1973 Omagh District Council election
May 30, 1973 (1973-05-30) 1977 →

All 20 seats to Omagh District Council
11 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party UUP SDLP Alliance
Seats won 6 4 3

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Independent Nationalist Ind U Nationalist
Seats won 3 2 1

  Seventh party
 
Party Independent Republican
Seats won 1

Elections to Omagh District Council were held on 30 May 1973 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used four district electoral areas to elect a total of 20 councillors.

Election results

Party Seats ± First Pref. votes FPv% ±%
UUP 6 5,399 28.7%
SDLP 4 3,279 17.4%
Independent Nationalist 3 3,000 16.0%
Alliance 3 2,298 12.2%
Ind U 2 1,737 9.2%
Nationalist 1 934 5.0%
Independent Republican 1 740 3.9%
United Loyalist Coalition 0 771 4.1%
Independent 0 397 2.1%
Unity 0 242 1.3%
Totals 20 18,797 100%

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Districts summary

Results of the Omagh District Council election, 1973
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP SDLP Alliance Nationalist Others
Area A 27.7 1 31.7 3 7.1 0 0.0 0 33.5 2 5
Area B 27.0 1 0.0 0 16.7 1 0.0 0 56.3 2 4
Area C 33.7 3 25.9 2 15.0 1 15.0 1 10.4 0 7
Area D 23.2 1 0.0 0 9.8 1 0.0 0 67.0 2 4
Total 28.7 6 17.4 4 12.2 3 5.0 1 36.7 6 20

Districts results

Area A

1973: 2 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Independent Unionist, 1 x Independent Nationalist

Omagh Area A - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
UUP Arthur McFarland 27.70% 1,456          
SDLP Liam McQuaid 22.66% 1,191          
Ind U Cecil Anderson 16.45% 865 1,424.2        
SDLP John Skelton 9.09% 478 478 478.4 680.16 694.8 825.58
Independent Nationalist P. I. Kelly 11.26% 592 592 593.6 638.58 662.3 737.76
Alliance Seamus McGale 4.45% 234 239.6 261.2 274.72 396.2 483.56
Independent Brendan Harper 5.73% 301 301.8 308.2 324.06 338.7  
Alliance Eamon Logue 2.66% 140 147.2 175.6 204.2    
Electorate: 6,598   Valid: 5,257 (79.68%)   Spoilt: 114   Quota: 877   Turnout: 5,371 (81.40%)  

Area B

1973: 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent Nationalist, 1 x Independent Unionist

Omagh Area B - 4 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
UUP Edgar McDowell 26.99% 1,079          
Ind U Joseph Anderson 10.13% 405 579.46 604.84 609.4 1,031.4  
Independent Nationalist Patrick Donnelly 16.63% 665 665 681 745 746 748
Alliance Patrick Bogan 12.23% 489 490.82 611.76 640.76 665.38 683.38
Independent Nationalist William Shields 13.23% 529 529.52 531.52 618.52 624.52 627.52
Ind U Fred Giboney 11.68% 467 554.1 570.44 570.44    
Independent Nationalist James McGinley 4.75% 190 191.82 192.08      
Alliance John Chambers 4.35% 174 185.7        
Electorate: 5,301   Valid: 3,998 (75.42%)   Spoilt: 89   Quota: 800   Turnout: 4,087 (77.10%)  

Area C

1973: 3 x UUP, 2 x SDLP, 1 x Nationalist, 1 x Alliance

Omagh Area C - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
UUP Cecil Walker 14.51% 901                                    
SDLP Stephen McKenna 11.55% 717 717 736 743 751 767 797                        
UUP Norman Wilson 9.70% 602 651.14 651.14 651.14 651.14 652.14 653.14 653.14 653.21 655.4 680.18 681.18 756.9 769.16 770.16 792.16      
Alliance Albert Cooper 3.67% 228 228.52 228.52 229.52 230.52 230.52 236.52 236.52 261.52 310.52 310.65 323.65 334.78 431.46 468.14 783.14      
Nationalist Paddy McGill 5.67% 352 352 354 371 409 444 478 486.84 494.84 505.84 505.84 529.52 529.52 534.52 598.2 605.2 958.2    
SDLP Gerald McEnhill 6.44% 400 400 410 410 417 425 436 439.4 445.4 455.4 455.4 520.08 521.08 533.08 752.44 767.44 834.44    
UUP Harold McCauley 5.70% 354 385.07 385.07 385.07 385.07 385.07 386.07 386.07 389.07 393.33 408.41 408.41 548.47 555.73 559.73 592.9 596.9 617.9 619.9
United Loyalist Coalition Edward Sayers 5.07% 315 325.53 326.66 326.66 326.66 326.66 328.66 328.66 330.66 332.66 475.65 475.65 490.21 493.47 493.47 518.99 522.99 540.99 540.99
Nationalist Roderick O'Connor 5.17% 321 321 321 343 361 388 413 413 420 430 430 452 452 460 481.36 488.36      
Alliance Victor Leitch 3.64% 226 227.3 227.3 227.3 228.3 230.3 231.3 231.3 251.3 294.56 296.95 299.95 313.08 439.21 450.21        
SDLP Peter Bradley 4.12% 256 256 260 260 265 267 279 281.04 284.72 286.72 286.72 378.76 378.76 383.76          
Alliance Ethne McClelland 2.98% 185 185.52 186.52 187.52 187.52 187.52 187.52 187.52 229.2 274.2 274.46 276.46 279.59            
UUP James Charleton 3.74% 232 246.82 246.82 246.82 246.82 246.82 246.82 246.82 247.82 248.82 257.86 259.86              
SDLP Liam Brogan 3.13% 194 194 197 197 205 211 222 226.08 230.08 232.08 232.08                
United Loyalist Coalition Ernest Marshall 3.09% 192 200.19 200.19 200.19 200.19 200.19 200.19 200.19 200.19 200.19                  
Alliance James Cunningham 2.43% 151 151.65 151.65 152.65 153.65 158.65 161.65 161.65 188.65                    
Alliance Enda McShane 2.30% 143 143.13 144.13 148.13 149.13 152.13 152.13 153.49                      
Independent Nationalist Michael Cunningham 2.17% 135 135 136 138 138 151                          
Nationalist Jackie Martin 1.69% 105 105 105 108 118                            
Nationalist Paddy Doherty 1.42% 88 88 89 99                              
Nationalist Felix McRory 1.10% 68 68 68                                
SDLP Henry Graham 0.69% 43 43.13                                  
Electorate: 8,980   Valid: 6,208 (69.13%)   Spoilt: 73   Quota: 777   Turnout: 6,281 (69.94%)  

Area D

1973: 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent Nationalist, 1 x Independent Republican

Omagh Area D - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
UUP John Johnston 23.25% 775            
Independent Republican Francis McElroy 22.20% 740            
Independent Nationalist Michael McNulty 12.24% 408 411.15 420.03 436.83 471.95 571.06 595.86
Alliance John Hadden 9.84% 328 337.9 343.9 366.5 395.88 427.92 526.37
Independent Nationalist Patrick McCrory 10.02% 334 334 340.48 344.68 406.68 520.2 524.25
United Loyalist Coalition Ivan Burnside 7.92% 264 352.35 352.47 352.47 353.62 362.62  
Unity John Bradley 7.26% 242 242.15 266.99 297.43 325.79    
Independent Nationalist Michael McAteer 4.41% 147 147.45 158.73 181.49      
Independent Michael Donaghy 2.88% 96 96 108.72        
Electorate: 5,274   Valid: 3,334 (63.22%)   Spoilt: 71   Quota: 667   Turnout: 3,405 (64.56%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1973 - 1981: Omagh". Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Local Government Results 1973". EONI. Retrieved 16 August 2021.