1997 Omagh District Council election
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All 21 seats to Omagh District Council
11 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Party Sinn Féin SDLP UUP
Seats won 6 6 4
Seat change Steady Increase 1 Steady

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party DUP Alliance Labour Coalition
Seats won 3 1 1
Seat change Steady Steady Increase 1

  Seventh party Eighth party
 
Party Independent Labour Independent Nationalist
Seats won 0 0
Seat change Decrease 1 Decrease 1

Elections to Omagh 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 21 councillors.

Election results

Omagh District Council Election Result 1997[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Sinn Féin 6 0 0 Steady 28.6 31.4 7,024 Increase7.1
  SDLP 6 1 0 Increase1 28.6 23.2 5,183 Decrease1.3
  UUP 4 0 0 Steady 19.0 18.9 4,223 Decrease1.1
  DUP 3 0 0 Steady 14.3 14.6 3,259 Decrease0.8
  Alliance 1 0 0 Steady 4.8 3.3 744 Decrease1.7
  Labour Coalition 1 1 0 New 4.8 3.2 711 New
  Independent Nationalist 0 0 1 Decrease1 0.0 2.5 554 Decrease0.7
  Workers' Party 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.0 457 Increase0.1
  Democratic Left 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.7 148 Decrease0.8
  Ulster Independence 0 0 0 New 0.0 0.2 42 New

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Omagh District Council election, 1997
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
Sinn Féin SDLP UUP DUP Alliance Labour Others
Mid Tyrone 47.1 3 18.9 2 14.6 1 10.1 1 0.7 0 0.0 0 8.6 0 7
Omagh Town 20.0 1 26.9 2 16.2 1 20.3 1 7.2 1 8.8 1 0.6 0 7
West Tyrone 24.3 2 24.7 2 25.8 2 14.6 1 2.8 0 1.8 0 6.0 0 7
Total 31.4 6 23.2 6 18.9 4 14.6 3 3.3 1 3.2 1 5.4 0 21

Districts results

Mid Tyrone

1993: 3 x Sinn Féin, 1 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Independent Nationalist
1997: 3 x Sinn Féin, 2 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x DUP
1993-1997 Change: SDLP gain from Independent Nationalist

Mid Tyrone - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Sinn Féin Patrick McMahon* 16.77% 1,375              
Sinn Féin Sean Clarke* 13.77% 1,129              
UUP Desmond Anderson* 12.51% 1,026              
Sinn Féin Michael McAnespie 11.95% 980 1,148.48            
SDLP Joe Byrne* 9.84% 807 811.68 813.77 817.01 835.01 857.46 868.46 1,092.46
SDLP Seamus Shields* 9.04% 741 761.02 764.63 765.89 772.89 838.67 843.67 994.57
DUP Drew Baxter* 6.62% 543 543 543 543 545 548 960 962.09
Sinn Féin Barney McAleer* 4.66% 382 525.52 629.07 713.76 714.03 724.53 726.05 874.16
Independent Nationalist Brian McGrath* 6.76% 554 561.54 568.19 575.21 578.3 599.82 605.82  
DUP Jim Patterson 3.46% 284 284.26 284.26 284.26 284.26 285.26    
UUP John Anderson 2.12% 174 174.52 174.52 174.52 191.52 197.52    
Democratic Left Patrick McClean 1.80% 148 150.86 151.81 152.08 158.08      
Alliance Paul Gallagher 0.70% 57 57.26 57.26 57.62        
Electorate: 10,661   Valid: 8,200 (76.92%)   Spoilt: 187   Quota: 1,026   Turnout: 8,387 (78.67%)  

Omagh Town

1993: 2 x SDLP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Labour Coalition
1997: 2 x SDLP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP, 1 x Alliance, 1 x Independent Labour
1993-1997 Change: Independent Labour joins Labour Coalition

Omagh Town - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sinn Féin Francis Mackey* 16.85% 1,096                  
SDLP Patrick McGowan* 16.60% 1,080                  
DUP Oliver Gibson* 11.48% 747 747 747 889            
SDLP Vincent Campbell 5.56% 362 365.64 450.64 450.64 450.64 729.92 846.38      
Labour Coalition Johnny McLaughlin* 8.76% 570 583 606 611.25 611.25 676.3 805.92 825.6    
UUP Reuben McKelvey 8.72% 567 567 567.75 577.75 584.35 584.35 585.87 585.87 806.22 806.46
Alliance Ann Gormley* 7.24% 471 474.64 498.14 499.14 500.24 545.24 584.11 595.87 606.12 616.44
UUP William Oldcroft 7.47% 486 486 486 498 506.25 507.25 508.25 508.97 609.82 610.3
DUP Harry Cairns 5.76% 375 375 375.25 434.25 492.55 492.8 493.8 493.8    
Sinn Féin Patrick O'Hagan 3.14% 204 456.46 464.71 464.96 464.96 492.06        
SDLP Stephen McKenna 4.75% 309 315.24 436.74 437.74 437.74          
DUP Keith Mosgrove 3.01% 196 196 196              
Ulster Independence Sandra Jones 0.65% 42 42 42.5              
Electorate: 11,051   Valid: 6,505 (58.86%)   Spoilt: 180   Quota: 814   Turnout: 6,685 (60.49%)  

West Tyrone

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

West Tyrone - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
UUP Arthur McFarland* 16.27% 1,243                
Sinn Féin Kevin McGrade 14.46% 1,105                
UUP Allan Rainey* 9.52% 727 963.67              
DUP Thomas Buchanan* 10.73% 820 843 843 843 849 891.84 1,144.84    
SDLP Liam McQuaid* 10.51% 803 804.15 811.56 825.56 849.47 888.7 892.62 904.62 989.62
Sinn Féin Cathal Quinn 9.86% 753 753.46 875.27 883.27 899.66 913.66 913.66 914.66 978.66
SDLP Patrick McDonnell 8.57% 655 656.15 660.31 671.44 684.7 701.16 702.85 703.85 828.11
SDLP James Connolly 5.58% 426 426 428.08 429.08 460.08 510.83 513.42 519.42 555.01
Workers' Party Tommy Owens 5.07% 387 387.23 389.18 417.18 433.31 448.54 452 459  
DUP Walter McFarland 3.85% 294 309.87 310 310 314.23 324.46      
Alliance George Kerr 2.83% 216 219.68 220.07 221.2 231.43        
Labour Coalition Amanda McLaughlin 1.85% 141 141.46 143.41 148.41          
Workers' Party Tony Winters 0.92% 70 70 70.26            
Electorate: 10,521   Valid: 7,640 (72.62%)   Spoilt: 208   Quota: 956   Turnout: 7,848 (74.59%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Omagh Council Elections, 1997-2011". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c "Local Government Results 1997". EONI. Retrieved 15 August 2021.