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Court (District Electoral Area)

District Electoral Area

Map showing Castle wards within Belfast
Population (2008 Estimate)
District Belfast City Council
County County Antrim
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament Belfast North
Belfast West
NI Assembly Belfast North
Belfast West
List of places
Northern Ireland

Court is one of the ten district electoral areas (DEA) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Located in the north and west of the city, the district elects six members to Belfast City Council and contains the wards of Ballygomartin, Clonard, Falls, Forth River, Shankill, and Woodvale. Court is split between the Belfast North and Belfast West constituencies for the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Parliament.


The DEA was created for the 1985 local elections. It initially contained six wards, three of which came from the abolished Area E, with the remainder from Area G. From the 1993 to 2011 local elections, it contained five wards, namely Crumlin, Glencairn, Highfield, Shankill and Woodvale, following the abolition of the Saint Anne's ward. For the 2014 local elections, the Crumlin ward was abolished, the Glencairn ward was replaced by Forth River ward and the Highfield ward was replaced by Ballygomartin ward. These four wards were joined by the Falls and Clonard wards, which had previously been part of the abolished Lower Falls District Electoral Area.


Map Ward Population
(2011 Census)
Catholic Protestant Other No Religion Area Density NI Assembly UK Parliament Ref
1 Crumlin 4,582 11.3% 82.3% 0.6% 5.9% 0.83 km2 5,520/km2 Belfast North Belfast North [1]
2 Glencairn 3,749 17.5% 75.5% 0.9% 6.1% 4.1 km2 914/km2 Belfast West Belfast West [2]
3 Highfield 5,651 9.5% 82.6% 0.9% 7% 2.69 km2 2,101/km2 Belfast West Belfast West [3]
4 Shankill 3,816 7.9% 84.5% 0.7% 6.9% 0.93 km2 4,103/km2 Belfast West Belfast West [4]
5 Woodvale 4,088 6% 87% 0.6% 6.4% 0.57 km2 7,172/km2 Belfast North Belfast North [5]
Court 21,886 10.3% 82.5% 0.7% 6.5% 9.12 km2 2,400/km2 Belfast North (2)
Belfast West (3)
Belfast North (2)
Belfast West (3


Election Councillor
2014 Brian Kingston
Billy Hutchinson
Mary McConville
(Sinn Féin)
Jolene Bunting
Frank McCoubrey
Jim McVeigh
(Sinn Féin)
2011 Hugh Smyth
Naomi Thompson
William Humphrey
Frank McCoubrey
Reduced to 5
seats from 1993 to 2011
2005 Diane Dodds
Elaine McMillen
2001 Eric Smyth
Chris McGimpsey
1997 Fred Cobain
Frank McCoubrey
1993 Joe Coggle
(Independent Unionist)
1989 Herbert Ditty
Elizabeth Seawright
(Independent Unionist)
1985 Ted Ashby
George Seawright
(Independent Unionist)

2011 Elections

See also: Results of elections in 2011; 2005; 2001; 1997; 1993; 1989 and 1985.
Belfast City Council elections, 2011[6]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
DUP William Humphrey 2,643
DUP Brian Kingston 1,371
Independent Frank McCoubrey 754
PUP Hugh Smyth 640
UUP Bobby McConnell 395
DUP Naomi Thompson 237
Independent Raymond McCord 199
Sinn Féin Karol McKee 184
SDLP Conor McNeill 99
Alliance Mark Long 78
Turnout 6,600
No change

See also


  1. ^ "Ward Information for Crumlin (Belfast) ward 95GG19". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ward Information for Glencairn ward 95GG26". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ward Information for Highfield ward 95GG28". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ward Information for Shankill ward 95GG40". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ward Information for Woodvale ward 95GG51". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Elections 2011: Court, Belfast City Council
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