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Down District Council is a Local Council in County Down in Northern Ireland. The Council is headquartered in Downpatrick. Other towns in the Council area are Ardglass, Ballynahinch, Castlewellan, Clough, Crossgar, Dundrum, Killough, Killyleagh, Newcastle, Saintfield, Seaforde and Strangford. It covers a population of nearly 64,000.

The Down District Council area consists of 4 electoral areas: Ballynahinch, Downpatrick, Newcastle and Rowallane. At the last election in 2005 23 Councillors were elected from the following political parties: 10 Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), 5 Sinn Féin, 4 Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), 3 Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and 1 Green Party. One of the UUP councillors has since defected to the Conservative Party. The current Council Chairman is Councillor Colin McGrath (SDLP) and the Vice Chair is Councillor William Dick (DUP).

In elections for the Westminster Parliament it is split between the Strangford constituency and the South Down constituency.

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