Dublin South–East (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Dublin South–East
Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Outline map
Location of Dublin South–East within County Dublin
Current constituency
Created 1948
Seats 3 (1948–1977)
4 (1977–)
TDs
County/City council Dublin City
EP constituency Dublin

Dublin South–East 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 and boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1947 and first used at the 1948 general election. It includes areas such as Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Harolds Cross, Sandymount, Ranelagh, Rathmines, Ringsend and the central business district of the city (including Trinity College, Dublin and St Stephen's Green).[1]

The Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009 defines the constituency as:[1]

"In the city of Dublin the electoral divisions of:
Mansion House A, Mansion House B, Pembroke East A, Pembroke East B, Pembroke East C, Pembroke East D, Pembroke East E, Pembroke West A, Pembroke West B, Pembroke West C, Rathfarnham, Rathmines East A, Rathmines East B, Rathmines East C, Rathmines East D, Rathmines West A, Rathmines West B, Rathmines West C, Rathmines West D, Rathmines West E, Rathmines West F, Royal Exchange A, Royal Exchange B, St. Kevin's, South Dock, Wood Quay A, Wood Quay B."

Constituency profile[edit]

By geographical size, Dublin South–East is the smallest constituency in the country. It has a diverse socio-economic profile and a large transient population which is partly reflected in the turnout, having one of the lowest turnouts in the country in 2007 and in 2011.[2][3]

Notable Dublin South–East TD's include former Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, the former leader of the Progressive Democrats Michael McDowell, maverick left wing politician Noël Browne and current Minister of Education Ruairi Quinn (who has the distinction of being its longest-serving, first elected in 1977 and continuously elected since February 1982). The former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese unsuccessfully contested the constituency for Fianna Fáil in 1987.

Between 2002 and 2007 the constituency was unusual in that all 6 of the main political parties at the time in Ireland (Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Progressive Democrats, Labour, Green Party and Sinn Féin) were well-organised, and were contenders for winning a seat.

The 'Rumble in Ranelagh' is a term used by Irish journalists to describe an open argument that took place between candidates Michael McDowell and John Gormley in Ranelagh, while canvassing in the 2007 general election. Gormley twice defeated McDowell to take the last seat, in 1997 and again in 2007, both times by relatively small margins. The 1997 result led to a mammoth recount, the longest in Irish political history, before McDowell conceded defeat.

The 2011 election saw John Gormley and Fianna Fáil's Chris Andrews lose their seats with gains for both Fine Gael and the Labour Party. It was one of five constituencies in the country to elect solely Fine Gael and Labour Party TDs (the others were Cork South–West, Dublin Mid–West, Dublin North–East and Meath East).

TDs[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Dublin South–East 1948–[4]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
13th 1948[5] John A. Costello
(FG)
Seán MacEntee
(FF)
Noël Browne
(CnaP)
3 seats
1948–1977
14th 1951[6] Noël Browne
(Ind)
15th 1954[7] John O'Donovan
(FG)
16th 1957[8] Noël Browne
(Ind)
17th 1961[9] Noël Browne
(NPD)
18th 1965[10] Seán Moore
(FF)
19th 1969[11] Garret FitzGerald
(FG)
Noël Browne
(Lab)
20th 1973[12] Fergus O'Brien
(FG)
21st 1977[13] Ruairi Quinn
(Lab)
22nd 1981[14] Gerard Brady
(FF)
Richie Ryan
(FG)
23rd 1982 (Feb)[15] Ruairi Quinn
(Lab)
Alexis FitzGerald, Jnr
(FG)
24th 1982 (Nov)[16] Joe Doyle
(FG)
25th 1987[17] Michael McDowell
(PD)
26th 1989[18] Joe Doyle
(FG)
27th 1992[19] Frances FitzGerald
(FG)
Eoin Ryan, Jnr
(FF)
Michael McDowell
(PD)
28th 1997[20] John Gormley
(GP)
29th 2002[21] Michael McDowell
(PD)
30th 2007[22] Lucinda Creighton
(FG)
Chris Andrews
(FF)
31st 2011[23] Eoghan Murphy
(FG)
Kevin Humphreys
(Lab)

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 South–East[23]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9 Count 10
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 15.5 5,407 5,562 5,800 6,147 6,600 7,555        
Fine Gael Lucinda Creighton 19.0 6,619 6,694 6,801 6,855 6,969 7,428        
Fine Gael Eoghan Murphy 16.6 5,783 5,843 5,891 5,938 6,136 6,534 6,636 6,915 8,356  
Labour Party Kevin Humphreys 9.9 3,450 3,568 3,764 4,059 4,294 4,674 5,019 5,057 5,894 6,421
Fianna Fáil Chris Andrews 11.2 3,922 3,981 4,059 4,160 4,248 4,498 4,545 4,594 4,950 5,193
Independent Paul Sommerville 6.7 2,343 2,492 2,621 2,815 3,196 3,457 3,534 3,566    
Green Party John Gormley 6.8 2,370 2,435 2,547 2,659 2,908          
Independent Dylan Haskins 4.0 1,383 1,492 1,754 1,928            
Sinn Féin Ruadhán Mac Aodháin 3.6 1,272 1,405 1,549              
Independent Gerard Mannix Flynn 3.6 1,248 1,403                
People Before Profit Annette Mooney[24] 1.8 626                  
Independent Hugh Sheehy 0.6 195                  
Independent James Coyle 0.5 164                  
Independent Noel Watson 0.3 89                  
Independent John Keigher 0.1 27                  
Fís Nua Peadar Ó Ceallaigh 0.1 18                  
Electorate: 58,217   Valid: 34,919   Spoilt: 327 (0.9%)   Quota: 6,984   Turnout: 35,246 (60.5%)

2007 general election[edit]

2007 general election: Dublin South–East[22]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Fianna Fáil Chris Andrews 19.5 6,600 6,766 7,120    
Fine Gael Lucinda Creighton 18.6 6,311 6,477 6,595 6,619 6,925
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 16.6 5,636 5,947 6,252 6,303 6,861
Green Party John Gormley 13.8 4,685 5,105 5,716 5,796 6,395
Progressive Democrats Michael McDowell 13.2 4,450 4,566 4,601 4,614 6,091
Fianna Fáil Jim O'Callaghan 9.2 3,120 3,198 3,310 3,450  
Sinn Féin Daithí Doolan 4.7 1,599 1,716      
Independent Esther Uzell 1.8 603        
People Before Profit Rory Hearne 1.8 591        
Independent Eoin Tierney 0.3 102        
Independent Noel Ivory 0.3 84        
Independent Peter O'Sullivan 0.1 34        
Independent Noel O'Gara 0.1 27        
Electorate: 63,468   Valid: 33,842   Spoilt: 292 (0.9%)   Quota: 6,769   Turnout: 34,134 (53.8%)

2002 general election[edit]

2002 general election: Dublin South–East[21]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Green Party John Gormley 16.2 5,264 5,483 5,793 6,844    
Progressive Democrats Michael McDowell 18.8 6,093 6,121 6,418 6,509    
Fianna Fáil Eoin Ryan 16.4 5,318 5,372 5,408 5,823 8,642  
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 12.4 4,032 4,127 4,318 4,674 5,151 5,860
Fine Gael Frances Fitzgerald 10.3 3,337 3,358 4,371 4,443 4,668 5,255
Fianna Fáil Chris Andrews 10.6 3,449 3,473 3,500 3,824    
Sinn Féin Daithí Doolan 7.4 2,398 2,555 2,578      
Fine Gael Colm MacEochaidh 5.8 1,873 1,905        
Socialist Workers Shay Ryan 0.9 286          
Workers' Party Tom Crilly 0.9 284          
Independent Norman Gray 0.3 99          
Electorate: 59,896   Valid: 32,433   Spoilt: 287 (0.9%)   Quota: 6,487   Turnout: 32,720 (54.6%)

1997 general election[edit]

1997 general election: Dublin South–East[20]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Eoin Ryan 6,494 17.7 1 7
Fine Gael Frances Fitzgerald 5,501 15.0 2 9
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 6,113 16.7 3 10
Green Party John Gormley 4,296 11.7 4 11
Progressive Democrats Michael McDowell 4,022 10.9
Fine Gael Joe Doyle 4,541 12.4
Fianna Fáil Noel Whelan 2,962 8.1
National Party Marie Kirrane 1,169 3.2
Workers' Party Tom Crilly 694 1.9
Socialist Workers Peadar O'Grady 410 1.1
Natural Law Mary Daly 231 0.6
Independent Joe Guerin 110 0.3
Independent William Gorman 99 0.3
Independent John Harspur 29 0.1
Electorate: 64,215   Valid: 36,671   Spoilt: 361 (1.0%)   Quota: 7,335   Turnout: 37,032 (57.7%)

1992 general election[edit]

1992 general election: Dublin South–East[19]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 10,381 25.8 1 1
Fine Gael Frances Fitzgerald 4,332 10.8 2 11
Progressive Democrats Michael McDowell 4,504 11.2 3 12
Fianna Fáil Eoin Ryan 4,566 11.3 4 12
Fianna Fáil Gerard Brady 4,238 10.5
Fine Gael Joe Doyle 4,438 11.0
Green Party John Gormley 2,476 6.2
Fianna Fáil Mary Mooney 2,123 5.3
Democratic Left Jim Allen 874 2.2
Sinn Féin Micheal O'Muireagain 851 2.1
Workers' Party Andy Smith 573 1.4
Independent John Gallagher 620 1.5
Independent Ian Murray 194 0.5
Independent Thomas Mullins 84 0.2
Electorate: 69,582   Valid: 40,254   Spoilt: 958 (2.3%)   Quota: 8,051   Turnout: 41,212 (59.2%)

1989 general election[edit]

1989 general election: Dublin South–East[18]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Gerard Brady 5,959 18.1 1
Fine Gael Joe Doyle 5,235 15.9 2
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 4,014 12.2 3
Fine Gael Garret FitzGerald 3,865 11.8 4
Green Party John Gormley 3,329 10.1
Fianna Fáil Eoin Ryan 3,265 9.9
Progressive Democrats Michael McDowell 2,853 8.7
Fianna Fáil Mary Hanafin 2,226 6.8
Workers' Party Tom Crilly 1,816 5.5
Independent Anthony Walsh 254 0.8
Independent Patrick McDonnell 81 0.3
Electorate: ?   Valid: 32,897   Quota: 6,580   Turnout:

1987 general election[edit]

1987 general election: Dublin South–East[17]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Garret FitzGerald 8,068 21.1 1
Fianna Fáil Gerard Brady 5,560 14.5 2
Progressive Democrats Michael McDowell 5,961 15.6 3
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 3,480 9.1 4
Fine Gael Joe Doyle 3,323 8.7
Fianna Fáil Michael Donnelly 2,838 7.4
Fianna Fáil Mary McAleese 2,243 5.9
Fianna Fáil Eoin Ryan 1,881 4.9
Workers' Party Andy Smith 1,250 3.3
Green Alliance Máire Mullarney 1,094 2.9
Fine Gael William Egan 860 2.3
Sinn Féin Aengus Ó Snodaigh 811 2.1
Workers' Party Tom Crilly 660 1.7
Independent Gerry Brennan 147 0.4
Independent Barbara Hyland 65 0.2
Independent Patrick Clarke 29 0.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 38,270   Quota: 7,655   Turnout:

November 1982 general election[edit]

November 1982 general election: Dublin South–East[16]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Garret FitzGerald 8,803 22.1 1 1
Fine Gael Joe Doyle 4,583 11.5 2
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 5,893 14.8 3
Fianna Fáil Gerard Brady 6,488 16.3 4
Fianna Fáil Seán Moore 4,443 11.2
Fine Gael Alexis FitzGerald 3,744 9.4
Workers' Party Andy Smith 1,820 4.6
Fine Gael John McKenna 1,764 4.4
Fianna Fáil Peter Gibson 1,486 3.7
Independent Liz Noonan 340 0.9
Ecology Party Máire Mullarney 312 0.8
Independent William Fitzsimon 104 0.3
Independent Séamus O'Daly 79 0.2
Electorate: ?   Valid: 39,859   Quota: 7,972   Turnout:

February 1982 general election[edit]

February 1982 general election: Dublin South–East[15]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Garret FitzGerald 12,644 31.5 1 1
Fianna Fáil Gerard Brady 6,131 15.3 2
Fine Gael Alexis FitzGerald 3,164 7.9 3
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 5,402 13.5 4
Fianna Fáil Seán Moore 4,645 11.6
Fine Gael Joe Doyle 2,735 6.8
Fianna Fáil Michael Donnelly 2,679 6.7
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Andy Smith 1,894 4.7
Independent Elizabeth Noonan 309 0.8
Independent Desmond Hynes 222 0.6
Independent William Fitzsimon 125 0.3
Independent Matthew Treacy 94 0.2
Independent Séamus O'Daly 58 0.1
Independent Molly Donovan 49 0.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 40,151   Quota: 8,031   Turnout:

1981 general election[edit]

1981 general election: Dublin South–East[14]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Garret FitzGerald 13,794 33.8 1 1
Fianna Fáil Gerard Brady 6,807 16.7 2
Fianna Fáil Seán Moore 5,702 14.0 3
Fine Gael Richie Ryan 1,722 4.2 4
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 3,559 8.7
Fianna Fáil Michael Donnelly 3,193 7.8
Fine Gael Joe Doyle 2,026 5.0
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Andy Smith 1,969 4.8
Labour Party Mary Frehill 1,434 3.5
Independent Elizabeth Noonan 373 0.9
Independent William Fitzsimon 236 0.6
Electorate: ?   Valid: 40,815   Quota: 8,164   Turnout:

1977 general election[edit]

1977 general election: Dublin South–East[13]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Fine Gael Garret FitzGerald 31.9 11,794            
Fianna Fáil Seán Moore 23.8 6,371 6,450 6,498 6,552 7,282    
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 10.8 2,896 3,128 3,943 4,161 4,287 4,316 7,164
Fianna Fáil Peter Gibson 12.9 3,465 3,509 3,563 3,590 4,383 4,918 5,246
Fine Gael Peter Kelly 5.7 1,528 2,484 2,622 4,007 4,052 4,066  
Fianna Fáil Mary Harney 5.9 1,588 1,612 1,724 1,745      
Fine Gael Peter Prendergast 4.9 1,304 1,663 1,723        
Labour Party Mary Freehill 4.1 1,107 1,262          
Electorate: 41,066   Valid: 26,812   Spoilt: 250 (0.9%)   Quota: 6,704   Turnout: 27,062 (65.9%)[25]

1973 general election[edit]

1973 general election: Dublin South–East[12]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Garret FitzGerald 7,958 31.1 1 1
Fianna Fáil Seán Moore 5,354 21.0 2
Fine Gael Fergus O'Brien 1,945 7.6 3
Fianna Fáil Patrick Cummins 3,329 13.0
Labour Party Ruairi Quinn 2,927 11.5
Fianna Fáil Patrick Norton 1,556 6.1
Fine Gael Peter Prendergast 1,312 5.1
Sinn Féin (Official) Andy Smith 1,082 4.2
Independent Ignatius O'Reilly 90 0.4
Electorate: ?   Valid: 25,553   Quota: 6,389   Turnout:

1969 general election[edit]

1969 general election: Dublin South–East[11]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Garret FitzGerald 8,412 31.5 1 1
Labour Party Noël Browne 5,724 21.4 2
Fianna Fáil Seán Moore 4,979 18.6 3
Fianna Fáil Patrick Cummins 3,047 11.4
Fianna Fáil Michael Donnelly 2,446 9.2
Fine Gael Fergus O'Brien 1,001 3.8
Labour Party John Kennedy 642 2.4
Independent Robert Ellis 312 1.2
Independent Thomas Banahan 158 0.6
Electorate: ?   Valid: 26,721   Quota: 6,681   Turnout:

1965 general election[edit]

1965 general election: Dublin South–East[10]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael John A. Costello 8,056 28.0 1 1
Fianna Fáil Seán MacEntee 7,823 27.2 2 1
Fianna Fáil Seán Moore 6,233 21.6 3
Labour Party Noël Browne 5,348 18.6
Fine Gael James O'Connor 1,352 4.7
Electorate: ?   Valid: 28,812   Quota: 7,204   Turnout:

1961 general election[edit]

1961 general election: Dublin South–East[9]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Seán MacEntee 7,222 29.2 1 1
Fine Gael John A. Costello 6,332 25.6 2 1
National Progressive Democrats Noël Browne 4,717 19.1 3
Fianna Fáil Seán Moore 3,720 15.0
Fine Gael John O'Donovan 2,742 11.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 24,733   Quota: 6,184   Turnout:

1957 general election[edit]

1957 general election: Dublin South–East[8]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael John A. Costello 6,918 28.4 1 1
Independent Noël Browne 6,035 24.8 2
Fianna Fáil Seán MacEntee 5,916 24.3 3
Fianna Fáil Seán Moore 2,473 10.2
Fine Gael John O'Donovan 1,332 5.5
Independent Patrick Bermingham 1,291 5.3
Clann na Poblachta Gerry Callanan 396 1.6
Electorate: ?   Valid: 24,361   Quota: 6,091   Turnout:

1954 general election[edit]

1954 general election: Dublin South–East[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael John A. Costello 11,305 42.2 1 1
Fine Gael John O'Donovan 2,598 9.7 2
Fianna Fáil Seán MacEntee 5,971 22.3 3
Fianna Fáil Noël Browne 5,489 20.5
Labour Party Vincent MacDowell 1,455 5.4
Electorate: ?   Valid: 26,818   Quota: 6,705   Turnout:

1951 general election[edit]

1951 general election: Dublin South–East[6]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael John A. Costello 9,222 31.4 1 1
Independent Noël Browne 8,473 28.9 2 1
Fianna Fáil Seán MacEntee 8,334 28.4 3 1
Fianna Fáil Michael Yeats 2,034 6.9
Fine Gael John Douglas 710 2.4
Clann na Poblachta Patrick McCartan 569 1.9
Electorate: ?   Valid: 29,342   Quota: 7,336   Turnout:

1948 general election[edit]

1948 general election: Dublin South–East[5]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael John A. Costello 8,473 28.6 1 1
Fianna Fáil Seán MacEntee 7,371 24.9 2
Clann na Poblachta Noël Browne 4,917 16.6 3
Fine Gael John Douglas 2,980 10.1
Fianna Fáil Michael Yeats 2,928 9.9
Labour Party Eleanor Butler 2,399 8.1
Clann na Poblachta Donal O'Donoghue 559 1.9
Electorate: 41,127   Valid: 29,627   Quota: 7,407   Turnout:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Turnout was low because ‘everything seemed fine’". Irish Examiner. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  4. ^ 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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  14. ^ a b "General election 1981: Dublin South–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "General election February 1982: Dublin South–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "General election November 1982: Dublin South–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "General election 1987: Dublin South–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  18. ^ a b "General election 1989: Dublin South–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
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  20. ^ a b "General election 1997: Dublin South–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  21. ^ a b "General election 2002: Dublin South–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  22. ^ a b "General election 2007: Dublin South–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  23. ^ a b "General election 2011: Dublin South–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  24. ^ Mooney campaigned as a member of the United Left Alliance.
  25. ^ The Irish Times, 20 June 1977, p7–10

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