1985 Magherafelt District Council election
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All 15 seats to Magherafelt District Council
8 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party

Party SDLP Sinn Féin DUP
Seats won 4 4 4
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 4 Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party

Party UUP Independent Republican Irish Independence
Seats won 3 0 0
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 2 Decrease 1

  Seventh party

Party UUUP
Seats won 0
Seat change Decrease 1

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

Election results

Magherafelt District Council Election Result 1985[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SDLP 4 0 1 Decrease1 26.7 28.2 5,186 Increase2.6
  Sinn Féin 4 4 0 New 26.7 26.0 4,783 New
  DUP 4 0 0 Steady 26.7 24.0 4,405 Steady
  UUP 3 0 1 Decrease1 20.0 19.3 3,562 Increase9.4
  Workers' Party 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.3 239 Decrease0.2
  Alliance 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.2 213 Decrease1.3

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Magherafelt District Council election, 1985
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SDLP Sinn Féin DUP UUP Others
Magherafelt Town 23.1 1 20.4 1 34.5 2 18.6 1 3.4 0 5
Moyola 21.0 1 28.4 1 26.3 2 24.3 1 0.0 0 5
Sperrin 40.6 2 29.5 2 10.7 0 15.3 1 3.9 0 5
Total 28.2 4 26.0 4 24.0 4 19.3 3 2.5 0 15

Districts results

Magherafelt Town

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

Magherafelt Town - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
DUP William McCrea* 32.24% 2,050      
Sinn Féin Bhrighde Mac Giolla 20.40% 1,297      
SDLP Patrick Kilpatrick 16.80% 1,068      
UUP Ernest Caldwell 13.38% 851 975.32 976.34 1,367.34
DUP Barclay Morrow 2.28% 145 956.68 957.02 1,031.74
SDLP Joseph McGlone 6.35% 404 406.4 616.86 687.1
UUP James Artt 5.21% 331 367.48 367.82  
Alliance Harold Hutchinson 3.35% 213 218.28 238  
Electorate: 8,009   Valid: 6,359 (79.40%)   Spoilt: 81   Quota: 1,060   Turnout: 6,440 (80.41%)

Moyola

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

Moyola - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
SDLP Henry McErlean* 15.23% 904 1,200      
Sinn Féin John Davey 15.97% 948 965 1,030    
UUP John Junkin* 16.63% 987 987 994    
DUP Thomas Catherwood 14.10% 837 837 837 1,070  
DUP Thomas Milligan* 12.15% 721 722 722 900 978.44
Sinn Féin Francis McElwee 12.47% 740 752 818 818 818
UUP Alex Montgomery 7.72% 458 458 460    
SDLP Francis Madden 5.74% 341        
Electorate: 7,604   Valid: 5,936 (78.06%)   Spoilt: 160   Quota: 990   Turnout: 6,096 (80.17%)

Sperrin

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

Sperrin - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Sinn Féin Patrick Doherty 16.87% 1,028        
SDLP Patrick Sweeney* 10.59% 645 715 1,037    
SDLP Mary McSorley* 14.20% 865 886 950 1,427  
Sinn Féin Patrick Toner 12.64% 770 806 814 860 1,001
UUP Walter Richardson 15.35% 935 945 946 950 959
DUP John Linton* 10.70% 652 654 655 659 663
SDLP John Bradley 8.32% 507 524 586    
SDLP Francis McKendry* 7.42% 452 478      
Workers' Party Francis Donnelly 3.92% 239        
Electorate: 7,558   Valid: 6,093 (80.62%)   Spoilt: 108   Quota: 1,016   Turnout: 6,201 (82.05%)

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1985-1989: Magherafelt". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c "Local Government Results 1985". EONI. Retrieved 3 August 2021.