1985 Irish local elections

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  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Charles Haughey Garret FitzGerald Dick Spring
Party Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Labour
Leader since 7 December 1979 1 July 1977 1 November 1982
Seats won 441 287 60
Seat change Increase113 Decrease5 Decrease 15
Popular vote 648,070 422,045 109,681
Percentage 45.6 29.7 Decrease4.2%
Swing Increase6.5 Decrease5.4%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
IFF
Leader Tomás Mac Giolla Gerry Adams Neil Blaney
Party Workers' Party Sinn Féin Independent Fianna Fáil
Leader since 14 October 1962 13 November 1983 1972
Last election N/A
Seats won 20 10 6
Seat change Increase 13 Steady 10 Increase 2
Popular vote 43,006 46,391 11073
Percentage 3.0% 3.3% 0.8
Swing Increase 0.3% Increase 1.7% Steady 0.8%

  Seventh party
 
DSP
Leader Jim Kemmy
Party Democratic Socialist Party
Leader since 1972
Seats won 3
Seat change Increase 3
Popular vote 5,472
Percentage 0.4
Swing Increase 0.4% (New)

The 1985 Irish local elections were held in all the counties, cities and towns of Ireland on 20 June 1985.

Results

County, city and town council seats

Party Seats ± First pref. votes % FPV[1][2] ±%
Fianna Fáil 441 Increase 113 648,070 45.6 +6.5
Fine Gael 287 Decrease 5 422,045 29.7 -5.4
Labour 60 Decrease 15 109,681 7.9 -4.2
Workers' Party 20 Increase13 43,006 3.0 +0.8
Sinn Féin 10 Steady 0 46,391 3.3
Independent Fianna Fáil 6 Increase 2 11073 0.8
Democratic Socialist 3 New 5,472 0.4 New
Waterford People's Partyα 1 New 1,681 0.1 New
Green Alliance 0 New 7,446 0.5 New
Communist Party 0 593 0.0
Independent 137,109 9.6 -2.1
 Total 1,421,494 100
"Waterford People's Party" was a local splinter from the Worker's Party. This election was the only election it ever contested as a separate entity, as it subsequent rejoined the Worker's Party.

County and City Councils

Party Seats Seats +/- First Pref. Votes First Pref. % % Change from 2004
Fianna Fáil
Fine Gael
Labour
Workers' Party
Sinn Féin
 Others
 Total

County councils

Authority FF FG Lab WP SF Ind Total
Carlow 10 7 3 1 21
Cavan 14 10 1 25
Clare 17 8 7 32
Cork County 24 19 2 1 2 48
Donegal 11 9 1 8 21
Dublin 17 15 5 2 2 41
Galway County 17 9 4 30
Kerry 13 7 3 4 27
Kildare 10 7 5 3 25
Kilkenny 11 10 3 2 26
Laois 14 9 1 1 25
Leitrim 10 8 4 22
Limerick County 18 10 28
Longford 10 9 2 21
Louth 12 8 2 1 3 26
Mayo 15 14 2 31
Meath 17 10 2 29
Monaghan 10 7 1 2 20
Offaly 12 6 3 21
Roscommon 13 8 5 26
Sligo 11 9 1 4 25
Tipperary North 12 6 1 2 21
Tipperary South 14 8 3 1 26
Waterford County 11 10 2 23
Westmeath 13 5 3 2 23
Wexford 11 6 1 3 21
Wicklow 13 5 4 1 1 24
Totals 360 227 39 4 3 71 728

City councils

Authority FF FG Lab WP SF Other
Cork City 13 8 5 2 3
Dublin City 26 13 2 6 1 4
Galway City 6 5 1 1 2
Limerick City 5 6 1 5
Waterford City 5 4 2 2 2

Town councils

Party Seats +/-
Fianna Fáil
Fine Gael
Labour
Sinn Féin
 Others
 Total

References

Sources

Citations

  1. ^ "County by county first preference vote". The Irish Times. 1 July 1991. Retrieved 21 June 2011. The first two digits of the Fine Gael total vote seem to be transposed in error, based on the other figures and percentages.
  2. ^ "1985 Local Election". irelandelection.com. Retrieved 29 March 2020.

See also