Northern Ireland European Region

2009 Election
Barbara de Brun (Sinn Fein) 126184 26.0% (-0.3%)
Diane Dodds (DUP) 88346 18.2% (-14%)
Jim Nicholson (UCUNF) 82893 17.1% (+0.5%)
Alban Maginness (SDLP) 78489 16.2% (+0.3%)
Jim Allister (Traditional Unionist) 66197 13.6% (n/a)
Ian Parsley (Alliance) 26699 5.5% (n/a)
Steven Agnew (Green) 15764 3.2% (+2.3%)
Turnout 42.8% (-8.9%)
Barbara de Brun (Sinn Fein) ELECTED
Alban Maginness (SDLP) 94814 +16325
Jim Nicholson (UCUNF) 94285 +11392
Diane Dodds (DUP) 91260 +2914
Jim Allister (Traditional Unionist) 70481 +4284
Barbara de Brun (Sinn Fein) ELECTED
Jim Nicholson (UCUNF) 132227 +37942
Diane Dodds (DUP) 115722 +24462
Alban Maguinness (SLDP) 97428 +2614
Current Sitting MEPs
Martina Anderson (Sinn Fein) Born 1962, Derry. Convicted of conspiring to cause explosions in 1986 and jailed until her release under the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. MLA for Foyle 2007-2012. Contested Foyle 2010. MEP for Northern Ireland since 2012, replacing Bairbre de Brun on her resignation.
Jim Nicholson (Ulster Conservatives and Unionists - New Force) Born 1945, Armagh. Farmer. Armagh councillor 1976-1997. MP for Newry and Armagh 1983-1985, the only MP to lose their seat in the by-elections following the mass resignation of Unionist MPs in protest over the Anglo-Irish agreement. Contested Newry and Armagh 1987. MEP for Northern Ireland since 1989.
Diane Dodds (DUP) Born 1958, County Down. Educated at Banbridge Academy and Queens University. Former teacher. Belfast councillor since 2005. MLA for West Belfast 2003-2007. Married to North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds. MEP for Northern Ireland since 2009.
Comments - 278 Responses on “Europe Northern Ireland”
  1. In fact as the last RUC Chief Con said,

    “Most of the Republican ‘on the runs’ went to the Republic. Loyalists were much easier to get back, as they didn’t flee and hide abroad. Most in fact just went to Scotland or Bolton.” [As Adair did and where his family still live from memory. Indeed several notorious families from both sides are well known in Greater Manchester]

  2. SF MP for West Tyrone has resigned, after he offended people with his Kingsmill post.

  3. Small bit of history, I believe Barry McElduff is the first MP to resign because of something he posted on social media.

    He won’t be the last.


    The BCNI accidentally – and temporarily – posted a map of its revised proposals.

    AFAIK it’d give the DUP 10 MPs; but, stop any chances of Ind Hermon or the Alliance winning a seat.

    Belfast would retain 4 seats.

  5. Life is breathed into BR

  6. Alliance Cllr Paddy Brown has been convicted of drink driving (his motorbike).

    He was fined £250 and disqualified from driving for a year.

    He has been asked to resign by the DUP, who asked why the Cllr had not revealed his conviction earlier (as it occurred over 6 months ago). The Cllr has now referred himself to the Standards Board.

  7. Still no news on the date of the West Tyrone by-election…

    When was the last time a by-election took so long after the resignation of an MP to be called?

  8. It’s today.

    A man has been by arrested after producing a hand gun at a polling station and intimidating polling staff.

  9. Comfortable win for Sinn Fein, with a pretty healthy turnout of 55%

    SF: 47%
    DUP: 24%
    SDLP: 18%
    UUP: 8%
    Alliance: 3%

  10. Ian Paisley Jr has survived his recall ballot. Narrowly, but he’s survived.

    Tough to see under what circumstances an MP could actually get recalled. Perhaps if we hadn’t had a snap election, it might have happened to Simon Danczuk? Maybe?

  11. So the DUP is holding the government to ransom over Brexit. Personally I always thought May’s deal with them would turn out to be a big mistake. They need to be very careful indeed not to overplay their hand. If they don’t drop the gun to May’s head, if I were her I’d do the following:

    – stop all MLA salaries IMMEDIATELY

    – stop the £2 billion cash bung IMMEDIATELY

    – introduce emergency legislation to extend full abortion rights and gay marriage to NI, which will sail through the commons.

    At least some good may come of this awful impasse.

    The most likely result of May being brought down is some kind of Corbyn government and he could be expected to prioritise moves to help a united Ireland come about.

  12. Agreed. Ok so I can sort of ‘get’ gay marriage, but the situation re: abortion in NI is ridiculous and harmful. We now have the fairly preposterous situation where its the Catholics in NI who now back these social reforms (so they can be in step with the Republic of course).

    It makes me laugh whenever I hear Foster witter on about how NI shouldn’t be treated differently. It’s always been ‘different’, and the DUP are at the forefront of these demands to be exceptional, as and when it suits of course.

  13. Also, a united Ireland would be yet another policy position that Corbyn would be (rather unwittingly of course) in complete agreement with a huge number of English people who you really wouldn’t expect him to be in agreement with.

  14. The thing about the Ulster question is that, whatever politicians’ personal views, it is crucial to the continuing peace process for the British government to remain officially impartial on the issue at all times. It’s long been clear that the Labour leadership fails to appreciate this, but Brexit and a dependence on DUP votes are sending the Tories down the same path.

    In hindsight, John Major did remarkably well to keep talks open in the 1996-7 period, when his government was similarly reliant on the DUP at Westminster.

  15. “The thing about the Ulster question is that, whatever politicians’ personal views, it is crucial to the continuing peace process for the British government to remain officially impartial on the issue at all times.”

    Also it is crucial that nationalists and moderate unionists are represented in parliament. Now that the SDLP, Alliance and UUP have lost all their seats that leaves the hardline loyalist DUP as the sole spokesmen for NI at Westminster, plus a fairly inconsequential independent Lady Hermon. That is very bad for the continuing peace process and were I a NI nationalist or moderate unionist I’d feel incredibly upset about it.

    For the sake of democracy and peace I’d now favour trying to persuade SF to take their seats, fudging the oath if need be.

  16. “In hindsight, John Major did remarkably well to keep talks open in the 1996-7 period, when his government was similarly reliant on the DUP at Westminster.”

    Major was reliant on the UUP, who were much more moderate and flexible. The DUP had only 3 seats from 92 to 97, the UUP had 9.

    Historically Ian Paisley and the DUP were closer to the right wing of the Labour party that the Tories and mostly voted with Labour during the Major government. Paisley himself had much warmer relations with Blair than Major, calling him “a real family man”.

  17. Aontu are to field candidates in the local elections.

    They appear to be an anti-abortion nationalist Party who now have 9 Cllrs (defectors from SF, the SDLP & FF & FG in the Republic).

  18. Could the DUP split over the Brexit Deal? Sammy Wilson has said a long extension would be a less worse choice than May’s deal but the DUP’s official spokesperson refused to support this position. And they are sources saying the government had an ambition in January to get 9 DUP votes but not Wilson.

  19. That seems to have backfired

  20. Diane Dodds still saying the DUP opposes the deal. With Rees-Moog requiring their backing to vote for the deal until they agree to vote for it may is unlikely to bring it back. Once they do through it will pass easily I suspect (she could just about win it without them by leaving it late and getting 25+ Labour mps as well.)

  21. Is this like your prediction MV2 would pass by 7

  22. Council candidates in NI:

    DUP 172
    SF 155
    UUP 117
    SDLP 85
    Alliance 84
    TUV 30
    Green 26
    UKIP 21
    Aontu 17
    PBP 12
    PUP 11
    Cons 9
    Workers 8
    Ind 72
    Others 22

  23. Early days but Alliance are the second biggest party in Northern Ireland so far!

    Hopefully this is the a turning point in Northern Irish politics, the start of some much-needed deradicalisation. I suppose when unionists and republicans have refused to co-operate and led to two years of home rule, the prospect of cross-community collaboration must sound pretty appealing.

  24. Cllrs elected:

    DUP 110
    SF 91
    UUP 73
    SDLP 54
    All 48
    TUV 6
    Green 6
    PBP 4
    PUP 2
    Aontu 1
    Ind 21

  25. Finally tally

    DUP 122 (-8)
    Sinn Fein 105 (=)
    UUP 75 (-13)
    SDLP 59 (-7)
    Alliance 53 (+21)
    Greens 8 (+4)
    TUV 6 (-7)
    People Before Profit 5 (+4)
    Progressive Unionist Party of NI 3 (-1)
    Aontú 1 (+1)
    Cross Community Labour Alternative 1 (+1)
    Ind 24 (+9)

  26. Northern Ireland region prediction:

    DUP: 1
    SF: 1
    Alliance: 1

    This one’s more of a hunch, but Alliance are transfer-friendly, and surely, after two years without a government because the DUP and Sinn Fein refuse to co-operate, the notion of cross-community reconciliation must be appealing.

  27. I suspect the SDLP will get the final seat

  28. The UUP & SDLP didn’t even make it to the final 4.

    TUV ahead of both after transfers, but Alliance should get the 3rd seat after DUP & SF.

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