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Local election fever is all over for another four years with all 41 seats now filled in Newry, Mourne and Down District Council following a marathon two day count at Newry Sports Centre.

Final totals for the parties were Sinn Féin 16 Seats, SDLP 11 seats, Independent/ Henry Reilly 5 seats, UUP 4 seats, DUP 3 seats and Alliance 2 seats.

Councillors Liz Kimmins and Valerie Harte were re-elected in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Councillors Liz Kimmins and Valerie Harte were re-elected in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Newry Results

Newry DEA ended much like it began with three Sinn Féin, Two SDLP and one Independent. Gavin Malone headed the poll with 2296 votes, Next to be elected was Sinn Féin's Liz Kimmins with 1374 votes. Michael Savage who was co-opted on to the council in 2017 was elected next with 1231 votes. Sinn Féin's Charlie Casey a councillor in Newry since 2001 was elected with 1230 votes while party colleague Valerie Harte crossed the line with 1045 votes. The SDLP's Gary Stokes was last to make it with 878 votes.

The big story was the massive number of first preference votes for former council worker Gavin Malone although potential drama at the other end of the count also led to quite a lot of nail biting.

Gavin Malone who topped the poll in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Gavin Malone who topped the poll in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

At one stage it looked like Alliance candidate Helena Young might just pip Cllr Stokes to the finish line and although not elected in the end Ms Young polled 721 votes, an unthought of result for Alliance in Newry until now.

Eliminated were newcomers Sinn Féin's Sarah Jane McAllister with 784 votes and the UUP's Ricky McGaffin with 341 votes.

Charlie Casey with his wife Bridie after getting re-elected in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Charlie Casey with his wife Bridie after getting re-elected in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Winners and Losers

As usual there were winners and losers with a gain of two councillors for Sinn Féin, Oonagh Magennis in Slieve Gullion and Leeanne McEvoy in The Mournes.

The tally of independent councillors was also increased by one with Mark Gibbons elected in Crotlieve.

Losing out were some well known public figures. Michael Carr, a councilllor since 2001 who held the post of Mayor of the former Newry and Mourne Council in 2006 was eliminated in Crotlieve with 808 votes.Sinn Féin's Oksana McMahon, the present Deputy Chairperson was also eliminated in Crotlieve with 809 votes while sitting Slieve Gullion SDLP councillor, Kate Loughran lost her seat.

Council Chairman the SDLP's Mark Murnin also failed to gain a seat in Slieve Croob having been in the council since 2014.

Cllr Michael Savage was elected in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Cllr Michael Savage got his public mandate in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

THE 41 ELECTED

Newry

Gavin Malone, Independent

Liz Kimmins, Sinn Féin

Michael Savage, SDLP

Charlie Casey, Sinn Féin

Valerie Harte, Sinn Féin

Gary Stokes, SDLP

Slieve Gullion

Pete Byrne, SDLP

Terry Hearty, Sinn Féin

Mickey Larkin, Sinn Féin

Oonagh Magennis, Sinn Féin

Roisin Mulgrew, Sinn Féin

Barra Ó'Muirí, Sinn Féin

David Taylor, UUP.

Crotlieve

Mark Gibbons,Independent

Cllr Gary Stokes and son Andre chatting to Helena Young. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Cllr Gary Stokes and son Andre chatting to Helena Young. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Declan McAteer, SDLP

Karen McKevitt, SDLP

Gerry O'Hare, Sinn Féin

Mickey Ruane, Sinn Féin

Jarlath Tinnelly, Independent

Downpatrick

Dermot Curran, SDLP

Cadogan Enright, Independent

Ewan Morgan helps elected representative Harold McKee with his rosette. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Ewan Morgan helps elected representative Harold McKee with his rosette. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Oonagh Hanlon, Sinn Féin

Gareth Sharvin, SDLP

John Trainor, SDLP

The Mournes

Willie Clarke, Sinn Féin

Laura Devlin, SDLP

Sean Doran, Sinn Féin

Glyn Hanna, DUP

Leeanne McEvoy, Sinn Féin

Harold McKee, UUP

Henry Reilly

Rowallane

Patrick Brown, Alliance

Terry Andrews, SDLP

Harry Harvey, DUP

Robert Burgess, UUP

William Walker, DUP

Slieve Croob

Alan Lewis, UUP

Roisin Howell, Sinn Féin

Cathy Mason, Sinn Féin

Gregory Bain, Alliance

Hugh Gallagher, SDLP

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