Limavady Borough Council Elections 1993-2005

2005 saw Sinn Fein overtaking its nationalist rival for the first time in Limavady, taking a total of six seats and becoming the largest party on the council. The DUP picked up an additional seat at the expense of the UUP and saw a marked increase in their overall vote.

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Map by Conal Kelly


Electoral Area 2005 Results 2001 Results 1997 Results 1993 Results
Bellarena 2 SF, 1 DUP, 1 SDLP, 1 UUP 2 SDLP, 1 UUP, 1 DUP, 1 SF 3 SDLP, 2 UUP 3 SDLP, 2 UUP
Benbradagh 3 SF, 1 UUC, 1 SDLP 3 SF, 1 UUAP, 1 SDLP 2 UUP, 2 SDLP, 1 SF 2 UUP, 2 SDLP, 1 SF
Limavady Town 2 DUP, 1 UUP, 1 SDLP, 1 SF 2 UUP, 1 DUP, 1 SDLP, 1 Ind 2 UUP, 2 SDLP, 1 DUP 2 UUP, 2 SDLP, 1 DUP


Summary

2005 Results 2001 Results 1997 Results 1993 Results
Votes by Party:
SF: 4,130 (31.3%), 6 councillors
DUP: 3,153 (23.9%), 3 councillors
SDLP: 3,054 (23.2%), 3 councillors
UUP: 1,512 (11.5%), 2 councillors
UUC: 1,328 (10.1%), 1 councillor
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,344 (15.4%), 3 councillors
DUP: 2, 716 (17.8%), 2 councillors
SF: 3,784 (24.9%), 4 councillors
SDLP: 4,379 (28.8%), 4 councillors
UUAP: 1,351(8.9%), 1 councillor
Ind: 642 (4.2%), 1 councillor
Votes by Party:
UUP: 5,036 (38.5%), 6 councillors
UDUP: 1,447 (11.1%), 1 councillor
SF: 1,244 (9.5%), 1 councillor
SDLP: 5,279 (40.3%), 7 councillors
WC: 88 (0.6%)
Votes by Party:
UUP: 5,003 (39.9%), 6 councillors
DUP: 1,358 (10.8%), 1 councillor
SF: 1,129 (9.0%), 1 councillor
SDLP: 5,054 (40.3%), 7 councillors
Electorate: 21,328; votes cast: 13,409; spoilt votes: 232 (1.7%); valid votes: 13,177 (98.3%) Electorate: 21,283; votes cast: 15,455; spoilt votes: 239 (1.5%); valid votes: 15,216 (98.5%) Electorate: 20,428; votes cast: 13,287; spoilt votes: 193 (1.5%) ; valid votes: 13,094 (98.5%) Electorate: 19,335; votes cast: 12,782; spoilt votes: 238 (1.9%) ; valid votes: 12,544 (98.1%)
2001 Census: 18,345 "Catholic" (56.58%); 13,477 "Protestant" (41.57%); 45 Other (0.14%); 555 None (1.71%)

* 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".

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


Bellarena

Westminster seat: East Londonderry
Includes these wards: Aghanloo, Ballykelly, Glack, Gresteel, Magilligan


2005 Results

SF gain from SDLP

First Count:
Joseph Cubitt, (DUP) 1189
Edwin Stevenson, (UUP) 759
Gerard Butcher, (SF) 667
Michael Carten, (SDLP) 630
John McElhinney, (SF) 603

John McKinney, (SDLP) 501
Deborah Crewe, (SDLP) 359
Arnold Shannon, (DUP) 320
Votes by Party:
DUP: 1,509 (30.0%), 1 seat
SDLP: 1,490 (29.6%), 1 seat
SF: 1,270 (25.3%), 2 seats
UUP: 759 (15.1%), 1 seat
Electorate: 8,050; seats: 5; votes cast: 5,105; spoilt votes: 77 (1.5%);
valid votes: 5,028 (98.5%); quota: 839


2001 Results

DUP & SF gain from UUP & SDLP

First Count:
Joseph Cubitt (DUP) 1,027
Michael Carten (SDLP) 845
Martin McGuigan (SF) 833
Gerard Mullan (SDLP) 721
Edwin Stevenson (UUP) 707
John McKinney (SDLP) 685
William Smyth (UUP) 641
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,348 (24.7%), 1 seat
DUP: 1,027 (18.8%), 1 seat
SF: 833 (15.3%), 1 seat
SDLP: 2,251 (41.2%), 2 seats
Electorate: 7,656; seats: 5; votes cast: 5,527; spoilt votes: 68 (1.2%);
valid votes: 5,459 (98.8%); quota: 910
2001 Census: 6,865 "Catholic" (53.32%); 5,627 "Protestant" (43.70%); 33 Other (0.26%); 350 None (2.72%)

1997 Results

No change

First Count:
Stanley Gault, (UUP) 839
Michael Carten, (SDLP) 814
Arthur Doherty, (SDLP) 798
Ian Grant, (UUP) 765
John McKinney, (SDLP) 714
Robert Glass, (DUP) 453
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,604 (36.6%), 2 seats
DUP: 453 (10.3%)
SDLP: 2,326 (53.1%), 3 seats
Electorate: 6,868; seats: 5; valid votes: 4,383; quota: 731

1993 Results

First Count:
Stanley Gault, (UUP) 880
Arthur Doherty, (SDLP) 856
Thomas Mullan, (SDLP) 689
Robert Ian Andrew Grant, (UUP) 634
John Patrick McKinney, (SDLP) 661

Ernest Murray, (DUP) 388
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,514 (36.8%), 2 seats
DUP: 388 (9.4%)
SDLP: 2,206 (53.7%), 3 seats
Electorate: 6,221; seats: 5; votes cast: 4,183; spoilt votes: 75 (1.8%);
valid votes: 4,108 (98.2%); quota: 685

2005: *DUP 30%, *SDLP 30%, **SF 25%, *UUP 15%
2001: **SDLP 41%, *UUP 25%, *DUP 19%, *SF 15%
1997: ***SDLP 55%, **UUP 37%, DUP 10%
1993: ***SDLP 54%, **UUP 37%, DUP 9%


Benbradagh

Westminster seat: East Londonderry
Includes these wards: Dungiven, Feeny, Forest, The Highlands, Upper Glenshane


2005 Results

No change

First Count:
Albert Douglas, (UUC) 922
Cathal Hassan, (SF) 666
Michael Coyle, (SDLP) 635
Brenda Chivers, (SF) 611
Marion Donaghy, (SF) 484

Martin McGuigan, (SF) 442
Samuel Oliver, (UUC) 406
Evelyn Donaghy, (SDLP) 256
Votes by Party:
SF: 2,203 (49.8%), 3 seats
UUC: 1,328 (30.0%), 1 seat
SDLP: 891 (20.1%), 1 seat
Electorate: 6,956; seats: 5; votes cast: 4,519; spoilt votes: 97 (2.1%);
valid votes: 4,422 (97.9%); quota: 738


2001 Results

SF gain from SDLP. UUP becomes UUAP.

First Count:
Anne Brolly (SF) 1,056
Francis Brolly (SF) 917
Boyd Douglas (UUAP) 748
Michael Coyle (SDLP) 559
Marion Donaghy (SF) 559
Gerard Lynch (SDLP) 497
Mark Gibson (UUAP) 442
John Murray (DUP) 259
Votes by Party:
DUP: 259 (5.1%)
SF: 2,532 (50.3%), 3 seats
SDLP: 1,056 (21.0%), 1 seat
UUAP: 1,190 (23.6%), 1 seat
Electorate: 6,750; seats: 5; votes cast: 5,149; spoilt votes: 112 (2.2%);
valid votes: 5,037 (97.8%); quota: 840
2001 Census: 7,538 "Catholic" (74.03%); 2,579 "Protestant" (25.33%); 6 Other (0.06%); 59 None (0.58%)

1997 Results

No change

First Count:
Boyd Douglas, (UUP) 1,072
Michael Coyle, (SDLP) 1,013
Malachy O'Kane, (SF) 876
Gerard Lynch, (SDLP) 442
Max Gault, (UUP) 409
Eddie Joe Lynn, (SF) 368
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,481 (35.4%), 2 seats
SF: 1,244 (29.8%), 1 seat
SDLP: 1,455 (34.8%), 2 seats
Electorate: 6,447; seats: 5; valid votes: 4,180; quota: 697

1993 Results

First Count:
David Robinson, (UUP) 1,042
Michael Coyle, (SDLP) 999
Thomas J. Donaghy, (SF) 802
Max Gault, (UUP) 415
Kevin M. Kelly, (SF) 327
John Gerard Lynch, (SDLP) 294

Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,457 (37.5%), 2 seats
SDLP: 1,293 (33.3%), 2 seats
SF: 1,129 (29.1%), 1 seat
Electorate: 6,155; seats: 5; votes cast: 3,976; spoilt votes: 97 (2.4%);
valid votes: 3,879 (97.6%); quota: 647

2005: ***SF 50%, *UUC 30%, *SDLP 20%
2001: ***SF 50%, *UUAP 24%, *SDLP 21%, DUP 5%
1997: **UUP 35%, **SDLP 35%, *SF 30%
1993: **UUP 38%, ** SDLP 33%, *SF 29%


Limavady Town

Westminster seat: East Londonderry
Includes these wards: Coolessan, Enagh, Greystone, Rathbrady, Roeside


2005 Results

DUP & SF gain from UUP & Ind

First Count:
George Robinson, (DUP) 876
Alan Robinson, (DUP) 768
Anne Brolly, (SF) 657
John Rankin, (UUP) 472
Gerard Mullan, (SDLP) 414

John Dolan, (UUP) 281
Gareth Peoples, (SDLP) 259
Votes by Party:
DUP: 1,644 (44.1%), 2 seats
UUP: 753 (20.2%), 1 seat
SDLP: 673 (18.1%), 1 seat
SF: 657 (17.6%), 1 seat
Electorate: 6,322; seats: 5; votes cast: 3,785; spoilt votes: 58 (1.5%);
valid votes: 3,727 (98.5%); quota: 622


2001 Results

Independent gain from SDLP

First Count:
George Robinson (DUP) 1,430
Brian Brown (Ind) 642
Desmond Lowry (SDLP) 542
John Kerr (SDLP) 530
Malachy O'Kane (SF) 419
Jack Dolan (UUP) 383
John Rankin (UUP) 372
Raymond Kennedy (UUP) 241
Alister Smyth (UUAP) 161
Votes by Party:
UUP: 996 (21.1%), 2 seats
DUP: 1430 (30.3%), 1 seat
SF: 419 (8.9%)
SDLP: 1,072 (22.7%), 1 seat
UUAP: 161 (3.4%)
Ind: 642 (13.6%), 1 seat
Electorate: 6,877; seats: 5; votes cast: 4,779; spoilt votes: 59 (1.2%);
valid votes: 4,720 (98.8%); quota: 787
2001 Census: 3,942 "Catholic" (42.11%); 5,271 "Protestant" (56.30%); 3 Other (0.03%); 146 None (1.56%)

1997 Results

No change

First Count:
George Robinson, (DUP) 837
Desmond Lowry, (SDLP) 759
Barry Doherty, (SDLP) 739
Jack Dolan, (UUP) 738
Ronnie Cartwright, (UUP) 729
Norman Reynolds, (UUP) 484
Victor Wilson, (DUP) 157
Paula Taylor, (NIWC) 88
Votes by Party:
UUP: 1,951 (43.1%), 2 seats
DUP: 994 (21.9%), 1 seat
SDLP: 1,498 (33.1%), 2 seats
NIWC: 88 (1.9%)
Electorate: 7,113; seats: 5; valid votes: 4,531; quota: 756

1993 Results

First Count:
George Howard Robinson, (DUP) 884
Barry Doherty, (SDLP) 802
Ronald Cartwright, (UUP) 790
Jackie Dolan, (UUP) 720
Desmond Lowry, (SDLP) 753
Norman Walter John Reynolds, (UUP) 522
John Raymond Murray, (DUP) 86
Votes by Party:
UUP: 2,032 (44.6%), 2 seats
DUP: 970 (21.3%), 1 seat
SDLP: 1,555 (34.1%), 2 seats
Electorate: 6,959; seats: 5; votes cast: 4,623; spoilt votes: 66 (1.4%);
valid votes: 4,557 (98.6%); quota: 760

2005: **DUP 44%, *UUP 20%, *SDLP 18%, *SF 18%
2001: *DUP 30%, *SDLP 23%, **UUP 21%, *Ind 14%, SF 9%, UUAP 3%
1997: **UUP 43%, **SDLP 33%, *DUP 22%, NIWC 2%
1993: **UUP 45%, **SDLP 34%, *DUP 21%


Limavady Borough Council Election Results Since 1973

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Pre-1993 Results from Flackes and Elliott's Northern Ireland - a Political Directory

2005: SF 6, DUP 3, SDLP 3, UUP 2, UUC 1
2001: SDLP 4, SF 4, UUP 3, DUP 2, UUAP 1, Ind 1
1997: SDLP 7, UUP 6, DUP 1, SF 1
1993: SDLP 7, UUP 6, DUP 1, SF 1
1989: UUP 7, SDLP 6, DUP 1, SF 1
1985: OUP 7, SDLP 4, SF 2, DUP 2
1981: UUP 6, SDLP 5, DUP 2, IIP 1, Ind 1
1977: UUP 6, SDLP 6, DUP 2, Ind U 1
1973: UUP 8, SDLP 4, Alliance 2, Ind 1

NB: 15 councillors throughout this period.


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