West Tyrone (Assembly constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°30′07″N 7°31′55″W / 54.502°N 7.532°W / 54.502; -7.532

West Tyrone
County constituency
for the Northern Ireland Assembly
WestTyroneConstituency.svg
West Tyrone shown within Northern Ireland
Districts Omagh, Strabane
Current constituency
Created 1996
Assembly Members Michaela Boyle
Thomas Buchanan
Joe Byrne
Ross Hussey
Declan McAleer
Barry McElduff

West Tyrone is a constituency in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The seat was first used for a Northern Ireland-only election for the Northern Ireland Forum in 1996. Since 1998, it has elected members to the current Assembly.

For Assembly elections prior to 1996, the constituency was largely part of the Mid Ulster constituency with a smaller section coming from Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency. Since 1997, it has shared boundaries with the West Tyrone UK Parliament constituency.

For further details of the history and boundaries of the constituency, see West Tyrone (UK Parliament constituency).

Members[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly (1998–present)[edit]

Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1998 Oliver Gibson
(DUP)
Pat Doherty
(Sinn Féin)
Barry McElduff
(Sinn Féin)
Joe Byrne
(SDLP)
Eugene McMenamin
(SDLP)
Derek Hussey
(UUP)
2003 Thomas Buchanan
(DUP)
Kieran Deeny
(Independent)
2007 Claire McGill
(Sinn Féin)
Allan Bresland
(DUP)
2011 Joe Byrne
(SDLP)
Michaela Boyle
(Sinn Féin)
Ross Hussey
(UUP)
July 2012
co-option
Declan McAleer
(Sinn Féin)

Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns. For details of the order in which seats were won at each election, see the detailed results of that election.

Northern Ireland Forum (1996)[edit]

In the 1996 election to the Northern Ireland Peace Forum, 5 Forum members were elected from West Tyrone. They were as follows:

Elections[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly[edit]

2011 Assembly election: West Tyrone
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Sinn Féin Barry McElduff 15.3 6,008        
Sinn Féin Pat Doherty 14.3 5,630 5,630 5,630 5,630 5,630
Sinn Féin Michaela Boyle 12.8 5,053 5,089.30 5,445.94 7,791.94  
DUP Thomas Buchanan 12.8 5,027 5,027.42 5,133.66 5,143.80 5,162.80
UUP Ross Hussey 10.4 4,072 4,073.08 4,365.88 4,394.94 4,397.94
DUP Allan Bresland 10.3 4,059 4,059.18 4,115.18 4,116.78 4,123.78
SDLP Joe Byrne 8.5 3,353 3,372.08 4,555.86 4,918.98 5,320.98
Sinn Féin Declan McAleer 7.7 3,008 3,372.90 3,576.40    
Independent Paddy McGowan 2.9 1,145 1,158.92      
Independent Eugene McMenamin 2.8 1,096 1,099.18      
Alliance Eric Bullick 2.2 852 854.04      
Electorate: 62,970   Valid: 39,303   Spoilt: 1,020   Quota: 5,615   Turnout: 40,323 (64.0%)
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2007
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
Sinn Féin Barry McElduff 6,971 Elected 1
Sinn Féin Pat Doherty 6,709 Elected 1
Sinn Féin Claire McGill 4,757 Elected 3
DUP Thomas Buchanan 4,625 Elected 6
DUP Allan Bresland 4,244 Elected 7
Independent Kieran Deeny 3,776 Elected 7
UUP Derek Hussey 3,686 Not elected 5
SDLP Josephine Deehan 2,689 Not elected 7
SDLP Eugene McMenamin 2,272 Not elected 5
SDLP Seamus Shields 1,057 Not elected 4
(Republican Sinn Féin) Joe O'Neill 448 Not elected 4
UK Unionist Robert McCartney 220 Not elected 4
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 2003
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
Independent Kieran Deeny 6,158 Elected 1
Sinn Féin Pat Doherty 6,019 Elected 1
Sinn Féin Barry McElduff 5,642 Elected 8
DUP Thomas Buchanan 4,739 Elected 5
Sinn Féin Brian McMahon 4,450 Not elected
UUP Derek Hussey 3,733 Elected 6
SDLP Eugene McMenamin 3,465 Elected 8
SDLP Joe Byrne 2,645 Not elected
DUP Derek Reaney 2,547 Not elected
UUP Bert Wilson 1,934 Not elected
PUP Roy Reid 233 Not elected
Alliance Steven Alexander 164 Not elected
Northern Ireland Assembly election, 1998
Party Candidate 1st Pref Result Count
DUP Oliver Gibson 8,015 Elected
Sinn Féin Pat Doherty 7,027 Elected
SDLP Joe Byrne 6,495 Elected
Sinn Féin Barry McElduff 4,963 Elected
UUP Derek Hussey 4,622 Elected
Sinn Féin Seamus Devine 3,676 Not elected
SDLP Eugene McMenamin 3,548 Elected
UUP Alastair Patterson 2,615 Not elected
SDLP Pat McDonnell 1,772 Not elected
Independent Community Candidate Paddy McGowan 1,269 Not elected
Alliance Ann Gormley 1,011 Not elected
Independent Johnny McLaughlin 570 Not elected
Independent Laurence O'Kane 171 Not elected
Workers' Party Tommy Owens 157 Not elected
Natural Law Robert Johnstone 40 Not elected

1996 Forum[edit]

Successful candidates are shown in bold.[1]

Party Candidates Votes Percentage
SDLP Joe Byrne
Paddy McGowan
Ignatius Murtagh
Seamus Shields
11,622 28.4
Sinn Féin Barry McElduff
Patrick McMahon
Francis Mackey
Patrick Watters
Padraigin Ui Mhurdchadha
11,516 28.1
UUP Derek Hussey
William Oldcroft
Edward Turner
Desmond Anderson
James Emery
7,327 13.9
DUP Oliver Gibson
Thomas Kerrigan
6,727 16.4
Alliance Ann Gormley
Elizabeth McCaffrey
John Devine
1,081 2.6
Labour coalition John McLaughlin
Michael Duffy
Anton McCabe
Manus Maguire
792 1.9
Ulster Democratic Thomas Lowry
Stephen Taylor
397 1.0
UK Unionist Dennis Wickersham
John McNeil
292 0.7
PUP Eileen Ward
George McDermott
238 0.6
NI Women's Coalition Helena Schlindwein
Maria McGilloway
Frances Donaghy
185 0.5
Workers' Party Hugh Mullan
John Doherty
169 0.4
Green (NI) Ben Ryan
Carolyn Bell
Donald Spencer
158 0.4
Democratic Left P. J. McClean
Teresa McVeigh
Mary Veronica McElroy
Martin McCay
130 0.3
Conservative Lindsay Cumming
Julian Robertson
119 0.3
Ulster Independence Sandra Jones
Stanley Hayes
Richard Button
107 0.3
Natural Law John McCallen
Denis Nelson
45 0.1
Independent Chambers Mandy Beattie
Heather Ewart
30 0.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1996 Candidates – West Tyrone, Northern Ireland Elections