Northern Ireland local elections, 2011

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Northern Ireland local elections, 2011

2005 ←
5 May 2011 → 2014

All 583 council seats
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Peter Robinson Gerry Adams Tom Elliott
Party DUP Sinn Féin UUP
Seats won 175 138 99
Seat change Decrease 3 Increase 9 Decrease 16
Popular vote 179,436 163,712 100,643
Percentage 27.2% 24.8% 15.2%
Swing Decrease2.4% Increase1.6% Decrease2.8%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Margaret Ritchie David Ford None
Party SDLP Alliance Independent
Seats won 87 44 27
Seat change Decrease 14 Increase 14 Increase 6
Popular vote 99,325 48,859
Percentage 15.0% 7.4%
Swing Decrease2.4% Increase2.4%

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Colours denote which party won the most seats in each council

The most recent Northern Ireland local government elections took place on Thursday 5 May 2011, contesting 582 seats in all.

European Union and Commonwealth citizens who were aged 18 or over on election day were entitled to vote. The deadline for voters to register to vote in the 5 May elections was midnight on Thursday 14 April 2011.

All voters were required to present one piece of photographic ID in order to cast a vote at the polling station – accepted forms of ID are an electoral identity card, a photographic NI or GB driving licence, a European Union member-state passport, a Translink 60+ SmartPass, a Translink Senior SmartPass, a Translink Blind Person’s SmartPass or a Translink War Disabled SmartPass.[1] Voters who didn't have an accepted type of photographic ID had until Friday 22 April 2011 to apply for an electoral identity card from the Electoral Office.

The elections were originally scheduled to take place in 2009. In 2008, Minister of the Environment Arlene Foster requested that they be postponed until 2011 to allow the implementation of a proposed reform of local government in Northern Ireland, which would have reduced the number of local councils from 26 to 11.[2] In February 2009, an order was made, postponing the election, and councillors' terms of office were extended until the fourth day after the election day in 2011.[3]

In June 2010, the proposed reforms were abandoned, and it was confirmed that the 2011 elections would be to the existing 26 councils.[4] There was also an election to the Northern Ireland Assembly and a referendum on voting reform on the same day.[5] The reforms have since been adopted and the next Northern Ireland local elections (in 2014) will be for the 11 new districts.

Results[edit]

Party Councillors Votes[6]
Change Total  % share Total
DUP -3 175 27.2 179,436
Sinn Féin +9 138 24.8 163,712
UUP -16 99 15.2 100,643
SDLP -14 87 15.0 99,325
Alliance +14 44 7.4 48,859
Independent +6 27 5.1 32,023
TUV +6 6 2.0 13,079
Green (NI) 0 3 1.0 6,317
PUP 0 2 0.6 3,858
UKIP +1 1 0.4 2,550
Irish Republican Socialist 0 0 0.3 2,133
Éirígí 0 0 0.3 2,062
People Before Profit 0 0 0.3 1,721
Conservative 0 0 0.2 1,321
Independent Republican Party 0 0 0.1 850
Community Partnership 0 0 0.1 800
Workers' Party 0 0 0.1 760
Socialist Party 0 0 0.1 682
BNP 0 0 0.1 491
Procapitalism 0 0 0.0 9

By council[edit]

Council TUV DUP UUP Alliance SDLP Sinn Féin Green (NI) Independent Others Total
Antrim 0 5 5 2 3 4 0 0 0 19
Ards 0 11 6 4 1 0 0 1 0 23
Armagh 0 4 6 0 5 6 0 1 0 22
Ballymena 2 12 4 1 2 2 0 1 0 24
Ballymoney 1 8 2 0 1 3 0 1 0 16
Banbridge 0 5 7 1 2 1 0 0 0 17
Belfast 0 15 3 6 8 16 0 1 2 PUP 51
Carrickfergus 0 8 4 3 0 0 0 2 0 17
Castlereagh 0 11 3 6 2 0 1 0 0 23
Coleraine 0 9 5 2 3 1 0 2 0 22
Cookstown 0 3 3 0 4 6 0 0 0 16
Craigavon 0 9 6 1 2 8 0 0 0 26
Derry 0 5 1 0 14 10 0 0 0 30
Down 0 3 3 1 9 5 1 1 0 23
Dungannon 0 6 4 0 3 8 0 1 0 22
Fermanagh 0 4 6 0 3 9 0 1 0 23
Larne 1 4 3 3 1 1 0 2 0 15
Limavady 1 2 2 0 3 6 0 0 0 16
Lisburn 0 14 5 3 3 5 0 0 0 30
Magherafelt 0 3 2 0 2 9 0 0 0 16
Moyle 1 2 3 0 2 3 0 4 0 15
Newry and Mourne 0 1 3 0 9 14 0 2 1 UKIP 30
Newtownabbey 0 12 5 5 1 2 0 0 0 25
North Down 0 11 3 7 0 0 1 3 0 25
Omagh 0 3 3 0 3 10 0 2 0 21
Strabane 0 4 1 0 1 8 0 2 0 16

Councils[edit]

Belfast[edit]

Balmoral[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Alliance Tom Ekin 1,762
DUP Ruth Patterson 1,553
Sinn Féin Máirtín Ó Muilleoir 1,465
SDLP Claire Hanna 1,443
UUP Bob Stoker 922
SDLP Niall Kelly 743
SDLP Bernie Kelly 706
UUP Jim Kirkpatrick 578
DUP Sharon Simpson 396
Green (NI) Mark Simpson 282
People Before Profit Andrew King 107
Turnout 9,957
Sinn Féin gain from Democratic Unionist
Castle[8]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
DUP Lydia Patterson 1,489
Sinn Féin Tierna Cunningham 1,377
SDLP Pat Convery 1,367
Sinn Féin Mary Campbell 1,293
UUP David Browne 1,181
DUP Guy Spence 946
SDLP Cathal Mullaghan 883
Alliance David McKechnie 689
DUP Lee Reynolds 629
Workers' Party John Lavery 170
Turnout 10,024
Sinn Féin gain from Social Democratic and Labour
Court[9]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
DUP William Humphrey 2,643
DUP Brian Kingston 1,371
Independent Frank McCoubrey 754
PUP Hugh Smyth 640
UUP Bobby McConnell 395
DUP Naomi Thompson 237
Independent Raymond McCord 199
Sinn Féin Karol McKee 184
SDLP Conor McNeill 99
Alliance Mark Long 78
Turnout 6,600
No change
Laganbank[10]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Alliance Catherine Curran 1,518
Sinn Féin Deirdre Hargey 1,383
SDLP Patrick McCarthy 1,361
DUP Christopher Stalford 1,126
UUP Michelle Bostock 921
SDLP Kate Mullan 833
Green (NI) Claire Bailey 500
People Before Profit Mark Hewitt 144
Socialist Party Paddy Meehan 136
Workers' Party Patrick Lynn 88
Turnout 8,010
Alliance gain from Ulster Unionist
Lower Falls[11]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Sinn Féin Janice Austin 1,920
Sinn Féin Steven Corr 1,572
Sinn Féin Tom Hartley 1,561
Sinn Féin Jim McVeigh 1,497
SDLP Colin Keenan 1,000
Sinn Féin Breige Brownlee 813
Éirígí John McCusker 647
Workers' Party John Lowry 398
Irish Republican Socialist Jim Gorman 209
Socialist Party Pat Lawlor 148
Turnout 9,765
Social Democratic and Labour gain from Sinn Féin
Oldpark[12]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
DUP Ian Crozier 1,770
Sinn Féin Conor Maskey 1,573
Sinn Féin Gerard McCabe 1,492
Sinn Féin Daniel Lavery 1,370
SDLP Nichola Mallon 1,184
Sinn Féin Mary Clarke 1,180
DUP Gareth McKee 917
UUP Fred Rodgers 540
Irish Republican Socialist Paul Little 379
Alliance James McClure 303
Independent Martin McAuley 146
Turnout 10,584
Democratic Unionist gain from Ulster Unionist
Pottinger[13]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Alliance Máire Hendron 1,895
DUP Gavin Robinson 1,523
Sinn Féin Niall Ó Donnghaile 1,077
DUP May Campbell 1,051
PUP John Kyle 1,022
DUP Adam Newton 936
UUP Philip Robinson 786
SDLP Séamas de Faoite 456
Green (NI) David Newman 223
TUV John Hiddleston 191
Socialist Party Thomas Black 150
Workers' Party Kevin McNally 104
People Before Profit Donna McCusker 70
Independent Karl Hedley 33
Procapitalism Samuel Smyth 9
Turnout 9,526
Sinn Féin gain from Ulster Unionist
Upper Falls[14]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Sinn Féin Matt Garrett 2,250
Sinn Féin Gerard O'Neill 2,184
Sinn Féin Emma Groves 2,133
SDLP Tim Attwood 2,015
Sinn Féin Caoimhin Mac Giolla Mhín 1,910
Éirígí Pádraic Mac Coitir 1,415
SDLP Helen Walsh 250
DUP Eileen Kingston 179
Alliance Dan McGuinness 162
Turnout 12,498
No change
Victoria[15]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
DUP Robin Newton 2,338
Alliance Mervyn Jones 2,319
Alliance Laura McNamee 1,677
DUP Tom Haire 1,437
UUP Jim Rodgers 1,355
Alliance Andrew Webb 1,137
UUP Ian Adamson 942
PUP Robert McCartney 908
DUP John Hussey 812
Green (NI) Ross Campbell 315
UUP Stephen Warke 216
SDLP Magdalena Wolska 207
TUV Sammy Morrison 158
Independent Roy Hobson 142
Conservative Garry Crosbie 103
Turnout 14,066
Alliance gain from Ulster Unionist

Derry[edit]

Cityside
Party Candidate 1st Pref
SDLP Jim Clifford 1,243
Sinn Féin Kevin Campbell 1,199
Sinn Féin Patricia Logue 937
Sinn Féin Colin Kelly 631
Independent (32 County Sovereignty) Gary Donnelly 612
Sinn Féin Liam Friel 391
SDLP Ann Donnelly 311
People Before Profit Conor Kelly 265
SDLP Dermott Henderson 214
Turnout 5,798
No change
Northland
Party Candidate 1st Pref
SDLP John Tierney 1,736
Sinn Féin Maeve McLaughlin 1,260
SDLP John Boyle 1,099
Sinn Féin Gerry MacLochlainn 936
SDLP Sean Carr 824
Sinn Féin Michael Cooper 783
SDLP Eamon McAuley 429
SDLP Fiona Hamilton 366
Alliance Colm Cavanagh 217
Sinn Féin Patrick McGinley 704
People Before Profit Colm Bryce 564
Irish Republican Socialist Lucy Callaghan 340
Turnout
No change
Rural
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Sinn Féin Paul Fleming 1,693
SDLP Thomas Conway 1,616
DUP Maurice Devenney 1,433
DUP Gary Middleton 1,219
UUP Ronald McKeegan 698
SDLP Hugh Hastings 624
SDLP Brenda Stevenson 615
People Before Profit Diane Greer 256
Sinn Féin Catherine Nelis 631
SDLP Ashleen Schenning 423
Turnout
No change
Shantallow
Party Candidate 1st Pref
SDLP Colum Eastwood 2,109
Sinn Féin Tony Hassan 1,405
SDLP Shaun Gallagher 1,151
Sinn Féin Elisha McLaughlin 1,117
Sinn Féin Sandra Duffy 833
SDLP James Carr 766
SDLP Angela Dobbins 603
Irish Republican Socialist Martin McGonagle 539
Independent Pauline Mellon 477
Turnout
No change
Waterside[16]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
DUP Joe Miller 1,564
SDLP Gerard Diver 1,198
Sinn Féin Lynn Fleming 1,137
DUP April Garfield-Kidd 1,006
UUP Mary Hamilton 944
DUP Robert Thompson 859
SDLP Martin Reilly 478
Sinn Féin Geraldine O'Donnell 354
People Before Profit David McAuley 222
PUP Nigel Gardiner 204
Alliance Karen Scrivens 142
Turnout 8,108
No change

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