The Irish Independence Party.

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They are almost entirely forgotten now and those who do remember them usually have the false idea that John Turnley who was actually one the most interesting figures of the Troubles was their leader though of course he was a member of them. I do though think that his murder at the hands of UK Deep State proxies went on to play an not unimportant role in their disappearance.

Anyway they were a break away from the SDLP in a more Republican direction, significantly so in some cases.

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They are almost entirely forgotten now and those who do remember them usually have the false idea that John Turnley who was actually one the most interesting figures of the Troubles was their leader though of course he was a member of them. I do though think that his murder at the hands of UK Deep State proxies went on to play an not unimportant role in their disappearance.

Anyway they were a break away from the SDLP in a more Republican direction, significantly so in some cases.

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Wow.. Thanks, only learning about John Turnley now....& this party.
 
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Wow.. Thanks, only learning about John Turnley now....& this party.
John Turnley had a really distinguished career in the British Army before coming back to Ulster but his time in the Army really turned him against the UK State. Larne even today is considered among the most Proddiest towns in NI, the fact that he was able to get elected there during the years which he did was a massive achievement. It is sad that neither the Shinners or the SDLP have much interest in remembering him.
 
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Northern Ireland local elections, 1981

DUP 142 +68 26.6 176,816
UUP 151 -25 26.4 175,965
SDLP 104 -9 17.5 116,487
Alliance 38 -32 8.9 59,397
Independent 37 -5 6.7 44,427
Irish Independence 21 N/A 3.9 25,859
Workers' Party 3 -3 1.8 12,059
Independent Unionist 6 -4 1.2 8,219
Ulster Popular Unionist 5 N/A 1.2 7,817
UUUP 5 -7 0.7 4,962
People's Democracy 2 N/A 0.7 4,734
Unionist Party NI 2 -4 0.7 4,478
Irish Republican Socialist 2 N/A 0.5 3,654
NI Labour 1 0 0.5 3,563
PUP 1 N/A 0.5 3,057
New Ulster Political Research 1 N/A 0.4 2,989
Independent Loyalist 2 +1 0.3 1,935
Independent Socialist 1 +1 0.3 1,884
Newtownabbey Labour 1 N/A 0.2 1,113
Labour League 0 N/A 0.1 924
Socialist Alliance 0 N/A 0.1 898
Independent Labour 1 0 0.1 832
United Democratic 0 N/A 0.1 692
Trade Union Campaign 0 N/A 0.1 439
Independent Alliance 0 N/A 0.1 323
Independent Nationalist 0 0 0.0 247
Communist Party 0 0 0.0 201
Unionist Unity 0 0 0.0 196
UBNF 0 0 0.0 194
Ecology 0 0 0.0 142
Independent SDLP 0 0 0.0 85
SRP 0 0 0.0 34
UBUPP 0 0 0.0 28

Irish local elections, 1985

Fianna Fáil 648,070 45.6 +6.5
Fine Gael 422,045 29.7 -5.4
Labour Party 51 109,681 7.9 -4.2
Workers' Party 43,006 3.0 +0.8
Sinn Féin 46,391 3.3
Democratic Socialist Party 3 New 5,472 0.4 New
Waterford People's Party 1 New 1,681 0.1 New
Green Alliance 0 New 7,446 0.5 New
Communist Party 0 593 0.0
Independent

Northern Ireland local elections, 2014

Alliance 17 8
Democratic Unionist Party 21 13
Éirígí 2 0
Green Party (Northern Ireland) 5 1
Independents 4 0
Northern Ireland Conservatives 3 0
NI21 13 0
People before Profit Alliance 1 1
Progressive Unionist Party 9 3
Republican Network for Unity 2 0
Sinn Féin 24 19
Social Democratic & Labour Party 15 7
Socialist Party (Northern Ireland) 2 0
Traditional Unionist Voice 5 1
UK Independence Party 2 0
Ulster Unionist Party 10 7
The Workers Party 6 0

Irish local elections, 2014

Fianna Fáil 267 Increase49 430,040 25.5 Increase0.1
Fine Gael 235 Decrease105 408,289 24.0 Decrease8.2
Sinn Féin 159 Increase105 258,650 15.2 Increase7.8
Labour Party 51 Decrease81 121,898 7.2 Decrease7.5
People Before Profit 14 Increase9 29,051 1.7 Increase0.9
Anti-Austerity Alliance 14 Increase10 21,097 1.2 Increase0.3
Green Party 12 Increase9 27,168 1.6 Decrease0.7
Workers' Party 1 Decrease1 3,147 0.2 Decrease0.1
United Left 1 New 2,879 0.2 New
South Kerry Independent 1 Steady 2,139 0.1 Steady
Workers and Unemployed Action 1 Decrease1 1,927 0.1 Decrease0.1
Republican Sinn Féin 1 Steady 1,561 0.1 Steady
Direct Democracy 0 New 3,607 0.2 New
Éirígí 0 Steady 3,120 0.2 New
Independents for Equality 0 New 1,828 0.1 New
Fís Nua 0 New 930 0.0 New
Letterkenny Residents Party 0 Steady 428 0.0 Steady
Communist Party 0 Steady 215 0.0 Steady
Independent 193 Increase71 388,721 23.2 Increase7.6

The volume of different parties that contested the local elections in the north in 1981 is astonishing, but is all the more colourful when contrasted with the volume of parties in the South, and per head of population, the north still produced three times the quantity as the south, at the nearest relevant local elections.