Donegal East (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Donegal East
Former Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Former constituency
Created 1937
Abolished 1961
Seats 4
County/City council County Donegal

Donegal East was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas from 1937 to 1961. The constituency elected 4 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs) to the Dáil, using the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

History[edit]

The constituency was created under the Electoral (Revision of Constituencies) Act 1935, for the 1937 general election to Dáil Éireann.[1] It succeeded the constituency of Donegal. It was abolished under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1961, when it and Donegal West were replaced by the new constituencies of Donegal North–East and Donegal South–West.

Boundaries[edit]

It consisted of the administrative county of Donegal except the portion thereof which was comprised in the county constituency of Donegal West.[1]

TDs[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Donegal East 1937–1961[2]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
9th 1937[3] James Myles
(Ind)
Neal Blaney
(FF)
Daniel McMenamin
(FG)
John Friel
(FF)
10th 1938[4] Henry McDevitt
(FF)
11th 1943[5] William Sheldon
(CnaT)
Neal Blaney
(FF)
12th 1944[6] William Sheldon
(Ind)
13th 1948[7]
1948 by-election[8] Neil Blaney
(FF)
Liam Cunningham
(FF)
14th 1951[9]
15th 1954[10]
16th 1957[11]
17th 1961 Constituency abolished. See Donegal North–East and Donegal South–West

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]

1957 general election[edit]

1957 general election: Donegal East[11]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 8,693 27.9 1 1
Fianna Fáil Liam Cunningham 6,188 19.9 2
Fine Gael Daniel McMenamin 5,098 16.4 3
Independent William Sheldon 6,011 19.3 4
Independent Frank Morris 3,216 10.3
Fine Gael Patrick Doherty 1,914 6.2
Electorate: ?   Valid: 31,120   Quota: 6,225   Turnout:

1954 general election[edit]

1954 general election: Donegal East[10]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 8,538 25.9 1 1
Fianna Fáil Liam Cunningham 5,359 16.3 2
Fine Gael Daniel McMenamin 6,330 19.2 3
Independent William Sheldon 5,762 17.5 4
Fine Gael James McEleney 3,755 11.4
Fianna Fáil Hugh McCauley 2,526 7.7
Independent John Nugent 700 2.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 32,970   Quota: 6,595   Turnout:

1951 general election[edit]

1951 general election: Donegal East[9]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 10,325 30.0 1 1
Fine Gael Daniel McMenamin 6,432 18.7 2
Independent William Sheldon 6,016 17.5 3
Fianna Fáil Liam Cunningham 3,214 9.3 4
Fianna Fáil John Friel 4,561 13.2
Fine Gael James McEleney 3,020 8.7
Labour Party John Nugent 868 2.5
Electorate: 45,742   Valid: 34,436   Quota: 6,888   Turnout:

1948 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Neal Blaney, a by-election was held on 7 December 1948. The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Neil Blaney, son of the deceased TD.

1948 general election: Donegal East[8]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 19,570 55.5 1 1
Fine Gael Joseph McGinley 14,250 40.4
Clann na Poblachta James O'Donnell 1,425 4.0
Electorate: 48,184   Valid: 35,245   Quota: 17,623   Turnout: 73.2%

1948 general election[edit]

1948 general election: Donegal East[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neal Blaney 8,291 23.9 1 1
Fine Gael Daniel McMenamin 5,733 16.5 2
Independent William Sheldon 5,820 16.8 3
Fianna Fáil John Friel 5,153 14.8 4
Fianna Fáil James Doherty 3,756 10.8
Clann na Poblachta Seán McCool 3,217 9.3
Fine Gael John McLoughlin 1,912 5.5
Clann na Poblachta Hugh Diver 833 2.4
Electorate: ?   Valid: 34,715   Quota: 6,944   Turnout:

1944 general election[edit]

1944 general election: Donegal East[6]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neal Blaney 7,828 23.7 1 1
Fianna Fáil John Friel 6,417 19.4 2
Fine Gael Daniel McMenamin 6,126 18.6 3
Independent William Sheldon 3,887 11.8 4
Fianna Fáil Daniel McGlinchey 3,974 12.0
Independent James Myles 2,904 8.8
Fine Gael James McCormack 1,876 5.7
Electorate: ?   Valid: 33,012   Quota: 6,603   Turnout:

1943 general election[edit]

1943 general election: Donegal East[5]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neal Blaney 7,576 22.0 1 1
Fine Gael Daniel McMenamin 5,970 17.3 2 4
Fianna Fáil John Friel 5,916 17.2 3 6
Clann na Talmhan William Sheldon 3,373 9.8 4 8
Independent James Myles 3,595 10.4
Fianna Fáil Daniel McGlinchey 2,637 7.7
Independent Seán McCool 1,961 5.7
Labour Party John McElhinney 1,907 5.5
Independent Manus Harkin 1,537 4.5
Electorate: 49,410   Valid: 34,472   Quota: 6,895   Turnout: 69.8%

1938 general election[edit]

1938 general election: Donegal East[4]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent James Myles 7,846 20.9 1 1
Fine Gael Daniel McMenamin 7,797 20.8 2 1
Fianna Fáil Henry McDevitt 7,293 19.5 3
Fianna Fáil John Friel 6,526 17.4 4
Fianna Fáil Neal Blaney 6,368 17.0
Labour Party Patrick Lynch 1,642 4.4
Electorate: ?   Valid: 37,472   Quota: 7,495   Turnout:

1937 general election[edit]

1937 general election: Donegal East[3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent James Myles 8,090 22.4 1 1
Fianna Fáil Neal Blaney 7,876 21.8 2 1
Fine Gael Daniel McMenamin 4,836 13.4 3
Fianna Fáil John Friel 5,783 16.0 4
Fianna Fáil Henry McDevitt 5,093 14.1
Fine Gael John McLoughlin 4,398 12.2
Electorate: ?   Valid: 36,076   Quota: 7,216   Turnout:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Electoral (Revision of Constituencies) Act, 1935: First Schedule (Revised constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Walker, Brian M, ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–92. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. ISSN 0332-0286. 
  3. ^ a b "General election 1937: Donegal East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "General election 1938: Donegal East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "General election 1943: Donegal East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "General election 1944: Donegal East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "General election 1948: Donegal East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "By-election 1948: Donegal East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "General election 1951: Donegal East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "General election 1954: Donegal East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "General election 1957: Donegal East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 

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