1997 Banbridge District Council election
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All 17 seats to Banbridge District Council
9 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Ulster Unionist SDLP DUP
Seats won 9 3 3
Seat change Decrease 1 Steady Increase 1

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Party Independent Nationalist Alliance
Seats won 2 0
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1

Elections to Banbridge District Council were held on 21 May 1997 on the same day as the other Northern Irish local government elections. The election used three district electoral areas to elect a total of 17 councillors.

Election results

Banbridge District Council Election Result 1997[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Ulster Unionist 9 0 1 Decrease1 52.9 52.4 8,408 Decrease5.2
  SDLP 3 0 0 Steady 17.6 17.9 2,870 Decrease4.8
  DUP 3 1 0 Increase1 17.6 15.3 2,454 Increase1.8
  Independent Nationalist 2 1 0 Increase1 11.8 9.3 1,501 Increase4.9
  Alliance 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 5.1 822 Increase3.3
  Ind. Unionist 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.8 289 Increase1.8

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Banbridge District Council election, 1997
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
UUP SDLP DUP Alliance Others
Banbridge Town 54.3 3 10.4 1 11.3 1 8.2 0 15.8 1 6
Dromore 57.8 3 15.4 1 16.4 1 4.3 0 6.1 0 5
Knockiveagh 43.3 3 26.8 1 18.4 1 0.0 0 11.5 1 6
Total 52.4 9 17.9 3 15.3 3 5.1 0 9.3 2 17

Districts results

Banbridge Town

1993: 4 x UUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Alliance
1997: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Independent Nationalist
1993-1997 Change: DUP and Independent Nationalist gain from UUP and Alliance

Banbridge Town - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Ulster Unionist Joan Baird* 28.00% 1,438          
Independent Nationalist James Walsh* 15.75% 809          
Ulster Unionist William Bell 11.72% 602 773.99        
Ulster Unionist Derick Bell 7.59% 390 729.08 730.88 752.44    
SDLP Mel Byrne 10.40% 534 536.94 577.34 577.45 577.45 771.45
DUP Cyril Vage 11.31% 581 639.31 641.41 644.6 646.3 675.26
Ulster Unionist Ian Burns* 6.99% 359 460.92 462.02 472.47 487.47 571.21
Alliance Frank McQuaid* 8.24% 423 444.56 469.96 472.05 473.15  
Electorate: 10,351   Valid: 5,136 (49.62%)   Spoilt: 79   Quota: 734   Turnout: 5,215 (50.38%)  

Dromore

1993: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP
1997: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP
1993-1997 Change: No change

Dromore - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Ulster Unionist William McCracken* 28.77% 1,358      
Ulster Unionist Thomas Gribben 14.13% 667 919.84    
Ulster Unionist William Martin* 15.02% 709 876.16    
DUP David Herron* 16.31% 770 836.36    
SDLP Cassie McDermott* 15.44% 729 732.78 735.98 816.98
Ind. Unionist Robert Hill 6.06% 286 349 467.8 539.36
Alliance Julian Crozier 4.28% 202 209.98 218.78  
Electorate: 8,457   Valid: 4,721 (55.82%)   Spoilt: 66   Quota: 787   Turnout: 4,787 (56.60%)  

Knockiveagh

1993: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Independent Nationalist
1997: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP, 1 x Independent Nationalist
1993-1997 Change: No change

Knockiveagh - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Ulster Unionist John Ingram* 18.22% 1,129        
DUP Wilfred McFadden* 17.80% 1,103        
SDLP Seamus Doyle* 15.26% 946        
Ulster Unionist John Hanna* 12.89% 799 862.14 900.14    
Ulster Unionist Violet Cromie* 10.83% 671 844.14 880.78 1,082.03  
Independent Nationalist Malachy McCartan 11.16% 692 694.42 769.64 781.64 799.64
SDLP Oliver Moore 10.66% 661 661.22 692.22 694.22 697.72
Alliance Mary Cook 3.18% 197 200.52      
Electorate: 9,460   Valid: 6,198 (65.52%)   Spoilt: 75   Quota: 886   Turnout: 6,273 (66.31%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Banbridge District Council, 1993-2011". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c "Local Government Results 1997". EONI. Retrieved 21 July 2021.