As requested, below are the percentage changes at ward level in the Derry council area since the 2001 census. Much has been written and said regarding the exodus of protestants from the city side of Derry over the past 40 years. The interesting figures this time are the changes occuring on the east bank of the Foyle or the Waterside as it is known. I have separated these figures out and included actual numbers for ease of interpretation.
I look forward to those of you with better local knowledge filling in some of the details and reasons for this rapid pace of change. Clondermot is the obvious exception to the trend below and I am curious as to what’s happening in Ebrington. I presume the closure of the British Army base there explains the startling 25% swing?
The full figures are below and reveal a similar trend to other constituencies. A slight fall in Catholic numbers in what are overwhelmingly nationalist wards and an increased greening of mixed and mostly unionist wards. In percentage terms there is a very marginal decrease in protestant numbers and no change in catholic numbers. The actual figures are: Catholic:80,340 (+1,157) Protestant:23,266 (-1,113).
|95MM06 Carn Hill||-4.5%||3.8%|
|95MM10 Creggan Central||-2.8%||2.4%|
|95MM11 Creggan South||-1.4%||1.1%|
|95MM17 Foyle Springs||-2.4%||1.3%|
|95MM18 Holly Mount||-7.3%||5.7%|
|95MM21 New Buildings||5.8%||-9.6%|
|95MM24 Shantallow East||-0.3%||0.1%|
|95MM25 Shantallow West||-1.3%||0.8%|
|95MM28 The Diamond||0.1%||-2.2%|