Craigavon (Portadown, Lurgan and the shopping centre bit with the roundabouts in the middle) was created in 1965 as part of a grand plan to establish and to demonstate that the North ” was in some ways a symbol of Northern Ireland as both modern and a part of British mainstream” according to wikipedia. Of course the real reason it was built was to establish a more or less permanent unionist majority in North Armagh.
We now know that, like Belfast, unionism is in a minority here (48.4% from 52.9% in 2001) and Nationalism is getting closer. (46% fron 44.7%).
The most dramatic swings have taken place in Annagh, Church, Edenderry, Kernan Tavanagh and Parklake. The overall trend is a cumulative 8.1% in favour of catholics. As this LGD has fewer wards the full list is below.
|Catholic Change||Protestant Change|
|95LL24 The Birches||-6.3%||3.3%|