2005 Northern Ireland local elections

Elections for local government were held in Northern Ireland on 5 May 2005, contesting 582 seats in all, along with the 2005 general election across the entire United Kingdom and local elections in England.

2005 Northern Ireland local elections

 2001 5 May 2005 2011 

All council seats
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Ian Paisley Gerry Adams David Trimble
Party DUP Sinn Féin UUP
Seats won 182 126 115
Seat change 51 18 39
Popular vote 208,278 163,205 126,317
Percentage 29.6% 23.2% 18.0%
Swing 8.2% 2.5% 4.9%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Mark Durkan David Ford N/A
Party SDLP Alliance Independent
Seats won 101 30 20
Seat change 16 2 14
Popular vote 121,991 35,149 27,677
Percentage 17.4% 5.0% 4.0%
Swing 2.0% 0.1% 2.6%

Colours denote the winning party with outright control over each council