2005 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 Sinn Féin UUP
Seats won 10 5 4
Seat change Steady Increase 1 Decrease 2

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Party DUP Green (NI) Independent
Seats won 2 1 0
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 1 Decrease 1

Elections to Down District Council were held on 5 May 2005 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 2005[1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  SDLP 10 0 0 Steady 43.5 37.5 10,276 Decrease3.7
  Sinn Féin 5 1 0 Increase1 21.7 23.1 6,336 Increase5.9
  UUP 4 0 2 Decrease2 17.4 17.3 4,748 Decrease4.5
  DUP 3 1 0 Increase1 13.0 16.3 4,471 Increase2.0
  Green (NI) 1 1 0 Increase1 4.3 3.3 900 Increase3.3
  Alliance 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 2.1 585 Increase2.1
  Workers' Party 0 0 0 Steady 0.0 0.4 97 Steady

Note: "Votes" are the first preference votes.

Districts summary

Results of the Down District Council election, 2005
by district[1]
Ward %
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
%
Cllrs
Total
Cllrs
SDLP Sinn Féin UUP DUP Green Others
Ballynahinch 33.3 2 19.9 1 19.9 1 26.8 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 5
Downpatrick 50.7 4 32.2 2 8.5 0 0.0 0 7.4 1 1.2 0 7
Newcastle 40.4 3 32.3 2 11.3 1 10.4 0 2.1 0 3.5 0 6
Rowallane 22.3 1 4.9 0 32.3 2 32.3 2 2.9 0 5.3 0 5
Total 37.5 10 23.1 5 17.3 4 16.3 3 3.3 1 2.5 0 23

Districts results

Ballynahinch

2001: 2 x SDLP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP
2005: 2 x SDLP, 1 x DUP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP
2001-2005 Change: No change

Ballynahinch - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
DUP Jim Wells* 20.85% 1,305          
Sinn Féin Michael Coogan 19.94% 1,248          
UUP Peter Bowles 12.90% 807 845 847.07 1,211.07    
SDLP Anne Marie McAleenan* 11.92% 746 748.6 832.55 838.98 854.91 1,188.91
SDLP Patrick Toman* 14.01% 877 877.8 934.84 942.5 956.66 1,055.23
DUP Samuel Hanna 5.99% 375 554 554 624.8 735.72 749.85
SDLP Francis Casement 7.38% 462 463 517.51 524.14 548.92  
UUP Walter Lyons 7.00% 438 471 472.61      
Electorate: 9,963   Valid: 6,258 (62.81%)   Spoilt: 106   Quota: 1,044   Turnout: 6,364 (63.88%)  

Downpatrick

2001: 4 x SDLP, 1 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP, 1 x Independent
2005: 4 x SDLP, 2 x Sinn Féin, 1 x Green
2001-2005 Change: Sinn Féin and Green gain from UUP and Independent

Downpatrick - 7 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Sinn Féin Éamonn McConvey* 16.43% 1,259              
SDLP Peter Craig* 13.83% 1,060              
SDLP Dermot Curran* 12.25% 939 965.64            
SDLP John Doris* 11.29% 865 876.28 884.52 976.52        
SDLP Colin McGrath 8.14% 624 633.84 644.84 890.76 964.13      
Sinn Féin Liam Johnston 9.42% 722 837.68 840.68 855.12 866.56 870.24 1,290.24  
Green (NI) Bill Corry 7.37% 565 570.28 597 624.48 632.95 643.07 691.34 780.34
UUP William Murphy 8.48% 650 651.92 659.16 667.64 670.06 671.44 679.87 686.87
Sinn Féin Caitríona Mackel 6.30% 483 596.04 602.52 612.72 615.69 617.99    
SDLP Daniel McEvoy 5.22% 400 406.72 418.2          
Workers' Party Desmond O'Hagan 1.27% 97 99.4            
Electorate: 12,695   Valid: 7,664 (60.37%)   Spoilt: 169   Quota: 959   Turnout: 7,833 (61.70%)  

Newcastle

2001: 3 x SDLP, 2 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP
2005: 3 x SDLP, 2 x Sinn Féin, 1 x UUP
2001-2005 Change: No change

Newcastle - 6 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
SDLP Eamon O'Neill* 19.28% 1,379          
Sinn Féin Willie Clarke* 18.19% 1,301          
SDLP Carmel O'Boyle* 13.09% 936 1,090.18        
Sinn Féin Hugh McDowell* 6.56% 469 479.66 656.54 679.78 682.42 1,146.42
SDLP Peter Fitzpatrick* 8.01% 573 718.08 750.42 903.9 963.42 1,032.6
UUP Gerald Douglas* 11.30% 808 816.32 821.82 907.04 909.68 918.76
DUP Stanley Priestley 10.40% 744 746.86 747.08 760.56 760.8 762.56
Sinn Féin Aíne McEvoy 7.57% 541 555.3 606.34 624.36 626.16  
Alliance Neil Powell 3.52% 252 260.06 266.22      
Green (NI) Peter McCarron 2.07% 148 154.76 159.16      
Electorate: 11,446   Valid: 7,151 (62.48%)   Spoilt: 172   Quota: 1,022   Turnout: 7,323 (63.98%)  

Rowallane

2001: 3 x UUP, 1 x DUP, 1 x SDLP
2005: 2 x UUP, 2 x DUP, 1 x SDLP
2001-2005 Change: DUP gain from UUP

Rowallane - 5 seats[2]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
DUP William Dick* 20.91% 1,326            
SDLP Margaret Ritchie* 17.43% 1,105            
UUP Robert Burgess* 14.64% 928 961 975 975.72 979.76 1,065.76  
UUP Edward Rea* 9.15% 580 589 610.2 612.12 621.12 690.6 1,067.6
DUP William Walker 11.37% 721 913.8 921.2 921.56 926.6 940.8 1,027.24
SDLP Patricia McKay 4.89% 310 310.8 342.8 376.56 592.04 716.04 772
UUP Albert Colmer* 8.47% 537 560.4 570.6 572.12 575.2 649.84  
Alliance Lorna Dunn 5.25% 333 333.8 415 416.64 439.8    
Sinn Féin Mary Robb 4.94% 313 313 319 322.08      
Green (NI) Philip Orr 2.95% 187 188          
Electorate: 10,330   Valid: 6,340 (61.37%)   Spoilt: 89   Quota: 1,057   Turnout: 6,429 (62.24%)  

References

  1. ^ a b "Down Council Elections, 1993-2011". www.ark.ac.uk.
  2. ^ a b c d "Local Government Results 2005". EONI. Retrieved 26 July 2021.