Belfast City Council

Belfast City
Comhairle Cathrach Bhéal Feirste
Geography
Area
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 23rd
115 km
? %
Admin HQBelfast
GB-BFS
ONS code95Z
Demographics
Population
- Total (2005)
- Density
Ranked 1st
267,999
2,333 / km
CommunityProtestant: 48.6%
Catholic: 47.2%
Politics
Belfast City Council
[1]
MPsGerry Adams
Nigel Dodds
Peter Robinson
Alasdair McDonnell


Belfast City Council is the city council for Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is the largest local council, serving the largest city in Northern Ireland and had an estimated population of in . It is the central council for the Belfast Metropolitan Area which has a population of c.650,000. The Council is based in Belfast City Hall. Belfast was also the first seat of government for Northern Ireland. The council was created on its current boundaries following the local council elections of May 1973. Originally it was intended that there would be 52 wards. However, local enquiries meant that the proposed Tullycarnet ward became instead the Castlereagh Borough Council wards of Tullycarnet and Gilnahirk.

Electoral areas

The current Belfast City Council area consists of 9 electoral areas: Oldpark, Castle, Victoria, Pottinger, Laganbank, Balmoral, Upper Falls, Lower Falls and Court. In the 2005 local government elections, the voters of Belfast elected a total of 51 councillors from the following political parties: 15 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 14 Sinn Féin, 8 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 7 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 4 Alliance Party, 2 Progressive Unionist Party and 1 Independent who was previously a member of the (Unionist) Ulster Democratic Party.

In 2006, the local government boundary commission published proposals to extend Belfast into the neighbouring districts of Castlereagh and Lisburn, as well as adding a small part of North Down. The proposed extension mostly comprises the communities of Poleglass, Twinbrook, Dunmurry, Lagmore, Belvoir, Cregagh, Braniel, Gilnahirk and Tullycarnet. However some have suggested extending the council further into Castlereagh and Newtownabbey councils and these proposals have recently been discussed at a local enquiry.[1]

1997 Election results

In 1997, Unionists lost overall control of Belfast City Council for the first time in its history, with the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland gaining the balance of power between Nationalists and Unionists. This position was confirmed in the council elections of 2001 and 2005. Since then it has had three Nationalist mayors, two from the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and one from Sinn Féin.

2005 Election results

In the 2005 local government elections, the voters of Belfast elected fifty-one councillors to Belfast City Council from the following political parties: 15 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), 14 Sinn Féin, 8 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 7 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 4 Alliance Party, 2 Progressive Unionist Party (PUP), and 1 Independent.[2] The Independent is Frank McCoubrey who is a leading member of the Ulster Political Research Group, the successor to the Ulster Democratic Party.

Partyseatschange +/-
Democratic Unionist Party15+5
Sinn Féin14=
Social Democratic and Labour Party8-1
Ulster Unionist Party7-4
Alliance Party of Northern Ireland4+1
Progressive Unionist Party2-1
Independent1=

Lord Mayor, High Sheriff

The city of Belfast has a mayoral form of municipal government. The City's elected officials are the Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor and High Sheriff who are drawn from fifty one elected councillors. The first Lord Mayor of Belfast was Daniel Dixon, who was elected in 1892.[3] As of June 2007, the Lord Mayor of Belfast is Ulster Unionist Party politician, Jim Rodgers, who previously served in the same office in 2001. His duties, as mayor of Belfast, include presiding over meetings of the council, receiving distinguished visitors to the city, and representing and promoting the city on the national and international stage.[3]

His deputy is Councillor Bernie Kelly (SDLP). The city council also (uniquely amongst Northern Ireland's councils) elects a High Sheriff, who acts as the Queen's representative in the city; the current holder of that office is Councillor Jim Kirkpatrick (DUP).

Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies

Belfast has four UK parliamentary and Assembly constituencies - North Belfast, West Belfast, South Belfast and East Belfast. All four extend somewhat beyond the city boundaries into parts of Castlereagh, Lisburn and Newtownabbey districts. In 2007, the people of Belfast elected 8 Sinn Féin, 7 DUP, 3 Ulster Unionist, 4 SDLP, 1 PUP and 2 Alliance members of the Northern Ireland Assembly. In the 2005 general election, they elected 2 DUP MPs, 1 SDLP MP and 1 Sinn Féin MP.

Assets

The council owns a number of buildings and parks in Belfast, including Belfast Castle and Belfast Botanic Gardens.

Councillors

Year APNI DUP PUP SF SDLP UDP UPNI UUP Workers Others
197382--7--2527
1977137--8-21512
19817151-6-11308
1985811176--1413
198968188--1415
1993591109--1502
19976731371-1301
20013103149--1101
20054152148--701

Parks and Open Spaces

Belfast City Council is also responsible for the City's Parks. They maintain the city's green spaces and organising park events and activities. They also work to promote some of Belfast’s biggest tourist attractions, like Belfast Zoo and Malone House.

See also

References

1. ^ Written Representations. Local Government Boundaries Commissioner for Northern Ireland (2007). Retrieved on 2007-05-24.
2. ^ Belfast City Council Elections 1993-2005. Northern Ireland Elections. Northern Ireland Social and Political Archive (ARK) (2005). Retrieved on 2007-05-24.
3. ^ Councillors: Lord Mayor. Belfast City Council. Retrieved on 2007-05-24.

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Cities in Ireland
Republic of Ireland: Dublin | Cork | Limerick | Galway | Waterford | Kilkenny
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This is a list of Local Councils in Northern Ireland by area.

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Irish - Béal Feirste

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This is a list of Local Councils in Northern Ireland by population. The figures are mid-year estimates for 2006 from the Office for National Statistics [1] .
Rank Council Population Type
1 Belfast 267,400 City
2 Lisburn 112,900 City
3 Derry 107,900 City
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This is a list of Local Councils in Northern Ireland, broken down by their Protestant/Catholic make-up.

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Scottish National Party
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Social Democratic and Labour Party
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Nigel Alexander Dodds, OBE, MP, MLA, BL (born Derry, August 20, 1958) is a barrister and Northern Ireland unionist politician. He is a Member of the British Parliament for Belfast North, and a member of the Democratic Unionist Party.
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The Rt. Hon. Peter David Robinson MP MLA PC (born December 29, 1948) is a Democratic Unionist Party Member of Parliament for East Belfast and Deputy Leader of the same party.
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Alasdair McDonnell (b. 1 September 1949, Cushendall, County Antrim) is a Northern Irish politician, deputy leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party and both a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and a Member of the Legislative Assembly for South Belfast.
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Irish - Béal Feirste

Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus
"What shall we give in return for so much"

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Belfast
Irish - Béal Feirste

Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus
"What shall we give in return for so much"

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Democratic Unionist Party

Leader Ian Paisley MP MLA

Founded 30 September1971
Headquarters 91 Dundela Avenue
Belfast, BT4 3BU
Northern Ireland

Political Ideology
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Sinn Féin (pronounced /ʃɪn feɪn/ in English, [ʃiːɲ fʲeːnʲ]
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Social Democratic and Labour Party

Leader Mark Durkan MP, MLA

Founded 1970
Headquarters 121 Ormeau Road
Belfast, BT7 1SH
Northern Ireland

Political Ideology Social democracy, Irish nationalism
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Ulster Unionist Party

Leader Sir Reg Empey MLA

Founded 1905
Headquarters 429 Holywood Road
Belfast, BT4 2LN
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Political Ideology Unionism, Centrism, Conservatism
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Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

Leader David Ford MLA

Founded 1970
Headquarters 88 University Street
Belfast, BT7 1HE
Northern Ireland

Political Ideology Liberalism, Non-Sectarianism
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Progressive Unionist Party

Leader Dawn Purvis MLA

Founded 1979
Headquarters 299 Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 1AG
Northern Ireland
United Kingdom

Political Ideology Ulster Loyalism, Unionism, Progressivism

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Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

Leader David Ford MLA

Founded 1970
Headquarters 88 University Street
Belfast, BT7 1HE
Northern Ireland

Political Ideology Liberalism, Non-Sectarianism
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PARTY Councillors Votes
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Ulster Unionist Party -31 23%
Democratic Unionist Party +40 21%
Social Democratic and Labour Party -3 19%
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