Donegal North–East (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Donegal North–East
Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Outline map
Location of Donegal North–East within Ireland
Current constituency
Created 1981
Seats 3
TDs
County/City council County Donegal
EP constituency Midlands–North-West
Donegal North–East
Former Dáil Éireann constituency
for the Oireachtas
Former constituency
Created 1961
Abolished 1977
Seats 3
County/City council County Donegal

Donegal North–East is a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. The constituency elects 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election is the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

History[edit]

The constituency was first created for the 1961 general election taking in parts of the abolished Donegal East constituency, it lasted until 1977 when it was abolished and became part of the new Donegal constituency. It was recreated for the 1981 general election and has been used at all elections since then.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is located in the northern part of County Donegal. It encompasses the Letterkenny, Milford and Inishowen electoral areas of Donegal County Council.[1]

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

"In the county of Donegal the electoral divisions of:
Ardmalin, Ballyliffin, Birdstown, Buncrana Rural, Burt, Carndonagh, Carthage, Castlecary, Castleforward, Culdaff, Desertegny, Dunaff, Fahan, Glenagannon, Gleneely, Glentogher, Greencastle, Illies, Inch Island, Kilderry, Killea, Malin, Mintiaghs, Moville, Newtown Cunningham, Redcastle, Straid, Three Trees, Turmone, Whitecastle, in the former Rural District of Inishowen;
Ballymacool, Castlewray, Corravaddy, Edenacarnan, Gartán, Gortnavern, Killymasny, Kincraigy, Letterkenny Rural, Magheraboy, Manorcunningham, Mín an Lábáin, Suí Corr, Templedouglas, in the former Rural District of Letterkenny;
An Cheathrú Chaol, An Tearmann, Ballyarr, Carraig Airt, Cnoc Colbha, Creamhghort, Fánaid Thiar, Fánaid Thuaidh, Glen, Glenalla, Grianfort, Killygarvan, Kilmacrenan, Loch Caol, Millford, Rathmelton, Rathmullan, Ros Goill, Rosnakill, in the former Rural District of Millford;
and the towns of Buncrana and Letterkenny."

TDs[edit]

TDs 1969–1977[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Donegal North–East 1961–1977[2]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
17th 1961[3] Neil Blaney
(IFF)
Liam Cunningham
(FF)
Paddy Harte
(FG)
18th 1965[4]
19th 1969[5]
20th 1973[6]
1976 by-election[7] Paddy Keaveney
(IFF)
21st 1977 Constituency abolished. See Donegal

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.

TDs since 1981[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Donegal North–East 1981–[2]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
22nd 1981[8] Paddy Harte
(FG)
Neil Blaney
(IFF)
Hugh Conaghan
(FF)
23rd 1982 (Feb)[9]
24th 1982 (Nov)[10]
25th 1987[11]
26th 1989[12] Jim McDaid
(FF)
27th 1992[13]
1996 by-election[14] Cecilia Keaveney
(FF)
28th 1997[15] Harry Blaney
(IFF)
29th 2002[16] Niall Blaney
(IFF)
30th 2007[17] Niall Blaney
(FF)
Joe McHugh
(FG)
31st 2011[18] Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
(SF)
Charlie McConalogue
(FF)

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: Donegal North–East[18]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
Sinn Féin Pádraig Mac Lochlainn 24.5 9,278 9,350 9,585            
Fine Gael Joe McHugh 19.3 7,330 7,368 7,513 7,524 7,662 8,147 8,731 12,049  
Fianna Fáil Charlie McConalogue 17.4 6,613 6,661 6,795 6,816 7,064 7,255 7,511 8,245 8,976
Labour Party Jimmy Harte 10.8 4,090 4,162 4,301 4,319 4,535 4,801 5,646 6,131 7,219
Fine Gael John Ryan 12.3 4,657 4,710 4,871 4,884 4,950 4,976 5,081    
Independent Dessie Shiels 4.9 1,876 1,903 2,063 2,085 2,299 2,605      
Independent Ian McGarvey 3.4 1,287 1,296 1,399 1,409 1,653        
New Vision MacDara Blaney 3.2 1,228 1,249 1,317 1,327          
Independent Betty Holmes 3.0 1,150 1,197              
Green Party Humphrey Murphy 0.5 206                
New Vision Ryan Stewart 0.5 203                
Electorate: 59,084   Valid: 37,918   Spoilt: 406 (1.1%)   Quota: 9,480   Turnout: 38,324 (64.9%)

2007 general election[edit]

2007 general election: Donegal North–East[17]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Fine Gael Joe McHugh 22.6 8,711 8,800 8,900 9,134 10,034      
Fianna Fáil Jim McDaid 17.5 6,724 6,746 6,786 6,932 7,343 7,489 10,008  
Fianna Fáil Niall Blaney 16.3 6,288 6,332 6,360 6,538 6,802 6,888 9,123 9,439
Sinn Féin Pádraig Mac Lochlainn 17.5 6,733 6,789 6,896 6,997 7,315 7,410 8,821 8,876
Fianna Fáil Cecilia Keaveney 16.5 6,362 6,441 6,471 6,481 6,674 6,744    
Independent Jimmy Harte 3.4 1,313 1,353 1,415 1,469        
Labour Party Siobhan McLaughlin 1.8 703 723 844 884        
Independent Ian McGarvey 2.0 733 795 823          
Green Party Frank Gallagher 1.4 520 546            
Christian Solidarity Mary Doherty 0.9 339              
Independent Arthur McGuinness 0.1 86              
Electorate: 57,244   Valid: 38,545   Spoilt: 386 (1.0%)   Quota: 9,637   Turnout: 38,931 (68.0%)

2002 general election[edit]

2002 general election: Donegal North–East[16]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Fianna Fáil Jim McDaid 26.5 9,614          
Fianna Fáil Cecilia Keaveney 22.9 8,340 8,463 8,712 9,724    
Independent Fianna Fáil Niall Blaney 16.8 6,124 6,261 6,392 7,667 8,031 8,789
Fine Gael Sean Maloney 10.3 3,694 4,081 4,181 4,627 4,680 7,432
Fine Gael Bernard McGuinness 10.8 3,914 4,101 4,111 4,376 4,551  
Sinn Féin Pádraig Mac Lochlainn 9.9 3,611 3,714 3,751      
Labour Party Jackie McNair 2.8 1,021          
Electorate: 58,208   Valid: 36,347   Spoilt: 549 (1.5%)   Quota: 9,087   Turnout: 36,896 (63.4%)

1997 general election[edit]

1997 general election: Donegal North–East[15]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Cecilia Keaveney 8,317 23.4 1 4
Independent Fianna Fáil Harry Blaney 7,484 21.1 2 4
Fianna Fáil Jim McDaid 6,538 18.4 3 5
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 4,969 14.0
Sinn Féin Pat Doherty 2,881 8.1
Labour Party Sean Maloney 1,948 5.5
Fine Gael Jim Sheridan 1,735 4.9
Independent Jim Devenney 1,657 4.7
Electorate: 52,576   Valid: 35,529   Spoilt: 422 (1.2%)   Quota: 7,106   Turnout: 35,951 (68.4%)

1996 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Independent Fianna Fáil TD Neil Blaney, a by-election was held on 2 April 1996. It was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Cecilia Keaveney.

1996 by-election: Donegal North–East[14]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Cecilia Keaveney 9,872 32.2 1 4
Independent Fianna Fáil Harry Blaney 8,943 29.2
Fine Gael Jim Sheridan 5,679 18.5
Labour Party Sean Maloney 3,791 12.4
Sinn Féin Pat Doherty 2,340 7.6
Electorate: 50,443   Valid: 30,625   Quota: 15,313   Turnout: 60.7%

1992 general election[edit]

1992 general election: Donegal North–East[13]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Jim McDaid 6,927 22.2 1 7
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 4,292 13.8 2 7
Independent Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 5,248 16.8 3 8
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 4,538 14.5
Labour Party Sean Maloney 3,538 11.3
Fine Gael Bernard McGuinness 2,667 8.6
Independent Jim Devenney 2,082 6.7
Sinn Féin Jim Ferry 819 2.6
Green Party Brigid McGonagle 611 2.0
Christian Centrist Patrick Doherty 487 1.6
Electorate: 46,978   Valid: 31,209   Spoilt: 560 (1.8%)   Quota: 7,803   Turnout: 31,769 (67.6%)

1989 general election[edit]

1989 general election: Donegal North–East[12]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 7,506 27.0 1
Independent Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 6,961 25.1 2
Fianna Fáil Jim McDaid 5,553 20.0 3
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 5,363 19.3
Sinn Féin Patrick Doherty 1,091 3.9
Fine Gael Joachim Loughrey 891 3.2
Independent Anne Wilkinson 428 1.5
Electorate: ?   Valid: 27,793   Quota: 6,949   Turnout:

1987 general election[edit]

1987 general election: Donegal North–East[11]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 7,720 26.2 1 1
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 7,324 24.9 2
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 6,997 23.8 3
Sinn Féin Edward Fullerton 2,365 8.0
Fianna Fáil Ronan Sweeney 2,188 7.4
Fine Gael Joachim Loughrey 1,737 5.9
Independent Michael Brooks 696 2.4
Labour Party Kevin Monaghan 393 1.3
Electorate: ?   Valid: 29,420   Quota: 7,356   Turnout:

November 1982 general election[edit]

November 1982 general election: Donegal North–East[10]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 9,486 31.4 1 1
Independent Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 7,997 26.5 2 1
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 6,599 21.8 3
Fianna Fáil Bernard McGlinchey 3,889 12.9
Fine Gael Joachim Loughrey 1,697 5.6
Labour Party Anne Wilkinson 562 1.9
Electorate: ?   Valid: 30,230   Quota: 7,558   Turnout:

February 1982 general election[edit]

Unusually, all seats were filled on the first count. A further two counts were then held to give lower placed candidates a chance to save their deposits.

February 1982 general election: Donegal North–East[9]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 31.3 9,362    
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 27.1 8,116    
Independent Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 26.3 7,864    
Fine Gael Joachim Loughrey 7.1 2,112 3,823  
Fianna Fáil Ian McGarvey 6.6 1,959 2,046 2,670
Labour Party Anne Wilkinson 1.6 493 580 595
Electorate: 40,811   Valid: 29,906   Spoilt: 410 (1.4%)   Quota: 7,477   Turnout: 30,316 (74.3%)

1981 general election[edit]

1981 general election: Donegal North–East[8]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 24.3 7,853 7,967 10,995  
Independent Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 24.5 7,920 7,999 8,228  
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 22.6 7,283 7,319 7,536 7,814
Fianna Fáil Bernard McGlinchey 15.8 5,111 5,191 5,324 5,500
Fine Gael Bernard McGuinness 11.3 3,650 3,753    
Labour Party Anne Wilkinson 1.5 470      
Electorate: 40,807   Valid: 32,287   Spoilt: 405 (1.2%)   Quota: 8,072   Turnout: 32,992 (80.8%)

1976 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Liam Cunningham, a by-election was held on 10 June 1976. The seat was won by the Independent Fianna Fáil candidate Paddy Keaveney.

1976 by-election: Donegal North–East[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Fianna Fáil Paddy Keaveney 9,986 31.1 1
Fine Gael Joachim Loughrey 10,188 31.8
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 9,865 30.7
Independent Tony Gill 2,053 6.4
Electorate: 42,390   Valid: 32,092   Quota: 16,047   Turnout: 75.7%

1973 general election[edit]

1973 general election: Donegal North–East[6]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Independent Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 8,368 29.3 1
Fianna Fáil Liam Cunningham 6,704 23.5 2
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 5,480 19.2 3
Fine Gael Bertie Boggs 4,056 14.2
Fianna Fáil Bernard McGlinchey 2,537 8.9
Fianna Fáil John Harkin 1,191 4.2
Independent Daniel MacCarron 205 0.7
Electorate: ?   Valid: 28,541   Quota: 7,136   Turnout:

1969 general election[edit]

1969 general election: Donegal North–East[5]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 8,706 30.4 1
Fianna Fáil Liam Cunningham 6,903 24.1 2
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 6,057 21.1 3
Fine Gael Bertie Boggs 5,962 20.8
Labour Party Colum O'Donnell 1,037 3.6
Electorate: ?   Valid: 28,665   Quota: 7,167   Turnout:

1965 general election[edit]

1965 general election: Donegal North–East[4]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 9,003 35.5 1 1
Fianna Fáil Liam Cunningham 6,039 23.8 2
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 6,016 23.7 3
Fine Gael Seán McLaughlin 3,170 12.5
Labour Party Dominick McCauley 1,147 4.5
Electorate: ?   Valid: 25,375   Quota: 6,344   Turnout:

1961 general election[edit]

1961 general election: Donegal North–East[3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 8,738 37.2 1 1
Fianna Fáil Liam Cunningham 5,686 24.2 2
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 5,427 23.1 3
Fine Gael Seán McLaughlin 3,650 15.5
Electorate: ?   Valid: 23,501   Quota: 5,876   Turnout:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b 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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  4. ^ a b "General election 1965: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
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  6. ^ a b "General election 1973: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
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  8. ^ a b "General election 1981: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "General election February 1982: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "General election November 1982: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "General election 1987: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "General election 1989: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "General election 1992: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "By-election 1996: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "General election 1997: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "General election 2002: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  17. ^ a b "General election 2007: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  18. ^ a b "General election 2011: Donegal North–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 

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