Post by irish observer on Dec 21, 2013 21:21:24 GMT
This new Council of 41 seats across 7 Electoral Areas and is a merger of Newry & Mourne District Council of 30 seats and 5 Electoral Areas and Down District Council of 23 seats across 4 Electoral Areas. Three of the Electoral Areas are entirely in the old Newry & Mourne, three are in Down and one is a merger of the two.
From South to North it is as follows: 1. Slieve Gullion (7) This is a merger of the overwhelming majority of the old Slieve Gullion and Fews wards. While Slieve Gullion is the strongest Nationalist and SF area the inclusion of both Newtownhamilton and Bessbrook means that there is a guaranteed Unionist presence within the new division. Prediction: 4 SF, 2 SDLP, 1 UUP.
2. Newry Town (6) The old Newry town plus the Fathom Ward from Slieve Gullion. Some older Cllrs are retiring throughout the North with the new arrangements. Jackie Patterson may do likewise, if he does his votes will essentially return to the SDLP. Hyland will run in my opinion and his seat is safe so at least 1 Independent seat. SF's longest serving Cllr in Newry, Brendan Curran, resigned recently but they still should be good for 3. I think the SDLP can still manage 2 here. Prediction: 3 SF, 2 SDLP, 1 IND (NaT).
3. Crotlieve (6) The old Crotlieve ward plus the Donaghmore Ward from Fews. SDLP's strongest area in Newry & Mourne. They will secure 3 quotas and 3 seats and SF definitely have 2 seats. SF are closer to a 3rd quota than the UUP are to a seat so I would give the final seat to them. Prediction: 3 SDLP, 3 SF.
4. The Mournes (7) This new Ward includes the old Mournes Ward and 2/3 of the Newcastle Ward including Newcastle town. Interesting Electoral Area now with a Nationalist majority. I predict it will break 4:3 Nationalist vs Unionist and my Prediction is 2 SF, 2 SDLP, 1 UKIP, 1 UUP, 1 DUP.
5. Slieve Croob (5) Castlewellan, that used form part of Newcastle, is in this Electoral Area together with a portion of Killough that was previously in Downpatrick. In addition the old rural Ballynahinch Wards remain within this Electoral area. This area should have a Nationalist majority. Prediction: 2 SDLP, 1 SF, 1 DUP, 1 UUP. The UUP should hold off SF for the last seat based on transfers.
6. Downpatrick (5) Downpatrick is made up of all of the pre-existing Downpatrick Wards, bar a portion of Killough which goes to Slieve Croob. In addition, the Glenravel Ward of Rowallane joins this new area. This is the SDLP's strongest Ward in Down and they can expect to get 3 quotas. Despite the addition of Glenravel SF should get a second seat. Prediction 3 SDLP, 2 SF.
7. Rowallane (5) This remains the most Unionist of the Electoral areas. All of the Rowallane Wards, except Glenravel which is now in Downpatrick, and are joined by Ballynahinch town. There is a guaranteed Nationalist seat, which goes to the SDLP. SF have over half a quota but not enough to be competitive. The DUP have 2 quotas and the UUP have 1 and as the UUP have twice as many votes as SF and given the likelihood of transfers the last seat must go to them. Prediction: 2 DUP, 2 UUP, 1 SDLP.
Estimated Total (41): 15 SF, 15 SDLP, 5 UUP, 4 DUP, 1 UKIP, 1 IND (NAT)
Will be highly competitive and the difference between SDLP and SF will be very slight overall.
5th May 2011 – SDLP 9, Sinn Féin 5, DUP 3, UUP 3, Alliance Party 1, Green Party 1, Independent 1 7th May 2014 – SDLP 9, Sinn Féin 5, DUP 3, UUP 3, Alliance Party 1, Independent 2
The current chairman and vice chairman of the council are SDLP.
Cadogan Enright (Green Party) (Downpatrick) is now shown on the Down District Council website as Independent.
Gareth Sharvin (SDLP) was appointed in Downpatrick DEA, in place of Peter Craig. On 16 December 2013, Laura Devlin (SDLP) was appointed in Newcastle DEA, in place of Eamonn O’Neill.
Seven councilors are not seeking re-election Ballynahinch – Anne McAleenan (SDLP) Ballynahinch – Patsy Toman (SDLP) Downpatrick – John Doris (SDLP) Downpatrick – Liam Johnston (Sinn Féin) Newcastle – Carmel O’Boyle (SDLP) Rowallane – William Dick (DUP) Rowallane – Maria McCarthy (SDLP)
The remaining 16 councillors are standing in Downpatrick, Rowallane, Slieve Croob and The Mournes DEAs.
Newry and Mourne Borough Council comprises 30 members.
5th May 2011 – Sinn Féin 14, SDLP 9, UUP 3, DUP 1, Independent 2, UKIP 1 6th May 2014 - Sinn Féin 13, SDLP 9, UUP 3, DUP 1, Independent 3, UKIP 1
The current mayor is Sinn Féin and the deputy mayor is UUP.
Brendan Curran (Sinn Féin) (Newry Town) is now shown on the Newry and Mourne District Council website as Independent.
Gillian Fitzpatrick (SDLP) was appointed in Crotlieve DEA, in place of Sean O Hare. Brian Quinn (SDLP) was appointed in The Mournes DEA, in place of Seán Rogers. On 8 January 2014, Sinead Ellis (Sinn Féin) was appointed in Crotlieve DEA, in place of Peter Kearney. On 8 January 2014, Michael James Larkin (Sinn Féin) was appointed in Slieve Gullion DEA, in place of Colman Burns. On 8 January 2014, Elizabeth Catherine Brigid Kimmins (Sinn Féin) was appointed in Slieve Gullion DEA, in place of Packie McDonald. On 8 January 2014, Barra Peter O Muirí (Sinn Féin) was appointed in The Fews DEA, in place of Jimmy McCreesh. On 8 January 2014, Dáire Hughes (Sinn Féin) was appointed in The Fews DEA, in place of Pat McGinn. On 8 January 2014, Roisin Marie Mulgrew (Sinn Féin) was appointed in The Fews DEA, in place of Turlough Murphy.
Nine councilors are not seeking re-election Crotlieve – Mick Murphy (Sinn Féin) Newry Town – Brendan Curran (Independent) Newry Town – Frank Feely (SDLP) Newry Town – John Francis McArdle (SDLP) Newry Town – Jack Patterson (Independent) Slieve Gullion – Anthony Flynn (Sinn Féin) The Fews – John Feehan (SDLP) The Fews – Andy Moffett (UUP) The Mournes – James William Burns (DUP)
The remaining 21 councillors are standing in Crotlieve, Newry, Slieve Gullion and The Mournes DEAs.
Slieve Gullion DEA – 7 Newry and Mourne councillors are competing for the 7 seats :-
Geraldine Donnelly (SDLP) – Slieve Gullion Terry Hearty (Sinn Féin) – Slieve Gullion Dáire Hughes (Sinn Féin) – The Fews Mickey Larkin (Sinn Féin) – Slieve Gullion Roisin Mulgrew (Sinn Féin) – The Fews Barra Ó Muirí (Sinn Féin) – The Fews David Samuel Taylor (UUP) – The Fews
The Mournes DEA – 2 Down councillors and 4 Newry and Mourne councillors are competing for the 7 seats :-
Willie Clarke (Sinn Féin) – Newcastle (Down) Laura Devlin (SDLP) – Newcastle (Down) Sean Doran (Sinn Féin) – The Mournes (Newry and Mourne) Harold McKee (UUP) – The Mournes (Newry and Mourne) Brian Quinn (SDLP) – The Mournes (Newry and Mourne) Henry Reilly (UKIP) – The Mournes (Newry and Mourne)