Local Council AGMs 2024

04 June 2024 - by Conor Boyle

Councils across Northern Ireland held their AGMs on Monday and elected new Mayors and Chairs, as well as Deputy roles and Committee positions for 2024/25. While the majority of councils have announced their appointments, Ards and North Down Council and Lisburn and Castlereagh City will announce their new mayors later this week.

Roles of Mayors and Chairs of local Councils include:  

  • Chairing Council meetings  

  • Raising awareness of the Council’s priorities  

  • Acting as a host and representing the Council  

  • Supporting and encouraging local organisations  

  • Promoting businesses and the cultural life of their area  

Some key points of interest include: 

  • Derry City and Strabane’s Lilian-Seenoi Barr becomes the first ever black Mayor in Northern Ireland 

  • Micky Murray is the first LGBT Lord Mayor on Belfast City Council

  • Sinn Féin holds the role of Deputy Mayor for the first time on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 

  • At 22, Ciarán McQuillan, becomes the youngest Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council since it was established in 2015 

  • Sinn Féin and Alliance each hold 3 of the Mayor/Chair roles, the DUP and SDLP both with 2 and UUP with 1 


Position and Name  


Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council  



Mayor - Councillor Neil Kelly (Alliance Party) 


Deputy Mayor - Councillor Paul Dunlop (DUP)  

Ards and North Down Borough Council  

Mayor - Councillor Alistair Cathcart (DUP)

Deputy Mayor - Councillor David Chambers (UUP) 


Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council  

Lord Mayor - Councillor Sarah Duffy (Sinn Féin  


Deputy Lord Mayor - Kyle Savage (UUP) 


Belfast City Council  

Lord Mayor - Councillor Micky Murray (Alliance) 


Deputy Lord Mayor - Councillor Andrew McCormick (DUP) 


Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council  

Mayor - Councillor Ciarán McQuillan (Sinn Féin) 


Deputy Mayor - Councillor Tanya Stirling (DUP) 


Derry City and Strabane District Council  

Mayor - Councillor Lilian Seenoi-Barr (SDLP) 


Deputy Mayor - Councillor Darren Guy 



Fermanagh and Omagh District Council  

Chair - Councillor John McClaughry (UUP) 


Vice Chair - Councillor Elaine Brough (Sinn Féin) 


Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council


Councillor Kurtis Dickson (Alliance) 

Councillor Ryan Carlin (Sinn Féin)


Mid and East Antrim Borough Council  

Mayor - Councillor Beth Adger (DUP) 


Deputy Mayor - Councillor Bréanainn Lyness(Sinn Féin)  


Mid Ulster District Council  

Chair - Councillor Eugene McConnell (Sinn Féin) 


Deputy Chair - Councillor Wesley Brown (DUP) 


Newry, Mourne and Down District Council  

Chairperson - Councillor Pete Byrne (SDLP) 


Deputy Chairperson - Councillor David Lee-Surginor (Alliance Party)