Fermanagh – Foster wins

In the interim all the rumours from the jungle drums while the count continues and later on the actual results. The 2005 results are below the fold for information purposes. UPDATE First count results below Foster in front. SF call recount. Recount complete SF vote increases by 1.UNCONFIRMED The DUP’s Arlene Foster has won It was the unionist co-operation message wot done it.

2008 by-election 1st count (SF call recount)
Debbie Coyle (SF) 1815 1816 (28.8% +0.3%)
Rosemary Flanaghan (SDLP) 739 (11.7% -6.5%)
Arlene Foster (DUP) 1925 (30.6% +2.4%)
Basil Johnston (UUP) 1436 (22.8% + 2.3%)
Dr Kumar Kamble (All) 231 (3.6%)
Karen McHugh (Ind) 158 (2.5%)

Combined Unionist Vote 53.4% +4.7%
Combined Nationalist Vote 43.0% -3.7% 2005 local government election Enniskillen DEA

Votes by Party:
SF: 2,486 (28.5%), 2 seats
DUP: 2,454 (28.2%), 2 seats
UUP: 1,785 (20.5%), 1 seat
SDLP: 1,584 (18.2%), 2 seats
Soc Party: 406 (4.7%)

It seems a chunk of SDLP voters sat at home.

  • Mike C

    Fermanagh Young Unionist

    I’m no DUP supporter but what you typed smacks of sour grapes re the DUP. Also it is a clear and deliberate misinterpretation of the statistics to claim you increased your vote…your share of the vote may have increased but this was due to the lower turnout of nationalists. From my reading of it the UUP ran an incredibly negative anti-Arlene campaign for which you should be ashamed. Furthermore, given that the TUV were actively campaigning for your candidate how can you be so sure that the actual UUP vote held up? What proportion of your vote is in fact TUV?

  • truth and justice

    How can the TUV canvass for the UUP, the UUP gave us the Belfast Agreement and support the ST Andrews Agreement it does not make any sence for them to do so it would smake of double standards??

  • snowjoke

    Unbelievable how excited you folks back in Norn Iron get about a pathetic council seat in a village the size of Eniskillen, where it doesn’t even take 2000 first preference votes to elect the winner. Our local high school has more votes than that for the valedictorian.

  • A Very Happy Unionist

    Truth & Juctice

    Mike C is correct known ex DUP supporters who are now TUV supporters where canvassing for the UUP, and although JA and his gang of misfits in the TUV claimed they would not jeopardise the seat for Unionism they were openingly supporting the UUP candidate thus in a underhand manner supporting them against the DUP.

    Glad to say it backfired on the UUP and the TUV – Well done Arlene

    Shame on the UUP for causing the by election in the first place and the electorate gave them their answer. They got their just desserts – nothing even with the TUV’s help.

  • Fermanagh Young Unionist

    Also it is a clear and deliberate misinterpretation of the statistics to claim you increased your vote

    Erm, well that is what is known your percentage of the vote share. Pretty straight forward really. Yes the nationalists didn’t come out in great numbers, but neither did many unionists. We went down from 1750 to 1446 while the DUP went down from 2454 to 1925. Oh and go and have a quick read of the latest DUP spin release.

    From my reading of it the UUP ran an incredibly negative anti-Arlene campaign for which you should be ashamed.

    May I ask where you read that?

    Furthermore, given that the TUV were actively campaigning for your candidate how can you be so sure that the actual UUP vote held up?

    Explain how they were actively campaigning for Basil? I never met any TUV members across the whole campaign. I met manys a TUV supporter on the doorsteps and a quick flick through the registers shows a lot did not vote; some did and for many of them I have no idea who for.

    Happy Unionist (why the need for sockpuppets?!)

    Mike C is correct known ex DUP supporters who are now TUV supporters where canvassing for the UUP

    To prove to me you aren’t lying, (which I know you are), email me a few names. Thanks 🙂

  • borderline

    From a green point of view, RuairĂ­ Ă“ Bradaigh’s predictions may be coming to pass.

    In Nationalism’s soul, on the talamh báite of south Ulster, it is sinking in go bhfuil lámh Sheáin BhuĂ­ fĂłs in uachtair.

    The cousins who moved up to the smoke, the Sky and the soccer have yielded for a quiet life.

    Agus muide fánta anseo, gan saoirse, gan cead cainte agus gan píce. Muid scriosta, le hámadáin is feallairí mar cheannairí.

    Anyone got a number for Qadafi?

  • Mike C

    Fermanagh Young Unionist

    How about Sam Foster’s letter? The comments about multiple mandates…surely Reg and McGimpsey are as guilty of this. I also understand that certain derogatory comments were used on the doorsteps…many of us have family members and friends living in the locality. I’ll not go into the detail of those comments but suffice to say the UUP have nothing to hold their head up high about.

    You said vote not share of the vote. You can’t state your vote went up…. throwing insults won’t deflect from that.

  • My final word on this election result (perhaps …):

    People have remarked on the fact that the unionist percentage of the vote went up compared with 2005. A look back at the last by-election in Enniskillen DEA (in 1990) shows that the same thing happened then, only for the unionist share to drop again in 1993. So perhaps what we are seeing, in this DEA at least, is a tendency for some voters to vote unionist when it is effectively a one-seat STV vote, but to revert to other parties when there is some chance of these being elected. Or maybe unionist voters are more byelection-friendly than nationalists?

    In 1989 the unionist share in Enniskillen was 56.1%, and the next year (the 1990 byelection) it rose to 60.8%. However, in 1993 it dropped again to 58.5%, and has been slowly declining ever since, with the exception of last Wednesday.

    So, in short, I would be relunctant to take the recent byelection as evidence of the unionist revival that some presumably hope for. I would put it down to the strange effects that byelectiions have on voters, and wait until the next full election to draw conclusions.

  • Fermanagh Young Unionist

    How about Sam Foster’s letter?

    That wasn’t a campaign letter. It was a personal letter of Sam’s.

    The comments about multiple mandates…surely Reg and McGimpsey are as guilty of this.

    As are most of the DUP Ministers, however the key difference is; they were all already cllrs when they were appointed Ministers. But in this case we had a Minister looking to become a cllr, and that card was rightly played.

    I also understand that certain derogatory comments were used on the doorsteps…many of us have family members and friends living in the locality

    Yea, let’s just drop this armchair unionist approach and quit making up random accusations. Tell us what these ‘derogatory comments’ were?

    Oh and you forgot to say how TUVies were actively campaigning for the Unionist Party. I’m sure it just slipped your mind, but no doubt you will tell us all now?

  • Mike C

    Fermanagh young unionist

    I did point out the TUV campaigning for the UUP in my first post on this page.

    It would be inappropriate for me to post what was allegedly said by UUPers on the doorstep. I will not be continuing the defamation.

    Your attitude is very similar to the UUP here in Strangford and is a good reason why floating unionist voters such as myself are not putting our Xs or 1s beside the UUP.

    I regularly read postings on this site and to be honest none of the so-called Unionist posters impress me in the least. Far too much posturing and too little comprehension.

  • Fermanagh Young Unionist

    I did point out the TUV campaigning for the UUP in my first post on this page.

    Define campaigning though. Do you mean they canvassed for the UUP? If not then what way did they actively campaign?

    It would be inappropriate for me to post what was allegedly said by UUPers on the doorstep. I will not be continuing the defamation.

    Email me. I’m intrigued mainly because the UUP canvass teams always stayed together in an area and not once did I hear anyone say anything that can be considered derogatory.

  • just asking

    FUY

    Local TUV man George Davis canvassed for the UUP, I know because he canvassed my uncle.