1985 Derry City Council election
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All 30 seats to Derry City Council
16 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party SDLP Sinn Féin DUP
Seats won 14 5 5
Seat change Steady Increase 5 Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party UUP Irish Independence
Seats won 5 1
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 3

Elections to Derry City Council were held on 15 May 1985 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used five district electoral areas to elect a total of 30 councillors.

Election results

Derry City Council Election Result 1985[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SDLP 14 0 0 Steady 46.7 41.9 15,264 Increase0.6
  DUP 5 0 0 Steady 16.7 17.3 6,317 Decrease1.3
  Sinn Féin 5 5 0 New 16.7 17.1 6,218 New
  UUP 5 1 0 Increase1 16.7 13.1 4,778 Decrease2.5
  Irish Independence 1 0 3 Decrease3 3.3 7.2 2,630 Decrease6.5
  Alliance 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.7 971 Decrease3.7
  Workers' Party 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.7 253 Increase0.3

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Derry City Council election, 1985
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SDLP DUP Sinn Féin UUP IIP Others
Cityside 46.5 3 0.0 0 39.6 3 0.0 0 10.0 0 3.9 0 6
Northland 53.7 3 5.4 0 15.5 1 11.3 1 10.9 1 3.2 0 6
Rural 38.2 3 29.3 2 6.4 0 22.9 2 3.2 0 0.0 0 7
Shantallow 58.8 4 0.0 0 25.3 1 0.0 0 10.6 0 5.3 0 5
Waterside 18.5 1 42.4 3 6.2 0 24.2 2 3.3 0 5.4 0 6
Total 41.9 14 17.3 5 17.1 5 13.1 5 7.2 1 3.4 0 30

Districts results

Cityside

1985: 3 x SDLP, 3 x Sinn Féin

Cityside - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SDLP Patrick Devine* 12.94% 836 844 850 851 1,077          
Sinn Féin Anne McGuinness 13.47% 870 883 891 909 918 918 981      
Sinn Féin Hugh Brady 13.12% 848 857 875 890 893 893.73 967.73      
Sinn Féin Mitchel McLaughlin 12.97% 838 850 854 900 908 908 960      
SDLP Tony Carlin 10.85% 701 701 708 721 792 835.8 890.26 894.26 914.26 920.26
SDLP Pat Ramsey 7.89% 510 513 515 551 643 671.47 698.66 704.66 712.66 716.66
SDLP Jim Clifford 7.72% 499 501 513 548 592 662.08 693.08 697.08 702.08 703.08
Irish Independence Liam Bradley* 5.71% 369 414 498 539 564 572.03        
SDLP William Keys* 7.10% 459 463 467 492            
Workers' Party Eamonn Melaugh 3.92% 253 256 277              
Irish Independence Samuel Brown 2.23% 144 170                
Irish Independence John McChrystal* 2.07% 134                  
Electorate: 10,598   Valid: 6,461 (60.96%)   Spoilt: 213   Quota: 924   Turnout: 6,674 (62.97%)  

Northland

1985: 3 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP, 1 x IIP

Northland - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SDLP John Tierney* 18.32% 1,417                  
Sinn Féin Bernard McFadden 13.78% 1,066 1,074.14 1,079.14 1,190.14            
UUP David Davis* 11.30% 874 874 874 875 928 1,329        
SDLP Leonard Green* 10.34% 800 885.36 893.24 900.56 940 942 952 957 1,220  
SDLP Anna Gallagher* 9.13% 706 752.42 760.86 772.3 819.96 820.96 831.96 834.96 1,024.16 1,100.16
Irish Independence Fergus McAteer* 8.81% 681 699.92 731.8 811.12 821.12 822.12 827.12 875.12 947.66 949.16
SDLP William McCorriston* 7.69% 595 681.68 686.68 691.22 716.88 716.88 723.88 727.88 886.56 922.56
SDLP John Kerr 8.26% 639 682.12 684.78 688.22 714.1 714.1 723.1 723.1    
DUP John Noble 5.39% 417 417 417 419 425          
Alliance Mary Breen 3.15% 244 247.52 248.52 251.52            
Sinn Féin James McKnight 1.69% 131 135.62 135.62              
Irish Independence Annie Burke 1.27% 98 100.64 106.64              
Irish Independence John McCool 0.85% 66 69.08                
Electorate: 12,243   Valid: 7,734 (63.17%)   Spoilt: 191   Quota: 1,105   Turnout: 7,925 (64.73%)  

Rural

1985: 3 x SDLP, 2 x DUP, 2 x UUP

Rural - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
SDLP John McNickle* 11.54% 1,004 1,016 1,040 1,042 1,146      
DUP William Hay* 11.58% 1,008 1,008 1,008 1,048 1,048 1,048 1,390  
DUP Ellis Allen 9.32% 811 811 811 841 841 841 1,126  
UUP John Adams 8.89% 774 774 775 1,045 1,048 1,048 1,076 1,174
UUP Ernest Hamilton 7.88% 686 686 686 853 853 853 928 1,088
SDLP Annie Courtney 11.09% 965 969 1,028 1,029 1,071 1,078.36 1,078.36 1,080.36
SDLP Hugh O'Neill 8.02% 698 702 801 802 875 910.88 915.88 915.88
SDLP George Peoples* 7.61% 662 667 685 688 744 758.72 759.72 759.72
DUP Mervyn Lindsay 8.39% 730 731 731 742 742 742    
Sinn Féin Edward McGowan 3.49% 304 516 565 565        
UUP Robert Bond* 6.09% 530 530 532          
Irish Independence Michael Breslin 3.17% 276 285            
Sinn Féin Patrick McNaught 2.92% 254              
Electorate: 12,752   Valid: 8,702 (68.24%)   Spoilt: 185   Quota: 1,088   Turnout: 8,887 (69.69%)  

Shantallow

1985: 4 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin

Shantallow - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
SDLP William O'Connell* 19.83% 1,117              
SDLP Mary Bradley 19.42% 1,094              
SDLP Noel McKenna 11.63% 655 743.96 772.1 776.4 783.62 883.14 890.28 951.36
Sinn Féin Gerard Doherty 8.87% 500 501.28 504.78 511.38 517.7 520.7 754.14 796.6
SDLP Teresa Coyle 7.90% 445 513.48 615.4 629.12 641.66 704.52 707.94 761.88
Sinn Féin William McCartney 8.68% 489 490.44 491.7 505 518.14 519.3 686.78 734.22
Irish Independence Robert Hegarty 4.31% 243 246.04 248.14 290.44 474.3 482.76 498.9  
Sinn Féin Susan O'Hagan 7.72% 435 436.12 437.24 439.56 450.86 453.02    
Alliance Gerard O'Grady 5.29% 298 302.32 304.56 308.88 316.34      
Irish Independence James Nicholl 3.27% 184 187.52 191.02 270.44        
Irish Independence Thomas Mullan 3.08% 174 176.72 179.94          
Electorate: 9,401   Valid: 5,634 (59.93%)   Spoilt: 204   Quota: 940   Turnout: 5,838 (62.10%)  

Waterside

1985: 3 x DUP, 2 x UUP, 1 x SDLP

Waterside - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
DUP Gregory Campbell* 30.05% 2,374                
DUP Margaret Buchanan* 10.27% 811 1,402.76              
UUP James Guy* 10.35% 818 920.96 937.04 999.92 1,001.92 1,159.96      
SDLP Michael Fegan* 11.06% 874 875.56 875.56 875.56 985.56 1,071.56 1,201.56    
UUP George Duddy 5.90% 466 532.56 556.56 637.68 638.92 690.48 691.48 693.48 1,136.44
DUP Annette Hamilton 2.10% 166 560.16 777.84 786.08 786.08 803.16 803.16 803.16 894.12
SDLP Paul O'Donnell 7.44% 588 588.52 588.52 589.52 640.52 674.52 762.52 817.52 820.52
UUP Robert Ferris* 5.84% 461 508.84 517.48 543.52 544.52 594.52 597.52 597.52  
Sinn Féin Michael Roddy 6.11% 483 483 483 484 535 535      
Alliance Robert McCullough 5.43% 429 434.2 434.92 439.92 446.92        
Irish Independence Robert Concannon 3.30% 261 262.04 263 263.52          
UUP Andrew McManus 2.14% 169 185.64 187.56            
Electorate: 11,705   Valid: 7,900 (67.49%)   Spoilt: 144   Quota: 1,129   Turnout: 8,044 (68.72%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1985-1989: Derry". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Local Government Results 1985". EONI. Retrieved 11 August 2021.