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Background to the Council

On Wednesday 1 April 2015, Newry and Mourne District Council and Down District Council merged to form the new Council known as Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.  

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council assumed its full powers and statutory responsibilities on the 1 April 2015.

It is responsible for providing services that citizens previously received from the former Councils, such as Household Waste Collection, Registration, Leisure, Environmental Health, Building Control, Economic Development and Tourism.  However we are also responsible for delivering a range of new services, as well as powers, including Planning and Community Planning. 


As the third largest Council, we make up approximately 11% of the total land area of Northern Ireland, more than 100 miles of coastline, and provide services to 171,533 residents (2011 Census). This represents 9.5% of the total population of Northern Ireland. 28.5% of our population is aged 19 or younger, 58.1% are 20-64 and 13.4% are over 65.

Urban and Rural

In addition to Newry City, our principal urban settlements are Downpatrick, Ballynahinch, Kilkeel, Newcastle, Warrenpoint and Crossmaglen.


Our district enjoys excellent road and rail links with Dublin as well as Belfast and contains a number of ports and harbours, providing direct access by water.

Health and Well-Being

There are two major hospitals in the district, Daisy Hill in Newry City and the Downe in Downpatrick.


Our district has excellent primary, secondary and tertiary educational establishments and can claim some of the best educational attainments in Northern Ireland. Our district is also home to two major education campuses in the South Eastern and the Southern Regional Colleges.


Our tourism potential is enormous with three areas of outstanding natural beauty in Strangford and Lecale, Slieve Gullion, and the Mournes, numerous Blue Flag beaches, an unrivalled link to St Patrick and a number of very important built heritage assets.

Enterprise and Employment

Our district is an attractive location for business.  Newry City is strategically placed on the A1 / M1 Belfast to Dublin corridor and Downpatrick is in close proximity to Belfast.  The district is well served with a strong retail offering and a diverse range of service industries, manufacturing and agri-food businesses.


Listed below are some of the key features of our district:

  • a settlement mix of city, towns, villages and rural areas 
  • outstanding natural and built heritage
  • coastline, beaches, resorts, forests, mountains (Mournes and Slieve Gullion)
  • Tourism Destination status
  • economic corridor and cross border location - proximity to markets
  • access in and out - by road, rail, port and air
  • employment in large industry and through small business, including urban and rural options
  • important contributions from farming, food and fishing sectors
  • public service provision - health, education, housing, amenities
  • retail services
  • educated, skilled and enterprising people
  • overall excellent quality of life for residents
  • community capacity and engagement
  • potential for renewable energy sources.

How To Contact Us

Telephone: 0330 137 4000

Email: council@nmandd.org

Visit: www.newrymournedown.org

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