Cork Mid (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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For the 1885–1922 constituency of the United Kingdom House of Commons, see Mid Cork (UK Parliament constituency).
Cork Mid
Former Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Former constituency
Created 1961
Abolished 1981
Seats 4 (1961–1977)
5 (1977–1981)
County/City council County Cork

Cork Mid was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas from 1961 to 1981. The constituency was served by 4 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs) from 1961 to 1977, and then 5 from 1977 until its abolition in 1981. The method of election was the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

Boundaries[edit]

1961 to 1976[edit]

From 1961 to 1976 its boundaries were defined as: "The administrative county of Cork except the portions thereof which are comprised in the borough constituency of Cork and the county constituencies of Cork East and Cork West."[1]

1977 to 1981[edit]

For the 1977 general election, its boundaries were defined as: "The administrative county of Cork, except the parts thereof which are comprised in the constituencies of Cork North–East, Cork South–West and Kerry South; and the following wards in the county borough of Cork: Bishopstown E, Gillabbey B, Gillabbey C, Glasheen A, Glasheen B, Glasheen C, Pouladuff A, Pouladuff B, The Lough, Togher A, Togher B."[2]

TDs[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Cork Mid 1961–1981[3]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
17th 1961[4] Dan Desmond
(Lab)
Denis J. O'Sullivan
(FG)
Seán McCarthy
(FF)
Con Meaney
(FF)
4 seats
1961–1977
1965 by-election[5] Eileen Desmond
(Lab)
18th 1965[6] Donal Creed
(FG)
Flor Crowley
(FF)
Thomas Meaney
(FF)
19th 1969[7] Philip Burton
(FG)
Paddy Forde
(FF)
1972 by-election[8] Gene Fitzgerald
(FF)
20th 1973[9] Eileen Desmond
(Lab)
21st 1977[10] Barry Cogan
(FF)
22nd 1981 Constituency abolished

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]

1977 general election[edit]

1977 general election: Cork Mid[10]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Fianna Fáil Gene Fitzgerald 19.9 12,179        
Fianna Fáil Thomas Meaney 19.4 11,877        
Fine Gael Donal Creed 13.2 8,088 8,163 8,241 10,413  
Labour Party Eileen Desmond 14.5 8,902 9,001 9,112 10,276  
Fianna Fáil Barry Cogan 10.7 6,563 7,545 8,151 8,259 8,595
Fianna Fáil John Dennehy 7.2 4,522 5,292 6,069 6,188 6,470
Fine Gael Frank Crowley 7.4 4,681 4,695 4,777 5,614  
Fine Gael Seán O'Leary 7.6 4,436 4,468 4,480    
Electorate: 75,031   Valid: 61,248   Spoilt: 446 (0.7%)   Quota: 10,209   Turnout: 61,694 (82.2%)[11]

1973 general election[edit]

1973 general election: Cork Mid[9]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Thomas Meaney 10,400 25.6 1
Fianna Fáil Gene Fitzgerald 9,584 23.6 2
Fine Gael Donal Creed 7,728 19.1 3
Labour Party Eileen Desmond 6,170 15.2 4
Fine Gael Philip Burton 5,629 13.9
Fine Gael Daniel O'Leary 1,055 2.6
Electorate: ?   Valid: 40,566   Quota: 8,114   Turnout:

1972 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Paddy Forde, a by-election was held on 2 August 1972. The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Gene Fitzgerald.

1972 by-election: Cork Mid[8]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Gene Fitzgerald 19,595 49.5 1
Fine Gael Denis J. O'Sullivan 12,530 31.6
Labour Party Eileen Desmond 6,301 15.9
Aontacht Éireann Patrick O'Callaghan 1,172 3.0
Electorate: 49,402   Valid: 39,598   Quota: 19,800   Turnout: 80.2%

1969 general election[edit]

1969 general election: Cork Mid[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Thomas Meaney 8,978 23.0 1 1
Fine Gael Donal Creed 7,400 18.9 2
Fianna Fáil Paddy Forde 4,284 11.0 3
Fine Gael Philip Burton 5,310 13.6 4
Labour Party Eileen Desmond 4,936 12.6
Fianna Fáil Batt Donegan 3,468 8.9
Labour Party Neil Lehane 2,866 7.3
Fine Gael Patrick Lombard 1,821 4.7
Electorate: ?   Valid: 39,063   Quota: 7,813   Turnout:

1965 general election[edit]

1965 general election: Cork Mid[6]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Labour Party Eileen Desmond 10,041 25.0 1 1
Fianna Fáil Flor Crowley 7,884 19.7 2
Fianna Fáil Thomas Meaney 5,683 14.2 3
Fine Gael Donal Creed 6,103 15.2 4
Fine Gael Denis J. O'Sullivan 4,935 12.3
Fianna Fáil Paddy Forde 3,099 7.7
Independent Thomas O'Sullivan 1,089 2.7
Fine Gael Edward McCarthy 789 2.0
Independent Sylvester Cotter 498 1.2
Electorate: ?   Valid: 40,121   Quota: 8,025   Turnout:

1965 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Labour Party TD Dan Desmond, a by-election was held on 10 March 1965. The seat was won by the Labour Party candidate Eileen Desmond, widow of the deceased TD.

1965 by-election: Cork Mid[5]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Labour Party Eileen Desmond 12,752 33.5 1
Fianna Fáil Flor Crowley 13,779 36.2
Fine Gael Donal Creed 10,957 28.8
Independent Sylvester Cotter 590 1.6
Electorate: 50,220   Valid: 38,078   Quota: 19,040   Turnout: 75.8%

1961 general election[edit]

1961 general election: Cork Mid[4]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Labour Party Dan Desmond 10,035 27.3 1 1
Fine Gael Denis J. O'Sullivan 7,787 21.2 2 1
Fianna Fáil Seán MacCarthy 6,499 17.7 3
Fianna Fáil Con Meaney 6,586 17.9 4
Fine Gael Timothy Desmond 3,976 10.8
Fianna Fáil David McGrath 1,890 5.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 36,773   Quota: 7,355   Turnout:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1959". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1974". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Walker, Brian M, ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–92. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. ISSN 0332-0286. 
  4. ^ a b "General election 1961: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "By-election 1965: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "General election 1965: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "General election 1969: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "By-election 1972: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "General election 1973: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "General election 1977: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  11. ^ The Irish Times, 20 June 1977, p7–10

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