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Armagh City and District
Comhairle Cathrach agus Ceantair Ard Mhacha
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 6th
671 km²
? %
Admin HQ Armagh
ISO 3166-2 GB-ARM
ONS code 95O
- Total (2008)
- Density

/ km²
Community Protestant: 50.0%
Catholic: 48.7%
Armagh City and District Council
MPs Conor Murphy

The Armagh City and District Council is a district council in County Armagh in Northern Ireland. It includes the city of Armagh, as well as the surrounding area and its population is about 54,000. City status was officially conferred in 1995. Armagh has a long reputation as an administrative centre and the headquarters of the Southern Education and Library Board and the Southern Health and Social Services Board are currently located in the city. The Armagh Outreach Centre was established in 1995 and is linked to the Queen's University of Belfast. The heads of both the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland and the Church of Ireland reside in the city which was established by St Patrick as the Christian capital of Ireland. It also has some important Georgian architecture.

The district consists of four electoral areas: Armagh City, Cusher, Crossmore and The Orchard, from which 22 councillors are elected for a period of four years by proportional representation. At the last election in 2005 members were elected from the following political parties: 6 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 6 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 5 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and 5 Sinn Féin. Councillor Paul Berry was elected for the DUP but is now an independent. The current mayor of Armagh is Councillor Noel Sheridan (Sinn Féin).

Together with part of the district of Newry and Mourne, it forms the Newry & Armagh constituency for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.



A list of Mayors of Armagh (officially, the Mayor of Armagh City and District) since 1995:

1995 - 96: Jim Nicholson, Ulster Unionist Party
1996 - 97: Jim Speers, Ulster Unionist Party
1997 - 98: Pat Brannigan,Social Democratic and Labour Party
1998 - 99: Robert Turner, Ulster Unionist Party
1999 - 00: Tom Canavan, Social Democratic and Labour Party
2000 - 01: Jimmy Clayton, Ulster Unionist Party
2001 - 02: Sylvia McRoberts, Ulster Unionist Party
2002 - 03: Anna Brolly, Social Democratic and Labour Party
2003 - 04: Pat O'Rawe, Sinn Féin
2004 - 05: Eric Speers, Ulster Unionist Party
2005 - 06: John Campbell, Social Democratic and Labour Party
2006 - 07: William Irwin, Democratic Unionist Party
2007 - 08: Charles Rollston, Ulster Unionist Party
2008 - 09: Noel Sheridan, Sinn Féin
2009 - Present Thomas O'Hanlon, Social Democratic and Labour Party

Review of Public Administration

Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the Council is due to merge with Banbridge District Council and Craigavon Borough Council in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 1502 km² and a population of 176,326.[1] The next election was due to take place in May 2009, but on April 25, 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.[2]

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