Donegal South–West (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Donegal South–West
Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Outline map
Location of Donegal South–West within Ireland
Current constituency
Created 1981
TDs
Seats 3
County/City council County Donegal
EP constituency North-West
Donegal South–West
Former Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Former constituency
Created 1961
Abolished 1969
Seats 3
County/City council County Donegal

Donegal South–West 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 and boundaries[edit]

The constituency was first created for the 1961 general election. However at the 1969 general election it was abolished and largely replaced by the Donegal–Leitrim constituency. It was recreated for the 1981 general election and has been used at all elections since then. Located in the southern and western parts of County Donegal, it includes the towns of Lifford, Donegal, Ballyshannon, Killybegs and Gweedore.[1]

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

"The county of Donegal, except the part thereof which is comprised in the constituency of Donegal North–East."

TDs[edit]

TDs 1961–1969[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Donegal South–West 1961–1969[2]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
17th 1961[3] Joseph Brennan
(FF)
Cormac Breslin
(FF)
Patrick O'Donnell
(FG)
18th 1965[4]
19th 1969 Constituency abolished. See Donegal–Leitrim

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 South–West 1981–[2]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
22nd 1981[5] James White
(FG)
Clement Coughlan
(FF)
Pat the Cope Gallagher
(FF)
23rd 1982 (Feb)[6] Dinny McGinley
(FG)
24th 1982 (Nov)[7]
1983 by-election[8] Cathal Coughlan
(FF)
25th 1987[9] Mary Coughlan
(FF)
26th 1989[10]
27th 1992[11]
28th 1997[12] Tom Gildea
(Ind)
29th 2002[13] Pat the Cope Gallagher
(FF)
30th 2007[14]
2010 by-election[15] Pearse Doherty
(SF)
31st 2011[16] Thomas Pringle
(Ind)

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 South–West[16]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Sinn Féin Pearse Doherty 33.0 14,262        
Fine Gael Dinny McGinley 19.9 8,589 9,128 9,287 10,587 11,369
Independent Thomas Pringle 13.5 5,845 7,031 7,364 9,139 10,175
Fianna Fáil Brian Ó Domhnaill 11.1 4,789 5,147 5,236 5,724 8,834
Fianna Fáil Mary Coughlan 11.5 4,956 5,172 5,259 5,655  
Labour Party Frank McBrearty, Jnr 5.1 2,209 2,882 3,003    
Independent Stephen McCahill 4.2 1,831 2,037 2,141    
Green Party John Duffy 1.2 527 668      
New Vision Anne Sweeney 0.6 255 382      
Electorate: 64,568   Valid: 43,263   Spoilt: 332 (0.8%)   Quota: 10,816   Turnout: 43,595 (67.5%)

2010 by-election[edit]

Following the resignation of Fianna Fáil TD Pat the Cope Gallagher on his election to the European Parliament in June 2009, a by-election was held on 25 November 2010. The seat was won by the Sinn Féin candidate Pearse Doherty.

2010 by-election: Donegal South–West[15]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
Sinn Féin Pearse Doherty 39.9 13,719 13,736 15,488 16,897
Fine Gael Barry O'Neill 18.7 6,424 6,442 7,313 8,182
Fianna Fáil Brian Ó Domhnaill 21.3 7,344 7,358 7,636 8,069
Independent Thomas Pringle 10.0 3,438 3,491 3,763  
Labour Party Frank McBrearty, Jnr 9.8 3,366 3,375    
Independent Anne Sweeney 0.4 133      
Electorate: 60,829   Valid: 34,424   Spoilt: 484   Quota: 17,213   Turnout: 57.4%

2007 general election[edit]

2007 general election: Donegal South–West[14]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Fianna Fáil Mary Coughlan 26.4 10,530    
Fianna Fáil Pat the Cope Gallagher 24.1 9,606 9,976  
Fine Gael Dinny McGinley 23.0 9,167 9,249 10,281
Sinn Féin Pearse Doherty 21.2 8,462 8,551 9,263
Labour Party Séamus Rodgers 2.8 1,111 1,120  
Green Party Seán Ó Maolchallann 1.5 589 596  
Independent John Doherty 1.0 388 397  
Electorate: 60,829   Valid: 39,853   Spoilt: 421 (1.1%)   Quota: 9,964   Turnout: 40,274 (66.2%)

2002 general election[edit]

2002 general election: Donegal South–West[13]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Fianna Fáil Pat the Cope Gallagher 21.7 7,740 7,843 7,960 8,202 8,502 9,281    
Fianna Fáil Mary Coughlan 20.4 7,257 7,380 7,465 7,547 8,335 8,757 8,932  
Fine Gael Dinny McGinley 12.3 4,378 4,484 4,512 4,797 5,216 5,921 6,002 7,370
Fine Gael James White 13.1 4,680 4,720 4,740 4,822 5,161 5,385 5,402 5,930
Sinn Féin Pearse Doherty 7.6 2,697 2,771 3,571 3,720 4,166 5,170 5,269  
Independent Joe Kelly 8.7 3,091 3,174 3,219 3,329 3,796      
Independent Thomas Pringle 7.4 2,630 2,887 2,908 3,078        
Labour Party Séamus Rodgers 3.0 1,079 1,199 1,205          
Sinn Féin Tom Dignam 3.2 1,133 1,148            
Independent Gwen Breslin 2.6 951              
Electorate: 54,789   Valid: 35,635   Spoilt: 500 (1.4%)   Quota: 8,909   Turnout: 36,135 (65.9%)

1997 general election[edit]

1997 general election: Donegal South–West[12]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Mary Coughlan 6,597 20.3 1 6
Fine Gael Dinny McGinley 5,679 17.5 2 6
Independent Tom Gildea 5,592 17.3 3 6
Fianna Fáil Enda Bonner 5,742 17.7
Independent Fianna Fáil Patrick Kelly 4,123 12.7
Fine Gael Frank O'Kelly 1,774 5.5
Green Party Liz Cullen 1,366 4.2
Labour Party Manus Brennan 1,361 4.2
Independent Tom Kennedy 206 0.6
Electorate: 51,479   Valid: 32,440   Spoilt: 454 (1.4%)   Quota: 8,111   Turnout: 32,894 (63.9%)

1992 general election[edit]

1992 general election: Donegal South–West[11]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Pat the Cope Gallagher 7,870 26.4 1 1
Fianna Fáil Mary Coughlan 6,639 22.3 2 7
Fine Gael Dinny McGinley 5,504 18.5 3 7
Fine Gael James White 5,745 19.3
Democratic Left Séamus Rodgers 1,825 6.1
Sinn Féin Anna Rose Doherty 577 1.9
Independent Benny Mooney 700 2.4
Independent Fred Coll 539 1.8
Sinn Féin John McCluskey 409 1.4
Electorate: 48,528   Valid: 29,808   Spoilt: 688 (2.3%)   Quota: 7,453   Turnout: 30,496 (62.8%)

1989 general election[edit]

1989 general election: Donegal South–West[10]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Pat the Cope Gallagher 8,332 28.9 1
Fianna Fáil Mary Coughlan 7,592 26.3 2
Fine Gael Dinny McGinley 7,160 24.8 3
Workers' Party Séamus Rodgers 2,768 9.6
Fine Gael Francis O'Kelly 2,493 8.6
Independent Thomas Kennedy 521 1.8
Electorate: ?   Valid: 28,866   Quota: 7,217   Turnout:

1987 general election[edit]

1987 general election: Donegal South–West[9]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Mary Coughlan 9,698 30.7 1 1
Fianna Fáil Pat the Cope Gallagher 8,686 27.5 2 1
Fine Gael Dinny McGinley 6,331 20.1 3
Fine Gael Francis O'Kelly 3,072 9.7
Workers' Party Séamus Rodgers 2,512 8.0
Sinn Féin Eamonn Monaghan 1,276 4.0
Electorate: ?   Valid: 31,575   Quota: 7,894   Turnout:

1983 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Clement Coughlan, a by-election was held on 13 May 1983. The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Cathal Coughlan, brother of the deceased TD.

1983 by-election: Donegal South–West[8]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Cathal Coughlan 17,960 56.6 1 1
Fine Gael J J Reid 9,870 31.1
Workers' Party Séamus Rodgers 2,992 9.4
Independent Eamon Ó Gallachoir 530 1.7
Independent Leo Armstrong 373 1.2
Independent Jim Tallon 37 0.1
Electorate: 45,823   Valid: 31,762   Quota: 15,882   Turnout: 69.3%

November 1982 general election[edit]

November 1982 general election: Donegal South–West[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Clement Coughlan 9,483 29.5 1 1
Fine Gael Dinny McGinley 8,544 26.5 2 1
Fianna Fáil Pat the Cope Gallagher 8,165 25.4 3 1
Fine Gael Francis O'Kelly 4,035 12.5
Workers' Party Séamus Rodgers 1,972 6.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 32,199   Quota: 8,050   Turnout:

February 1982 general election[edit]

February 1982 general election: Donegal South–West[6]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Fianna Fáil Clement Coughlan 25.1 8,321    
Fine Gael Dinny McGinley 21.6 7,160 7,419 10,925
Fianna Fáil Pat the Cope Gallagher 22.9 7,576 8,011 8,270
Independent Fianna Fáil Patrick Kelly 11.7 3,868 4,877 5,036
Fine Gael J J Reid 12.4 4,113 4,300  
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Séamus Rodgers 3.2 1,056    
Independent Daniel Harkin 3.1 1,013    
Electorate: 44,860   Valid: 33,107   Spoilt: 253 (0.8%)   Quota: 8,277   Turnout: 33,360 (74.4%)

1981 general election[edit]

1981 general election: Donegal South–West[5]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
Fianna Fáil Clement Coughlan 26.9 9,341      
Fine Gael James White 23.4 8,117 8,167 12,271  
Fianna Fáil Pat the Cope Gallagher 18.5 6,433 6,969 7,348 7,762
Independent Fianna Fáil Patrick Kelly 16.2 5,626 5,684 6,197 7,038
Fine Gael Dinny McGinley 14.9 5,199 5,216    
Electorate: 44,860   Valid: 34,716   Spoilt: 335 (0.9%)   Quota: 8,680   Turnout: 35,051 (78.1%)

1965 general election[edit]

1965 general election: Donegal South–West[4]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Joseph Brennan 7,020 27.3 1 1
Fine Gael Patrick O'Donnell 6,691 26.1 2 1
Fianna Fáil Cormac Breslin 6,240 24.3 3
Fine Gael James White 4,298 16.7
Fine Gael Frank Reid 1,432 5.6
Electorate: ?   Valid: 25,681   Quota: 6,421   Turnout:

1961 general election[edit]

1961 general election: Donegal South–West[3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Joseph Brennan 7,045 29.8 1 1
Fine Gael Patrick O'Donnell 5,512 23.3 2
Fianna Fáil Cormac Breslin 4,536 19.2 3
Fine Gael Christopher Gallagher 4,599 19.5
Sinn Féin Séamus Rodgers 1,930 8.2
Electorate: ?   Valid: 23,622   Quota: 5,906   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. 
  3. ^ a b "General election 1961: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "General election 1965: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "General election 1981: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "General election February 1982: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "General election November 1982: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "By-election 1983: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "General election 1987: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "General election 1989: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "General election 1992: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  12. ^ a b "General election 1997: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  13. ^ a b "General election 2002: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "General election 2007: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "By-election 2010: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "General election 2011: Donegal South–West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 

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