Assembly Election 2016: East Derry - Home to Danny Boy, Broighter Gold and ‘Game of Thrones’

Binevenagh Mountain
Binevenagh Mountain

East Derry is a mainly rural constituency in the north-west, and is home to the famous Danny Boy tune.

Binevenagh Mountain also features in the hit TV fantasy series’ Game of Thrones.

East Derry is also home to the famous Broighter Gold.

The main town is Coleraine, where the main campus of Ulster University is situated. The estimated population of East Derry in 2014 was 100,000, and the unemployment rate is 5.5 per cent.

Of the 17 candidates contesting the Assembly Election in East Derry, fighting for six seats, four are women. The candidates are Caoimhe Archibald (Sinn Fein), Jordan Armstrong (TUV), Yvonne Boyle (Alliance), Maurice Bradley (DUP), Aaron Callan (UUP), Stuart Canning (Conservatives), Tor Christie (Independent), Amber Hamill (Green Party), David Harding (Conservatives), William McCandless (UUP), Adrian McQuillan (DUP), Gerry Mullan (SDLP), Cathal óhOisín (Sinn Fein), Steven Parkhill (UKIP), Claire Sugden (Independent), Russell Watton (PUP).

In 2011, the share of first preference vote was as follows: DUP 36.9 per cent; SF 21.1 per cent, SDLP 14.9 per cent; Ind 8.6 per cent; UUP 8.4 per cent; Alliance 5.5 per cent; TUV 4.5 per cent.

In 2011 the DUP won three seats, Sinn Fein one seat, SDLP one seat and Independent one seat.