South Down (Assembly constituency)

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South Down
County Constituency
for the Northern Ireland Assembly
SouthDownConstituency.svg
South Down shown within Northern Ireland
Districts Down, Banbridge, Newry and Mourne
Current constituency
Created 1973
Assembly Members Chris Hazzard
Harold McKee
Sinead Bradley
Colin McGrath
Caitríona Ruane
Jim Wells

South Down is an electoral constituency for the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The seat was first used for a Northern Ireland-only election for the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1973. It usually shares boundaries with the South Down UK Parliament constituency, however the boundaries of the two constituencies were slightly different from 1983 to 1986 as the Assembly boundaries had not caught up with Parliamentary boundary changes and from 1996 to 1997 when members of the Northern Ireland Forum had been elected from the newly drawn Parliamentary constituencies but the 51st Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected in 1992 under the 1983–95 constituency boundaries, was still in session.

Members were then elected from the constituency to the 1975 Constitutional Convention, the 1982 Assembly, the 1996 Forum and then to the current Assembly from 1998.

Some of the most high-profile MLA's for the constituency include Caitríona Ruane, Margaret Ritchie, and John McCallister.

For further details on the history and boundaries of the constituency, see South Down (UK Parliament constituency).

Members[edit]

Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1973 Patrick O'Donoghue
(SDLP)
Eddie McGrady
(SDLP)
Frank Feely
(SDLP)
Brian Faulkner
(UUP/UPNI)
Herbert Heslip
(UUP)
Ronald Broadhurst
(UUP)
Cecil Harvey
(Vanguard)
1975 Peter Brush
(UUP)
1982 Raymond McCullough
(UUP)
William Brown
(UUP)
Jim Wells
(DUP)
George Graham
(DUP)
1985
by-election
Jeffrey Donaldson
(UUP)
1996 Mick Murphy
(Sinn Féin)
Margaret Ritchie
(SDLP)
Hugh Carr
(SDLP)
Dermot Nesbitt
(UUP)
5 seats
1996-1998
1998 Eamonn O'Neill
(SDLP)
P. J. Bradley
(SDLP)
Jim Wells
(DUP)
6 seats
1998-present
2003 Caitriona Ruane
(Sinn Féin)
Willie Clarke
(Sinn Féin)
Margaret Ritchie
(SDLP)
2007 John McCallister
(UUP/Independent)
2011 Karen McKevitt
(SDLP)
April 2012
co-option
Chris Hazzard
(Sinn Féin)
Seán Rogers
(SDLP)
2016 Colin McGrath
(SDLP)
Sinead Bradley
(SDLP)
Harold McKee
(UUP)

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.

Elections[edit]

Northern Ireland Assembly[edit]

2016[edit]

2016 Assembly election: South Down – 6 Seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
DUP Jim Wells 12.3 5,033 5,183 6,470
UUP Harold McKee 8.5 3,481 3,812 5,168 5,567 6,141
Sinn Féin Chris Hazzard 12.3 5,045 5,142 5,144 5,321 5,321.50 7,277.50
SDLP Sinead Bradley 12.3 5,059 5,231 5,241 5,828 5,834 6,144
Sinn Féin Caitríona Ruane 10.2 4,191 4,240 4,244 4,335 4,335 5,415 6,664.50
SDLP Colin McGrath 10.4 4,288 4,429 4,440 5,033 5,038 5,121 5,190 5,397
SDLP Seán Rogers 8.7 3,564 3,699 3,721 4,076 4,086.50 4,227.50 4,309 4,595.75
Sinn Féin Michael Gray-Sloan 8.6 3,520 3,571 3,572 3,665 3,665
Alliance Patrick Brown 5.4 2,200 2,841 2,869
TUV Henry Reilly 6.6 2,718 2,800
Independent John McCallister 2.8 1,156
Green (NI) John Hardy 2.0 820
Electorate: 77,409   Valid: 41,075   Spoilt: 570 (1.37%)   Quota: 5,868   Turnout: 53.80%

2011[edit]

2011 Assembly Election: South Down - 6 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
SDLP Margaret Ritchie 20.4 8,506
Sinn Féin Caitriona Ruane 14.3 5,955 6,192.15
DUP Jim Wells 12.5 5,200 5,284.84 5,354.56 5,404.28 6,543.28
UUP John McCallister 10.6 4,409 4,480.92 4,624.88 4,714.77 5,679.90 6,329.60
Sinn Féin Willie Clarke 9.3 3,882 3,957.95 3,992.50 4,094.15 4,101.46 4,103.20 6,777.20
SDLP Karen McKevitt 9.0 3,758 4,318.79 4,432.71 4,675.33 4,702.43 4,707.27 4,842.93 5,277.28 5,347.46
SDLP Eamon O'Neill 6.4 2,633 3,844.72 3,959.19 4,222.77 4,251.35 4,259.47 4,449.46 4,826.14 4,882.98
Sinn Féin Naomi Bailie 7.3 3,050 3,150.44 3,161.06 3,305.46 3,306.77 3,308.51
UKIP Henry Reilly 5.6 2,322 2,353.29 2,373.70 2,398.94
Green (NI) Cadogan Enright 2.7 1,107 1,227.28 1,238.75
Alliance David Griffin 2.7 864 915.15
Electorate: 73,240   Valid: 41,276   Spoilt: 825 (1.94%)   Quota: 5,961   Turnout: 58.10%

2007[edit]

2007 Assembly Election: South Down - 6 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11
Sinn Féin Caitriona Ruane 13.7 6,334 6,336 6,337 6,337 6,428 6,450 6,676
Sinn Féin Willie Clarke 11.1 5,138 5,145 5,152 5,154 5,259 5,273 5,412 7,382
SDLP Margaret Ritchie 12.7 5,838 5,870 5,887 5,892 6,026 6,055 6,429 6,945
SDLP P. J. Bradley 12.3 5,652 5,662 5,682 5,684 5,772 5,829 6,190 6,286 6,650.32
DUP Jim Wells 12.0 5,542 5,546 5,605 5,763 5,792 6,188 6,240 6,248 6,250.97 8,462.97
UUP John McCallister 9.6 4,447 4,448 4,553 4,637 4,819 5,230 5,370 5,377 5,384.92 6,046.91 7,720.91
SDLP Michael Carr 6.4 2,972 2,976 2,986 2,989 3,062 3,093 3,354 3,422 3,830.87 3,853.87 3,882.87
DUP William Burns 5.7 2,611 2,613 2,667 2,721 2,741 3,040 3,061 3,062 3,064.97
Sinn Féin Eamonn McConvey 5.8 2,662 2,678 2,679 2,679 2,703 2,703 2,778
Green (NI) Ciaran Mussen 3.5 1,622 1,646 1,675 1,685 2,008 2,043
UKIP Henry Reilly 2.7 1,229 1,229 1,239 1,326 1,354
Alliance David Griffin 1.5 691 700 743 755
Independent Republican Martin Cunningham 0.9 434 441 448 448
UK Unionist Frederick Wharton 0.9 424 424 443
NI Conservatives Peter Bowles 0.8 391 391
Labour Party NI Malachi Curran 0.3 123
Electorate: 71,704   Valid: 46,110   Spoilt: 513 (1.10%)   Quota: 6,588   Turnout: 65.02%

2003[edit]

2003 Assembly Election: South Down
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
DUP Jim Wells 15.0 6,789
SDLP P. J. Bradley 11.8 5,337 5,337.36 5,355.36 5,682.96 7,136.96
UUP Dermot Nesbitt 11.8 5,368 5,411 5,420 5,759.04 5,797.20 5,802.72 5,822.72 8,325.72
Sinn Féin Caitriona Ruane 11.3 5,118 5,118 5,124 5,211.08 5,415.08 5,450.04 6,024.42 6,026.54 6,035.54
Sinn Féin Willie Clarke 9.0 4,083 4,083.08 4,092.08 4,185.16 4,268.20 4,278.78 5,920.74 5,926.44 5,934.44
SDLP Margaret Ritchie 9.4 4,261 4,261.76 4,313.76 4,665.32 4,848.36 4,921.50 5,419.96 5,477.96 5,733.96
SDLP Eamonn O'Neill 8.7 3,942 3,942.92 3,963.92 4,220.24 4,692.32 5,215.34 5,350.34 5,411.52 5,697.52
UUP Jim Donaldson 6.4 2,885 2,984.52 2,989.52 3,254.96 3,264.12 3,265.96 3,269.42
Sinn Féin Eamonn McConvey 6.2 2,806 2,806.12 2,833.12 2,961.16 2,986.16 2,990.30
SDLP Marion Fitzpatrick 5.3 2,382 2,382.44 2,409.44 2,555.64
Green (NI) Raymond Blaney 1.8 799 799.76 851.76
NI Women's Coalition Trudy Miller 1.2 565 565.60 589.60
Alliance Neil Powell 1.1 489 489.48 495.48
UK Unionist Nelson Wharton 0.5 245 360.64 362.72
Independent Malachi Curran 0.4 162 162.08
Workers' Party Desmond O'Hagan 0.3 115 115.08
Electorate: 70,149   Valid: 45,346   Spoilt: 666   Quota: 6,479   Turnout: 46,012 (65.6)

1998[edit]

1998 Assembly Election: South Down - 6 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11
SDLP Eddie McGrady 20.2 10,373
Sinn Féin Mick Murphy 12.2 6,251 6,418.33 6,514.51 6,517.51 6,574.08 7,761.08
UUP Dermot Nesbitt 10.7 5,480 5,507.84 5,524.03 5,788.90 6,133.54 6,137.99 6,137.99 7,770.99
SDLP P. J. Bradley 10.8 5,571 6,218.28 6,313.44 6,317.31 6,485.16 6,563.40 6,665.52 6,716.39 6,739.49 7,390.23
DUP Jim Wells 9.4 4,826 4,830.06 4,840.35 5,261.35 5,270.35 5,272.35 5,273.27 5,631.85 5,792.85 5,849.34 8,170.34
SDLP Eamonn O'Neill 7.0 3,582 4,752.73 4,889.94 4,892.52 5,006.57 5,144.92 5,289.36 5,323.39 5,342.29 6,120.06 6,163.20
SDLP Hugh Carr 7.3 3,731 4,132.36 4,230.24 4,232.24 4,379.71 4,438.47 4,501.03 4,517.90 4,528.40 5,114.14 5,186.72
UK Unionist Frederick Wharton 5.0 2,576 2,577.16 2,581.16 2,886.45 2,904.74 2,905.74 2,906.20 3,125.36 3,271.66 3,313.71
NI Women's Coalition Anne Carr 3.2 1,658 1,811.41 2,000.03 2,009.32 2,563.74 2,675.11 2,785.05 2,890.12 2,955.57
UUP Norman Hanna 3.8 1,939 1,946.83 1,962.28 2,481.15 2,642.73 2,646.73 2,647.65
Sinn Féin Garret O'Fachtna 3.0 1,520 1,603.81 1,697.41 1,697.70 1,716.73
Alliance Anne-Marie Cunningham 2.9 1,502 1,586.39 1,675.63 1,697.50
Independent Unionist George Graham 3.0 1,562 1,567.51 1,578.51
Labour Party NI Malachi Curran 1.0 498 634.01
Workers' Party Des O'Hagan 0.2 130 151.17
Independent Labour Patrick O'Connor 0.2 121 148.84
Natural Law Thomas Mullins 0.1 33 38.51
Electorate: 71,027   Valid: 51,353   Spoilt: 989 (1.89%)   Quota: 7,337   Turnout: 73.69%

1996 Forum[edit]

Successful candidates are shown in bold.[1]

Party Candidate(s) Votes Percentage
SDLP Eddie McGrady
Hugh Carr
Margaret Ritchie
Marietta Farrell
John Doris
20,220 43.2
UUP Dermot Nesbitt
Frederick Wharton
Gerry Douglas
Albert Colmer
William Martin
10,379 22.2
Sinn Féin Mick Murphy
Frank McDowell
Martin Gough
Deidre Clark
6,142 13.1
DUP William Alexander
John Finlay
William Burns
5,060 10.8
Alliance Julian Crozier
Michael Healy
1,685 3.6
Labour coalition Malachi Curran
Patrick O'Connor
Edna Furey
James Masson
Michael Kearney
927 2.0
PUP George Graham
James McDonald
497 1.1
NI Women's Coalition Bronagh Lawson
Claire Hannah
Lynn Carvill
Ursula Leahy
464 1.0
Ulster Democratic Norma Coulter
Denis Paisley
404 0.9
Green (NI) Maggie Burch
Eugene O'Shea
Christopher Busby
251 0.6
NI Conservatives Paul Megarity
Michael Henderson
197 0.4
Workers' Party Marie O'Hagan
Eddie O'Hagan
162 0.4
Ulster Independence Samuel Pollock
Stanley Watson
James McElrath
130 0.3
Democratic Partnership William Leneghan
Sean O'Baoill
117 0.2
Democratic Left Veronica McEneaney
Jim Ryan
65 0.1
Natural Law Desmond Garrett
William McCarthy
30 0.1
Independent Chambers George Chambers
Doreen Larmour
18 0.0

1985 by-election[edit]

1982 Assembly election: South Down - 7 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1
UUP Frank Feely 86.1% 17,528
UUUP Ethel Smyth 13.9% 2,838
Electorate: 98,126   Valid: 20,366   Spoilt: 0   Quota: 10,184   Turnout: 20,366 (21.3%)

1982[edit]

1982 Assembly election: South Down - 7 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10
SDLP Frank Feely 12.5% 7,391
SDLP Eddie McGrady 12.4% 7,313 7,636
UUP William Brown 8.8% 5,220 5,227 5,234 5,441 7,593
SDLP Patrick O'Donoghue 10.0% 5,916 6,252 6,440 6,449 6,455 8,181
UUP Raymond McCullough 9.8% 5,802 5,808 5,809 5,903 6,451 6,458 6,471 6,497 9,553
DUP George Graham 6.9% 4,075 4,081 4,082 5,366 5,533 5,543 5,548 5,552 6,518 7,596
DUP Jim Wells 6.4% 3,779 3,783 3,783 5,361 5,474 5,488 5,503 5,505 5,663 5,937
Alliance Patrick Forde 6.2% 3,646 3,999 4,027 4,047 4,148 4,346 4,707 4,709 4,879 5,101
UUP William Coulter 6.4% 3,787 3,794 3,795 3,828 4,490 4,497 4,508 4,663
Sinn Féin Cyril Toman 5.7% 3,393 3,772 3,795 3,805 3,806
UUP William Martin 6.0% 3,562 3,567 3,568 3,798
DUP Ethel Smyth 5.9% 3,495 3,507 3,508
Workers' Party Thomas Moore 2.8% 1,676
Electorate: 93,261   Valid: 59,055   Spoilt: 2,137 (3.49%)   Quota: 7,382   Turnout: 61,192 (65.6%)

1975 Constitutional Convention[edit]

1975 Constitutional Convention: South Down - 6 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
SDLP Frank Feely 16.0 9,730
Vanguard Cecil Harvey 14.6 8,843
SDLP Eddy McGrady 11.9 7,257 8,560.28
SDLP Patrick O'Donoghue 11.0 6,657 7,335.26 7,336.52 8,231.08
Unionist Party NI Brian Faulkner 9.9 6,035 6,048.20 6,075.78 6,078.50 6,114.34 6,127.14 6,608.72 6,687.12 8,512.12
UUP Peter Brush 10.4 6,293 6,294.32 6,520.56 6,520.46 6,520.46 6,520.56 6,813.24 6,891.16 6,995
UUP Herbert Heslip 10.5 6,380 6,384.84 6,643.70 6,643.86 6,644.50 6,645.72 6,726.26 6,736.72 6,838.18
DUP David Herron 6.2 3,752 3,757.28 4,464 4,464.16 4,464.16 4,465.16 4,536.28 4,552.50 4,624.66
Alliance Anthony Williamson 2.7 1,612 1,659.96 1,660.24 1,676.08 1,882.80 1,931.02 1,937.46 2,136.46
Alliance Denys Rowan-Hamilton 2.5 1,509 1,518.02 1,520.82 1,529.46 1,678.42 1,714.02 1,757.02 1,950.58
Republican Clubs Raymond Blaney 1.6 1,002 1,018.50 1,018.64 1,022.16 1,056.72 1,672.28 1,673.50
Unionist Party NI Ronald Broadhurst 1.6 994 995.1 1,001.96 1,002.44 1,007.08 1,007.08
Republican Clubs Gerard O'Hanlon 1.1 680 706.18 706.18 721.38 843.30
Electorate: 89,912   Valid: 60,744   Spoilt: 2,129 (3.39%)   Quota: 7,594   Turnout: 62,873 (69.93%)

1973[edit]

1973 Assembly election: South Down - 6 seats
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11 Count 12 Count 13 Count 14 Count 15 Count 16 Count 17
UUP Brian Faulkner - 16,287
SDLP Eddy McGrady - 7,870 7,894.99 7,913.50 7,926.50 7,927.50 7,972.01 8,050.01
UUP Ronald Broadhurst - 1,515 6,049.41 6,075.02 6,075.02 6,266.74 6,268.25 6,270.27 6,273.78 6,344.42 6,370.62 6,374.13 9,108.64
SDLP Frank Feely - 6,857 6,869.24 6,895.75 6,929.75 6,931.75 6,949.75 7,055.75 7,344.75 7,352.75 7,422.77 7,759.77 7,761.28 7,762.30 9,190.30
SDLP Patrick O'Donoghue - 4,322 4,327.10 4,343.10 4,346.10 4,347.10 4,406.10 4,507.61 4,608.61 4,630.14 4,745.65 5,709.65 5,711.65 5,712.67 7,180.69 8,225.69
Vanguard Cecil Harvey 7.8 5,006 5,435.42 5,442.42 5,445.42 5,672.17 5,672.17 5,678.68 5,682.68 5,689.23 5,689.23 5,691.23 5,931.58 6,095.29 6,099.29 6,102.29 6,105.59 9,485.59
UUP Herbert Heslip - 3,838 4,709.08 4,715.61 4,715.61 4,758.81 4,760.81 4,765.81 4,768.83 4,776.87 4,779.89 4,780.89 5,360.47 5,960.23 5,967.27 5,969.27 5,971.25 7,177.36
Alliance Anthony Williamson - 1,489 1,519.09 1,543.09 1,546.09 1,548.09 1,550.09 1,590.09 1,598.09 2,283.30 4,155.98 4,261.49 4,296.77 4,398.26 4,664.77 4,711.77 4,923.63 4,954.50
DUP David Herron 6.3 4,016 4,327.61 4,332.12 4,332.12 4,453.81 4,453.81 4,461.81 4,464.81 4,471.32 4,471.83 4,473.83 4,666.69 4,811.02 4,816.02 4,818.02 4,819.34
Independent Rory McShane - 2,785 2,790.10 2,799.61 2,827.61 2,827.61 2,881.61 2,979.61 3,312.12 3,325.63 3,340.14 4,059.14 4,061.14 4,061.14
UUP William Martin - 1,996 3,760.60 3,766.11 3,766.11 3,810.74 3,812.74 3,817.27 3,820.82 3,851.08 3,865.12 3,865.12
Independent Republican James O'Reilly 3.1 2,000 2,001.02 2,008.02 2,016.02 2,018.02 2,092.02 2,268.53 2,397.53 2,405.04 2,447.04
Alliance Michael O'Shea - 1,475 1,503.05 1,557.09 1,558.09 1,561.09 1,565.09 1,588.60 1,605.60 2,209.04
Alliance Denys Rowan-Hamilton - 1,316 1,428.20 1,464.26 1,465.26 1,467.77 1,468.77 1,480.28 1,483.28
Republican Clubs Noel Collins - 648 652.08 652.08 959.08 965.08 1,378.08 1,402.10
Independent Arthur Doran - 653 658.10 678.61 686.63 696.14 705.14
Republican Clubs Edward O'Hagan - 612 613.02 614.02 695.02 695.53
National Front William Annett 0.9 591 668.52 672.52 672.52
Republican Clubs Samuel Dowling - 499 499 502.02
Liberal Berkley Farr 0.1 263 279.32
Electorate: 89,234   Valid: 64,038   Spoilt: 1,359   Quota: 8,005   Turnout: 65,397 (73.2%)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1996 Candidates – South Down, Northern Ireland Elections

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