Cavan–Monaghan (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Cavan–Monaghan
Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Outline map
Location of Cavan–Monaghan within Ireland
Current constituency
Created 1977
Seats 5
TDs
County/City council County Cavan
County Monaghan
EP constituency North-West

Cavan–Monaghan is a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. The constituency elects 5 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election is the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

History and boundaries[edit]

The constituency spans the entire area of both County Cavan and County Monaghan, taking in Cavan town, Monaghan town, Clones, Cootehill, Belturbet, Bailieborough, Castleblayney and Carrickmacross.[1] Since its creation it has been a five seat constituency.

The constituency was created under the terms of the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1974, as part of the redistribution of constituencies, also known as the Tullymander.[2] The constituency of Cavan–Monaghan has been used for elections since the 1977 general election. It was established to replace the two pre-existing, separate constituencies of Cavan and Monaghan. Unlike most of the other constituencies created for the first time in that year, it has survived with only minor changes since.[3]

The Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009 defines the constituency as:

"The counties of Cavan and Monaghan."

Constituency profile[edit]

The second largest constituency after Mayo, Cavan–Monaghan is predominately rural with 75% of the population living outside the main towns.[4] Manufacturing, construction, and agriculture are the largest sectors of the local economy, with the QUINN group being the one of largest employer in the constituency.[5] In recent years there has been an influx of people moving to south-east Cavan from Dublin, benefiting from the low house prices and transport links to Dublin.

Due to its proximity to the border the constituency has historically been staunchly Republican, with hunger striker Kieran Doherty winning a seat in the 1981 general election as an Anti H-Block candidate. In recent elections, the constituency consists of mainly a three-way fight between Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil, with the Labour Party traditionally polling poorly.

TDs[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Cavan–Monaghan 1977–[6]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
21st 1977[7] John P. Wilson
(FF)
Jimmy Leonard
(FF)
Rory O'Hanlon
(FF)
Thomas J. Fitzpatrick
(FG)
John Conlan
(FG)
22nd 1981[8] Kieran Doherty
(AHB)
23rd 1982 (Feb)[9] Jimmy Leonard
(FF)
24th 1982 (Nov)[10] Thomas J. Fitzpatrick
(CC)
25th 1987[11] Thomas J. Fitzpatrick
(FG)
Andrew Boylan
(FG)
26th 1989[12] Bill Cotter
(FG)
27th 1992[13] Brendan Smith
(FF)
Seymour Crawford
(FG)
28th 1997[14] Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
(SF)
29th 2002[15] Paudge Connolly
(Ind)
30th 2007[16] Rory O'Hanlon
(CC)
Margaret Conlon
(FF)
31st 2011[17] Joe O'Reilly
(FG)
Seán Conlan
(FG)
Heather Humphreys
(FG)

Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns. For details of the order in which seats were won at each election, see the detailed results of that election.

Elections[edit]

2011 general election[edit]

2011 general election: Cavan–Monaghan[4][17]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
Sinn Féin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin 16.7 11,913                
Fianna Fáil Brendan Smith 13.6 9,702 9,734 9,817 10,092 10,249 10,770 11,237 14,667  
Fine Gael Joe O'Reilly 11.7 8,333 8,361 8,412 8,599 8,679 10,492 11,201 11,305 11,434
Fine Gael Seán Conlan 11.0 7,864 7,924 8,225 8,319 8,728 9,162 9,895 10,623 11,178
Fine Gael Heather Humphreys 11.4 8,144 8,201 8,374 8,521 8,886 9,565 10,177 10,525 10,861
Sinn Féin Kathryn Reilly 9.2 6,539 6,624 6,858 7,289 7,886 8,324 9,627 9,884 10,340
Fianna Fáil Margaret Conlon 6.5 4,658 4,703 4,817 4,879 5,052 5,070 5,279    
Labour Party Liam Hogan 5.6 4,011 4,144 4,273 4,527 4,793 4,998      
Fine Gael Peter McVitty 5.4 3,858 3,881 3,912 4,207 4,246        
Independent Seamus Treanor 2.8 1,974 2,007 2,379 2,658          
Independent Caroline Forde 2.7 1,912 1,993 2,167            
New Vision John McGuirk 2.4 1,708 1,760              
Green Party Darcy Lonergan 0.7 530                
Independent Joseph Duffy 0.2 129                
Electorate: 99,178   Valid: 71,275   Spoilt: 867 (1.2%)   Quota: 11,880   Turnout: 72,142 (72.7%)

2007 general election[edit]

Rory O'Hanlon was Ceann Comhairle at the dissolution of the 29th Dáil and therefore deemed to be returned automatically. The constituency was treated as a four seater for the purposes of calculating the quota.

2007 general election: Cavan–Monaghan[16]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
Ceann Comhairle Rory O'Hanlon N/A Automatically returned      
Fianna Fáil Brendan Smith 23.6 15,548      
Sinn Féin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin 20.0 13,162      
Fine Gael Seymour Crawford 16.7 10,978 11,057 11,199 13,758
Fianna Fáil Margaret Conlon 14.1 9,303 11,062 11,145 13,203
Fine Gael Joe O'Reilly 14.5 9,550 9,895 10,214 11,238
Independent Paudge Connolly 6.0 3,955 4,034 4,157  
Green Party Vincent Martin 3.6 2,382 2,445 2,687  
Labour Party Des Cullen 1.2 796 849    
Independent T. J. Fay 0.2 113 125    
Electorate: 92,248   Valid: 65,787   Spoilt: 760 (1.2%)   Quota: 13,158   Turnout: 66,547 (72.2%)

2002 general election[edit]

2002 general election: Cavan–Monaghan[15]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10 Count 11 Count 12
Sinn Féin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin 17.5 10,832                      
Fianna Fáil Brendan Smith 17.3 10,679                      
Independent Paudge Connolly 12.5 7,722 7,867 7,871 7,946 8,375 8,614 8,973 9,678 10,870      
Fianna Fáil Rory O'Hanlon 11.6 7,204 7,295 7,479 7,541 7,648 7,807 7,943 8,662 11,032      
Fine Gael Seymour Crawford 9.9 6,113 6,136 6,139 6,178 6,286 6,397 6,509 6,803 7,078 7,392 7,702 9,165
Fine Gael Andrew Boylan 7.8 4,819 4,855 4,889 5,061 5,084 5,211 5,374 5,516 5,633 5,844 5,905 9,044
Fine Gael Paddy O'Reilly 7.5 4,639 4,667 4,698 4,817 4,836 4,955 5,108 5,320 5,429 5,628 5,710  
Fianna Fáil Robbie Gallagher 6.0 3,731 3,789 3,874 3,921 4,004 4,197 4,319 4,535        
Independent Vincent Martin 3.1 1,943 1,992 1,997 2,087 2,265 2,371 2,646          
Green Party Marcus McCabe 1.8 1,100 1,138 1,143 1,301 1,385 1,513            
Progressive Democrats Gerry McCaughey 1.8 1,131 1,144 1,154 1,219 1,261              
Independent Joe Brennan 1.7 1,026 1,046 1,047 1,114                
Labour Party Francie Fitzsimons 0.9 550 566 572                  
Christian Solidarity Tony Smith 0.6 358 365 368                  
Electorate: 87,595   Valid: 61,847   Spoilt: 863 (1.4%)   Quota: 10,308   Turnout: 62,710 (71.6%)

1997 general election[edit]

1997 general election: Cavan–Monaghan[14]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Sinn Féin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin 11,531 19.4 1 1
Fianna Fáil Brendan Smith 8,998 15.1 2 6
Fine Gael Seymour Crawford 6,552 11.0 3 7
Fine Gael Andrew Boylan 4,894 8.2 4 7
Fianna Fáil Rory O'Hanlon 7,325 12.3 5 7
Fianna Fáil Ann Leonard 6,564 11.0
Fine Gael Bill Cotter 4,665 7.8
Fine Gael Paddy O'Reilly 4,532 7.6
Labour Party Ann Gallagher 2,359 4.0
Christian Solidarity Gene Flood 1,024 1.7
Christian Solidarity Larry McGinn 1,001 1.7
Independent Joseph Duffy 99 0.2
Electorate: 83,005   Valid: 59,544   Spoilt: 601 (1.0%)   Quota: 9,925   Turnout: 60,145 (72.5%)

1992 general election[edit]

1992 general election: Cavan–Monaghan[13]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Brendan Smith 7,063 12.9 1 5
Fianna Fáil Rory O'Hanlon 7,125 13.0 2 8
Fine Gael Andrew Boylan 4,763 8.7 3 8
Fine Gael Seymour Crawford 5,192 9.5 4 8
Fianna Fáil Jimmy Leonard 6,555 11.9 5 8
Labour Party Ann Gallagher 4,543 8.3
Fine Gael Bill Cotter 5,291 9.7
Fine Gael Joe O'Reilly 3,942 7.2
Sinn Féin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin 4,197 7.7
Fianna Fáil Michael Smith 3,551 6.5
Independent Winston Turner 1,825 3.3
Independent Mary Smith 686 1.3
Workers' Party Jimmy Finnegan 157 0.3
Electorate: 79,011   Valid: 54,890   Spoilt: 993 (1.8%)   Quota: 9,149   Turnout: 55,883 (70.7%)

1989 general election[edit]

1989 general election: Cavan–Monaghan[12]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil John Wilson 9,708 18.3 1 1
Fianna Fáil Rory O'Hanlon 8,663 16.3 2 2
Fianna Fáil Jimmy Leonard 8,500 16.0 3 3
Fine Gael Andrew Boylan 7,180 13.5 4 7
Fine Gael Bill Cotter 6,765 12.7 5 7
Fine Gael Joe O'Reilly 5,560 10.5
Sinn Féin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin 4,849 9.1
Independent Margaret Kiernan 1,069 2.0
Independent Damien Matthews 705 1.3
Independent Joseph Duffy 155 0.3
Electorate: 75,712   Valid: 53,154   Spoilt: 1,041 (1.9%)   Quota: 8,860   Turnout: 54,195 (71.6%)

1987 general election[edit]

1987 general election: Cavan–Monaghan[11]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Ceann Comhairle Thomas J. Fitzpatrick Automatically returned N/A 1
Fianna Fáil Rory O'Hanlon 11,265 19.5 2
Fianna Fáil John Wilson 11,163 19.3 3
Fianna Fáil Jimmy Leonard 9,319 16.1 4
Fine Gael Andrew Boylan 10,132 17.5 5
Fine Gael John Conlan 8,795 15.2
Sinn Féin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin 4,219 7.3
Independent Patrick McKiernan 1,868 3.2
Workers' Party Oliver Rogers 577 1.0
Independent Pádraig Duffy 474 0.8
Electorate: ?   Valid: 57,812   Quota: 11,56   Turnout:

November 1982 general election[edit]

November 1982 general election: Cavan–Monaghan[10]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil John Wilson 10,779 18.8 1
Fine Gael Thomas J. Fitzpatrick 9,185 16.0 2
Fine Gael John Conlan 7,560 13.2 3
Fianna Fáil Rory O'Hanlon 8,372 14.6 4
Fianna Fáil Jimmy Leonard 8,611 15.0 5
Fine Gael Aileen Cahill 5,106 8.9
Fine Gael Hugh McElvaney 3,852 6.7
Fianna Fáil Michael Smith 3,639 6.4
Independent Seán Ó Neill MacGabhann 143 0.3
Electorate: ?   Valid: 57,247   Quota: 9,542   Turnout:

February 1982 general election[edit]

February 1982 general election: Cavan–Monaghan[9]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Fianna Fáil John Wilson 16.8 9,776          
Fianna Fáil Jimmy Leonard 14.8 8,585 8,614 8,427 8,857 9,890  
Fine Gael Thomas J. Fitzpatrick 14.3 8,317 8,386 8,427 8,956 9,236 9,753
Fine Gael John Conlan 12.9 7,486 7,512 7,603 8,545 8,613 9,051
Fianna Fáil Rory O'Hanlon 11.4 6,651 6,692 6,798 6,857 8,697 10,159
Fine Gael Robert Fausset 11.7 6,808 6,833 6,867 7,191 7,268 7,378
Sinn Féin Séamus McElwaine 6.8 3,974 4,079 4,183 4,243 4,365  
Fianna Fáil Michael Smith 5.9 3,399 3,481 3,526 3,584    
Fine Gael Thomas O'Reilly 3.7 2,152 2,167 2,191      
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Francis O'Donoghue 0.9 529 567        
Independent James Kelly 0.8 455          
Electorate: 73,601   Valid: 58,132   Spoilt: 491 (0.8%)   Quota: 9,689   Turnout: 58,623 (79.6%)

1981 general election[edit]

1981 general election: Cavan–Monaghan[8]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Fianna Fáil John Wilson 15.6 9,424 9,467 9,543 12,122      
Fine Gael Thomas J. Fitzpatrick 12.0 7,257 7,946 8,660 8,807 8,908 13,109  
Fine Gael John Conlan 10.6 6,431 6,775 7,777 7,802 7,815 10,355  
Anti H-Block Kieran Doherty 15.1 9,121 9,197 9,342 9,469 9,580 9,709 10,063
Fianna Fáil Rory O'Hanlon 11.0 6,662 6,694 6,861 7,252 8,548 8,738 9,016
Fianna Fáil Jimmy Leonard 11.6 6,984 7,039 7,082 7,240 7,752 7,997 8,304
Fine Gael Robert Fausset 11.2 6,785 6,994 7,572 7,637 7,657    
Fianna Fáil Michael Smith 5.7 3,431 3,483 3,535        
Fine Gael Aidan Murray 4.3 2,565 2,803          
Fine Gael Mona Hoban 2.9 1,741            
Electorate: 70,995   Valid: 60,411   Spoilt: 584 (0.9%)   Quota: 10,069   Turnout: 60,995 (85.9%)

1977 general election[edit]

1977 general election: Cavan–Monaghan[7]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Fianna Fáil John Wilson 16.3 9,168 9,214 9,585          
Fine Gael Thomas J. Fitzpatrick 16.2 9,060 9,104 9,396          
Fianna Fáil Jimmy Leonard 15.5 8,695 8,806 9,140 9,167 9,189 10,922    
Fianna Fáil Rory O'Hanlon 10.8 6,045 6,187 6,476 6,531 7,752 9,305 10,623  
Fine Gael John Conlan 11.3 6,347 6,408 6,476 6,482 7,752 7,901 7,943 8,030
Fine Gael Brendan Toal 10.4 5,809 5,861 5,932 5,935 7,542 7,729 7,753 7,811
Fianna Fáil Michael Smith 8.8 4,912 4,936 5,220 5,366 5,569      
Fine Gael John McKenna 5.6 3,166 3,183 3,332 3,348        
Independent James Kelly 3.6 2,016 2,246            
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Owen Kirk 1.3 713              
Independent Patrick Harwood 0.2 94              
Electorate: 69,941   Valid: 56,025   Quota: 9,338   Turnout: 80.1%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1974: Schedule (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 13 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Dáil Constituencies 1918–2004: Cavan–Monaghan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 13 Jun 2007. 
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  5. ^ "Constituency profile: Cavan–Monaghan". Houses of the Oireachtas. 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Walker, Brian M, ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–92. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. ISSN 0332-0286. 
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  8. ^ a b "General election 1981: Cavan–Monaghan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "General election February 1982: Cavan–Monaghan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "General election November 1982: Cavan–Monaghan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "General election 1987: Cavan–Monaghan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "General election 1989: Cavan–Monaghan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "General election 1992: Cavan–Monaghan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "General election 1997: Cavan–Monaghan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "General election 2002: Cavan–Monaghan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "General election 2007: Cavan–Monaghan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "General election 2011: Cavan–Monaghan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 

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