Banbridge marks the southernmost, unionist majority area, of the North. The 2011 council results were:

Votes by Party:
UUP: 6,167 (33.8%), 7 councillors

Map by Conal Kelly  (Ark)

Map by Conal Kelly (Ark)

DUP: 5,904 (32.4%), 5 councillors
SDLP: 2,409 (13.2%), 2 councillors
SF: 2,071 (11.4%), 2 councillors
Alliance: 892 (4.9%), 1 councillor
TUV: 458 (2.5%)
Ind: 335 (1.8%)

The comparison totals since 2001 are:

Total Catholic Protestant Other None
2001 41,400 13,024 27,337 109 930
2011 48,339 15,479 29,979 361 2,520
2001 31.46% 66.03% 0.26% 2.25%
2011 32.02% 62.02% 0.75% 5.21%

As may be seen above there is little change in the overall percentages except for the increase in the “None” cohort, a 4% drop in protestants and a marginal 0.6% increase in catholics. The interesting stuff, as always, is in the detail (below). Rathfriland is greening quickly with a swing of 14.4%. Dromore, always a unionist town, is surprising with a  10.8% swing. In the town itself it appears that Banbridge West and Ballydown, to the south east, are changing in their demographic makeup. I have included an extra column this time with the total catholic percentage in each Ward.

Catholic Change Protestant Change Catholic % 2011
95FF01 Ballydown 3.7% -7.8% 30.7%
95FF02 Ballyward -1.5% -0.4% 56.5%
95FF03 Banbridge West 2.3% -6.7% 38.5%
95FF04 Bannside -0.4% -2.6% 37.6%
95FF05 Dromore North 0.5% -4.5% 18.3%
95FF06 Dromore South 3.2% -8.6% 14.3%
95FF07 Edenderry 0.9% -4.3% 48.6%
95FF08 Fort -2.1% -1.2% 27.5%
95FF09 Gilford -2.2% -1.1% 39.3%
95FF10 Gransha 0.9% -4.2% 13.9%
95FF11 Katesbridge 0.6% -4.5% 29.8%
95FF12 Lawrencetown -0.3% -2.3% 53.6%
95FF13 Loughbrickland -0.2% -2.3% 35.0%
95FF14 Quilly 1.5% -4.8% 14.4%
95FF15 Rathfriland 6.3% -8.1% 38.5%
95FF16 Seapatrick 0.3% -2.4% 22.9%
95FF17 The Cut -2.9% -2.0% 35.7%
TOTALS 0.6% -4.0%

 

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