Moyle District Council Elections 1993-2011

The Independent candidates accounted for over 30% of the popular vote in Moyle, resulting in four seats. Sinn Fein and the SDLP both saw their share of the vote slide significantly and both lost seats to independent candidates in Ballycastle (where the winning independent had been a sitting SF councillor for another DEA, and his sister was also elected as an SF councillor) and The Glens respectively. The TUV gained representation on the Council winning a seat in Giants Causeway. Also of note, Moyle District Council had an average quota of just 359 votes, the lowest in Northern Ireland.

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Map by Conal Kelly

Electoral Area 2005 Results 2005 Results 2001 Results 1997 Results 1993 Results
Ballycastle 2 Ind, 1 SF, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP 2 SF, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP, 1 Ind 2 SDLP, 1 UUP, 1 DUP, 1 Ind 1 SDLP, 1 DUP, 1 UUP, 2 Ind 1 SDLP, 1 DUP, 1 UUP, 2 Ind
Giants Causeway 2 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 TUV 2 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 Ind 2 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 Ind 2 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 Ind U 2 DUP, 1 UUP, 2 Ind U
The Glens 2 SF, 2 Ind, 1 SDLP 2 SF, 2 SDLP, 1 Ind 2 SDLP, 1 SF, 2 Ind 2 SDLP, 1 SF, 2 Ind Nat 2 SDLP, 1 SF, 2 Ind Nat



Summary

2011 Results 2005 Results 2001 Results 1997 Results 1993 Results
Votes by Party:
SF: 1,381 (21.4%), 3 councillors
SDLP: 1,036 (16.1%), 2 councillors
DUP: 955 (14.8%), 2 councillors
UUP: 909 (14.1%), 3 councillors
TUV: 164 (2.5%), 1 councillor
Ind: 1,998 (31.0%), 4 councillors
Votes by Party:
SF: 2,012 (30.4%), 4 councillors
DUP: 1,448 (21.9%), 2 councillors
SDLP: 1,394 (21.0%), 3 councillors
UUP: 821 (12.4%), 3 councillors
Ind*: 949 (14.3%), 3 councillors
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1000 (13.8%), 3 councillors
DUP: 1520 (21.0%), 3 councillors
SF: 690 (9.5%), 1 councillor
SDLP: 1,681 (23.2%), 4 councillors
Ind*: 2,360 (32.5%), 4 councillors
Votes by Party:
UUP: 848 (14.0%), 3 councillors
DUP: 1,196 (19.7%), 3 councillors
SF: 454 (7.5%), 1 councillor
SDLP: 1,365 (22.5%), 3 councillors
Ind*: 1,728 (28.4%), 4 councillors
Ind U*: 484 (8.0%), 1 councillor
Votes by Party:
UUP: 494 (7.5%), 2 councillors
DUP: 1,211 (18.4%), 3 councillors
SF: 548 (8.3%), 1 councillor
SDLP: 1,695 (25.8%), 3 councillors
Ind*: 1676 (25.5%), 4 councillors
Ind U*: 950 (14.5%), 2 councillors
Electorate: 11,674; votes cast: 6,564; spoilt votes: 121 (1.8%); valid votes: 6,443 (98.2%) Electorate: 11,226; votes cast: 6,805; spoilt votes: 136 (2.0%); valid votes: 6,669 (98.0%) Electorate: 11,272; votes cast: 7,438; spoilt votes: 187 (2.5%); valid votes: 7,251 (97.5%) Electorate: 10,991; votes cast: 6201; spoilt votes: 126 (2.0%); valid votes: 6,075 (98.0%) Electorate: 10,551; votes cast: 6,697; spoilt votes: 123 (1.8%); valid votes: 6,574 (98.2%)

2001 Census: 9,606 "Catholic" (60.29%); 6,101 "Protestant" (38.29%); 20 Other (0.13%); 206 None (1.29%)

* A change of legislation in 2001 meant that candidates could no longer describe themselves as "Independent Nationalists", "Independent Unionists" or "Christian"; the "Independents" in 2001 include candidates who had previously used all of these labels. The pre-2001 distinction between Independents and Independent Nationalists is a bit notional in this case.

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


Ballycastle

Westminster seat: North Antrim
Includes these wards: Bonamargy & Rathlin, Dalriada, Glentasie, Kinbane, Knocklayd


2011 Results

Ind gain from SF.  (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Padraig McShane, (Ind) 535
Cara McShane, (SF) 405
Donal Cunningham, (SDLP) 395
Joan Baird, (UUP) 270

Kevin McAuley, (Ind) 230
Seamus Blaney, (Ind) 207

Christina McFaul, (DUP) 129
Paul Hamilton, (SF) 83
Helen Harding, (Ind) 71
Votes by Party:
Ind: 1,043 (44.9%), 2 seats
SF: 488 (21.0%), 1 seat
SDLP: 395 (17.0%), 1 seat
UUP: 270 (11.6%), 1 seat
DUP: 129 (5.5%)
  Electorate: 4,282; seats: 5; votes cast: 2,363; spoilt votes: 38 (1.6%);
valid votes: 2,325 (98.4%); quota: 488

2005 Results

SF gain from SDLP and DUP.  (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Cara McShane, (SF) 545
Madeline Black, (SDLP) 371
Helen Harding, (UUP) 323
Seamus Blaney, (Ind) 302
Cathal Newcombe, (SF) 293

Michael Molloy, (SDLP) 265
Ian Chestnutt, (DUP) 171
Christine McFaul, (DUP) 125
Votes by Party:
SF: 838 (35.0%), 2 seats
SDLP: 636 (26.6%), 1 seat
UUP: 323 (13.5%), 1 seat
Ind: 302 (12.6%), 1 seat
DUP: 296 (12.4%)
  Electorate: 4,142; seats: 5; votes cast: 2,439; spoilt votes: 44 (1.8%);
valid votes: 2,395 (98.2%); quota: 400
2003 By-Election Results

SDLP gain from DUP

SDLP 819 (46.1%)
Ind (SF) 549 (30.9%)
DUP 362 (20.4%)
Ind 48 (2.7%)

By-election caused by DUP resignation, 4 February 2003

The SDLP candidate, Theo Laverty, won on the second count by 974 to 578. The Sinn Fein candidate, Cathal Newcombe, had failed to comply with the regulations correctly and so was described as "Independent" on the ballot paper. Liam McBride, unsuccessful independent candidate here in 2001, was Newcombe's election agent. Newcombe himself had been the election agent of successful independent candidate Seamus Blaney in 2001. (Thanks to Justin McCamphill for these snippets.)

2001 Results

SDLP gain from Ind.  (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Madeline Black (SDLP) 429
Helen Harding (UUP) 379
Michael Molloy (SDLP) 357
Gardiner Kane (DUP) 345
Charlie Neill (SF) 296
Liam McBride (Ind) 202
Seamus Blaney (Ind) 197
Christopher McCaughan (Ind) 189
Anna Edwards (Ind) 40
Votes by Party:
SDLP: 786 (32.3%), 2 seats
UUP: 379 (15.5%), 1 seat
DUP: 345 (14.2%), 1 seat
SF: 296 (12.2%)
Ind: 628 (25.8%), 1 seat
  Electorate: 4,122; seats: 5; votes cast: 2,522; spoilt votes: 88 (3.5%);
valid votes: 2,434 (96.5%); quota: 406
2001 Census: 4,313 "Catholic" (71.86%); 1,573 "Protestant" (26.21%); 16 Other (0.27%); 100 None (1.67%)

1997 Results

No change.  (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Seamus Blaney, (Ind) 551
Richard Kerr, (SDLP) 483
Gardiner Kane, (DUP) 356
Helen Harding, (UUP) 283
Christopher McCaughan, (Ind) 221
Elizabeth Brennan, (DUP) 14
Votes by Party:
SDLP: 483 (25.3%), 1 seat
DUP: 370 (19.4%), 1 seat
UUP: 283 (14.8%), 1 seat
Ind: 772 (40.5%), 2 seats
  Electorate: 3,770; seats: 5; valid votes: 1,908; quota: 319

1993 Results

No change.  (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Andrew Gardiner Kane, (DUP) 499
Christopher Patrick McCaughan, (Ind) 381
Richard Kerr, (SDLP) 313
Seamus Blaney, (Ind) 296
Helen Alicia Harding, (UUP) 196

Paul Little, (SF) 151
Anna Edwards, (SDLP) 150
Michael O'Cleary, (SDLP) 116
Archibald Denis McAuley, (Bus) 94
Elizabeth McConaghy, (Ind) 11
Votes by Party:
SDLP: 579 (26.2%), 1 seat
DUP: 499 (22.6%), 1 seat
UUP: 196 (8.9%), 1 seat
SF: 151 (6.8%)
Bus: 94 (4.3%)
Ind: 688 (31.2%), 2 seats
  Electorate: 3,621; seats: 5; votes cast: 2,248; spoilt votes: 41 (1.8%);
valid votes: 2,207 (98.2%); quota: 368

2011: **Ind 45%, *SF 21%, *SDLP 17%, *UUP 12%, DUP 5%
2005: **SF 35%, *SDLP 27%, *UUP 13%, *Ind 13%, DUP 12%
2003: *SDLP 46%, (SF) 31%, DUP 20%, Ind 3%
2001: **SDLP 32%, *Inds 26%, *UUP 16%, *DUP 14%, SF 12%
1997: **Inds 40%, *SDLP 25%, *DUP 19%, *UUP 15%
1993: **Inds 31%, *SDLP 26%, *DUP 23%, *UUP 9%, SF 7%, Businessman 4%


Giant's Causeway

Westminster seat: North Antrim
Includes these wards: Ballylough, Bushmills, Carnmoon, Dunseverick, Moss-side & Moyarget


2011 Results

TUV gain from Ind.  (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Sandra Hunter, (UUP) 273
Davey McAllister, (DUP) 247
Robert McIlroy, (DUP) 243
Willie Graham, (UUP) 233

Derwyn Brewster, (Ind) 170
Sharon McKillop, (TUV) 164

George Hartin, (DUP) 151
Jacqui McVicker, (UUP) 133

Votes by Party:
DUP: 641 (39.7%), 2 seats
UUP: 639 (39.6%), 2 seats
Ind: 170 (10.5%)
TUV: 164 (10.2%), 1 seat

  Electorate: 3,060; seats: 5; votes cast: 1,655; spoilt votes: 41 (2.5%);
valid votes: 1,614 (97.5%); quota: 270*

*At 270 votes, Giant's Causeway had the lowest quota in Northern Ireland.

2005 Results

No change. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
David McAllister, (DUP) 481
George Hartin, (DUP) 470
William Graham, (UUP) 326
Price McConaghy, (Ind) 222
Robert McIlroy, (UUP) 172

Thomas Palmer, (Ind) 22

Votes by Party:
DUP 951 (56.2%), 2 seats
UUP: 498 (29.4%), 2 seats
Ind: 245 (14.4%), 1 seat

  Electorate: 3,015; seats: 5; votes cast: 1,743; spoilt votes: 49 (2.8%);
valid votes: 1,694 (97.2%); quota: 283


2001 Results

No change.  (spreadsheet)

First Count:
David McAllister (DUP) 495
William Graham (UUP) 398
Price McConaghy (Ind) 367
George Hartin (DUP) 258
Robert Chestnutt (DUP) 228
Robert McIlroy (UUP) 223
Moira McGouran (SDLP) 76
Thomas Palmer (Ind) 23

Votes by Party:
DUP: 981 (47.5%), 2 seats
UUP: 621 (30.0%), 2 seats
SDLP: 76 (3.7%)
Ind: 389 (18.8%), 1 seat

  Electorate: 3,123; seats: 5; votes cast: 2,114; spoilt votes: 47 (2.2%);
valid votes: 2,067 (97.8%); quota: 345
2001 Census: 197 "Catholic" (4.79%); 3,844 "Protestant" (93.39%); 3 Other (0.07%); 72 None (1.75%)

1997 Results

UUP gain from Ind U.  (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Price McConaghy, (Ind U) 484
David McAllister, (DUP) 278
William Graham, (UUP) 263
George Hartin, (DUP) 237
Robert McIlroy, (UUP) 176
Raymond Rodgers, (UUP) 126
Alan Mulholland, (DUP) 93
Thomas Palmer, (Christian) 22
Votes by Party:
DUP: 608 (36.2%), 2 seats
UUP: 565 (33.7%), 2 seats
Christian: 22 (1.3%)
Ind U: 484 (28.8%), 1 seat
  Electorate: 3,189; seats: 5; valid votes: 1,679; quota: 280

1993 Results

(spreadsheet)
First Count:
Price McConaghy, (Ind U) 465
Robert McIlroy, (Ind U) 321
Thomas Brennan, (DUP) 254
David McAllister, (DUP) 238
Robert Edwin Getty, (UUP) 180

Robert Thompson, (UUP) 118
James Alexander Rodgers, (Ind U) 115
Ronnie McIlvar, (UUP) 49
Thomas Palmer, (Christian) 16
Votes by Party:
DUP: 492 (28.0%), 2 seats
UUP: 347 (19.8%), 1 seat
Christian: 16 (0.9%)
Ind U: 901 (51.3%), 2 seats
  Electorate: 3,143; seats: 5; votes cast: 1,796; spoilt votes: 40 (2.2%);
valid votes: 1,756 (97.8%); quota: 293

2011: **DUP 40%, **UUP 40%, Inds 10%, *TUV 10%
2005: **DUP 56%, **UUP 29%, *Inds 14%
2001: **DUP 47%, **UUP 30%, *Inds 19%, SDLP 4%
1997: **DUP 36%, **UUP 34%, *Ind U 29%, Christian 1%
1993: **Ind U's 51%, **DUP 28%, *UUP 20%, Christian 1%

The Glens

Westminster seat: North Antrim
Includes these wards: Armoy, Glenaan, Glenariff, Glendun, Glenshesk

2011 Results

Ind gain from SDLP. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Colum Thompson, (Ind) 466
Anne McKillop, (SF) 330

Justin McCamphill, (SDLP) 321
Catherine McCambridge, (SDLP) 320
Daniel McDonnell, (Ind) 319
Noreen McAllister, (SF) 297

Kieran Mulholland, (SF) 266
Walter Greer, (DUP) 185
Votes by Party:
SF: 893 (35.7%), 2 seats
Ind: 785 (31.3%), 2 seats
SDLP: 641 (25.6%), 1 seat
DUP: 185 (7.4%)
  Electorate: 4,332; seats: 5; votes cast: 2,546; spoilt votes: 42 (1.6%);
valid votes: 2,504 (98.4%); quota: 418
2007 By-Election

SF hold seat


Count 1 Exclude McCarry
Padraig Pearse McShane SF 881 113 994
Sean McCambridge SDLP 569 154 723
James McCarry Ind 336
-336

Electorate 4070; total poll 1799 (44.2%); spoilt votes 13 (0.7%); valid votes 1786.

SF 49.2% (+2.0%); SDLP 31.9% (+2.5%); Ind 18.8%

2005 Results

SF gain from Ind.  (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Oliver McMullan, (SF) 682
Orla Black, (SDLP) 437
Randal McDonnell, (Ind) 403
Catherine McCambridge, (SDLP) 321
Marie McKeegan, (SF) 315

Maria O'Hara, (SF) 221
Walter Greer, (DUP) 201
Votes by Party:
SF: 1,218 (47.2%), 2 seats
SDLP: 758 (29.4%), 2 seats
Ind: 403 (15.6%), 1 seat
DUP: 201 (7.8%)
  Electorate: 4,069; seats: 5; votes cast: 2,623; spoilt votes: 43 (1.6%);
valid votes: 2,580 (98.4%); quota: 431


2001 Results

No change. (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Oliver McMullan (Ind) 671
Catherine McCambridge (SDLP) 348
Randal McDonnell (Ind) 316
Christine Blaney (SDLP) 281
James McCarry (Ind) 279
Monica Digney (SF) 216
Evelyne Robinson (DUP) 194
Archie McIntosh (SDLP) 190
Anne McAuley (SF) 178
James McAuley (Ind) 77
Votes by Party:
SDLP: 819 (29.8%), 2 seats
SF: 394 (14.4%), 1 seat
DUP: 194 (7.0%)
Ind: 1,343 (48.8%), 2 seats
  Electorate: 4,037; seats: 5; votes cast: 2,802; spoilt votes: 52 (1.9%);
valid votes: 2,750 (98.1%); quota: 459
2001 Census: 5,096 "Catholic" (87.64%); 684 "Protestant" (11.76%); 3 Other (0.05%); 32 None (0.55%)

1997 Results

No change.  (spreadsheet)

First Count:
Oliver McMullan, (Ind Nat) 711
James McCarry, (SF) 454
Malachy McSparran, (SDLP) 404
Archie McIntosh, (SDLP) 316
Randal McDonnell, (Ind Nat) 223
Thomas Brennan, (DUP) 218
Anna Edwards, (SDLP) 162
Votes by Party:
SDLP: 882 (35.5%), 2 seats
SF: 454 (18.2%), 1 seat
DUP: 218 (8.8%)
Ind Nat: 934 (37.5%), 2 seats
  Electorate: 4,032; seats: 5; valid votes: 2,488; quota: 415

1993 Results

(spreadsheet)

First Count:
Oliver McMullan, (Ind) 538
Malachy McSparran, (SDLP) 509
Randal Daniel McDonnell, (Ind Nat) 340
James Kevin McCarry, (SF) 397
Patrick John McBride, (SDLP) 359

Joseph Mitchell, (SDLP) 248
Elizabeth Ellen Brennan, (DUP) 220
Votes by Party:
SDLP: 1,116 (42.7%), 2 seats
SF: 397 (15.2%), 1 seat
DUP: 220 (8.4%)
Ind Nat: 340 (13.1%), 1 seat
Ind: 538 (20.6%), 1 seat
  Electorate: 3,143; seats: 5; votes cast: 1,796; spoilt votes: 40 (2.2%);
valid votes: 1,756 (97.8%); quota: 293

2011: **SF 36%, **Ind 31%, *SDLP 26%, DUP 7%
2007: *SF 49%, SDLP 32%, Ind 19%
2005: **SF 46%, **SDLP 30%, *Ind 16%, DUP 8%
2001: **Inds 49%, **SDLP 30%, *SF 14%, DUP 7%
1997: **Ind Nats 38%, **SDLP 35%, *SF 18%, DUP 9%
1993: **SDLP 43%, **Ind Nats 24%, *SF 15%, DUP 8%


Moyle District Council Election Results Since 1973

historical chart

2011: SF 3, SDLP 2, UUP 3, DUP 2, TUV 1, Ind 4
2005: SF 4, SDLP 3, UUP 3, DUP 2, Ind 3
2001: SDLP 4, DUP 3, UUP 3, SF 1, Ind 4
1997: SDLP 3, DUP 3, UUP 3, SF 1, Ind 2, Ind N 2, Ind U 1
1993: SDLP 3, DUP 3, UUP 2, SF 1, Ind 2, Ind N 2, Ind U 2
1989: SDLP 4, DUP 3, UUP 2, SF 1, Ind 3, Ind U 2
1985: SDLP 4, DUP 3, OUP 2, SF 2, Ind 2, Ind U 2
1981: SDLP 5, UUP 4, DUP 2, Ind 4, Ind U 1
1977: SDLP 3, UUP 3, DUP 1, DUP/UUUC 1, Ind U 2, NP 1, Ind 5
1973: UUP 4, SDLP 2, NP 4, Ind 5, Ind U 1

NB: 15 councillors since 1985. 16 councillors before that.



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