Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council

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Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council
Area315[1] km2 (122 sq mi) 
Ranked 5th of 26
District HQDungannon
CountryNorthern Ireland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
List of places
Northern Ireland

Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council (Irish: Comhairle Buirge Dhún Geanainn agus Thír Eoghain Theas, Ulster Scots: Rathgannon an Sooth Owenslanngh Cooncil)[2] was a local council in Northern Ireland from 1973 until 2015. It was originally named Dungannon District Council, gaining borough status and adding "South Tyrone" to its name on 25 November 1999, after petitioning the Secretary of State for the Environment.[3] In May 2015, under local government reorganisation in Northern Ireland it merged with Cookstown District Council and Magherafelt District Council to become Mid-Ulster District Council.


The main town in the district was Dungannon, where the council was headquartered. The council area covered the southern part of County Tyrone (along with a small area of County Armagh) and had a population of nearly 58,000. Its smaller towns included: Augher, Clogher, Fivemiletown, Ballygawley, Caledon, Aughnacloy, Benburb, Moy and Coalisland. The council area was divided into four electoral areas: Blackwater, Clogher Valley, Dungannon Town and Torrent. In the 2005 elections, 22 members were elected from the following political parties: 8 Sinn Féin, 5 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 4 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) 4 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and 1 Éirígí (EIR). The Council adopted the d'Hondt system in 2001 which allows the position of Mayor and Deputy Mayor to be allocated according to party size. The last mayor was Councillor Michelle O'Neill (SF) and the Deputy Mayor was Councillor Norman Badger (UUP). In elections for the Westminster Parliament it was split between the Mid-Ulster and Fermanagh & South Tyrone constituencies.

Review of Public Administration[edit]

Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the council was due to merge with Magherafelt District Council and Cookstown District Council in 2011 to form a single council for the enlarged area totalling 1714 km2 and a population of 120, 096.[4] The next 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.[5]


The area covered by Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council has a population of 57,852 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 August 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Change of District Name (Dungannon) Order (Northern Ireland) 1999 No. 426". legislation.data.gov.uk. 14 October 1999. Retrieved 2 August 2013.; "Dungannon to get first mayor". The Irish Times. 12 November 1999. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Minister Foster announces decisions on Local Government Reform". DoE. Archived from the original on 24 May 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2008.
  5. ^ "NI local elections are postponed". 25 April 2008 – via news.bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "NI Census 2011 - Key Statistics Summary Report, September 2014" (PDF). NI Statistics and Research Agency. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 December 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.

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