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Lower Falls
District Electoral Area
Lower Falls Wards.png
Map showing Lower Falls wards within Belfast
Population (2008 Estimate)
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland

Lower Falls was one of the nine district electoral areas which existed in Belfast, Northern Ireland from 1985 to 2014. Located in the west of the city, the district elected five members to Belfast City Council and contained the wards of Beechmount; Clonard; Falls; Upper Springfield; and Whiterock. Lower Falls formed part of the Belfast West constituencies for the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Parliament. The district, along with the neighbouring Upper Falls district took its name from the Falls Road, one of the main arterial routes in the west of the city.


Lower Falls was created for the 1985 local elections. The Falls and Clonard wards had previously been in Area F, with the remaining wards part of Area D. It was abolished for the 2014 local elections. The Falls and Clonard wards joined the Court District Electoral Area, while the remaining wards became part of a new Black Mountain District Electoral Area.


Map Ward Population
(2011 Census)
Catholic Protestant Other No Religion Area Density NI Assembly UK Parliament Ref
1 Beechmount 5,485 90.8% 6.1% 0.6% 2.5% 0.84 km2 6,530/km2 Belfast West Belfast West
2 Clonard 4,975 90.5% 6.4% 0.6% 2.6% 0.61 km2 8,156/km2 Belfast West Belfast West
3 Falls 5,184 87.6% 7.5% 2.3% 2.6% 1.2 km2 4,320/km2 Belfast West Belfast West
4 Upper Springfield 5,250 93.5% 4.6% 0.3% 1.6% 2.5 km2 2,100/km2 Belfast West Belfast West
5 Whiterock 5,694 93.1% 4.7% 0.3% 1.8% 0.78 km2 7,300/km2 Belfast West Belfast West
Lower Falls 26,588 91.1% 5.8% 0.3% 1.8% 5.93 km2 4,484 /km2 Belfast West Belfast West

2011 Elections

See also: Results of elections in 2011; 2005; 2001; 1997; 1993; 1989 and 1985.
Belfast City Council elections, 2011
Party Candidate 1st Pref
Sinn Féin Janice Austin 1,920
Sinn Féin Steven Corr 1,572
Sinn Féin Tom Hartley 1,561
Sinn Féin Jim McVeigh 1,497
Social Democratic and Labour Colin Keenan 1,000
Sinn Féin Breige Brownlee 813
Éirígí John McCusker 647
[[Workers' Party of Ireland|Template:Workers' Party of Ireland/meta/shortname]] John Lowry 398
style="width: 10px" bgcolor=Template:Irish Republican Socialist Party/meta/color| [[Irish Republican Socialist Party|Template:Irish Republican Socialist Party/meta/shortname]] Jim Gorman 209
style="width: 10px" bgcolor=Template:Socialist Party (Ireland)/meta/color| [[Socialist Party (Ireland)|Template:Socialist Party (Ireland)/meta/shortname]] Pat Lawlor 148
Turnout 9,765
Social Democratic and Labour gain from Sinn Féin
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