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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 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.

Lisburn and Castlereagh

Irish: Lios na gCearrbhach agus An Caisleán Riabhach
Ulster Scots: Lisburn an Stye Braes o Ulidia Burgh
Lisburn and Castlereagh district in Northern Ireland.svg
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryNorthern Ireland
Incorporated1 April 2015
 • TypeDistrict council
 • BodyLisburn and Castlereagh City Council
 • Total195.1 sq mi (505.3 km2)
 (mid-2017 est.)
 • Total142,600
 • Density730/sq mi (280/km2)
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)



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 142,600 residents.[2]

Lisburn and Castlereagh City CouncilEdit

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council
Founded1 April 2015
Preceded byCastlereagh Borough Council
Lisburn City Council
Brian Bloomfield, UUP
Political groups
     DUP (20)
     UUP (9)
     Alliance (5)
     SDLP (4)
     TUV (1)
     Independent (1)
Last election
22 May 2014

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

Deputy MayorEdit

From To Name Party
2015 2016 Alexander Redpath UUP
2016 2017 Stephen Martin Alliance
2017 2018 Hazel Legge UUP
2018 2019 Amanda Grehan Alliance


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 summaryEdit

Party Elected Current
DUP 20 20
UUP 8 9
Alliance 7 5
SDLP 3 4
NI21 1 0
TUV 1 1
Independent 0 1

Councillors by electoral areaEdit

Current council members
District electoral area Name Party
Castlereagh East Tommy Jeffers DUP
Tim Morrow Alliance
David Drysdale DUP
Andrew Girvin TUV
Sharon Skillen DUP
Hazel Legge UUP
Castlereagh South Geraldine Rice ‡ Independent
John Gallen SDLP
Nathan Anderson DUP
Michael Henderson UUP
Ben Mallon DUP
Vasundhara Kamble ‡‡ DUP
Brian Hanvey SDLP
Downshire East Luke Poots DUP
Uel Mackin DUP
James Baird UUP
Janet Gray DUP
Aaron McIntyre Alliance
Downshire West Jim Dillon UUP
Allan Ewart DUP
John Palmer ‡ UUP
Nicholas Trimble † UUP
Owen Gawith Alliance
Killultagh Thomas Beckett DUP
Alexander Redpath † UUP
Máiría Cahill ††† SDLP
William Leathem DUP
James Tinsley DUP
Lisburn North Brian Bloomfield UUP
Stephen Martin Alliance
Scott Carson DUP
Margaret Tolerton DUP
Johnny McCarthy ‡‡ SDLP
Jonathan Craig DUP
Lisburn South Tim Mitchell UUP
Alan Givan DUP
Andrew Ewing DUP
Paul Porter DUP
Rhoda Walker DUP
Amanda Grehan Alliance

Co-opted to fill a vacancy since the election.
New party affiliation since the election.
Last update 25 March 2019.

For further details see Lisburn and Castlereagh District Council election, 2014.

See alsoEdit


  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-2017". Office for National Statistics. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  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.