1989 Down District Council election
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All 23 seats to Down District Council
12 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party SDLP UUP DUP
Seats won 12 8 2
Seat change Increase 2 Increase 1 Decrease 1

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party Alliance Sinn Féin Workers' Party
Seats won 1 0 0
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 2 Decrease 1

Elections to Down District Council were held on 17 May 1989 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used four district electoral areas to elect a total of 23 councillors.

Election results

Down District Council Election Result 1989[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SDLP 12 2 0 Increase2 52.2 49.2 12,227 Increase7.6
  UUP 8 1 0 Increase1 34.8 31.1 7,716 Increase0.8
  DUP 2 0 1 Decrease1 8.7 8.5 2,110 Decrease3.7
  Alliance 1 1 0 Increase1 4.3 2.2 534 Decrease3.0
  Sinn Féin 0 0 2 Decrease2 0.0 4.8 1,194 Decrease1.7
  Workers' Party 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 1.6 393 Decrease2.6
  Ind U 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.4 351 Increase0.8
  Independent Labour 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.8 193 Increase0.8
  Green (NI) 0 0 0 New 0.0 0.4 107 New

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Down District Council election, 1989
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SDLP UUP DUP Alliance Others
Ballynahinch 45.3 2 36.1 2 13.8 1 0.0 0 4.8 0 5
Downpatrick 65.1 5 14.9 1 0.0 0 7.2 1 12.8 0 7
Newcastle 54.2 4 28.1 2 6.9 0 0.0 0 10.8 0 6
Rowallane 26.9 1 50.7 3 16.1 1 0.0 0 6.3 0 5
Total 49.2 12 31.1 8 8.5 2 2.2 1 9.0 0 23

Districts results

Ballynahinch

1985: 2 x SDLP, 2 x UUP, 1 x DUP
1989: 2 x SDLP, 2 x UUP, 1 x DUP
1985-1989 Change: No change

Ballynahinch - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
SDLP Patrick Toman 21.33% 1,222        
UUP James Cochrane* 21.01% 1,204        
SDLP James Magee* 17.19% 985        
UUP Walter Lyons 15.08% 864 865.54 1,053.91    
DUP Thomas Poole* 13.79% 790 791.98 848.47 935.26 967.26
SDLP Patrick King 6.77% 388 630.88 631.51 632.17 750.17
Sinn Féin Patrick McGreevy 2.97% 170 180.12 180.12 180.34  
Green (NI) Philip Allen 1.87% 107 109.2 111.51 115.8  
Electorate: 8,529   Valid: 5,730 (67.18%)   Spoilt: 126   Quota: 956   Turnout: 5,856 (68.66%)

Downpatrick

1985: 4 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x Workers' Party
1989: 5 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance
1985-1989 Change: SDLP and Alliance gain from Sinn Féin and Workers' Party

Downpatrick - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SDLP Dermot Curran* 16.09% 1,198          
UUP Samuel McCartney* 14.91% 1,110          
SDLP John Ritchie* 11.93% 888 918.59 927.23 959.23    
SDLP Sean Quinn* 10.64% 792 823.74 832.38 892.86 983.86  
SDLP Malachi Curran 9.60% 715 803.55 807.39 854.04 926.81 938.01
SDLP John Doris 9.50% 707 744.26 750.98 787.55 845.7 870.5
Alliance Michael Healy 7.17% 534 543.89 665.17 744.33 773.88 779.48
SDLP Mary Breen 7.36% 548 596.53 600.69 645.47 714.39 725.59
Sinn Féin Geraldine Ritchie* 7.35% 547 554.36 555.32 595.88    
Workers' Party Monica Hynds 2.87% 214 217.45 231.21      
Independent Labour William Hampton 2.59% 193 197.14 204.82      
Electorate: 11,698   Valid: 7,446 (63.65%)   Spoilt: 153   Quota: 931   Turnout: 7,599 (64.96%)

Newcastle

1985: 3 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x DUP
1989: 4 x SDLP, 2 x UUP
1985-1989 Change: SDLP and UUP gain from Sinn Féin and DUP

Newcastle - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
UUP Gerald Douglas* 22.00% 1,329            
SDLP Michael Boyd* 21.04% 1,271            
SDLP Eamon O'Neill* 18.09% 1,093            
SDLP Peter Fitzpatrick 8.97% 542 546.32 762.14 792.46 910.9    
UUP William Brown* 6.06% 366 761.28 765.9 781.42 782.26 1,151.26  
SDLP Cathal O'Baoill 6.11% 369 376.56 521.43 588.71 665.15 669.72 679.72
Sinn Féin Sean Fitzpatrick 7.89% 477 477.36 491.22 511.87 534.13 534.85 534.85
DUP John Finlay 6.89% 416 465.68 466.34 470.7 471.33    
Workers' Party Henry Robinson 2.96% 179 183.32 199.16        
Electorate: 9,641   Valid: 6,042 (62.67%)   Spoilt: 166   Quota: 864   Turnout: 6,208 (64.39%)

Rowallane

1985: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP
1989: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP
1985-1989 Change: No change

Rowallane - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
SDLP Margaret Ritchie* 26.91% 1,509        
UUP Samuel Osborne* 23.58% 1,322        
UUP Albert Colmer 13.93% 781 915 1,104.9    
UUP William Biggerstaff* 13.20% 740 892 969.4    
DUP William Dick* 11.63% 652 678 717.3 779.1 1,013.1
Ind U William Walker 6.26% 351 413 461.9 480.8 488.8
DUP William Greer 4.49% 252 311 334.4 371.3  
Electorate: 8,574   Valid: 5,607 (65.40%)   Spoilt: 106   Quota: 935   Turnout: 5,713 (66.63%)

References

  1. ^ a b "Local Government Elections 1985-1989: Down". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d "Local Government Results 1989". EONI. Retrieved 27 July 2021.