The Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Omagh

Map by Conal Kelly

The Elections

1981 Results 1977 Results 1973 Results
Votes by Party:
SDLP: 5,413 (25.0%), 5 Councillors
IIP:4,809 (22.2%), 5 Councillors
UUP: 4,216 (19.5%), 4 Councillors
DUP: 3,596 (16.6%), 4 Councillors
Alliance: 1,951 (9.0%), 2 Councillors
WPRC: 407 (1.9%)
Ind Rep: 375 (1.7%)
Unionist Unity: 196 (0.9%)
Ind U: 74 (0.3%)
Independent: 604 (2.8%)

Votes by Party:
UUP/UUUC: 6,011 (31.5%), 7 Councillors
SDLP: 5,671 (29.6%), 6 Councillors
Alliance: 3,071 (16.0%), 2 Councillor
UUP: 857 (4.5%), 1 Councillor
Republican Clubs: 801 (4.2%), 1 Councillor
Independent: 2,707 (14.1%), 2 Councillors

Votes by Party:
Unionist: 5,399 (28.7%), 6 Councillors
SDLP: 3,279 (17.4%), 4 Councillors
Non Party CC: 2,853 (15.2%), 3 Councillors
Alliance: 2,298 (12.2%), 3 Councillors
United Unionst: 1,270 (6.8%), 2 Councillors
Nat: 934 (5.0%), 1 Councillor
ULC: 771 (4.1%)
Of Rep: 740 (3.9%), 1 Councillor
UC: 467 (2.5%)
Independent: 301 (1.6%)
Unity: 242 (1.3%)
Ind Nat: 147 (0.8%)
Non Party: 96 (0.5%)
Electorate: 27,977; votes cast: 22,253; spoilt votes: 612 (2.8%); valid votes: 21,641 (97.2%) Electorate: 36,752; votes cast: 19,989; spoilt votes: 841 (4.2%); valid votes: 19,148 (95.8%) Electorate: 26,156; votes cast: 19,144; spoilt votes: 347 (1.8%); valid votes: 18,797 (98.2%)

Omagh A

1981 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
A.C. McFarland (UUP) 846
L. McQuaid (SDLP) 840
C. McElholm (IIP) 771
J. Skelton (SDLP) 538

J. Fahy (IIP) 496
J. Motngomery (UUP) 490
Rev. I. Foster (DUP) 474
V. O'Brien (SDLP) 376
G. Thompson (USUP) 330
C. Anderson Unionist Unity) 196
D. McCormack (Alliance) 87
Votes by Party:
SDLP: 1,754 (32.2%), 2 seats
UUP: 1,336 (24.5%), 1 seat
IIP: 1,267 (23.3%), 1 seat
DUP: 804 (14.8%), 1 seat
Unionist Unity: 196 (3.6%)
Alliance: 87 (1.6%)

Electorate: 6,459; seats: 5; votes cast: 5,610; spoilt votes: 166 (3.0%); valid votes: 5,444 (97.0%); quota: 908

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
L. McQuaid (SDLP) 1,218
M.J. O'Hagan (Ind) 917
A.C. McFarland (UUP/UUUC) 907
C.D.A. Anderson (UUP/UUUC) 740
J. Skelton (SDLP) 513
W.R. Brunt (UUP/UUUC) 436
S. McGale (Alliance) 394
Dr. A. Pollock (Alliance) 104
Votes by Party:
UUP/UUUC: 2,083 (39.8%), 2 seats
SDLP: 1,731 (33.1%), 2 seats
Independent: 917 (17.5%), 1 seat
Alliance: 498 (9.5%)

Electorate: 6,413; seats: 5; votes cast: 5,418; spoilt votes: 189 (3.5%); valid votes: 5,229 (96.5%); quota: 872

1973 Results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
A.C. McFarland (Unionist) 1,456

Liam McQuaid (SDLP) 1,191

Cecil Anderson (UU) 865

P.I. Kelly (Non Party - CC) 592

John Skelton (SDLP) 478
Brendan Harper (Ind) 301
Seamus McGale (Alliance) 234
Eamon Logue (Alliance) 140
Votes by Party:
Unionist Unity: 865 (16.5%), 1 seat
Unionist: 1,456 (27.7%), 1 seat
Alliance: 374 (7.1%)
SDLP: 1,669 (31.7%), 2 seats
Non Party - Community Candidate: 592 (11.2%), 1 seat
Independent: 301 (5.7%)

Electorate: 6,598; seats: 5; votes cast: 5,371; spoilt votes: 114 (2.1%); valid votes: 5,257 (97.9%); quota: 877

Omagh B

1981 Results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
P.J. Donnelly IIP) 623
J. Mullin (Ind) 604
B. Moses (UUP) 597
P. Bogan (Alliance) 570

J. Hutchinson (UUP) 551
J.A. McConnell (DUP) 512
T. Owens (WPRC) 407
E. Donnelly (SDLP) 393
F. McFarland (DUP) 254
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,148 (25.4%), 1 seat
DUP: 766 (17.0%), 1 seat
IIP: 623 (13.8%), 1 seat
Independent: 604 (13.4%)
Alliance: 570 (12.6%), 1 seat
WPRC: 407 (9.0%)
SDLP: 393 (8.7%)

Electorate: 5,332; seats: 4; votes cast: 4,631; spoilt votes: 120 (2.6%); valid votes: 4,511 (97.4%); quota: 903

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
E.R. McDowell (UUP/UUUC) 971

P.J. Donnelly (Ind) 737
J.H. Anderson (UUP/UUUC) 722

K. McNaboe (SDLP) 676
P. Bogan (Alliance) 629

P. Donnelly (Alliance) 223
Votes by Party:
UUP/UUUC: 1,693 (42.8%), 2 seats
Alliance: 852 (21.5%), 1 seat
Independent: 737 (18.6%), 1 seat
SDLP: 676 (17.1%)

Electorate: 5,205; seats: 4; votes cast: 4,182; spoilt votes: 224 (5.4%); valid votes: 3,958 (94.6%); quota: 792

1973 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Edgar McDowell (Unionist) 1079
Patrick J. Donnelly (Non Party - CC) 665
William John Shields (Non Party - CC) 529
Patrick Bogan (Alliance) 489
Fred Giboney (UC) 467
Joseph Anderson (UU) 405
James McGinley (Non Party - CC) 190
John Chambers (Alliance) 174
Votes by Party:
Non Party - Community Candidate: 1,384 (34.6%), 1 seat
Unionist: 1,079 (27.0%), 1 seat
Alliance: 663 (16.7%), 1 seat
United Coalition: 467 (11.6%)
Unionist Unity: 405 (10.1%), 1 seat



Electorate: 5,304; seats: 4; votes cast: 4,087; spoilt votes: 89 (2.3%); valid votes: 3,998 (97.9%); quota: 800

 

Omagh C

1981 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
P. Fahy (IIP) 1,185
O. Gibson (DUP) 1,026
Mrs B.M.P. Grant (SDLP) 818
Dr. A. Lagan (Alliance) 723
J. Ashenhurst (UUP) 654
W. Caldwell (DUP) 251
S. McKenna (SDLP) 513
P. McGowan (SDLP) 496
W. Thompson (UUP) 457

A. Breen (SDLP) 453
R.H. Hinds (Alliance) 336
E. Barnett (UUP) 194
J. Mitchell (DUP) 173
F. Loughran (IIP) 83
M. Kelly (IIP) 79
E. Sayers (Ind U) 74
Votes by Party:
SDLP: 2,280 (30.3%), 2 seats
DUP: 1,450 (19.3%), 1 seat
IIP: 1,347 (17.9%), 1 seat
UUP: 1,305 (17.4%), 2 seats
Alliance: 1,059 (14.1%), 1 seat
Ind U: 74 (1.0%)

Electorate: 10,778; seats: 7; votes cast: 7,681; spoilt votes: 166 (2.2%); valid votes: 7,515 (97.8%); quota: 940

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Dr. A. Lagan (Alliance) 1,012
G.E. McEnhill (SDLP) 930
C. Walker (UUP/UUUC) 881
S. McKenna (SDLP) 702
A. F. Barnett (UUP/UUUC) 539
Mrs B.M.P. Grant (SDLP) 535
H. Mc|Cauley (UUP/UUUC) 452

D. Campbell (SDLP) 394
A. Burton (UUP/UUUC) 393
Ethne McClelland (Alliance) 292
Votes by Party:
SDLP: 2,561 (41.8%), 3 seats
OU UUC: 2,265 (36.9%), 3 seats
Alliance: 1,304 (21.3%), 1 seat

Electorate: 9,908; seats: 7; votes cast: 6,407; spoilt votes: 277 (4.3%); valid votes: 6,130 (95.7%); quota: 767

1973 results (spreadsheet - NB includes small correction to published result)

First Count:
Cecil Walker (Unionist) 901
Steve McKenna (SDLP) 717
Norman Wilson (Unionist) 602
Gerald McEnhill (SDLP) 400
Harold McCauley (Unionist) 354

Sen. Paddy McGill (Nat) 352

R.H. O'Connor MP (Nat) 321
Edward Sayers (ULC) 315
Peter Bradley (SDLP) 256
James Charleton (Unionist) 232
Albert Cooper (Alliance) 228
Victor Leitch (Alliance) 226
Liam Brogan (SDLP) 194
Ernest Marshall (ULC) 192
Ethne McClelland (Alliance) 185
James Cunningham (Alliance) 151
Enda McShane (Alliance) 143
Michael Cunningham (Non Party -CC) 135
Jackie Martin (Nat) 105
Paddy Doherty (Nat) 88
Felix McRory (Nat) 68
Henry J. Graham (SDLP) 43

Votes by Party:

Unionist: 2,089 (33.7%), 3 seats
SDLP: 1,610 (25.9%), 2 seats
Nationalist: 934 (15.0%), 1 seat
Alliance: 933 (15.0%), 1 seat
United Loyalist Coalition: 507 (8.2%)
Non Party - Community Candidate: 135 (2.2%)

Electorate: 8,980; seats: 7; votes cast: 6,281; spoilt votes: 73 (1.2%); valid votes: 6.208 (98.8%); quota: 777

Omagh D

1981 Results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
F. Conway (IIP) 984
B. Martin (SDLP) 643
W. Cooke (DUP) 576

J. Johnston (UUP) 427
F. McElroy (Ind Rep) 375
B. McGrath (IIP) 303
P. Walsh (IIP) 285
J. Hadden (Alliance) 235
P. McCrory (SDLP) 225
J. McSherry (SDLP) 118
Votes by Party:
IIP: 1,572 (37.7%), 2 seats
SDLP: 986 (23.6%), 1 seat
DUP: 576 (13.8%), 1 seat
UUP: 427 (10.2%)
Ind Rep: 375 (9.0%)
Alliance: 235 (5.6%)

Electorate: 5,408; seats: 4; votes cast: 4,331; spoilt votes: 160 (3.7%); valid votes: 4,171 (96.3%); quota: 835

1977 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
J.B. Johnston (UUP) 857

F. McElroy (Rep Cl) 801

B. Martin (SDLP) 473
J. Hadden (Alliance) 417

M.J. McNulty (Ind) 415
B. Grath (Ind) 380
P.J. McCrory (Ind) 258
J. McSherry (SDLP) 230
Votes by Party:
Independent: 1,053 (27.5%)
UUP: 857 (22.4%), 1 seat
Republican Clubs: 801 (20.9%), 1 seat
SDLP: 703 (18.4%), 1 seat
Alliance: 417 (10.9%), 1 seat

Electorate: 5,226; seats: 4; votes cast: 3,982; spoilt votes: 151 (3.8%); valid votes: 3,831 (96.2%); quota: 767

1973 results (spreadsheet)

First Count:
John Johnston (Unionist) 775
Frank McElroy (Of. Rep) 740

Michael McNulty (Non Party - CC) 408
Patrick McCrory (Non Party - CC) 334
John Hadden (Alliance) 328
Ivan Burnside (ULC) 264
John Bradley (Unity) 242
Michael McAleer (Ind Nat) 147
Michael Donaghy (Non Party) 96
Votes by Party:
Unionist: 775 (23.2%), 1 seat
Non Party Community Candidate: 742 (22.3%), 1 seat
Official Republican: 740 (22.2%), 1 seat
Alliance: 328 (9.8%), 1 seat
United Loyalist Coalition: 264 (7.9%)
Unity: 242 (7.3%)
Independent Nationalist: 147 (4.4%)
Non Party: 96 (2.9%)

Electorate: 5,274; seats: 4; votes cast: 3,405; spoilt votes: 71 (2.1%); valid votes: 3,334 (97.9%); quota: 667

 


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