Democratic Unionist Party
(1 seat, 33.6% of vote)
Dr. Paisley held his seat for the DUP, with an additional 4% of the vote than his 1979 share. The party's status as the dominant unionist party in Northern Ireland was becoming quite evident. During this term, the DUP would join with the UUP in opposing the Anglo-Irish Agreement.
Social Democratic & Labour Party
(1 seat, 22.1% of vote)
The SDLP, while comfortably retaining their seat, saw their vote share fall by 2.5%, a result at least partially attributable to the entry of Sinn Féin to this election. Nevertheless, John Hume would hold his seat without threat until his retirement in 2004.
Ulster Unionist Party
(1 seats, 21.5% of vote)
Coming in at 12% less than the DUP, the Ulster Unionist Party was to find its support gradually eroding and transferring to the larger party. In this election, John Taylor won roughly the same vote as James Kilfedder had in 1979, with only 0.4% lost. Kilfedder had left the UUP to form his own party, the Ulster Popular Unionist Party.
(0 seats, 13.3% of vote)
Sinn Féin's debut to European politics was much better received in Northern Ireland than it was south of the border. Although the party failed to win any seats, its candidate Danny Morrison won an impressive 13.4% of the vote, placing it fourth overall and just eight points away from the UUP.
(0 seats, 5.0% of vote)
The Alliance Party, carving out an identity for itself as a cross-community party, tried once more to contest a seat a European seat, this time with David Cook as their candidate. He was unsuccessful.
Ulster Popular Unionist Party
(0 seats, 2.9% of vote)
Set up by the outgoing MEP James Kilfedder, the UPUP was a new unionist party which sought to make gains the same way Ian Paisley and the DUP did in the early 1970s. They were largely unsuccessful, with Kilfedder himself finding his vote share plummeting at this election. The UPUP continued to contest elections until his death in 1995.
The Workers' Party
(0 seats, 1.3% of vote)
The Workers' Party on this occasion fared no better in the north than it did in the south. Its candidate Seamus Lynch secured 8,712 first preference votes.
The Ecology Party
(0 seats, 0.3% of vote)
In last place in this election was the new Ecology Party, which secured only 2,172 votes. They fared slightly better in the Dublin constituency in the Republic of Ireland's election, but their successes were yet to come.