jonathan Bell DUP
2002–03 Jonathan Bell DUP Sydney Anderson DUP
2003–04 Ignatius Fox SDLP David Simpson DUP
2004–05 David Simpson DUP Ignatius Fox SDLP
2005–06 George Savage UUP Robert Smith DUP
2006–07 Kenneth Twyble UUP Mary McAlinden SDLP
2007–08 Robert Smith DUP Kenneth Twyble UUP
2008–09 Sydney Anderson DUP Arnold Hatch UUP
2009–10 Meta Crozier UUP Philip Weir DUP
2010–11 Stephen Moutray DUP Kieran Corr Independent
2011–12 Alan Carson DUP George Savage UUP
2012–13 Carla Lockhart DUP Arnold Hatch UUP
2013–14 Mark Baxter DUP Colin McCusker UUP
2014–15 Colin McCusker UUP Catherine Seeley SF

Source: Freedom of Information request to Craigavon Borough Council

Final council makeup

Below is a list of members who made up the final sitting of the council before it was dissolved.

Name Party
Jonathan Buckley DUP
Phil Moutray DUP
Robert Smith DUP
Mark Baxter DUP
Margaret Tinsley DUP
Alan Carson DUP
Darryn Causby DUP
Gladys McCullough DUP
Carla Lockhart DUP
Catherine Seeley SF
Mark O'Dowd SF
Liam Mackle SF
Mairead O'Dowd SF
Paul Duffy SF
Gemma McKenna SF
Thomas O'Connor SF
Noel McGeown SF
Kyle Savage UUP
Arnold Hatch UUP
Ronald Harkness UUP
Colin McCusker UUP
Meta Crozier UUP
Kenneth Twyble UUP
Declan McAlinden SDLP
Joseph Nelson SDLP
Conrad Dixon Alliance

Council services


The area covered by Craigavon Borough Council had a population of 93,023 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Northern Ireland elections are postponed, BBC News, April 25, 2008, accessed April 27, 2008
  2. ^ "The executive fails to agree a deal on council reform". BBC News. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Coney Island". Culture Northern Ireland. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  4. ^ "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
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