South Down (Assembly constituency)


South Down (Irish: An Dún Theas, Ulster Scots: Sooth Doon) is an electoral constituency for the Northern Ireland Assembly. It lies in the southern portion of County Down.

South Down
Northern Ireland Assembly
Parliamentary Constituency
South Down shown within Northern Ireland
Current constituency
Created1973
Seats6 (1996–2016)
5 (2017–)
MLAs
DistrictsNewry, Mourne and Down District Council
EP constituencyNorthern Ireland

The seat was first used for a Northern Ireland-only election for the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1973. It usually shares the same boundaries as the South Down UK Parliament constituency, however the boundaries of the two constituencies were slightly different from 1983 to 1986 as the Assembly boundaries had not caught up with Parliamentary boundary changes and from 1996 to 1997 when members of the Northern Ireland Forum had been elected from the newly drawn Parliamentary constituencies but the 51st Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected in 1992 under the 1983–95 constituency boundaries, was still in session.

Members were then elected from the constituency to the 1975 Constitutional Convention, the 1982 Assembly, the 1996 Forum and then to the current Assembly from 1998.

Some of the most high-profile MLA's for the constituency have included Caitríona Ruane, Margaret Ritchie, and John McCallister.

For further details on the history and boundaries of the constituency, see South Down (UK Parliament constituency).

Members


Election MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
MLA
(Party)
1973 Patrick O'Donoghue
(SDLP)
Eddie McGrady
(SDLP)
Frank Feely
(SDLP)
Brian Faulkner
(UUP/UPNI)
Herbert Heslip
(UUP)
Ronald Broadhurst
(UUP)
Cecil Harvey
(Vanguard)
1975 Peter Brush
(UUP)
1982 Raymond McCullough
(UUP)
William Brown
(UUP)
Jim Wells
(DUP)
George Graham
(DUP)
1985
by-election
Jeffrey Donaldson
(UUP)
1996 Mick Murphy
(Sinn Féin)
Margaret Ritchie
(SDLP)
Hugh Carr
(SDLP)
Dermot Nesbitt
(UUP)
5 seats
1996–1998
1998 Eamon O'Neill
(SDLP)
P. J. Bradley
(SDLP)
Jim Wells
(DUP)
6 seats
1998–2017
2003 Caitríona Ruane
(Sinn Féin)
Willie Clarke
(Sinn Féin)
Margaret Ritchie
(SDLP)
2007 John McCallister
(UUP/Independent)
2011 Karen McKevitt
(SDLP)
April 2012
co-option
Chris Hazzard
(Sinn Féin)
Seán Rogers
(SDLP)
2016 Colin McGrath
(SDLP)
Sinéad Bradley
(SDLP)
Harold McKee
(UUP)
2017 Sinéad Ennis
(Sinn Féin)
5 seats
2017–present
5 seats
2017–present
June 2017
co-option
Emma Rogan
(Sinn Féin)

Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns. For details of the order in which seats were won at each election, see the detailed results of that election.

Elections


Northern Ireland Assembly

2017
2017 Assembly election: South Down – 5 Seats[1]
PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6
Sinn Féin Sinéad Ennis 20.8 10,256
Sinn Féin Chris Hazzard 17.9 8,827
SDLP Sinéad Bradley 14.8 7,323 7,487 8,906.12
DUP Jim Wells 15.8 7,786 8,088 8,091.36 8,091.64 10,821.64
SDLP Colin McGrath 10.3 5,110 5,202 5,512.80 6,043.68 6,632.42 7,228.42
Alliance Patrick Brown 9.2 4,535 4,883 5,101.64 5,194.88 6,007.82 6,730.82
UUP Harold McKee 8.4 4,172 4,509 4,522.44 4,527.76
TUV Lyle Rea 1.3 630
Green (NI) Hannah George 1.0 483
Independent Patrick Clarke 0.4 192
NI Conservatives Gary Hynds 0.2 85
Electorate: 75,415   Valid: 49,399   Spoilt: 535 (1.07%)   Quota: 8,234   Turnout: 49,932 (66.21%)
    2016
    2016 Assembly election: South Down – 6 Seats
    PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8
    DUP Jim Wells 12.3 5,033 5,183 6,470
    UUP Harold McKee 8.5 3,481 3,812 5,168 5,567 6,141
    Sinn Féin Chris Hazzard 12.3 5,045 5,142 5,144 5,321 5,321.50 7,277.50
    SDLP Sinéad Bradley 12.3 5,059 5,231 5,241 5,828 5,834 6,144
    Sinn Féin Caitríona Ruane 10.2 4,191 4,240 4,244 4,335 4,335 5,415 6,664.50
    SDLP Colin McGrath 10.4 4,288 4,429 4,440 5,033 5,038 5,121 5,190 5,397
    SDLP Seán Rogers 8.7 3,564 3,699 3,721 4,076 4,086.50 4,227.50 4,309 4,595.75
    Sinn Féin Michael Gray-Sloan 8.6 3,520 3,571 3,572 3,665 3,665
    Alliance Patrick Brown 5.4 2,200 2,841 2,869
    TUV Henry Reilly 6.6 2,718 2,800
    Independent John McCallister 2.8 1,156
    Green (NI) John Hardy 2.0 820
    Electorate: 77,409   Valid: 41,075   Spoilt: 570 (1.37%)   Quota: 5,868   Turnout: 53.80%
      2011
      2011 Assembly Election: South Down - 6 seats
      PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9
      SDLP Margaret Ritchie 20.4 8,506
      Sinn Féin Caitríona Ruane 14.3 5,955 6,192.15
      DUP Jim Wells 12.5 5,200 5,284.84 5,354.56 5,404.28 6,543.28
      UUP John McCallister 10.6 4,409 4,480.92 4,624.88 4,714.77 5,679.90 6,329.60
      Sinn Féin Willie Clarke 9.3 3,882 3,957.95 3,992.50 4,094.15 4,101.46 4,103.20 6,777.20
      SDLP Karen McKevitt 9.0 3,758 4,318.79 4,432.71 4,675.33 4,702.43 4,707.27 4,842.93 5,277.28 5,347.46
      SDLP Eamon O'Neill 6.4 2,633 3,844.72 3,959.19 4,222.77 4,251.35 4,259.47 4,449.46 4,826.14 4,882.98
      Sinn Féin Naomi Bailie 7.3 3,050 3,150.44 3,161.06 3,305.46 3,306.77 3,308.51
      UKIP Henry Reilly 5.6 2,322 2,353.29 2,373.70 2,398.94
      Green (NI) Cadogan Enright 2.7 1,107 1,227.28 1,238.75
      Alliance David Griffin 2.1 864 915.15
      Electorate: 73,240   Valid: 41,276   Spoilt: 825 (1.94%)   Quota: 5,961   Turnout: 58.10%
        2007
        2007 Assembly Election: South Down - 6 seats
        PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11
        Sinn Féin Caitríona Ruane 13.7 6,334 6,336 6,337 6,337 6,428 6,450 6,676
        Sinn Féin Willie Clarke 11.1 5,138 5,145 5,152 5,154 5,259 5,273 5,412 7,382
        SDLP Margaret Ritchie 12.7 5,838 5,870 5,887 5,892 6,026 6,055 6,429 6,945
        SDLP P. J. Bradley 12.3 5,652 5,662 5,682 5,684 5,772 5,829 6,190 6,286 6,650.32
        DUP Jim Wells 12.0 5,542 5,546 5,605 5,763 5,792 6,188 6,240 6,248 6,250.97 8,462.97
        UUP John McCallister 9.6 4,447 4,448 4,553 4,637 4,819 5,230 5,370 5,377 5,384.92 6,046.91 7,720.91
        SDLP Michael Carr 6.4 2,972 2,976 2,986 2,989 3,062 3,093 3,354 3,422 3,830.87 3,853.87 3,882.87
        DUP William Burns 5.7 2,611 2,613 2,667 2,721 2,741 3,040 3,061 3,062 3,064.97
        Sinn Féin Eamonn McConvey 5.8 2,662 2,678 2,679 2,679 2,703 2,703 2,778
        Green (NI) Ciaran Mussen 3.5 1,622 1,646 1,675 1,685 2,008 2,043
        UKIP Henry Reilly 2.7 1,229 1,229 1,239 1,326 1,354
        Alliance David Griffin 1.5 691 700 743 755
        Independent Republican Martin Cunningham 0.9 434 441 448 448
        UK Unionist Frederick Wharton 0.9 424 424 443
        NI Conservatives Peter Bowles 0.8 391 391
        Labour Party NI Malachi Curran 0.3 123
        Electorate: 71,704   Valid: 46,110   Spoilt: 513 (1.10%)   Quota: 6,588   Turnout: 65.02%
          2003
          2003 Assembly Election: South Down - 6 seats
          PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9
          DUP Jim Wells 15.0 6,789
          SDLP P. J. Bradley 11.8 5,337 5,337.36 5,355.36 5,682.96 7,136.96
          UUP Dermot Nesbitt 11.8 5,368 5,411 5,420 5,759.04 5,797.20 5,802.72 5,822.72 8,325.72
          Sinn Féin Caitríona Ruane 11.3 5,118 5,118 5,124 5,211.08 5,415.08 5,450.04 6,024.42 6,026.54 6,035.54
          Sinn Féin Willie Clarke 9.0 4,083 4,083.08 4,092.08 4,185.16 4,268.20 4,278.78 5,920.74 5,926.44 5,934.44
          SDLP Margaret Ritchie 9.4 4,261 4,261.76 4,313.76 4,665.32 4,848.36 4,921.50 5,419.96 5,477.96 5,733.96
          SDLP Eamon O'Neill 8.7 3,942 3,942.92 3,963.92 4,220.24 4,692.32 5,215.34 5,350.34 5,411.52 5,697.52
          UUP Jim Donaldson 6.4 2,885 2,984.52 2,989.52 3,254.96 3,264.12 3,265.96 3,269.42
          Sinn Féin Eamonn McConvey 6.2 2,806 2,806.12 2,833.12 2,961.16 2,986.16 2,990.30
          SDLP Marion Fitzpatrick 5.3 2,382 2,382.44 2,409.44 2,555.64
          Green (NI) Raymond Blaney 1.8 799 799.76 851.76
          NI Women's Coalition Trudy Miller 1.2 565 565.60 589.60
          Alliance Neil Powell 1.1 489 489.48 495.48
          UK Unionist Nelson Wharton 0.5 245 360.64 362.72
          Independent Malachi Curran 0.4 162 162.08
          Workers' Party Desmond O'Hagan 0.3 115 115.08
          Electorate: 70,149   Valid: 45,346   Spoilt: 666   Quota: 6,479   Turnout: 46,012 (65.6)
            1998
            1998 Assembly Election: South Down - 6 seats
            PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11
            SDLP Eddie McGrady 20.2 10,373
            Sinn Féin Mick Murphy 12.2 6,251 6,418.33 6,514.51 6,517.51 6,574.08 7,761.08
            UUP Dermot Nesbitt 10.7 5,480 5,507.84 5,524.03 5,788.90 6,133.54 6,137.99 6,137.99 7,770.99
            SDLP P. J. Bradley 10.8 5,571 6,218.28 6,313.44 6,317.31 6,485.16 6,563.40 6,665.52 6,716.39 6,739.49 7,390.23
            DUP Jim Wells 9.4 4,826 4,830.06 4,840.35 5,261.35 5,270.35 5,272.35 5,273.27 5,631.85 5,792.85 5,849.34 8,170.34
            SDLP Eamon O'Neill 7.0 3,582 4,752.73 4,889.94 4,892.52 5,006.57 5,144.92 5,289.36 5,323.39 5,342.29 6,120.06 6,163.20
            SDLP Hugh Carr 7.3 3,731 4,132.36 4,230.24 4,232.24 4,379.71 4,438.47 4,501.03 4,517.90 4,528.40 5,114.14 5,186.72
            UK Unionist Frederick Wharton 5.0 2,576 2,577.16 2,581.16 2,886.45 2,904.74 2,905.74 2,906.20 3,125.36 3,271.66 3,313.71
            NI Women's Coalition Anne Carr 3.2 1,658 1,811.41 2,000.03 2,009.32 2,563.74 2,675.11 2,785.05 2,890.12 2,955.57
            UUP Norman Hanna 3.8 1,939 1,946.83 1,962.28 2,481.15 2,642.73 2,646.73 2,647.65
            Sinn Féin Garret O'Fachtna 3.0 1,520 1,603.81 1,697.41 1,697.70 1,716.73
            Alliance Anne-Marie Cunningham 2.9 1,502 1,586.39 1,675.63 1,697.50
            Independent Unionist George Graham 3.0 1,562 1,567.51 1,578.51
            Labour Party NI Malachi Curran 1.0 498 634.01
            Workers' Party Des O'Hagan 0.2 130 151.17
            Independent Labour Patrick O'Connor 0.2 121 148.84
            Natural Law Thomas Mullins 0.1 33 38.51
            Electorate: 71,027   Valid: 51,353   Spoilt: 989 (1.89%)   Quota: 7,337   Turnout: 73.69%

              1996 Forum

              Successful candidates are shown in bold.[2]

              Party Candidate(s) Votes Percentage
              SDLP Eddie McGrady
              Hugh Carr
              Margaret Ritchie
              Marietta Farrell
              John Doris
              20,220 43.2
              UUP Dermot Nesbitt
              Frederick Wharton
              Gerry Douglas
              Albert Colmer
              William Martin
              10,379 22.2
              Sinn Féin Mick Murphy
              Frank McDowell
              Martin Gough
              Deidre Clark
              6,142 13.1
              DUP William Alexander
              John Finlay
              William Burns
              5,060 10.8
              Alliance Julian Crozier
              Michael Healy
              1,685 3.6
              Labour coalition Malachi Curran
              Patrick O'Connor
              Edna Furey
              James Masson
              Michael Kearney
              927 2.0
              PUP George Graham
              James McDonald
              497 1.1
              NI Women's Coalition Bronagh Lawson
              Claire Hannah
              Lynn Carvill
              Ursula Leahy
              464 1.0
              Ulster Democratic Norma Coulter
              Denis Paisley
              404 0.9
              Green (NI) Maggie Burch
              Eugene O'Shea
              Christopher Busby
              251 0.6
              NI Conservatives Paul Megarity
              Michael Henderson
              197 0.4
              Workers' Party Marie O'Hagan
              Eddie O'Hagan
              162 0.4
              Ulster Independence Samuel Pollock
              Stanley Watson
              James McElrath
              130 0.3
              Democratic Partnership William Leneghan
              Sean O'Baoill
              117 0.2
              Democratic Left Veronica McEneaney
              Jim Ryan
              65 0.1
              Natural Law Desmond Garrett
              William McCarthy
              30 0.1
              Independent Chambers George Chambers
              Doreen Larmour
              18 0.0

              1985 by-election

              17 October 1985 by-election: South Down - 1 seat
              PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1
              UUP Jeffrey Donaldson 86.1% 17,528
              Independent Unionist Ethel Smyth 13.9% 2,838
              Electorate: 98,126   Valid: 20,366   Spoilt: 0   Quota: 10,184   Turnout: 20,366 (21.3%)

                1982

                1982 Assembly election: South Down - 7 seats
                PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10
                SDLP Frank Feely 12.5% 7,391
                SDLP Eddie McGrady 12.4% 7,313 7,636
                UUP William Brown 8.8% 5,220 5,227 5,234 5,441 7,593
                SDLP Patrick O'Donoghue 10.0% 5,916 6,252 6,440 6,449 6,455 8,181
                UUP Raymond McCullough 9.8% 5,802 5,808 5,809 5,903 6,451 6,458 6,471 6,497 9,553
                DUP George Graham 6.9% 4,075 4,081 4,082 5,366 5,533 5,543 5,548 5,552 6,518 7,596
                DUP Jim Wells 6.4% 3,779 3,783 3,783 5,361 5,474 5,488 5,503 5,505 5,663 5,937
                Alliance Patrick Forde 6.2% 3,646 3,999 4,027 4,047 4,148 4,346 4,707 4,709 4,879 5,101
                UUP William Coulter 6.4% 3,787 3,794 3,795 3,828 4,490 4,497 4,508 4,663
                Sinn Féin Cyril Toman 5.7% 3,393 3,772 3,795 3,805 3,806
                UUP William Martin 6.0% 3,562 3,567 3,568 3,798
                DUP Ethel Smyth 5.9% 3,495 3,507 3,508
                Workers' Party Thomas Moore 2.8% 1,676
                Electorate: 93,261   Valid: 59,055   Spoilt: 2,137 (3.49%)   Quota: 7,382   Turnout: 61,192 (65.6%)

                  1975 Constitutional Convention

                  1975 Constitutional Convention: South Down - 7 seats
                  PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9
                  SDLP Frank Feely 16.0 9,730
                  Vanguard Cecil Harvey 14.6 8,843
                  SDLP Eddy McGrady 11.9 7,257 8,560.28
                  SDLP Patrick O'Donoghue 11.0 6,657 7,335.26 7,336.52 8,231.08
                  Unionist Party NI Brian Faulkner 9.9 6,035 6,048.20 6,075.78 6,078.50 6,114.34 6,127.14 6,608.72 6,687.12 8,512.12
                  UUP Peter Brush 10.4 6,293 6,294.32 6,520.56 6,520.46 6,520.46 6,520.56 6,813.24 6,891.16 6,995
                  UUP Herbert Heslip 10.5 6,380 6,384.84 6,643.70 6,643.86 6,644.50 6,645.72 6,726.26 6,736.72 6,838.18
                  DUP David Herron 6.2 3,752 3,757.28 4,464 4,464.16 4,464.16 4,465.16 4,536.28 4,552.50 4,624.66
                  Alliance Anthony Williamson 2.7 1,612 1,659.96 1,660.24 1,676.08 1,882.80 1,931.02 1,937.46 2,136.46
                  Alliance Denys Rowan-Hamilton 2.5 1,509 1,518.02 1,520.82 1,529.46 1,678.42 1,714.02 1,757.02 1,950.58
                  Republican Clubs Raymond Blaney 1.6 1,002 1,018.50 1,018.64 1,022.16 1,056.72 1,672.28 1,673.50
                  Unionist Party NI Ronald Broadhurst 1.6 994 995.1 1,001.96 1,002.44 1,007.08 1,007.08
                  Republican Clubs Gerard O'Hanlon 1.1 680 706.18 706.18 721.38 843.30
                  Electorate: 89,912   Valid: 60,744   Spoilt: 2,129 (3.39%)   Quota: 7,594   Turnout: 62,873 (69.93%)

                    1973

                    1973 Assembly election: South Down - 7 seats
                    PartyCandidateFPv%Count 1Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9Count 10Count 11Count 12Count 13Count 14Count 15Count 16Count 17
                    UUP Brian Faulkner 25.4 16,287
                    SDLP Eddy McGrady 12.3 7,870 7,894.99 7,913.50 7,926.50 7,927.50 7,972.01 8,050.01
                    UUP Ronald Broadhurst 2.4 1,515 6,049.41 6,075.02 6,075.02 6,266.74 6,268.25 6,270.27 6,273.78 6,344.42 6,370.62 6,374.13 9,108.64
                    SDLP Frank Feely 10.7 6,857 6,869.24 6,895.75 6,929.75 6,931.75 6,949.75 7,055.75 7,344.75 7,352.75 7,422.77 7,759.77 7,761.28 7,762.30 9,190.30
                    SDLP Patrick O'Donoghue 6.7 4,322 4,327.10 4,343.10 4,346.10 4,347.10 4,406.10 4,507.61 4,608.61 4,630.14 4,745.65 5,709.65 5,711.65 5,712.67 7,180.69 8,225.69
                    Vanguard Cecil Harvey 7.8 5,006 5,435.42 5,442.42 5,445.42 5,672.17 5,672.17 5,678.68 5,682.68 5,689.23 5,689.23 5,691.23 5,931.58 6,095.29 6,099.29 6,102.29 6,105.59 9,485.59
                    UUP Herbert Heslip 6.0 3,838 4,709.08 4,715.61 4,715.61 4,758.81 4,760.81 4,765.81 4,768.83 4,776.87 4,779.89 4,780.89 5,360.47 5,960.23 5,967.27 5,969.27 5,971.25 7,177.36
                    Alliance Anthony Williamson 2.3 1,489 1,519.09 1,543.09 1,546.09 1,548.09 1,550.09 1,590.09 1,598.09 2,283.30 4,155.98 4,261.49 4,296.77 4,398.26 4,664.77 4,711.77 4,923.63 4,954.50
                    DUP David Herron 6.3 4,016 4,327.61 4,332.12 4,332.12 4,453.81 4,453.81 4,461.81 4,464.81 4,471.32 4,471.83 4,473.83 4,666.69 4,811.02 4,816.02 4,818.02 4,819.34
                    Independent Rory McShane 4.3 2,785 2,790.10 2,799.61 2,827.61 2,827.61 2,881.61 2,979.61 3,312.12 3,325.63 3,340.14 4,059.14 4,061.14 4,061.14
                    UUP William Martin 3.1 1,996 3,760.60 3,766.11 3,766.11 3,810.74 3,812.74 3,817.27 3,820.82 3,851.08 3,865.12 3,865.12
                    Independent Republican James O'Reilly 3.1 2,000 2,001.02 2,008.02 2,016.02 2,018.02 2,092.02 2,268.53 2,397.53 2,405.04 2,447.04
                    Alliance Michael O'Shea 2.3 1,475 1,503.05 1,557.09 1,558.09 1,561.09 1,565.09 1,588.60 1,605.60 2,209.04
                    Alliance Denys Rowan-Hamilton 2.1 1,316 1,428.20 1,464.26 1,465.26 1,467.77 1,468.77 1,480.28 1,483.28
                    Republican Clubs Noel Collins 1.0 648 652.08 652.08 959.08 965.08 1,378.08 1,402.10
                    Independent Arthur Doran 1.0 653 658.10 678.61 686.63 696.14 705.14
                    Republican Clubs Edward O'Hagan 1.0 612 613.02 614.02 695.02 695.53
                    National Front William Annett 0.9 591 668.52 672.52 672.52
                    Republican Clubs Samuel Dowling 0.8 499 499 502.02
                    Ulster Liberal Berkley Farr 0.4 263 279.32
                    Electorate: 89,234   Valid: 64,038   Spoilt: 1,359   Quota: 8,005   Turnout: 65,397 (73.2%)

                      References


                      1. "Statement of Persons Nominated". EONI. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
                      2. 1996 Candidates – South Down, Northern Ireland Elections