2001 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 Sinn Féin
Seats won 10 6 4
Seat change Decrease 2 Steady Increase 2

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party DUP Independent NI Women's Coalition
Seats won 2 1 0
Seat change Steady Increase 1 Decrease 1

Elections to Down District Council were held on 7 June 2001 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 2001[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SDLP 10 0 2 Decrease2 43.5 41.2 12,308 Decrease4.8
  UUP 6 0 0 Steady 26.1 21.8 6,507 Decrease2.3
  Sinn Féin 4 2 0 Increase2 17.4 17.2 5,156 Increase9.6
  DUP 2 0 0 Steady 8.7 14.3 4,276 Increase2.4
  Independent 1 1 0 Increase1 4.3 5.1 1,521 Increase5.1
  Workers' Party 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.4 115 Decrease2.3

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Down District Council election, 2001
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SDLP UUP Sinn Féin DUP Others
Ballynahinch 39.4 2 24.0 1 13.6 1 23.0 1 0.0 0 5
Downpatrick 52.7 4 9.3 1 21.1 1 2.4 0 14.5 1 7
Newcastle 44.6 3 15.7 1 27.6 2 9.0 0 3.1 0 6
Rowallane 25.1 1 41.8 3 4.4 0 26.2 1 2.5 0 5
Total 41.2 10 21.8 6 17.2 4 14.3 2 5.5 1 23

Districts results

Ballynahinch

1997: 3 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x DUP
2001: 2 x SDLP, 1 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Sinn Féin
1997-2001 Change: Sinn Féin gain from SDLP

Ballynahinch - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SDLP Patrick Toman* 16.74% 1,150          
SDLP Anne Marie McAleenan* 14.01% 962 965 1,456      
DUP Jim Wells 12.55% 862 951 956 961 1,358  
Sinn Féin Francis Branniff 13.64% 937 937 985 1,123 1,125 1,125.85
UUP Harvey Bicker* 11.50% 790 839 855 902 1,022 1,125.7
UUP John Cochrane 9.81% 674 778 789 817 911 1,018.95
DUP William Alexander* 8.63% 593 640 644 649    
SDLP Francis Casement* 8.62% 592 598        
UUP John Reid 2.65% 182          
DUP Alan McIlroy 1.83% 126          
Electorate: 9,997   Valid: 6,868 (68.70%)   Spoilt: 137   Quota: 1,145   Turnout: 7,005 (70.07%)  

Downpatrick

1997: 5 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP
2001: 4 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP, 1 x Independent
1997-2001 Change: Independent gain from SDLP

Downpatrick - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Sinn Féin Éamonn McConvey 13.61% 1,147                
SDLP Peter Craig* 12.78% 1,077                
SDLP Dermot Curran* 12.15% 1,024 1,028.64 1,041.54 1,060.54          
SDLP John Doris* 10.11% 852 854.96 858.04 865.14 882.14 915.32 915.32 1,178.32  
SDLP Ann Trainor 10.07% 849 853.8 855.06 861.1 876.12 890.22 891.22 1,118.22  
Independent Raymond Blaney 9.91% 835 838.44 839.68 868.78 895.78 947.88 961.88 1,025.6 1,051.84
UUP Jack McIlheron* 9.28% 782 782.32 782.44 791.52 805.52 809.52 962.6 970.84 976.58
Sinn Féin Liam Johnston 7.51% 633 697.88 698.54 701.54 707.54 742.02 744.04 787.36 800.07
SDLP Gerard Mahon* 4.79% 404 405.36 405.84 409.84 414.92 420.92 420.92    
SDLP John Irvine 2.76% 233 234.92 235.42 236.44 241.52 252.76 252.76    
DUP John Foster 2.41% 203 203.08 203.12 203.12 203.12 203.12      
Independent Patrick O'Connor 2.05% 173 174.28 174.34 186.36 192.44        
Workers' Party Desmond O'Hagan 1.36% 115 115.24 115.26 117.28          
Independent Helen Honeyman 1.20% 101 101.08 101.38            
Electorate: 13,109   Valid: 8,428 (64.29%)   Spoilt: 238   Quota: 1,054   Turnout: 8,666 (66.11%)  

Newcastle

1997: 3 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP, 1 x Women's Coalition
2001: 3 x SDLP, 2 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP
1997-2001 Change: Sinn Féin gain from Women's Coalition

Newcastle - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
SDLP Eamon O'Neill* 16.92% 1,308      
UUP Gerald Douglas* 15.67% 1,211      
Sinn Féin Willie Clarke 15.05% 1,163      
SDLP Carmel O'Boyle* 12.94% 1,000 1,087.84 1,143.84  
SDLP Peter Fitzpatrick* 9.06% 700 774.08 824.2 1,163.2
Sinn Féin Hugh McDowell* 12.57% 972 985.6 1,036.92 1,084.44
DUP Stanley Priestley 8.99% 695 695.16 707.16 719.48
SDLP Charles McGrath 5.67% 438 461.2 495.68  
Independent David Allister 3.14% 243 246.2    
Electorate: 11,339   Valid: 7,730 (68.17%)   Spoilt: 160   Quota: 1,105   Turnout: 7,890 (69.58%)  

Rowallane

1997: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP
2001: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP
1997-2001 Change: No change

Rowallane - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SDLP Margaret Ritchie* 21.00% 1,440          
DUP William Dick* 17.47% 1,198          
UUP Robert Burgess 16.23% 1,113 1,117.41 1,144.41      
UUP Albert Colmer* 14.98% 1,027 1,035.4 1,051.24 1,058.71 1,262.71  
UUP Edward Rea 10.62% 728 732.83 760.83 762.25 901.46 1,018.5
SDLP Kathleen Stockton 4.07% 279 525.12 565.59 823.93 845.35 847.66
DUP William Walker 8.74% 599 600.47 622.68 623.68    
Sinn Féin Anthony Lacken 4.43% 304 319.96 322.96      
Independent James Marks 2.46% 169 172.36        
Electorate: 10,464   Valid: 6,857 (65.53%)   Spoilt: 142   Quota: 1,143   Turnout: 6,999 (66.89%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Down Council Elections, 1993-2011". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d "Local Government Results 2001". EONI. Retrieved 26 July 2021.