1985 Armagh District Council election
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All 22 seats to Armagh District Council
12 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Ulster Unionist SDLP DUP
Seats won 11 7 3
Seat change Increase 3 Steady Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Sinn Féin UUUP Independent Nationalist
Seats won 1 0 0
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1 Decrease 1

Elections to Armagh District Council were held on 15 May 1985 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used four district electoral areas to elect a total of 22 councillors.

Election results

Armagh District Council Election Result 1985[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Ulster Unionist 11 0 3 Increase3 50.0 43.8 10,287 Increase5.1
  SDLP 7 0 0 Steady 31.8 30.1 7,076 Decrease0.7
  DUP 3 0 0 Steady 13.6 17.0 3,985 Decrease1.5
  Sinn Féin 1 0 0 New 4.5 6.4 1,515 New
  Independent Nationalist 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 2.7 640 Decrease1.5

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Armagh District Council election, 1985
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP SDLP DUP Sinn Féin Others
Armagh City 30.4 2 30.3 2 12.6 1 16.1 1 10.6 0 6
Crossmore 30.6 2 58.5 3 10.9 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 5
Cusher 60.2 4 17.8 1 22.0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 6
The Orchard 48.7 3 21.2 1 20.4 1 9.7 0 0.0 0 5
Total 43.8 11 30.1 7 17.0 2 6.4 1 2.7 0 22

Districts results

Armagh City

1985: 2 x SDLP, 2 x UUP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x DUP

Armagh City - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Sinn Féin Thomas Carroll 16.11% 970          
SDLP John Agnew* 12.27% 739 762.94 920.94      
SDLP Pat Brannigan* 10.16% 612 622.92 861.42      
Ulster Unionist John Doogan 10.71% 645 645.14 646.14 646.14 901.14  
Ulster Unionist George Macartney* 10.30% 620 620.14 625.14 625.9 871.9  
DUP Geoffrey Knipe 12.55% 756 756.14 757.14 757.14 816.14 854.33
Independent Nationalist Bernard McManus* 10.63% 640 699.78 773.84 832.36 835.36 835.93
Ulster Unionist Robert Orr 9.37% 564 564 565 565    
SDLP Oliver Tobin 7.90% 476 487.62        
Electorate: 9,766   Valid: 6,022 (61.66%)   Spoilt: 100   Quota: 861   Turnout: 6,122 (62.69%)  

Crossmore

1985: 3 x SDLP, 2 x UUP

Crossmore - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
SDLP Charles Mallon 22.41% 1,072      
Ulster Unionist Jim Nicholson* 19.84% 949      
SDLP James McKernan* 18.58% 889      
SDLP Thomas McArdle 17.50% 837      
Ulster Unionist Thomas Shilliday 10.72% 513 541 667.88 690.88
DUP Joseph McBride* 10.95% 524 580 603.36 611.36
Electorate: 7,459   Valid: 4,784 (64.14%)   Spoilt: 137   Quota: 798   Turnout: 4,921 (65.97%)  

Cusher

1985: 4 x UUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x DUP

Cusher - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
Ulster Unionist Eric Speers 17.92% 1,267    
SDLP Seamus Mallon* 17.82% 1,260    
Ulster Unionist Thomas Johnston 16.25% 1,149    
DUP Thomas Black* 14.27% 1,009    
Ulster Unionist Robert Turner* 12.74% 901 1,042.4  
Ulster Unionist James Clayton 13.28% 939 993.4 1,059.4
DUP Mervyn Spratt 7.72% 546 570 615
Electorate: 9,467   Valid: 7,071 (74.69%)   Spoilt: 63   Quota: 1,011   Turnout: 7,134 (75.36%)  

The Orchard

1985: 3 x UUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x DUP

The Orchard - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Ulster Unionist Jim Speers* 21.13% 1,189          
DUP Douglas Hutchinson* 20.44% 1,150          
Ulster Unionist Ronald Allen* 15.55% 875 972.23        
Ulster Unionist Samuel Foster* 12.02% 676 823.21 1,027.81      
SDLP Christopher McAnallen 10.88% 612 612.63 612.83 626.43 783.63 794.34
SDLP Francis McIlvanna* 10.29% 579 579.84 580.04 584.64 771.04 773.14
Sinn Féin Brigid McCartan 9.69% 545 545 546.4 546.6    
Electorate: 7,682   Valid: 5,626 (73.24%)   Spoilt: 92   Quota: 938   Turnout: 5,718 (74.43%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Election 1985-1989: Armagh". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d "Local Government Results 1985". EONI. Retrieved 24 July 2021.