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Constituency: Newry & Armagh


Electorate Seats Total Poll Turnout Valid Poll Spoiled Votes
78,266 1 53,900 68.87% 53,579 321

Vote Distribution

Count 1

Count Results

  1
Mickey Brady Mickey Brady * SF 25666
William Irwin William Irwin DUP 13177
Justin McNulty Justin McNulty SDLP 9055
Sam Nicholson Sam Nicholson UUP 4425
Jackie Coade Jackie Coade AP 1256
  1
Mickey Brady Mickey Brady * SF 25666
William Irwin William Irwin DUP 13177
Justin McNulty Justin McNulty SDLP 9055
Sam Nicholson Sam Nicholson UUP 4425
Jackie Coade Jackie Coade AP 1256

Constituency Profile

In the border constituency of Newry and Armagh, fears of a hard border following Brexit remain a key worry for many voters.

Sinn Fein’s Mickey Brady won his Westminster seat in 2015 with 20,488 votes by a comfortable margin of just over 4,000 votes of the UUP’s Danny Kennedy.

In the march Assembly elections for Newry and Armagh, Mr Kennedy lost his seat following a bruising day at the polls for his party.

With his high profile in the area, it could have been assumed he was the natural candidate to stand for Westminster in June.

But speaking shortly after his recent defeat he indicated it was unlikely he would be returning to elected politics.

Suggestions that Mr Kennedy would be parachuted in as a candidate for Upper Bann also never materialised.

The DUP will now stand William Irwin, after the DUP leader Arlene Foster and UUP leader Robin Swann could not agree over an electoral pact for Newry and Armagh.

Mr Irwin topped the poll at the Assembly election and was the sole Unionist to keep his seat.

The UUP are now standing councillor and architect Sam Nicholson.

Although not as well-known as the other established candidates, he is hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps to Westminster.

Jim Nicholson was MP for the area between 1983-84 before later being elected to the European parliament.

The SDLP are contesting candidates in all 18 constituencies, with MLA Justin McNulty standing in Newry and Armagh.

The former GAA all Ireland winner finished third overall in the March assembly election, something he called a great day for nationalism.

Going by the results in 2015 it seems unlikely he will have enough of a vote share to finish ahead of Sinn Fein, but after his March election he insisted that like his sporting days, in politics he thrives on a challenge.

The Alliance candidate is Jackie Coade who has the gargantuan task of making an impact in one of Sinn Fein’s most secure seats.

On the Ballot

Mickey Brady

Mickey Brady (Outgoing)

Sinn Fein

Mickey Brady was first elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007, representing Newry and Armagh, and retained the seat in 2011 before standing down in 2015. He was selected to contest the 2015 General Election in the constituency, replacing Conor Murphy, and won the seat. He hasn’t taken his seat in the House of Commons, in line with Sinn Fein's abstentionist policy.

Jackie Coade

Jackie Coade

Alliance Party

Jackie Coade is a primary school teacher who has worked in the education sector for over 20 years. She campaigned against the Refreshing the Teaching Workforce Scheme and wants the Orkambi drug for Cystic Fibrosis to be made available to patients in Northern Ireland.

William Irwin

William Irwin

Democratic Unionist Party

An MLA since 2005, William Irwin was chair of the Agriculture Committee and also served as deputy chair of the Culture Committee. Following the 2016 Assembly Election he was appointed as the Deputy Chair of the Infrastructure Committee. He was re-elected in March 2017, topping the poll in the Newry and Armagh constituency. He was previously a councillor on Armagh City & District Council where he was appointed mayor. Mr Irwin is a dairy farmer and a member of the Orange Order and Royal Black Institution.

Justin McNulty

Justin McNulty

Social Democratic and Labour Party

Former gaelic football manager and player Justin McNulty lives in Mullaghbawn. He played full back for Armagh when the county won the All Ireland championship in 2002 and went on to manage clubs in Cavan and Dublin before being appointed Laois manager in 2010. He stood for the SDLP in the 2015 Westminster election and was elected as the MLA for Newry and Armagh the following year, before being re-elected in March 2017.

Sam Nicholson

Sam Nicholson

Ulster Unionist Party

Born in Co Armagh, Sam Nicholson is a chartered architect and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Architects Registration Board and the Royal Society of Ulster architects and is currently a director of DA Architects LTD with offices in both Larne and Armagh. He entered politics in 2014 when he was elected to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, representing Armagh DEA.


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