Dublin Central (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Dublin Central
Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Outline map
Location of Dublin Central within County Dublin
Current constituency
Created 1981
Seats 5 (1981–1992)
4 (1992–)
TDs
County/City council Dublin City
EP constituency Dublin
Dublin Central
Former Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Former constituency
Created 1969
Abolished 1977
Seats 4
County/City council County Dublin

Dublin Central is a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. The constituency elects 4 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election is the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

History[edit]

A Dublin Central constituency was created for the first time in 1969 and used at the 1969 and 1973 general elections. It originally spanned both sides of the River Liffey and took in inner city Dublin. It was abolished in 1977 as part of the Tullymander with the constituency being divided between Dublin North–Central, Dublin Cabra and Dublin South–Central. In its current incarnation, the seat was created in 1980, taking in most of the abolished Dublin Cabra constituency together with the inner half of Dublin North–Central and smaller parts of the abolished Dublin Finglas.

Boundaries[edit]

The Dublin Central constituency is located in the north inner city and suburbs of Dublin and encompasses an area to the north side of the river Liffey including: Stoneybatter, Mountjoy Square, Phibsboro, Cabra, Dorset Street, Henrietta Street, O'Connell Street, Arbour Hill, Navan Road, Glasnevin, North Wall, East Wall and Drumcondra. It comprises the local government areas of Ballymun, North Inner City and Cabra-Finglas.[1]

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

"In the city of Dublin the electoral divisions of:
Arran Quay A, Arran Quay B, Arran Quay C, Arran Quay D, Arran Quay E, Ashtown A, Ashtown B, Ballybough A, Ballybough B, Botanic A, Botanic B, Botanic C, Cabra East A, Cabra East B, Cabra East C, Cabra West A, Cabra West B, Cabra West C, Cabra West D, Drumcondra South B, Drumcondra South C, Inns Quay A, Inns Quay B, Inns Quay C, Mountjoy A, Mountjoy B, North City, North Dock A, North Dock B, North Dock C, Rotunda A, Rotunda B;
and that part of the electoral division of Phoenix Park situated north of a line drawn along Chapelizod Road, Conyngham Road and Parkgate Street."

Constituency profile[edit]

Dublin Central is regarded as one of the most social and ethnically diverse constituencies in Ireland.[2] It contains Dublin's main shopping district and financial areas. The constituency consists of largely working class areas such as East Wall, North Strand, Summerhill, Ballybough, Sheriff Street and Cabra with more suburban middle class Glasnevin and Lower Drumcondra on the northern fringes of the constituency.

For many years it was the constituency of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern who won the first seat in the constituency at every election from its creation in 1981 until his retirement in 2011. It was a highly competitive constituency with the Labour Party, Sinn Féin and left-wing Independents such as Tony Gregory drawing much support. Following the 2011 general election Fianna Fáil are not represented in the constituency.

TDs[edit]

TDs 1969–1977[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Dublin Central 1969–1977[3]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
19th 1969[4] Vivion de Valera
(FF)
Frank Cluskey
(Lab)
Maurice E. Dockrell
(FG)
Thomas J. Fitzpatrick
(FF)
20th 1973[5]
21st 1977 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.

TDs since 1981[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Dublin Central 1981–[3]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
22nd 1981[6] Bertie Ahern
(FF)
Michael Keating
(FG)
George Colley
(FF)
Alice Glenn
(FG)
Michael O'Leary
(Lab)
23rd 1982 (Feb)[7] Tony Gregory
(Ind)
24th 1982 (Nov)[8] Alice Glenn
(FG)
1983 by-election[9] Tom Leonard
(FF)
25th 1987[10] Michael Keating
(PD)
Dermot Fitzpatrick
(FF)
John Stafford
(FF)
26th 1989[11] Pat Lee
(FG)
27th 1992[12] Jim Mitchell
(FG)
Joe Costello
(Lab)
4 seats
from 1992
28th 1997[13] Marian McGennis
(FF)
29th 2002[14] Joe Costello
(Lab)
Dermot Fitzpatrick
(FF)
30th 2007[15] Cyprian Brady
(FF)
2009 by-election[16] Maureen O'Sullivan
(Ind)
31st 2011[17] Paschal Donohoe
(FG)
Mary Lou McDonald
(SF)

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: Dublin Central[17]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Fine Gael Paschal Donohoe 19.9 6,903 6,933            
Labour Party Joe Costello 18.1 6,273 6,289 6,428 6,805 7,115      
Independent Maureen O'Sullivan 12.0 4,139 4,171 4,507 4,830 5,384 5,586 7,641  
Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald 13.1 4,526 4,536 4,654 5,065 5,422 5,553 6,209 6,587
Fianna Fáil Mary Fitzpatrick 10.1 3,504 3,514 3,606 3,628 3,716 4,821 5,403 5,743
Labour Party Áine Clancy 10.2 3,514 3,532 3,796 3,853 3,978 4,135    
Fianna Fáil Cyprian Brady 4.7 1,637 1,639 1,675 1,725 1,753      
Independent Cieran Perry 4.0 1,394 1,426 1,532 1,615        
Independent Christy Burke 3.8 1,323 1,393            
Green Party Phil Kearney 2.0 638 703            
Workers' Party Malachy Steenson 0.8 274 285            
Christian Solidarity Paul O'Loughlin 0.7 235 251            
Independent John Hyland 0.2 77              
Independent Thomas Hollywood 0.2 65              
Fís Nua Liam Johnston[18] 0.1 48              
Independent Benny Cooney 0.1 25              
Electorate: 56,892   Valid: 34,612   Spoilt: 457 (1.3%)   Quota: 6,923   Turnout: 35,069 (61.6%)

2009 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Independent TD Tony Gregory, a by-election was held on 5 June 2009. It was won by Independent candidate Maureen O'Sullivan.

2009 by-election: Dublin Central[16]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Independent Maureen O'Sullivan 26.9 7,639 7,711 7,862 8,105 8,341 9,352 11,062 13,739
Fine Gael Paschal Donohoe 22.7 6,439 6,461 6,488 6,578 6,737 7,412 7,880 10,198
Labour Party Ivana Bacik 17.3 4,926 4,931 5,008 5,073 5,338 5,774 6,537  
Sinn Féin Christy Burke 13.3 3,770 3,780 3,902 3,990 4,042 4,420    
Fianna Fáil Maurice Ahern 12.3 3,483 3,512 3,526 3,564 3,621      
Green Party David Geary 2.9 819 829 849 893        
Immigration Control Patrick Talbot 2.2 614 636 676          
Workers' Party Malachy Steenson 1.8 519 528            
Christian Solidarity Paul O'Loughlin 0.7 203              
Electorate: 62,141   Valid: 28,412   Spoilt: 391 (1.4%)   Quota: 14,207   Turnout: 28,803 (46.3%)

2007 general election[edit]

2007 general election: Dublin Central[15]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Fianna Fáil Bertie Ahern 36.8 12,734              
Independent Tony Gregory 13.4 4,649 5,453 5,622 6,062 6,799 7,385    
Labour Party Joe Costello 12.6 4,353 4,793 4,870 5,028 5,809 6,073 6,205 8,018
Fianna Fáil Cyprian Brady 2.7 939 3,342 3,510 3,554 3,616 5,608 5,764 6,348
Fine Gael Paschal Donohoe 9.5 3,302 3,441 3,548 3,600 3,896 4,147 4,216 4,556
Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald 9.2 3,182 3,471 3,519 3,744 3,948 4,120 4,178  
Fianna Fáil Mary Fitzpatrick 4.9 1,725 3,087 3,236 3,330 3,447      
Green Party Patricia McKenna 5.8 1,995 2,116 2,221 2,294        
Independent Cieran Perry 2.7 952 1,058 1,133          
Christian Solidarity Paul O'Loughlin 0.8 260 269            
Immigration Control Patrick Talbot 0.7 239 253            
Progressive Democrats Jerry Hannon 0.6 193 226            
Fathers Rights Alan Beirne 0.3 116 202            
Electorate: 63,423   Valid: 34,639   Spoilt: 510 (1.5%)   Quota: 6,928   Turnout: 35,149 (55.4%)

2002 general election[edit]

2002 general election: Dublin Central[14]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Fianna Fáil Bertie Ahern 31.9 10,896            
Independent Tony Gregory 16.6 5,675 6,477 6,625 7,242      
Labour Party Joe Costello 12.2 4,149 4,499 4,539 5,046 7,870    
Fianna Fáil Dermot Fitzpatrick 7.6 2,592 4,855 4,968 5,043 5,560 6,264 6,418
Sinn Féin Nicky Kehoe 14.6 4,979 5,300 5,343 5,487 5,818 6,177 6,339
Fine Gael Jim Mitchell 11.1 3,798 3,976 4,063 4,268      
Green Party Tommy Simpson 4.3 1,470 1,545 1,652        
Christian Solidarity Paul O'Loughlin 1.1 366 377          
Independent Tom Prendeville 0.3 97 103          
Independent Patrick O'Donnell 0.3 89 95          
Electorate: 62,180   Valid: 34,034   Spoilt: 483 (1.4%)   Quota: 6,807   Turnout: 34,517 (55.5%)

1997 general election[edit]

1997 general election: Dublin Central[13]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Bertie Ahern 12,175 34.1 1 1
Independent Tony Gregory 5,261 14.7 2 7
Fianna Fáil Marian McGennis 3,132 8.8 3 10
Fine Gael Jim Mitchell 5,185 14.5 4 10
Labour Party Joe Costello 3,035 8.5
Sinn Féin Christy Burke 2,377 6.6
Independent Michael Conaghan 1,343 3.7
Green Party Ciarán Cuffe 1,253 3.5
Independent Vincent Jackson 650 1.8
Workers' Party Linda Kavanagh 509 1.4
Independent Eamonn Murphy 432 1.2
Independent Kevin Devlin 307 0.9
Independent Patrick Shelly 39 0.1
Independent Aidan Walsh 43 0.1
Electorate: 64,073   Valid: 35,741   Spoilt: 541 (1.5%)   Quota: 7,149   Turnout: 36,282 (56.6%)

1992 general election[edit]

1992 general election: Dublin Central[12]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Bertie Ahern 11,374 31.3 1 1
Labour Party Joe Costello 7,308 20.1 2 1
Independent Tony Gregory 5,809 16.0 3 7
Fine Gael Jim Mitchell 5,125 14.1 4 10
Fianna Fáil Dermot Fitzpatrick 1,838 5.1
Fianna Fáil Olga Bennett 1,087 3.0
Sinn Féin Christy Burke 1,362 3.7
Green Party Patricia McKenna 927 2.6
Independent Niamh Nic Mhathuna 514 1.4
Democratic Left Mike Jennings 467 1.3
Workers' Party Linda Kavanagh 368 1.0
Workers' Party Des Early 221 0.6
Electorate: 60,391   Valid: 36,400   Spoilt: 733 (2.0%)   Quota: 7,281   Turnout: 37,133 (61.5%)

1989 general election[edit]

1989 general election: Dublin Central[11]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Bertie Ahern 13,589 32.9 1 1
Independent Tony Gregory 7,451 18.0 2 2
Fine Gael Pat Lee 5,296 12.8 3 8
Fianna Fáil Dermot Fitzpatrick 2,420 5.9 4 11
Fianna Fáil John Stafford 2,530 6.1 5 11
Sinn Féin Christy Burke 1,941 4.7
Workers' Party Mike Jennings 1,827 4.4
Green Party Enda Connolly 1,529 3.7
Progressive Democrats Geraldine Harney 1,418 3.4
Labour Party Joe Costello 1,305 3.2
Labour Party Joan Burton 1,256 3.0
Sinn Féin Tony O'Flaherty 729 1.8
Independent Maire Ni Dubgaill 41 0.1
Electorate: 65,071   Valid: 41,332   Spoilt: 467 (1.1%)   Quota: 6,889   Turnout: 41,799 (64.2%)

1987 general election[edit]

1987 general election: Dublin Central[10]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Bertie Ahern 13,635 28.7 1 1
Independent Tony Gregory 7,721 16.3 2
Progressive Democrats Michael Keating 6,361 13.4 3
Fianna Fáil John Stafford 3,966 8.4 4
Fianna Fáil Dermot Fitzpatrick 2,392 5.0 5
Fine Gael Pat Lee 2,643 5.6
Sinn Féin Christy Burke 2,501 5.3
Fine Gael Luke Belton 2,034 4.3
Independent Alice Glenn 1,951 4.1
Workers' Party Michael Jennings 1,463 3.1
Fine Gael Shane Byrne 1,296 2.7
Labour Party Joe Costello 767 1.6
Labour Party Mary Freehill 632 1.3
Independent Barbara Hyland 94 0.2
Electorate: ?   Valid: 47,456   Quota: 7,910   Turnout:

1983 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD George Colley, a by-election was held on 23 November 1983. It was won by Fianna Fáil candidate Tom Leonard.

1983 by-election: Dublin Central[9]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Tom Leonard 15,236 46.6 1
Fine Gael Mary Banotti 7,362 22.5
Workers' Party Michael White 4,342 13.3
Sinn Féin Christy Burke 2,304 7.1
Labour Party Jimmy Somers 1,966 6.0
Independent Leo Armstrong 574 1.8
Independent Anthony Ryan 458 1.4
Communist Party Edward Glackin 243 0.7
Independent William Foley 147 0.5
Independent Jim Tallon 72 0.2
Electorate: 70,403   Valid: 32,704   Quota: 16,353   Turnout: 46.5%

November 1982 general election[edit]

November 1982 general election: Dublin Central[8]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Bertie Ahern 10,542 23.7 1 1
Fine Gael Michael Keating 7,945 17.9 2 1
Fianna Fáil George Colley 5,622 12.6 3
Independent Tony Gregory 6,237 14.0 4
Fine Gael Alice Glenn 3,723 8.4 5
Labour Party Jimmy Somers 3,337 7.5
Fine Gael John Colgan 2,513 5.7
Fianna Fáil Tom Leonard 2,396 5.4
Workers' Party Michael White 2,161 4.9
Electorate: ?   Valid: 44,476   Quota: 7,413   Turnout:

February 1982 general election[edit]

February 1982 general election: Dublin Central[7]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10
Fianna Fáil Bertie Ahern 18.7 8,570                  
Fine Gael Michael Keating 17.5 8,000                  
Fianna Fáil George Colley 16.5 7,542 8,174                
Independent Tony Gregory 10.3 4,703 4,730 4,752 4,768 4,815 4,861 5,414 6,458 6,555 7,737
Labour Party Michael O'Leary 11.0 5,042 5,063 5,137 5,151 5,183 5,210 5,320 5,715 6,012 6,511
Fine Gael Alice Glenn 6.5 2,971 2,991 3,164 3,168 3,180 3,193 3,239 3,337 5,061 5,412
Fianna Fáil Tom Leonard 6.5 2,990 3,131 3,137 3,551 3,558 4,113 4,276 4,485 4,525  
Fine Gael Luke Belton 4.4 2,023 2,046 2,138 2,140 2,147 2,162 2,187 2,246    
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Michael White 3.7 1,672 1,678 1,681 1,684 1,710 1,740 2,084      
Sinn Féin Christy Burke 3.2 1,458 1,472 1,475 1,479 1,485 1,505        
Fianna Fáil Michael Ward 1.3 611 670 672 764 776          
Independent Leo Martin 0.4 160 163 164 165            
Electorate: 74,713   Valid: 45,742   Spoilt: 438 (0.9%)   Quota: 7,624   Turnout: 46,180 (61.8%)

1981 general election[edit]

1981 general election: Dublin Central[6]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Bertie Ahern 8,738 18.8 1 1
Fine Gael Michael Keating 8,250 17.7 2 1
Fianna Fáil George Colley 8,011 17.2 3 1
Labour Party Michael O'Leary 4,737 10.2 4
Fine Gael Alice Glenn 2,538 5.5 5
Fianna Fáil Tom Leonard 3,271 7.0
Independent Tony Gregory 3,151 6.8
Fine Gael Luke Belton 2,621 5.6
Labour Party Patrick Carroll 2,062 4.4
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Michael White 1,803 3.9
Labour Party Jimmy Somers 1,347 2.9
Electorate: ?   Valid: 46,529   Quota: 7,755   Turnout:

1973 general election[edit]

1973 general election: Dublin Central[5]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Vivion de Valera 6,491 21.3 1
Labour Party Frank Cluskey 3,864 12.7 2
Fianna Fáil Thomas J. Fitzpatrick 3,807 12.5 3
Fine Gael Maurice E. Dockrell 4,308 14.2 4
Fianna Fáil Tom Leonard 3,221 10.6
Fine Gael Alexis FitzGerald 2,198 7.2
Fine Gael Michael Keating 1,796 5.9
Labour Party Griff Cashman 1,763 5.8
Labour Party James Mooney 1,644 5.4
Independent Gerard Brady 876 2.9
Independent Michael O'Riordan 466 1.5
Electorate: 46,775   Valid: 30,434   Quota: 6,087   Turnout: 65.1%

1969 general election[edit]

1969 general election: Dublin Central[4]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Vivion de Valera 7,493 22.9 1 1
Labour Party Frank Cluskey 5,413 16.5 2
Fine Gael Maurice E. Dockrell 4,364 13.3 3
Fianna Fáil Thomas J. Fitzpatrick 2,619 8.0 4
Fianna Fáil Tom Leonard 2,142 6.5
Labour Party James Mooney 1,714 5.2
Independent Gerard Brady 1,707 5.2
Labour Party Griff Cashman 1,574 4.8
Independent Frank Sherwin 1,456 4.4
Fine Gael William Naughton 1,404 4.3
Fine Gael John Nealon 1,151 3.5
Labour Party James Downey 895 2.7
Fine Gael Peter Keating 612 1.9
Irish Workers Samuel Nolan 242 0.7
Electorate: ?   Valid: 32,786   Quota: 6,558   Turnout:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Dublin Central". RTÉ News. 28 February 2011. 
  3. ^ 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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  5. ^ a b "General election 1973: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "General election 1981: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "General election February 1982: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 24 April 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "General election November 1982: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "By-election 1983: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "General election 1987: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "General election 1989: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  12. ^ a b "General election 1992: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  13. ^ a b "General election 1997: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "General election 2002: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "General election 2007: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "By-election 2009: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  17. ^ a b "General election 2011: Dublin Central". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  18. ^ Although Fís Nua was registered as a political party on 4 February 2011, the party's name did not appear on the ballot, as the Register of Political Parties in use is that in force on 1 February, when the writ for the general election was issued. "Electoral Act 1992, Section 25(14)". Irish Statute Book. Office of the Attorney General. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 

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