Place:Moyle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland


Alt namesMoyle District Council
Moylesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Coordinates55.167°N 6.25°W
Located inCounty Antrim, Northern Ireland     (1990 - )
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Moyle District Council is a Local Council in County Antrim in the northeast of Northern Ireland. It is set to merge with Ballymoney Borough Council, Coleraine Borough Council and Limavady Borough Council in May 2015 under local government reorganisation to become Causeway Coast and Glens District Council.

It covers a largely rural area of approximately 190 square miles (including 42 miles of coastline) and with a population of just over 17,000 has the smallest population of any principal local council in Ireland and the second-smallest in the United Kingdom, after the Isles of Scilly.

As a consequence, in 1991 the local government boundary commission originally recommended that the council should be merged with the neighbouring Ballymoney council to create a new council called "Dalriada". This was strongly opposed by both councils and also by Ballymena which would have gained the Glens of Antrim and a small part of Ballymoney council in the process. After a public enquiry the plans were shelved and Moyle was preserved.

Council headquarters are in Ballycastle. Other towns in the area include Bushmills (home to the world's oldest licensed distillery which has produced the famous Irish whiskey "Bushmills" since 1608), Ballintoy, Armoy, Cushendall, Cushendun and Waterfoot. The area is very popular with tourists and includes the three best known features of Northern Ireland: the Giant's Causeway (a World Heritage Site), the Glens of Antrim and Rathlin Island, which lies 7 miles off Ballycastle.

The Council is composed of 15 councillors who are elected from three electoral areas (Ballycastle, Giant's Causeway and The Glens) every four years by a system of proportional representation. The council's makeup is currently three independent members, four for Sinn Féin, three for the Ulster Unionist Party, two Social Democratic and Labour Party members, two for the Democratic Unionist Party and one for the Traditional Unionist Voice. The Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are elected on a yearly basis at the Council's Annual General Meeting in June.

Most of the council forms the North Antrim constituency (together with the neighbouring Local Council areas of Ballymena and Ballymoney), for elections to the Westminster Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly. The exception is the Glens of Antrim area, most of which is part of the East Antrim constituency. The council is a majority Catholic enclave in the otherwise Protestant County Antrim.

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