The 1989 Local Government Elections

As Northern Ireland elections go, these were pretty unexciting. They were marked by some consolidation of the centre, as the DUP and more particularly SF saw their support slip; but the only real spark of interest was generated in North Down, where the Conservative Party won six seats and became the largest group on the council.(See spreadsheet archive.)

Results by Party

Party 1989 Results 1989 Percentages 1989 Councillors
UUP 193,064 31.3% 194
SDLP 129,557 21.0% 121
DUP 109,342 17.7% 109
SF 69,032 11.2% 43
Alliance 42,646 6.9% 38
WP 13,078 2.1% 4
Cons 5,204 0.8% 6
PUP 3,839 0.6% 3
ULDP 2,413 0.4% 1
Prot U 1,879 0.3% 1
Prot 1,754 0.3% 1
Lab '87 1,433 0.2% 1
UPUP 1,223 0.2% 2
Ind Cons 752 0.1% 1
Ind DU 585 0.09% -
Ind Loy 351 0.06% -
Green Party 329 0.05% -
Lab 293 0.05% -
CPI 175 0.03% -
NF 68 0.01% -
Ind U* 15,804 2.6% 15
N/Ind N 804 0.1% -
Ind 23,617 3.8% 23

* Ind U includes 14,087 votes cast for candidates described as "Unionist", of whom 14 were elected, and 1,717 votes cast for an "Independent Unionist" who was also elected; the "Protestant" elected in Newry and Mourne has not been included in this category.

Results by Council

Council UUP DUP SDLP SF Alliance Cons WP Others
Antrim 10++ 4- 4 0- 1 0 0 0
Ards 8++ 7- 0 0 4+ 0 0 1 Ind
Armagh 11 2- 8+ 1 0 0 0 0
Ballymena 7+ 12--- 1 0 1+ 0 0 2 Inds
Ballymoney 6 6 3+ 0- 0 0 0 1 Ind
Banbridge 9+ 2- 3 0 0 0 0 1 Ind
14
8---
8++
8+
6--
0
1
4 Ind U's, 1 PUP, 1 Prot U
4---
3
0
0
4+
0
0
2 Ind U's, 1 PUP, 1 Ind
Castlereagh 6-- 9- 0 0 4+ 0 0 1 UPUP, 1 Ind U
Coleraine 10 5- 2 0 2 0 0 1 Ind U, 1 Ind
Cookstown 3 5 5+ 2- 0 0 0 1 Ind U
Craigavon 12+ 4-- 6+ 1- 2++ 0 1- 0
Derry 3-- 4- 15+ 5 0 0 0 2 Ind U, 1 ULDP
Down 8+ 2- 12++ 0-- 1+ 0 0- 0
Dungannon 8 3 5 3- 0 0 1+ 2 Inds
Fermanagh 10++ 2 5+ 4---- 0 0 1+ 1 Ind
Larne 7+ 4-- 0 0 2 0 0 2 Inds
Limavady 7 1- 6++ 1- 0 0 0 0
Lisburn 15++ 5--- 2 2 3 0 0 0
Magherafelt 4+ 3- 4 3- 0 0 0 1 Ind
Moyle 2 3 4 1- 0 0 0 3 Inds, 2 Ind U's
Newry and Mourne 6- 0-- 17+++ 4- 0 0 0 2 Inds, 1 Protestant
Newtownabbey 11+ 6--- 1+ 0 4++ 0 0 2 Ind U's, 1 Lab '87
North Down 5--- 4-- 0 0 4--- 6++++++ 0 2 UPUP, 2 Inds, 1 Ind U
Omagh 5+ 3- 6+ 6 0 0 0 1 Ind
3
3-
3
2-
1+
0
0
2 Inds, 1 Ind U
Total 194 110 121 43 38 6 4 49

Parliamentary Constituencies


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