1977 Fermanagh District Council election
← 1973 May 18, 1977 (1977-05-18) 1981 →

All 20 seats to Fermanagh District Council
11 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party SDLP UUP UUUP
Seats won 7 6 3
Seat change Increase 3 Decrease 2 Increase 3

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Unity Independent Independent Nationalist
Seats won 2 1 1
Seat change Decrease 2 Increase 1 Decrease 1

  Seventh party
 
Party Independent Unionist
Seats won 0
Seat change Decrease 2

Elections to Fermanagh District Council were held on 18 May 1977 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used five district electoral areas to elect a total of 20 councillors.

Election results

Fermanagh District Council Election Result 1977[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SDLP 7 3 0 Increase3 35.0 25.1 7,392 Increase13.2
  UUP 6 1 3 Decrease2 30.0 30.0 8,804 Increase1.8
  UUUP 3 3 0 New 15.0 14.4 4,229 New
  Unity 2 0 2 Decrease2 10.0 18.1 5,325 Decrease6.2
  Independent 1 1 0 Increase1 5.0 6.2 1,819 Increase1.2
  Independent Nationalist 1 0 1 Decrease1 5.0 2.6 750 Decrease3.8
  Alliance 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.9 547 Decrease5.8
  Unionist Party NI 0 0 0 New 0.0 1.8 527 New

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Fermanagh District Council election, 1977
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SDLP UUP UUUP Unity Others
Area A 23.3 1 30.3 1 0.0 0 27.5 1 18.9 1 4
Area B 17.7 1 43.9 2 19.9 1 16.4 0 2.1 0 4
Area C 15.8 1 22.0 1 14.6 0 28.5 1 19.1 1 4
Area D 37.8 2 29.5 1 22.4 1 4.9 0 5.4 0 4
Area E 31.0 2 24.9 1 16.8 1 12.1 0 15.2 0 5
Total 25.1 7 30.0 6 14.4 3 18.1 2 12.4 2 20

Districts results

Area A

1973: 2 x Unity, 1 x Independent Unionist, 1 x Independent Nationalist
1977: 1 x Unity, 1 x UUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Independent
1973-1977 Change: Independent gain from Unity, Independent Unionist joins UUP and Independent Nationalist joins SDLP

Fermanagh Area A - 4 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
UUP Jack Leahy* 20.69% 1,327    
SDLP Thomas Murray* 15.72% 1,008 1,361  
Independent James McBarron 18.79% 1,205 1,212 1,257
Unity John McCusker* 14.95% 959 1,044 1,054
Unity John McMahon* 12.58% 807 843 847
UUP Thomas Johnston 9.64% 618 620  
SDLP Ann McQuillan 7.63% 489    
Electorate: 7,708   Valid: 6,413 (83.20%)   Spoilt: 189   Quota: 1,283   Turnout: 6,602 (85.65%)

Area B

1973: 3 x UUP, 1 x Unity
1977: 2 x UUP, 1 x UUUP, 1 x SDLP
1973-1977 Change: UUUP and SDLP gain from UUP and Unity

Fermanagh Area B - 4 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
UUP Cecil Noble* 22.09% 1,202            
UUUP Hugh Buchanan 19.86% 1,081 1,100.35          
UUP Norman Brown* 11.65% 634 678.01 735.73 737.73 737.82 737.82 1,270.82
SDLP Damien Campbell 14.19% 772 772.27 790.36 933.36 985.36 1,034.36 1,036.99
Unity Patrick Martin 6.63% 361 361 362 393 467 804 808
UUP Cyril Crozier 10.16% 553 594.58 618.76 619.76 621.85 622.94  
Unity Vera Cleary 5.07% 276 276.09 277.18 280.18 407.18    
Unity Patrick McKenna 4.65% 253 253.18 255.18 263.18      
SDLP Margaret Traynor 3.51% 191 191 196        
Alliance James Henderson 2.19% 119 120.35          
Electorate: 6,755   Valid: 5,442 (80.56%)   Spoilt: 179   Quota: 1,089   Turnout: 5,621 (83.21%)

Area C

1973: 2 x UUP, 1 x Unity, 1 x Independent Nationalist
1977: 1 x UUP, 1 x Unity, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Independent Nationalist
1973-1977 Change: SDLP gain from UUP

Fermanagh Area C - 4 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
UUP Wilson Elliott* 12.70% 763 763 763 764 1,203    
Unity Patrick McCaffrey 17.54% 1,054 1,071 1,089 1,131 1,132 1,625  
SDLP Gerry Gallagher 11.87% 713 837 912 991 994 1,076 1,202
Independent Nationalist Patrick Flanagan* 12.48% 750 818 852 953 968 1,027 1,142
UUUP Cyril Brownlee 14.56% 875 875 876 877 953 955 957
Unity Cornelius Leonard 6.01% 361 368 530 691 693    
UUP Richard Thornton* 9.32% 560 561 561 572      
Independent James Mellor 6.66% 400 410 415        
Unity Patrick Keown 4.96% 298 300          
SDLP Patrick McGovern 3.89% 234            
Electorate: 6,756   Valid: 6,008 (88.93%)   Spoilt: 154   Quota: 1,202   Turnout: 6,162 (91.21%)

Area D

1973: 2 x SDLP, 2 x UUP
1977: 2 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x UUUP
1973-1977 Change: UUUP gain from UUP

Fermanagh Area D - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
UUUP Bert Johnston 22.36% 1,358            
SDLP Thomas Daly* 16.89% 1,026 1,026.2 1,042.2 1,057.3 1,117.3 1,395.3  
SDLP John Maguire* 15.76% 957 957.2 990.2 999.2 1,119.2 1,216.2  
UUP Hugh Keys 11.79% 716 768 777.3 887.9 893.1 894.1 1,172.4
UUP Caldwell McClaughry 10.75% 653 683.5 687.7 725.2 727.2 728.3 945.7
UUP Robert McFarland 6.91% 420 462.6 467.9 518.7 518.7 518.7  
SDLP James Montague 5.15% 313 313.1 329.1 333.2 382.2    
Unity James Gallagher 4.91% 298 298.4 304.4 305.4      
Unionist Party NI Francis Gage* 3.24% 197 201 240.2        
Alliance Patrick Reihill 2.24% 136 137          
Electorate: 7,292   Valid: 6,074 (83.30%)   Spoilt: 130   Quota: 1,215   Turnout: 6,204 (85.08%)

Area E

1973: 2 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Independent Unionist
1977: 2 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x UUUP
1973-1977 Change: UUUP gain from Independent Unionist

Fermanagh Area E - 4 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
SDLP James Lunny* 12.96% 707 768 825 866 1,128        
UUP Raymond Ferguson 14.19% 774 774 810 993 1,001 1,001.48 1,614.48    
UUUP Thomas Scott* 16.77% 915 917 922 945 947 947.16 1,020.16 1,485.16  
SDLP James Donnelly 10.23% 558 581 601 611 789 819.56 825.56 833.56 859.56
Unity James Cox 12.06% 658 698 703 717 760 763.52 770.68 778.68 788.68
UUP Robert Donaldson 10.70% 584 594 604 727 730 730.48      
SDLP Matthew Kelly 7.77% 424 480 511 520          
Unionist Party NI George Cathcart* 6.05% 330 332 447            
Alliance Marjorie Moore 5.35% 292 302              
Independent Thaddeus McKeown 3.92% 214                
Electorate: 7,530   Valid: 5,456 (72.46%)   Spoilt: 171   Quota: 1,092   Turnout: 5,627 (74.73%)

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1973-1981: Fermanagh". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Local Government Results 1977". EONI. Retrieved 18 August 2021.