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Cookstown District Council ( ga, Comhairle Cheantar na Coirre Críochaí; Ulster Scots: ''Districk Cooncil o Cookestoun'') was a district council covering an area largely in
County Tyrone County Tyrone (; ) is one of the thirty-two traditional Counties of Ireland, counties of Ireland, one of the six Counties of Northern Ireland, counties of Northern Ireland and one of the nine counties of Ulster. It is no longer used as an admin ...

County Tyrone
and partly in
County Londonderry County Londonderry (Ulster-ScotsUlster Scots, also known as Scotch-Irish, may refer to: * Ulster Scots people The Ulster Scots (Ulster-Scots The Ulster Scots (Ulster Scots dialects, Ulster-Scots: ''Ulstèr-Scotch'', ga, Alban ...

County Londonderry
. It merged with
Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council ( ga, Comhairle Buirge Dhún Geanainn agus Thír Eoghain Theas, Ulster Scots: ''Rathgannon an Sooth Owenslanngh Cooncil'') was a local council in Northern Ireland Northern Ireland ( ga, Tuaisce ...
and
Magherafelt District Council Magherafelt District Council was a district council in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland. It was merged with Cookstown District Council and Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council on 1 April 2015 under local government reorganisation in ...
in May 2015 under local government reorganisation in Northern Ireland to become
Mid-Ulster District Council Mid Ulster District Council ( ga, Comhairle Ceantair Lár Uladh; Ulster Scots dialects, Ulster-Scots: ''Mid Ulstèr Airts Cooncil'') is a local authority that was established on 1 April 2015. It replaced Cookstown District Council, Dungannon and ...
. Council headquarters were in
Cookstown Cookstown ( ga, An Chorr Chríochach, IPA: anˠˈxoːɾˠɾˠˈçɾʲiːxəx is a small town in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is the fourth largest town in the county and had a population of 11,599 in the 2011 census. It, along with M ...
. Small towns in the council area included
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,
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,
Coagh Coagh (, ) is a small village in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, five miles (8 km) east of Cookstown, County Tyrone, Cookstown. Part of the village also extends into County Londonderry. It had a population of 545 people in the United Kingdo ...
and Stewartstown and in the east the area was bounded by
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. It covered an area of and had a population of over 37,000. The council had 16 elected representatives. Local elections were held every four years using the
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system. The chairman and vice-chairman of the council were elected at the annual general meeting each June. The last election was due to take place in May 2009, but on 25 April 2008,
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,
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announced that the scheduled 2009 district council elections were to be postponed until the introduction of the eleven new councils in 2011. The proposed reforms were abandoned in 2010, and the final district council elections took place in 2011 The Cookstown District Council area consisted of 3 electoral areas: Drum Manor, Ballinderry and Cookstown Central. At the last elections in 2011, members were elected from the following political parties: 6
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Sinn Féin
, 4
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(SDLP), 3
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(UUP) and 3
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(DUP). In 2013/14, the council chairman was Councillor Pearse McAleer of Sinn Féin and the vice-chairman was Councillor Robert Kelly of the UUP. Both councillors represented the Ballinderry District Electoral Area. Councillor Wilbert Buchanan of the Democratic Unionist Party was chairman in 2014/15. In elections for the Westminster Parliament it was part of Mid Ulster.


Population

The area covered by the Cookstown District Council had a population of 37,013 residents according to the 2011 Northern Ireland census.


See also

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Local government in Northern Ireland Northern Ireland is divided into 11 districts for local government purposes. In Northern Ireland Northern Ireland ( ga, Tuaisceart Éireann ; sco, label=Ulster-ScotsUlster Scots, also known as Scotch-Irish, may refer to: * Ulster Scot ...


References

{{Authority control Politics of County Tyrone Politics of County Londonderry District councils of Northern Ireland, 1973–2015