1997 Magherafelt District Council election
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All 16 seats to Magherafelt District Council
9 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Sinn Féin SDLP Ulster Unionist
Seats won 5 5 3
Seat change Increase 1 Steady Steady

  Fourth party
 
Party DUP
Seats won 3
Seat change Decrease 1

Elections to Magherafelt 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 16 councillors.

Election results

Magherafelt District Council Election Result 1997[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Sinn Féin 5 1 0 Increase1 31.3 36.5 7,309 Increase13.0
  SDLP 5 0 0 Steady 31.3 22.6 4,528 Decrease10.3
  DUP 3 0 1 Decrease1 18.8 20.6 4,628 Increase2.6
  Ulster Unionist 3 0 0 Steady 18.8 14.3 2,870 Decrease6.0
  Ind. Unionist 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.2 250 Increase1.2
  Workers' Party 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 1.0 193 Decrease0.9
  Independent Labour 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.4 73 Increase0.4
  Green (NI) 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.1 12 Increase0.1

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Magherafelt District Council election, 1997
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
Sinn Féin DUP SDLP UUP Others
Magherafelt Town 24.9 1 23.2 2 39.0 2 11.4 1 1.5 0 6
Moyola 34.1 2 19.2 1 22.0 1 19.9 1 4.8 0 5
Sperrin 51.0 2 25.3 2 9.9 0 12.1 1 1.7 0 5
Total 36.5 5 22.6 5 20.6 3 14.3 3 6.0 0 16

Districts results

Magherafelt Town

1993: 2 x DUP, 2 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP
1997: 2 x DUP, 2 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP
1993-1997 Change: No change

Magherafelt Town - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
DUP William McCrea* 37.50% 2,675      
Sinn Féin Seamus O'Brien 24.91% 1,777      
SDLP Patrick Kilpatrick* 16.11% 1,149      
DUP Paul McLean* 1.50% 107 1,551.6    
SDLP Joseph McBride* 7.00% 499 499.62 1,184.76  
Ulster Unionist George Shiels 11.44% 816 1,007.58 1,008.15 1,514.25
Independent Labour Harry Hutchinson 1.02% 73 78.58 101.95 114.25
Workers' Party Marian Donnelly 0.52% 37 38.24 80.42 81.92
Electorate: 10,104   Valid: 7,133 (70.60%)   Spoilt: 89   Quota: 1,019   Turnout: 7,222 (71.48%)  

Moyola

1993: 2 x DUP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP, 1 x SDLP
1997: 2 x Sinn Féin, 1 x DUP, 1 x UUP, 1 x SDLP
1993-1997 Change: Sinn Féin gain from DUP

Moyola - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Sinn Féin Margaret McKenna* 18.91% 1,180              
Sinn Féin Paul Henry 15.21% 949 1,067.25            
Ulster Unionist John Junkin* 14.13% 882 882 922 922 1,231      
DUP Thomas Catherwood* 13.28% 829 829.11 913.11 913.11 980.11 1,106.4    
SDLP Patrick McErlean* 11.65% 727 733.49 753.49 771.73 771.73 774.65 774.65 1,218.65
DUP Thomas Wilson* 8.67% 541 541 592 592 641 699.4 762.88 763.88
SDLP Francis Kearney 7.50% 468 470.2 477.42 485.28 485.28 487.47 488.39  
Ulster Unionist Norman Montgomery 5.80% 362 362 431 431        
Ind. Unionist James Mulholland 4.01% 250 250            
Workers' Party Patrick Scullion 0.85% 53 53.66            
Electorate: 8,175   Valid: 6,241 (76.34%)   Spoilt: 135   Quota: 1,041   Turnout: 6,376 (77.99%)  

Sperrin

1993: 2 x Sinn Féin, 2 x SDLP, 1 x UUP
1997: 2 x Sinn Féin, 2 x SDLP, 1 x UUP
1993-1997 Change: No change

Sperrin - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Sinn Féin Patrick Groogan* 27.00% 1,801        
Sinn Féin John Kelly 24.01% 1,602        
SDLP Kathleen Lagan* 17.54% 1,170        
SDLP Francis McKendry 7.72% 515 1,059.62 1,416.32    
Ulster Unionist Robert Montgomery* 12.14% 810 810 810 810.87 851.45
DUP Rodney Mitchell 9.86% 658 658 658 658.87 701.41
Workers' Party Francis Donnelly 1.54% 103 218.71 328.33 444.04  
Green (NI) Judith Stephens 0.18% 12 34.62 53.76 72.9  
Electorate: 8,541   Valid: 6,671 (78.11%)   Spoilt: 102   Quota: 1,112   Turnout: 6,773 (79.30%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Magherafelt Council Elections, 1993-2011". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c "Local Government Results 1997". EONI. Retrieved 3 August 2021.