Northern Ireland local elections, 1981

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Northern Ireland local elections, 1981

1977 ←
20 May 1981 → 1985

All council seats
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party UUP DUP SDLP
Seats won 151 142 104
Seat change Decrease 25 Increase 68 Decrease 9

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Alliance Independent Irish Independence
Seats won 38 37 21
Seat change Decrease 32 Decrease 5 Increase 21
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Elections for local government were held in Northern Ireland in 1981, contesting 526 seats in all.

Results[edit]

Overall[edit]

Party[1] Councillors Votes
Total +/-  % share Total
DUP 142 +68 26.6 176,816
UUP 151 -25 26.4 175,965
SDLP 104 -9 17.5 116,487
Alliance 38 -32 8.9 59,397
Independent 37 -5 6.7 44,427
Irish Independence 21 N/A 3.9 25,859
Workers' Party 3 -3 1.8 12,059
Independent Unionist 6 -4 1.2 8,219
Ulster Popular Unionist 5 N/A 1.2 7,817
UUUP 5 -7 0.7 4,962
People's Democracy 2 N/A 0.7 4,734
Unionist Party NI 2 -4 0.7 4,478
Irish Republican Socialist 2 N/A 0.5 3,654
Labour (NI) 1 0 0.5 3,563
PUP 1 N/A 0.5 3,057
New Ulster Political Research 1 N/A 0.4 2,989
Independent Loyalist 2 +1 0.3 1,935
Independent Socialist 1 +1 0.3 1,884
Newtownabbey Labour 1 N/A 0.2 1,113
Labour League 0 N/A 0.1 924
Socialist Alliance 0 N/A 0.1 898
Independent Labour 1 0 0.1 832
United Democratic 0 N/A 0.1 692
Trade Union Campaign 0 N/A 0.1 439
Independent Alliance 0 N/A 0.1 323
Independent Nationalist 0 0 0.0 247
Communist Party 0 0 0.0 201
Unionist Unity 0 0 0.0 196
UBNF 0 0 0.0 194
Ecology 0 0 0.0 142
Independent SDLP 0 0 0.0 85
SRP 0 0 0.0 34
UBUPP 0 0 0.0 28

By council[edit]

Antrim[edit]

Ards[edit]

Armagh[edit]

Ballymena[edit]

Banbridge[edit]

Belfast[edit]

Belfast A[2]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
DUP John Foster 3,333
UUP Jeremy Burchill 2,589
DUP Raymond McCrea 2,345
UUP Grace Bannister 2,055
DUP Sammy Wilson 1,479
Alliance Donnell Deeny 1,439
SDLP Alasdair McDonnell 1,262
UUP Billy Blair 900
Alliance Mervyn Jones 766
UUP T. Wilkins 544
Workers' Party Frank Cullen 418
SDLP P. T. McGrourty 410
Labour (NI) D. Peters 276
Ulster Popular Unionist Ben Horan 187
Independent John McKeague 99
Communist Party James Stewart 97
Turnout 19,133
Democratic Unionist gain from Alliance
Ulster Unionist gain from Social Democratic and Labour
Belfast B[2]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Alliance Oliver Napier 2,631
DUP Henry Evans 2,513
Unionist Party NI Joshua Cardwell 2,327
DUP Bill Morrison 2,152
UUP Tommy Patton 2,083
UUP William Corry 1,733
Alliance Michael Brown 1,602
DUP S. Foster 1,464
UUP Dorothy Dunlop 1,248
DUP A. Greer 979
Alliance S. G. Coulson 647
Labour (NI) D. McKee 548
New Ulster Political Research D. P. Scott 434
SDLP Peter Prendiville 236
Turnout 21,838
Democratic Unionist gain from Ulster Unionist
Belfast C[2]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Alliance David Cook 2,493
UUP Mary Crooks 2,099
UUP Andrew Cairns 1,933
DUP Brian Gibson 1,503
SDLP Ben Caraher 1,501
UUP J. J. Dixon Gilmore 1,326
DUP William Stevenson 1,214
Alliance Muriel Pritchard 1,158
Alliance B. Jeffrey 913
DUP T. McIntyre 729
Unionist Party NI Victor Brennan 532
Workers' Party G. Carr 530
Turnout 16,460
Democratic Unionist gain from Unionist Party NI
Democratic Unionist gain from Alliance
Belfast D[2]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
SDLP Joe Hendron 4,291
People's Democracy John McNulty 2,781
SDLP Cormac Boomer 2,070
Independent Socialist Paddy Devlin 1,343
Workers' Party Mary McMahon 1,125
Irish Republican Socialist Gerry Kelly 957
Irish Republican Socialist W. J. Browning 822
Alliance Dan McGuinness 725
SDLP Mary Muldoon 636
UUP J. Hand 538
Workers' Party K. Smyth 438
SDLP Anne McElroy 346
Independent L. Hunter 167
Alliance R. Turkington 137
Turnout 17,436
People's Democracy gain from Republican Clubs
Independent Socialist gain from Social Democratic and Labour
Irish Republican Socialist gain from Alliance
Belfast E[2]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
DUP George Haffrey 4,142
UUP Billy Bell 3,105
DUP George Seawright 1,989
PUP Hugh Smyth 1,931
New Ulster Political Research Sammy Doyle 1,135
Independent Laurence Kennedy 1,070
Alliance A. H. Egerton 1,011
Unionist Democracy Fred Proctor 692
SDLP Alban Maginness 618
UUP J. Sands 386
UUP Alfie Ferguson 367
Independent P. Hunter 321
Independent J. Weir 311
Independent Peter Emerson 202
Workers' Party Margaret McNulty 177
Turnout 18,081
Progressive Unionist gain from Independent Unionist
Democratic Unionist gain from Alliance
Belfast F[2]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
DUP Billy Dickson 1,913
Irish Republican Socialist Sean Flynn 1,639
Workers' Party J. Sullivan 1,002
DUP Eric Smyth 952
SDLP Owen Allen 898
Alliance Will Glendinning 844
UUP James Stewart 719
SDLP H. G. Fitzmaurice 719
UUP L. Cust 638
UUP H. Fletcher 621
SDLP Mary Smyth 389
SDLP T. Lappin 227
Alliance Paul Maguire 215
Turnout 11,428
Democratic Unionist gain from Ulster Unionist
Irish Republican Socialist gain from Republican Clubs
Belfast G[2]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
DUP Frederick Ashby 1,913
People's Democracy Fergus O'Hare 1,953
New Ulster Political Research Sammy Millar 1,420
UUP Cecil Walker 1,173
Workers' Party Seamus Lynch 750
SDLP Brian Feeney 749
UUP Herbert Ditty 595
Independent Socialist Gerry Fitt 541
DUP Joseph Coggle 392
Alliance P. J. McGarry 313
Turnout 10,336
Democratic Unionist gain from Alliance
People's Democracy gain from Republican Clubs
New Ulster Political Research gain from Ulster Unionist
Belfast H[2]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
UUP John Carson 5,014
SDLP Paschal O'Hare 3,057
DUP William Annon 3,010
Independent Unionist Frank Millar 1,848
Alliance John Cushnahan 1,739
Labour (NI) Alan Carr 1,000
SDLP Alban Maginness 818
DUP William Gault 813
Workers' Party L. McK. Clarke 553
Alliance R. O. Jamison 531
PUP David Overend 503
DUP Pauline Strong 466
UUP Raymond Trimble 408
Turnout 20,480
Democratic Unionist gain from Alliance

Carrickfergus[edit]

Castlereagh[edit]

Coleraine[edit]

Cookstown[edit]

Craigavon[edit]

Derry[edit]

Down[edit]

Dungannon[edit]

Fermanagh[edit]

Larne[edit]

Limavady[edit]

Lisburn[edit]

Magherafelt[edit]

Moyle[edit]

Newry and Mourne[edit]

Newtownabbey[edit]

North Down[edit]

Omagh[edit]

Strabane[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Local Government Elections 1981, Northern Ireland Elections
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h The Local Government Elections 1973–1981: Belfast, Northern Ireland Elections