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Local Election 2019

Northern Ireland Local Government Elections 2019 results: Alliance surge, DUP and Sinn Fein still top two

Counting continues at Belfast City Hall for the Belfast City Council elections after Thursday's voting across Northern Ireland. Alliance parties Nuala McAllister celebrates topping the poll in Castle pictured with Naomi Long. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Counting continues at Belfast City Hall for the Belfast City Council elections after Thursday's voting across Northern Ireland. Alliance parties Nuala McAllister celebrates topping the poll in Castle pictured with Naomi Long. Picture Matt Mackey / Press Eye.
Veteran Eamonn McCann celebrates after being elected for People Before Profit during Derry and Strabane District Local Government Elections count in Derry on Saturday. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 4-5-2019 ©
Sinn Fein’s John Finucane celebrating with party colleague Mary Ellen Campbell during the local government election count at Belfast City Hall (Mark Marlow/PA)
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

The 2019 Northern Ireland Local Government Elections saw a surge in support for the middle ground with smaller parties claiming a bigger share of the vote - and the Alliance Party surging in popularity.

The DUP took a 24.1% share of first preference votes - a 1% increase on the last election, while Sinn Fein's vote was slightly down by under 1% to 23.2%. The Alliance Party share of first preference votes was up by almost 5% to 11.5%. The SDLP, UUP and TUV all saw a drop since 2014, while the Greens enjoyed a 1.2% increase.

For a full breakdown visit our Election hub and check out the results from each council: Antrim and Newtownabbey --- Ards and North Down --- Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon --- Belfast --- Causeway Coast and Glens --- Derry and Strabane --- Fermanagh and Omagh --- Lisburn and Castlereagh --- Mid and East Antrim --- Mid Ulster --- Newry, Mourne and Down

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Share of first preference votes in the 2019 local council elections in Northern Ireland
 

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Percentage change in first preference votes in Northern Ireland local elections 2019

Here's how the results unfolded:

 

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