Derry and Strabane District Council

Derry City Council and Strabane District Council have been amalgamated to create the new local authority in the North-West.

The election results here were much the same as in 2011, with one very notable exception: independent candidates won three seats on the west bank of the Foyle (and a fourth inland), effectively from the SDLP in one of its traditional strongholds, thus giving Sinn Fein the top spot. Several parties put in impressive displays of balancing candidates, notably from Sinn Fein in Derg and Sperrin and from the SDLP in Faughan - though the latter screwed up big time in Ballyarnett, where they won only two seats with almost three full quotas of first preferences.

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Map by Conal Kelly

Electoral Area 2014 Results
Waterside 3 DUP, 2 SDLP, 1 SF, 1 UUP
Faughan 2 DUP, 2 SDLP, 1 SF
Derg 3 SF, 1 DUP, 1 UUP
Sperrin 3 SF, 2 DUP, 1 Ind, 1 SDLP
Foyleside 2 SDLP, 2 SF, 1 Ind
Ballyarnett 3 SF, 2 SDLP, 1 Ind
The Moor
3 SF, 1 SDLP, 1 Ind


Summary

2014 results
2011 Notional Results
Votes by Party:
SF 19,384 (36.1%), 16 councillors
SDLP 13,773 (25.6%), 10 councillors
DUP 8,273 (15.4%), 8 councillors
UUP 4,065 (7.6%), 2 councillors
Alliance 843 (1.6%)
UKIP 696 (1.3%)
TUV 521 (1.0%)
PUP 274 (0.5%)
PBP 232 (0.4%)
Inds 5,677 (10.6%), 4 councillors
Votes by Party:
SF: 20,845 (35.5%), 16 councillors
SDLP: 17,410 (29.6%), 13 councillors
DUP: 10,120 (17.2%), 8 councillors
UUP: 4,001 (6.8%), 2 councillors
IRSP: 1,545 (2.6%)
PBP: 1,307 (2.2%)
Alliance: 359 (0.6%)
PUP: 204 (0.3%)
Ind: 2,585 (5.1%), 1 councillor

Electorate 102,469; votes cast 54,879 (53.4%); spoilt votes 1,065 (1.9%); valid votes 53,748
Electorate: 101,267; votes cast: 60,337; spoilt votes: 1,566 (2.6%); valid votes: 58,771 (97.4%)


2011 Census: 106,600 "Catholic" (72.16%); 37,527 "Protestant" (25.40%); 940 Other (0.64%); 2,653 None (1.80%)

The notional results given above are my best guess projection of the 2011 results on the new boundaries - a "backcast" rather than a forecast.

See also results for:
Derry: 1993-2011, 1985-89, and 1973-81
Strabane: 1993-2011, 1985-89, and 1973-81.


Waterside (7 seats)

Westminster seat: Foyle
Includes these wards: Caw, Clondermot, Drumahoe, Ebrington, Kilfennan, Lisnagelvin, and Victoria.

2014

Gerard Diver (SDLP) 1,080
Christopher Jackson (SF) 1,063
Mary Hamilton (UUP) 1,046
Martin Reilly (SDLP) 884
Hilary McClintock (DUP) 811
Drew Thompson (DUP) 607
Bridget Meehan (SF) 656
David Ramsey (DUP) 553
Niree McMorris (DUP) 528
Julia Kee (UUP) 465
Kyle Thompson (UKIP) 287
Nigel Gardiner (PUP) 274
Asta Kereviciene (Alliance) 241
Dave Malcolm (UKIP) 224
Michael Carlin (Independent) 113
DUP 2,499 (28.2%) 3 seats
SDLP 1,964 (22.2%) 2 seats
SF 1,719 (19.4%) 1 seat
UUP 1,511 (17.1%) 1 seat
UKIP 511 (5.8%)
PUP 274 (3.1%)
Alliance 241 (2.7%)
Ind 113 (1.3%)

Electorate 18,549; total poll: 8,998 (48.5%); invalid votes 166 (1.8%); valid votes 8,832; quota 1,105

Thompson (DUP) squeaked into the last seat by 32 votes over Kee (UUP), with a one-vote SDLP surplus undistributed. Ramsey (DUP) started in eighth place on first preferences but overtook Meehan (SF) and his own running mates Thompson and McClintock to finish in fifth place.

On the eleventh count, an SF surplus of 566 votes, representing 579 actual ballot papers with Meehan as first preference and Jackson as second, was distributed between four remaining Unionist candidates; only 15 of those ballots actually expressed a preference between them.

Faha projected DUP 3, SDLP 2, SF 1, UUP 1, which was the actual result.


Faughan (5 seats)

Westminster seat: Foyle / West Tyrone / East Londonderry
Includes these wards: Claudy, Eglinton, Enagh, New Buildings, and Slievekirk.

2014

Gary Middleton (DUP) 1,077
Maurice Devenney (DUP) 936
Paul Fleming (SF) 895
Ronnie McKeegan (UUP) 555
Paul Hughes (Independent) 501
Jim McKeever (SDLP) 493
Gus Hastings (SDLP) 492
Brenda Stevenson (SDLP) 490
Michael McCrossan (SF) 358
David Hawthorne (Alliance) 336
Geoff Cruickshank (UKIP) 185
DUP 2,013 (31.9%) 2 seats
SDLP 1,475 (23.4%) 2 seats
SF 1,253 (19.8%) 1 seat
UUP 555 (8.8%)
Ind 501 (7.9%)
Alliance 336 (5.3%)
UKIP 185 (2.9%)


Electorate 12,933; total poll: 6,404 (49.5%); invalid votes 86 (1.3%); valid votes 6,318; quota 1,054

Hastings (SDLP) finished 236 ahead of McKeegan (UUP). Very impressive balancing by the SDLP, whose three candidates began within three votes of each other, and resulted in Nationalist parties getting three of five seats despite having slightly fewer first preferences than Unionists. (Though the independent candidate, Hughes, transferred to the SDLP much more than the UUP.)

Irish Observer and Faha both projected SDLP 2, DUP 2, SF 1, which was the actual result.


Derg (5 seats)

Westminster seat: West Tyrone
Includes these wards: Castlederg, Finn, Glenderg, Newtownstewart, and Sion Mills.

2014

Derek Hussey (UUP) 1,411
Ruairí McHugh (SF) 1,102
Kieran McGuire (SF) 1,072
Maolíosa McHugh (SF) 1,055
Thomas Kerrigan (DUP) 924
Sharon Smyth (DUP) 693
Robert Oliver (TUV) 521
Jim McIntyre (SDLP) 416
Marie Ash (SDLP) 410
SF 3,229 (42.5%) 3 seats
DUP 1,617 (21.3%) 1 seat
UUP 1411 (18.6%) 1 seat
SDLP 826 (10.9%)
TUV 521 (6.9%)

Electorate 12,526; total poll: 7,715 (61.6%); invalid votes 111 (1.4%); valid votes 7,604; quota 1,268

McHugh (SF) finished 257 votes ahead of Smyth (DUP). The three SF candidates were very well balanced here, within 50 votes of each other at the start and within 25 at the end.

Irish Observer and Faha both projected 3 SF, 1 DUP, 1 UUP, which was the actual result.


Sperrin (7 seats)

Westminster seat: West Tyrone
Includes these wards: Artigarvan, Ballycolman, Dunnamanagh, Glenelly Valley, Park, Strabane North, and Strabane West.

2014

Allan Bresland (DUP) 1,179
Karina Carlin (SF) 1,169
Dan Kelly (SF) 1,015
Paul "Gags" Gallagher (Independent) 978
Diarmuid Ward (SF) 970
Brian McMahon (SF) 966
Rhonda Hamilton (DUP) 965
Patsy Kelly (SDLP) 816
Eugene McMenamin (Independent) 690
William Jamieson (UUP) 588
Patrick Leonard (SDLP) 559
Liam Stewart (SDLP) 185
SF 4,120 (40.9%) 3 seats
DUP 2,144 (21.3%) 2 seats
Inds 1,668 (16.6%) 1 seat
SDLP 1,560 (15.5%) 1 seat
UUP 588 (5.8%)

Electorate 17,214; total poll: 10,263 (59.6%); invalid votes 183 (1.8%); valid votes 10,080; quota 1,261

Kelly (SF) won the last seat by a margin of 88 votes over Ward (also SF). The four SF candidates were very tightly balanced throughout the count.

Faha projected
SF 3, DUP 2, SDLP 2; the SDLP effectively lost a seat to an independent candidate.


Foyleside (5 seats)

Westminster seat: Foyle
Includes these wards: Ballymagroarty, Foyle Springs, Madam's Bank, Northland, and Springtown.

2014

John Boyle (SDLP) 1,132
Darren O'Reilly (Ind) 1,091
Mickey Cooper (SF) 801
Eric McGinley (SF) 791
Rory Farrell (SDLP) 743
Shauna Cusack (SDLP) 740
Barney O'Hagan (SF) 701
Sha Gillespie (PBP) 232
Daniel Comer (Alliance) 137
SDLP 2,615 (41.4%) 2 seats
SF 2,293 (36.0%) 2 seats
Ind 1,091 (17.1%) 1 seat
PBP 232 (3.6%)
Alliance 127 (2.2%)

Electorate 12,724; total poll: 6,539 (51.4%); invalid votes 171 (2.6%); valid votes 6,368; quota 1,062

Cusack (SDLP) finished 124 votes ahead of Farrell (also SDLP), with surpluses of 29 (from O'Reilly) and 73 (SF) undistributed. Cusack had started three votes behind Farrell, but was significantly more transfer-friendly - notably, when their running-mate Boyle's surplus of 80 was distributed, she got almost ten times as many transfers (52.14 to Farrell's 5.4).

Faha projected SDLP 3, SF 2. Again, O'Reilly's win can probably be counted as a gain from the SDLP.

Ballyarnett (6 seats)

Westminster seat: Foyle
Includes these wards: Carn Hill, Culmore, Galliagh, Shantallow, Shantallow East, and Skeoge.

2014 

Sandra Duffy (SF) 1,163
Angela Dobbins (SDLP) 1,155
Tony Hassan (SF) 1,092
Dee Quigley (Ind) 1,037
Elisha McCallion (SF) 985
Brian Tierney (SDLP) 963
Jimmy Carr (SDLP) 605
Colm O'Connor (SDLP) 551
Danny McCloskey (Alliance) 139
SDLP 3,274 (42.6%) 2 seats
SF 3,240 (42.1%) 3 seats
Ind 1,037 (13.5%) 1 seat
Alliance 139 (1.8%)

Electorate 15,987; total poll: 7,864 (49.2%); invalid votes 174 (2.2%); valid votes 7,690; quota 1,099

McCallion (SF) got the last seat 372 votes ahead of Carr (SDLP); Tierney's undistributed surplus of 325 votes, which were transfers from O'Connor on his elimination, would have been mostly SDLP and could have been have closed that gap considerably, but even combined with Quigley's more modest surplus of 6, it was not enough.

Very poor balancing here from the SDLP, who got almost exactly three quotas and more votes than any other party, but still got only two elected.

Quigley's success can probably be counted as another independent gain from the SDLP.

The Moor (5 seats)

Westminster seat: Foyle
Includes these wards: Brandywell, City Walls, Creggan, Creggan South, and Sheriff's Mountain.

2014

Gary Donnelly (Ind) 1,154
Kevin Campbell (SF) 1,104
Patricia Logue (SF) 997
Seán Carr (SDLP) 841
Colly Kelly (SF) 775
Emmet Doyle (SDLP) 676
Liam Friel (SF) 654
Dermott Henderson (SDLP) 542
Patrick Mellon (Ind) 113
SF 3,530 (51.5%) 3 seats
SDLP 2.059 (30.0%) 1 seat
Inds 1,267 (18.5%) 1 seat

Electorate 12,536; total poll: 7,096 (56.6%); invalid votes 240 (3.4%); valid votes 6,856; quota 1,143

Carr (SDLP) took the last seat by a margin of 119 ahead of Doyle (also SDLP), with undistributed surpluses of 124 (SF) and 11 (Ind).

Irish Observer and Faha both projected SF 3, SDLP 2, so again the independent gain should probably be counted as a loss for the SDLP.


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