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Northern Ireland local elections, 1981

Northern Ireland local elections, 1981

1977 ←
20 May 1981
→ 1985

All council seats
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Ulster Unionist Democratic Unionist 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

Interim bodies
Elections
Members
See also

Elections for local government were held in Northern Ireland in 1981.

Results

Overall

Party[1] Councillors Votes
Total +/-  % share Total
Democratic Unionist 142 +68 26.6 176,816
Ulster Unionist 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
Progressive Unionist 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

Antrim

Ards

Armagh

Ballymena

Banbridge

Belfast

Belfast A[2]
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Democratic Unionist John Foster 3,333
Ulster Unionist Jeremy Burchill 2,589
Democratic Unionist Raymond McCrea 2,345
Ulster Unionist Grace Bannister 2,055
Democratic Unionist Sammy Wilson 1,479
Alliance Donnell Deeny 1,439
SDLP Alasdair McDonnell 1,262
Ulster Unionist Billy Blair 900
Alliance Mervyn Jones 766
Ulster Unionist 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
Democratic Unionist Henry Evans 2,513
Unionist Party NI Joshua Cardwell 2,327
Democratic Unionist Bill Morrison 2,152
Ulster Unionist Tommy Patton 2,083
Ulster Unionist William Corry 1,733
Alliance Michael Brown 1,602
Democratic Unionist S. Foster 1,464
Ulster Unionist Dorothy Dunlop 1,248
Democratic Unionist 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
Ulster Unionist Mary Crooks 2,099
Ulster Unionist Andrew Cairns 1,933
Democratic Unionist Brian Gibson 1,503
SDLP Ben Caraher 1,501
Ulster Unionist J. J. Dixon Gilmore 1,326
Democratic Unionist William Stevenson 1,214
Alliance Muriel Pritchard 1,158
Alliance B. Jeffrey 913
Democratic Unionist 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
Ulster Unionist 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
Democratic Unionist George Haffrey 4,142
Ulster Unionist Billy Bell 3,105
Democratic Unionist George Seawright 1,989
Progressive Unionist 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
Ulster Unionist J. Sands 386
Ulster Unionist 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
Democratic Unionist Billy Dickson 1,913
Irish Republican Socialist Sean Flynn 1,639
Workers' Party J. Sullivan 1,002
Democratic Unionist Eric Smyth 952
SDLP Owen Allen 898
Alliance Will Glendinning 844
Ulster Unionist James Stewart 719
SDLP H. G. Fitzmaurice 719
Ulster Unionist L. Cust 638
Ulster Unionist 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
Democratic Unionist Frederick Ashby 1,913
People's Democracy Fergus O'Hare 1,953
New Ulster Political Research Sammy Millar 1,420
Ulster Unionist Cecil Walker 1,173
Workers' Party Seamus Lynch 750
SDLP Brian Feeney 749
Ulster Unionist Herbert Ditty 595
Independent Socialist Gerry Fitt 541
Democratic Unionist 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
Ulster Unionist John Carson 5,014
SDLP Paschal O'Hare 3,057
Democratic Unionist William Annon 3,010
Independent Unionist Frank Millar 1,848
Alliance John Cushnahan 1,739
Labour (NI) Andy Carr 1,000
SDLP Alban Maginness 818
Democratic Unionist William Gault 813
Workers' Party L. McK. Clarke 553
Alliance R. O. Jamison 531
Progressive Unionist D. A. Overend 503
Democratic Unionist Pauline Strong 466
Ulster Unionist Raymond Trimble 408
Turnout 20,480
Democratic Unionist gain from Alliance

Carrickfergus

Castlereagh

Coleraine

Cookstown

Craigavon

Derry

Down

Dungannon

Fermanagh

Larne

Limavady

Lisburn

Magherafelt

Moyle

Newry and Mourne

Newtownabbey

North Down

Omagh

Strabane

References

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