Magherafelt District Council Elections 1993-2011

Sinn Fein picked up an additional seat from the DUP in Magherafelt Town DEA, giving them overall control of the Council. This is the first time the party has achieved overall control of a local governamnet council since the establishment of Northern Ireland. Also of note was the significant drop in the DUP vote of seven percent, largely to the benefit of the TUV and the a lesser extent the UUP.

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Map by Conal Kelly


Electoral Area 2005 Results 2005 Results 2001 Results 1997 Results 1993 Results
Moyola 3 SF, 1 DUP, 1 UUP 3 SF, 1 DUP, 1 UUP 2 SF, 1 DUP, 1 UUP, 1 SDLP 2 SF, 1 DUP, 1 UUP, 1 SDLP 2 DUP, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP, 1 SF
Sperrin 3 SF, 1 SDLP, 1 DUP 3 SF, 1 SDLP, 1 DUP 3 SF, 1 SDLP, 1 Ind 2 SF, 2 SDLP, 1 UUP 2 SDLP, 2 SF, 1 UUP
Magherafelt Town 3 SF, 1 DUP, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP 2 DUP, 2 SF, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP 2 SF, 2 DUP, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP 2 DUP, 2 SDLP, 1 SF, 1 UUP 2 DUP, 2 SDLP, 1 UUP, 1 SF

Summary

2011 Results 2005 Results 2001 Results 1997 Results 1993 Results
Votes by Party:
SF: 9,732 (48.4%), 9 councillors
DUP: 3,268 (16.3%), 3 councillors
SDLP: 3,196 (15.9%), 2 councillors
UUP: 1,972 (9.8%), 2 councillors
TUV: 1,071 (5.3%)
Ind: 850 (4.2%)
Votes by Party:
SF: 9,836 (46.7%), 8 councillors
DUP: 4,883 (23.2%), 4 councillors
SDLP: 3,895 (18.5%), 2 councillors
UUP: 1,308 (6.2%), 2 councillors
WP: 102 (0.5%)
Ind: 1,035 (4.9%)
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,340 (10.4%), 2 councillors
DUP: 4,628 (20.6%), 3 councillors
SF: 9,926 (44.2%), 7 councillors
SDLP: 4,469 (19.9%), 3 councillors
WP: 104 (0.5%)
Ind: 986 (4.4%), 1 councillor
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,870 (14.3%), 3 councillors
DUP: 4,810 (24%), 2 councillors
SF: 7,309 (36.5%), 5 councillors
SDLP: 4,528 (22.6%), 5 councillors
U: 250 (1.2%)
Lab: 73 (0.4%), 1 councillor
WP: 193 (1.0%)
GP: 12 (0.1%)
Votes by Party:
UUP: 3,781 (20.3%), 3 councillors
DUP: 3,989 (21.4%), 4 councillors
SF: 4,392 (23.5%), 4 councillors
SDLP: 6,137 (32.9%), 5 councillors
WP: 363 (1.9%)
Electorate: 30,524; votes cast: 20,434; spoilt votes: 345 (1.7%); valid votes: 20,089 (98.3%) Electorate: not available; votes cast: not available; spoilt votes: not available (?%); valid votes: 21,059 (?%) Electorate: 28,033; votes cast: 22,882; spoilt votes: 429 (1.9%); valid votes: 22,453 (98.1%) Electorate: 26,820; votes cast: 20,371; spoilt votes: 326 (1.6%); valid votes: 20,045 (98.4%) Electorate: 25,512; votes cast: 19,106; spoilt votes: 444 (2.3%); valid votes: 18,662 (97.7%)

2001 Census: 25,509 "Catholic" (64.13%); 13,858 "Protestant" (34.84%); 79 Other (0.20%); 334 None (0.84%)

See also results from 1985-89 and 1973-81.

A change in legislation in 2001 made it impossible to run as an "Independent Unionist", so a number of "Independent" candidates in 2001 would have preferred to be described as "Independent Unionists".

Moyola

Westminster seat: Mid Ulster
Includes these wards: Bellaghy, Castledawson, Gulladuff, Upperlands, Valley


2011 Results

No change. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Ian Milne, (SF) 1496
Thomas Catherwood, (DUP) 1053
Sean Mcpeake, (SF) 925
Jackie Crawford, (UUP) 688
Caoimhe Scullion, (SF) 538

Ann-Marie Mcerlean, (SDLP) 527
Alan Millar, (TUV) 494
Oliver Hughes, (Ind) 440
Votes by Party:
SF: 2,959 (48.0%), 3 seats
DUP: 1,053 (17.1%), 1 seat
UUP: 688 (11.2%), 1 seat
SDLP: 527 (8.6%)
TUV: 494 (8.0%)
Ind: 440 (7.1%)

Electorate: 9,281; seats: 5; votes cast: 6,268; spoilt votes: 107 (1.7%);
valid votes: 6,161 (98.3%); quota: 1,027


2005 Results

SF gain from SDLP. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Thomas Catherwood, (DUP) 1557
James O'Neill, (SF) 1202
Oliver Hughes, (SF) 1139
Ian Milne, (SF) 831

Elizabeth Foster, (SDLP) 760
John Crawford, (UUP) 617
John Junkin, (Ind) 426
Votes by Party:
SF: 3,172 (48.6%), 3 seats
DUP: 1,557 (23.8%), 1 seat
SDLP: 760 (11.6%)
UUP: 617 (9.4%), 1 seat
Ind: 426 (6.5%)

Electorate: not available; seats: 5; votes cast: not available; spoilt votes: not available (?%);
valid votes: 6,532 (?%); quota: 1,089


2001 Results

No change. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Oliver Hughes, (SF) 1,578
James O'Neill, (SF) 1,375
John Junkin, (UUP) 1,237
Thomas Catherwood, (DUP) 1,023
Patrick McErlean, (SDLP) 713
Elizabeth Forde, (DUP) 430
Elizabeth Theresa Foster, (SDLP) 383
Naaman Hutchinson, (Ind) 210
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,237 (17.8%), 1 seat
DUP: 1,453 (20.9%), 1 seat
SF: 2,953 (42.5%), 2 seats
SDLP: 1,096 (15.8%), 1 seat
Ind: 210 (3.0%)

Electorate: 8,583; seats: 5; votes cast: 7,104; spoilt votes: 155 (2.1%);
valid votes: 6,949 (97.9%); quota: 1,159
2001 Census: 7,161 "Catholic" (58.17%); 5,040 "Protestant" (40.94%); 18 Other (0.15%); 91 None (0.74%)

1997 Results

SF gain from DUP.. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Margaret McKenna, (SF) 1,180
Paul Henry, (SF) 949
John Junkin, (UUP) 882
Thomas Catherwood, (DUP) 829
Patsy McErlean, (SDLP) 727
James Wilson, (DUP) 541
Francis Kearney, (SDLP) 468
Norman Montgomery, (UUP) 362
James Mulholland, (Ind U) 250
Pat Scullion, (WP) 53
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,244 (19.9%), 1 seat
DUP: 1,370 (22.0%), 1 seat
SF: 2,129 (34.1%), 2 seats
SDLP: 1,195 (19.2%), 1 seat
WP: 53 (0.8%)
Ind U: 250 (4.0%)

Electorate: 8,175; seats: 5; valid votes: 6,241; quota: 1,041

1993 Results

(spreadsheet)
First Count:
Patrick Hugh McErlean, (SDLP) 1,276
Margaret Mary McKenna, (SF) 782
John Junkin, (UUP) 831
Thomas James Catherwood, (DUP) 671
Thomas James Wilson, (DUP) 672

Norman Montgomery, (UUP) 655
Paul Joseph Henry, (SF) 454
Francis Jerome Madden, (SDLP) 262
Patrick Oliver Scullion, (WP) 142
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,486 (25.9%), 1 seat
DUP: 1,343 (23.4%), 2 seats
SF: 1,236 (21.5%), 1 seat
SDLP: 1,538 (26.8%), 1 seat
WP: 142 (2.4%)

Electorate: 9,376; seats: 5; votes cast: 6,882; spoilt votes: 131 (2.0%);
valid votes: 6,751 (98.0%); quota: 965

2011: ***SF 48%, *DUP 17%, *UUP 11%, SDLP 9%, TUV 8%, Ind 7%
2005: ***SF 49%, *DUP 24%, SDLP 12%, *UUP 9%, Ind 6%
2001: **SF 42%, *DUP 21%, *UUP 18%, *SDLP 16%, Ind 3%
1997: **SF 31%, *SDLP 26%, *DUP 22%, *UUP 19%, Ind U 5%, WP 1%
1993: *SDLP 27%, *UUP 26%, **DUP 23%, *SF 22%, WP 2%


Sperrin

Westminster seat: Mid Ulster
Includes these wards: Draperstown, Lower Glenshane, Maghera, Swatragh, Tobermore


2011 Results

No change. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Brian McGuigan, (SF) 1313
Kate McEldowney, (SF) 1011
Sean Kerr, (SF) 943
Kate Lagan, (SDLP) 895
Anne Forde, (DUP) 691

Gabhan McFalone, (SF) 677
Alistair Stewart, (UUP) 590
Austin Kelly, (SDLP) 567
Patrick Groogan, (Ind) 410
Votes by Party:
SF: 3,944 (55.6%), 3 seats
SDLP: 1,462 (20.6%), 1 seat
DUP: 691 (9.7%), 1 seat
UUP: 590 (8.3%)
Ind: 410 (5.8%)

Electorate: 10,089; seats: 5; votes cast: 7,198; spoilt votes: 101 (1.4%);
valid votes: 7,097 (98.6%); quota: 1,183


2005 Results

DUP gain from Ind. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Patrick Groogan, (SF) 1396
Kathleen McEldowney, (SF) 1135
John Kerr, (SF) 1117
Kathleen Lagan, (SDLP) 999
Elizabeth Forde, (DUP) 790

Hugh Kelly, (SDLP) 675
Robert Montgomery, (Ind) 609
Hugh Mullan, (SF) 491
Francis Donnelly, (WP) 102
Votes by Party:
SF: 4,139 (56.6%), 3 seats
SDLP: 1,674 (22.9%), 1 seat
DUP: 790 (10.8%), 1 seat
WP: 102 (1.4%)
Ind: 609 (8.3%)

Electorate: not available; seats: 5; votes cast: not available; spoilt votes: not available (?%);
valid votes: 7,314 (?%); quota: 1,220


2001 Results

SF & Ind gain from SDLP & UUP. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Patsy Groogan, (SF) 1,651

Hugh Mullan, (SF) 1,331
John Kerr, (SF) 1,206
Kathleen Lagan, (SDLP) 1,136
Bertie Montgomery, (Ind) 776
Rodney Mitchell, (DUP) 723
Francis James McKendry, (SDLP) 551
Francis Donnelly, (WP) 104
Votes by Party:
DUP: 723 (9.6%)
SF: 4,188 (56.0%), 3 seats
SDLP: 1,687 (22.6%), 1 seat
WP: 104 (1.4%)
Ind: 776 (10.4%), 1 seat

Electorate: 8,941; seats: 5; votes cast: 7,625; spoilt votes: 147 (1.9%);
valid votes: 7,478 (98.1%); quota: 1,247
2001 Census: 9,864 "Catholic" (79.61%); 2,473 "Protestant" (19.96%); 8 Other (0.06%); 46 None (0.37%)

1997 Results

No change. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Patsy Groogan, (SF) 1,801
John Kelly, (SF) 1,602
Kathleen Lagan, (SDLP) 1,170
Bertie Montgomery, (UUP) 810
Rodney Mitchell, (DUP) 658
Francis McKendry, (SDLP) 515
Francis Donnelly, (WP) 103
Jude Stephens, (GP) 12
Votes by Party:
UUP: 810 (12.1%), 1 seat
DUP: 658 (9.9%)
SF: 3,403 (51.0%), 2 seats
SDLP: 1,685 (25.3%), 2 seats
WP: 103 (1.5%)
GP: 12 (0.2%)

Electorate: 8,584; seats: 5; valid votes: 6,671; quota: 1112

1993 Results

(spreadsheet)
First Count:
Patrick Eamonn Groogan, (SF) 1,244
Robert Alexander Montgomery, (UUP) 1,064
Kathleen Ann Lagan, (SDLP) 935
Ghislaine Josephine Marie O'Keeney, (SDLP) 868
John Gerard Walsh, (SF) 798

Frank McKendry, (SDLP) 652
Samuel Wesley Steward Brown, (DUP) 384
Francis Donnelly, (WP) 221
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,064 (17.3%), 1 seat
DUP: 384 (6.2%)
SF: 2,024 (33.1%), 2 seats
SDLP: 2,455 (39.8%), 2 seats
WP: 221 (3.6%)

Electorate: 8,201; seats: 5; votes cast: 6,300; spoilt votes: 134 (2.1%);
valid votes: 6,166 (97.9%); quota: 1,028

2011: ***SF 56%, *SDLP 21%, *DUP 10%, UUP 8%, Ind 6%
2005: ***SF 57%, *SDLP 23%, *DUP 11%, WP 1%, Ind 8%
2001: ***SF 56%, *SDLP 23%, *Ind 10%, DUP 10%, WP 1%
1997: **SF 51%, **SDLP 25%, *UUP 12%, DUP 10%, WP 2%, Green 0.2%
1993: **SDLP 40%, **SF 33%, *UUP 17%, DUP 6%, WP 4%


Magherafelt Town

Westminster seat: Mid Ulster
Includes these wards: Ballymaguigan, Glebe, Knockcloghrim, Lecumpher, Town Parks East, Town Parks West


2011 Results

SF gain from DUP. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Peter Bateson, (SF) 1616
Paul McLean, (DUP) 1074
Jim Campbell, (SDLP) 849
Deborah Ni Shiadhail, (SF) 804
George Shiels, (UUP) 694

Alan Dickson, (TUV) 577
Wesley Brown, (DUP) 450
Catherine Elattar, (SF) 409

Denise Johnston, (SDLP) 358
Votes by Party:
SF: 2,829 (41.4%), 3 seats
DUP: 1,524 (22.3%), 1 seat
SDLP: 1,207 (17.7%), 1 seat
UUP: 694 (10.2%), 1 seat
TUV: 577 (8.4%)

Electorate: 11,145; seats: 6; votes cast: 6,968; spoilt votes: 137 (2.0%);
valid votes: 6,831 (98.0%); quota: 976


2005 Results

No change. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Robert McCrea, (DUP) 2286
Peter Bateson, (SF) 1270
Jim Campbell, (SDLP) 937
Sean McPeake, (SF) 846
George Shiels, (UUP) 691

Brendan Scott, (SDLP) 524
Seamus O'Brien, (SF) 409
Paul McLean, (DUP) 250
Votes by Party:
DUP: 2,536 (35.2%), 2 seats
SF: 2,525 (35.0%), 2 seats
SDLP: 1,461 (20.3%), 1 seat
UUP: 691 (9.6%), 1 seat

Electorate: not available; seats: 6; votes cast: not available; spoilt votes: not available (?%);
valid votes: 7,213 (?%); quota: 1,031


2001 Results

SF gain from SDLP. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
William McCrea, (DUP) 2,255
John Kelly, (SF) 1,700

George Shiels, (UUP) 1,103

Seamus O'Brien, (SF) 1,085

Joseph McBride, (SDLP) 990

Frances Symington, (SDLP) 696
Paul McLean, (DUP) 197
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,103 (13.7%), 1 seat
DUP: 2,452 (30.6%), 2 seats
SF: 2,785 (34.7%), 2 seats
SDLP: 1,686 (21.0%), 1 seat

Electorate: 10,509; seats: 6; votes cast: 8,153; spoilt votes: 127 (1.5%);
valid votes: 8,026 (98.5%); quota: 1,147
2001 Census: 8,484 "Catholic" (56.26%); 6,345 "Protestant" (42.08%); 52 Other (0.34%); 198 None (1.31%)

1997 Results

No change. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
William McCrea, (DUP) 2,675
Seamus O'Brien, (SF) 1,777
Pat Kilpatrick, (SDLP) 1,149
George Shiels, (UUP) 816
Joe McBride, (SDLP) 499
Paul McLean, (DUP) 107
Harry Hutchinson, (Lab) 73
Marian Donnelly, (WP) 37
Votes by Party:
UUP: 816 (11.4%), 1 seat
DUP: 2,782 (39.0%), 2 seats
SF: 1,777 (24.9%), 1 seat
SDLP: 1,648 (23.2%), 2 seats
WP: 37 (0.5%)
Lab: 73 (1.0%)

Electorate: 10,104; seats: 6; valid votes: 7,133; quota: 1,109

1993 Results


(spreadsheet)
First Count:
Rev. Robert Thomas William McCrea, (DUP) 2,142
Patrick Aloysius Kilpatrick, (SDLP) 1,425
John Joseph Hurl, (SF) 1,114
Ernest Alexander Caldwell, (UUP) 931
Joseph Alexander McBride, (SDLP) 719

George Crawford Shiels, (UUP) 300
Paul McLean, (DUP) 88
Daniel Desmond McAllister, (DUP) 32
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,231 (18.2%), 1 seat
DUP: 2,262 (33.5%), 2 seats
SF: 1,114 (16.5%), 1 seat
SDLP: 2,144 (31.8%), 2 seats

Electorate: 9,376; seats: 6; votes cast: 6,882; spoilt votes: 131 (1.9%);
valid votes: 6,751 (98.1%); quota: 965

2011: ***SF 41%, *DUP 22%, *SDLP 18%, *UUP 10%, TUV 8%
2005: **DUP 35%, **SF 35%, *SDLP 20%, *UUP 10%
2001: **SF 35%, **DUP 31%, *SDLP 21%, *UUP 14%
1997: **DUP 39%, *SF 25%, **SDLP 23%, *UUP 11%, Lab 1%, WP 1%
1993: **DUP 34%, **SDLP 32%, *UUP 18%, *SF 17%


Magherafelt District Council Election Results Since 1973

historical chart

2011: SF 9, DUP 3, SDLP 2, UUP 2
2005: SF 8, DUP 4, SDLP 2, UUP 2
2001: SF 7, DUP 3, SDLP 3, UUP 2, Ind 1
1997: SF 5, SDLP 5, UUP 3, DUP 2, Lab 1
1993: SDLP 5, SF 4, DUP 4, UUP 3
1989: SDLP 4, UUP 4, DUP 3, SF 3, Ind 1
1985: SDLP 4, SF 4, DUP 4, UUP 3
1981: SDLP 5, DUP 4, UUP 2, IIP 1, UUUP 1, Ind 2
1977: SDLP 5, DUP/UUUC 3, UUP/UUUC 3, Rep Clubs 1, UUUP/UUUC 1, UUP 1, Ind 1
1973: SDLP 6, UUP 5, U Loy 1, Rep Clubs 1, VUP 1, Ind 1

NB: 16 councillors since 1993 election; 15 councillors before that.


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