Dublin West (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Dublin West
Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Outline map
Location of Dublin West within County Dublin
Current constituency
Created 1981
Seats 5 (1981–1992)
4 (1992–2002)
3 (2002–2011)
4 (2011–)
TDs
County/City council Fingal
EP constituency Dublin

Dublin West 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 West constituency was created for the first time as a 5 seater, under the terms of the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1980[2] and was first used for the 1981 general election. It drew its electorate from the abolished constituencies of Dublin County West, Dublin Ballyfermot and Dublin Cabra together with a small part of Dublin South–East. It was reduced to 4 seats for the 1992 general election. Following the Electoral (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1998 which took effect for the 2002 general election, the constituency was reduced in size and representation, being the largest source of voters for the new Dublin Mid–West seat. As a result it was reduced from a 4 seat to a 3 seat constituency. At the 2011 general election the number of seats was increased to 4.[3]

Boundaries[edit]

The area of west Dublin in recent years is probably the most redrawn constituency in the Republic of Ireland. The constituency is currently made up of the Castleknock and most of the Mulhuddart electoral areas of Fingal. The constituency encompasses Mulhuddart, Corduff, Blanchardstown, Castleknock, Carpenterstown, Barberstown, Clonsilla and Ongar.[4]

The Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009 defines the constituency as:[3]

"In the county of Fingal the electoral divisions of:
Blanchardstown-Blakestown, Blanchardstown-Coolmine, Blanchardstown-Corduff, Blanchardstown-Delwood, Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart, Blanchardstown-Roselawn, Blanchardstown-Tyrrelstown, Castleknock-Knockmaroon, Castleknock-Park, Kilsallaghan, Lucan North, Swords-Forrest;
and those parts of the electoral divisions of Airport, Blanchardstown-Abbotstown, Dubber and The Ward situated north of a line drawn along the Northern Cross Route (M50)."

TDs[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Dublin West 1981–[5]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
22nd 1981[6] Jim Mitchell
(FG)
Brian Lenihan, Snr
(FF)
Richard Burke
(FG)
Eileen Lemass
(FF)
Brian Fleming
(FG)
23rd 1982 (Feb)[7] Liam Lawlor
(FF)
1982 by-election[8] Liam Skelly
(FG)
24th 1982 (Nov)[9] Eileen Lemass
(FF)
Tomás Mac Giolla
(WP)
25th 1987[10] Patrick O'Malley
(PD)
Liam Lawlor
(FF)
26th 1989[11] Austin Currie
(FG)
27th 1992[12] Joan Burton
(Lab)
4 seats
1992–2002
1996 by-election[13] Brian Lenihan, Jnr
(FF)
28th 1997[14] Joe Higgins
(SP)
29th 2002[15] Joan Burton
(Lab)
3 seats
2002–2011
30th 2007[16] Leo Varadkar
(FG)
31st 2011[17] Joe Higgins[1]
(SP)
4 seats
from 2011
2011 by-election[18] Patrick Nulty
(Lab)
2014 by-election Ruth Coppinger
(SP)

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]

2014 by-election[edit]

Following the resignation of Independent TD Patrick Nulty, a by-election was held on 23 May 2014, on the same day as the 2014 European and local elections.

2014 by-election: Dublin West[19][20]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Socialist Party Ruth Coppinger 20.6 5,977 6,112 6,744 7,342 8,807 12,334
Fianna Fáil David McGuinness 17.5 5,053 5,156 5,691 6,789 8,163 9,237
Sinn Féin Paul Donnelly 20.9 6,056 6,120 6,296 6,516 7,028  
Independent David Hall 13.1 3,803 4,133 4,783 5,846    
Fine Gael Eamonn Coghlan 12.8 3,715 3,788 4,693      
Green Party Roderic O'Gorman 6.4 1,856 1,951        
Labour Party Lorraine Mulligan 5.2 1,505 1,540        
Independent Seán Lyons 2.2 649          
Independent John Kidd 0.8 228          
Fís Nua Daniel Boyne 0.4 113          
Electorate: 63,521   Valid: 28,955   Spoilt: 395 (1.4%)   Quota: 14,478   Turnout: 29,350 (46.2%)

2011 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Brian Lenihan, Jnr, a by-election was held on 27 October 2011, on the same day as the Irish presidential election and two constitutional referendums.

2011 by-election: Dublin West[18]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Labour Party Patrick Nulty 24.3 8,665 8,885 10,186 13,027 17,636
Fianna Fáil David McGuinness 21.7 7,742 7,935 8,720 9,873 11,590
Socialist Party Ruth Coppinger 21.1 7,542 7,834 9,368 9,873  
Fine Gael Eithne Loftus 14.7 5,263 5,410 5,942    
Sinn Féin Paul Donnelly 8.9 3,173 3,309      
Green Party Roderic O'Gorman 5.0 1,787 1,925      
Independent Barry Caesar Hunt 2.2 775        
Independent John Frank Kidd 0.9 311        
Independent Gary Bermingham 0.5 185        
Independent Brendan Doris 0.3 95        
Independent Jim Tallon 0.2 73        
Independent Benny Cooney 0.1 51        
Independent Peadar Ó Ceallaigh 0.1 40        
Electorate: 62,396   Valid: 35,702   Spoilt: 689 (1.9%)   Quota: 17,852   Turnout: 36,391 (58.3%)

2011 general election[edit]

2011 general election: Dublin West[17]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Labour Party Joan Burton 22.7 9,627        
Fine Gael Leo Varadkar 19.7 8,359 8,555      
Socialist Party Joe Higgins[1] 19.0 8,084 8,304 8,603    
Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan, Jnr 15.1 6,421 6,494 7,050 7,323 8,289
Labour Party Patrick Nulty 6.3 2,686 3,186 3,450 4,701 6,329
Fine Gael Kieran Dennison 7.5 3,190 3,248 3,440 3,693  
Sinn Féin Paul Donnelly 6.1 2,597 2,646 2,749    
Fianna Fáil David McGuinness 1.5 623 631      
Green Party Roderic O'Gorman 1.4 605 625      
Independent Clement Esebamen 0.7 280 288      
Electorate: 62,348   Valid: 42,472   Spoilt: 327 (0.8%)   Quota: 8,495   Turnout: 42,799 (68.6%)

2007 general election[edit]

2007 general election: Dublin West[16]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan, Jnr 32.7 11,125        
Fine Gael Leo Varadkar 20.4 6,928 7,199 7,360 7,753 8,710
Labour Party Joan Burton 17.1 5,799 6,101 6,215 6,673 7,905
Socialist Party Joe Higgins 14.9 5,066 5,270 5,325 5,607 7,472
Sinn Féin Felix Gallagher 4.8 1,624 1,677 1,683 1,777  
Fianna Fáil Gerry Lynam 4.7 1,601 3,214 3,455 3,587  
Green Party Roderic O'Gorman 3.8 1,286 1,349 1,417    
Progressive Democrats Mags Murray 1.6 553 676      
Electorate: 52,193   Valid: 33,982   Spoilt: 206 (0.6%)   Quota: 8,496   Turnout: 34,188 (65.5%)

2002 general election[edit]

2002 general election: Dublin West[15]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan, Jnr 26.9 8,086          
Socialist Party Joe Higgins 21.5 6,442 6,660 6,731 7,853    
Labour Party Joan Burton 12.7 3,810 4,020 4,079 4,375 5,125 6,300
Fine Gael Sheila Terry 12.3 3,694 3,783 3,829 3,982 4,863 5,669
Fianna Fáil Deirdre Doherty Ryan 7.7 2,300 2,386 2,698 3,056 3,728  
Progressive Democrats Tom Morrissey 7.9 2,370 2,480 2,554 2,662    
Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald 8.0 2,404 2,498 2,524      
Green Party Robert Bonnie 2.5 748          
Christian Solidarity John Smyth 0.5 134          
Electorate: 53,780   Valid: 29,988   Spoilt: N/A[21]   Quota: 7,498   Turnout: 29,988 (55.8%)

1997 general election[edit]

1997 general election: Dublin West[14]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Socialist Party Joe Higgins 6,496 16.2 1 6
Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan, Jnr 6,842 17.1 2 7
Fianna Fáil Liam Lawlor 4,241 10.6 3 9
Fine Gael Austin Currie 5,256 13.1 4 9
Labour Party Joan Burton 4,853 12.1
Progressive Democrats Tom Morrissey 3,050 7.6
Fianna Fáil Finbarr Hanrahan 2,216 5.5
Sinn Féin John McCann 2,004 5.0
Green Party Paul Gogarty 1,732 4.3
Fine Gael Joanne Harmon 1,532 3.8
Workers' Party Tomás Mac Giolla 1,135 2.8
Independent Seán Lyons 585 1.5
Independent Colin Butler 96 0.2
Independent Ciara Malone 36 0.1
Electorate: 66,419   Valid: 40,074   Spoilt: 223 (0.6%)   Quota: 8,015   Turnout: 40,297 (60.7%)

1996 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Brian Lenihan, Snr, a by-election was held on 2 April 1996. The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Brian Lenihan, Jnr, son of the deceased TD.

1996 by-election: Dublin West[13]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan, Jnr 6,995 24.6 1 11
Independent Joe Higgins[22] 6,743 23.7
Fine Gael Tom Morrissey 3,728 13.1
Workers' Party Tomás Mac Giolla 2,909 10.2
Green Party Paul Gogarty 1,286 4.5
Sinn Féin John McCann 1,574 5.5
Progressive Democrats Sheila Terry 1,314 4.6
Independent Vincent Jackson 1,131 4.0
Labour Party Michael O'Donovan 1,058 3.7
Christian Solidarity Gerard Casey 768 2.7
Independent Sean Lyons 514 1.8
Independent John O'Halloran 369 1.3
Independent Benny Cooney 21 0.1
Electorate: 62,534   Valid: 28,410   Quota: 14,206   Turnout: 45.4%

1992 general election[edit]

1992 general election: Dublin West[12]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Labour Party Joan Burton 8,398 22.6 1 1
Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan, Snr 5,171 13.9 2 13
Fine Gael Austin Currie 3,360 9.0 3 14
Fianna Fáil Liam Lawlor 3,736 10.1 4 14
Workers' Party Tomás Mac Giolla 2,726 7.3
Fianna Fáil Finbarr Hanrahan 2,727 7.3
Independent Vincent Jackson 2,171 5.8
Progressive Democrats Sheila Terry 1,498 4.0
Independent Joe Higgins 1,407 3.8
Fine Gael Tom Morrissey 1,179 3.2
Independent Seán Lyons 1,027 2.8
Sinn Féin John McCann 1,032 2.8
Green Party Paul Gogarty 906 2.4
Independent Marie Blake 916 2.5
Fine Gael Therese Ridge 799 2.2
Independent Liam Lynch 99 0.3
Electorate: 57,955   Valid: 37,152   Spoilt: 519 (1.4%)   Quota: 7,431   Turnout: 37,671 (65.0%)

1989 general election[edit]

1989 general election: Dublin West[11]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan, Snr 11,109 23.1 1
Workers' Party Tomás Mac Giolla 8,218 17.1 2
Fine Gael Jim Mitchell 6,920 14.4 3
Fine Gael Austin Currie 4,886 10.2 4
Fianna Fáil Liam Lawlor 4,144 8.6 5
Fianna Fáil Olga Bennett 3,924 8.2
Progressive Democrats Patrick O'Malley 2,572 5.4
Labour Party Eamon Tuffy 2,063 4.3
Green Party Bridin O'Connor 1,915 4.0
Sinn Féin John McCann 853 1.8
Democratic Socialist Party Michael Conaghan 668 1.4
Sinn Féin Ursula Quinn 545 1.1
Independent John Montgomery 209 0.4
Electorate: ?   Valid: 48,026   Quota: 8,005   Turnout:

1987 general election[edit]

1987 general election: Dublin West[10]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan, Snr 8,278 16.0 1
Workers' Party Tomás Mac Giolla 6,651 12.9 2
Fine Gael Jim Mitchell 6,585 12.7 3
Progressive Democrats Patrick O'Malley 3,308 6.4 4
Fianna Fáil Liam Lawlor 7,020 13.6 5
Fianna Fáil Olga Bennett 5,622 10.9
Fine Gael Brian Fleming 4,011 7.8
Progressive Democrats James Fay 2,706 5.2
Independent Liam Skelly 1,734 3.4
Labour Party Eamon Tuffy 1,185 2.3
Sinn Féin James Delaney 1,041 2.0
Fine Gael Eithne Loftus 860 1.7
Independent Seán Lyons 675 1.3
Democratic Socialist Party Michael Conaghan 600 1.2
Independent Bridin O'Connor 587 1.1
Independent Gerry Gallagher 312 0.6
Independent Brian McMenamy 239 0.5
Independent John Montgomery 183 0.4
Independent Jean Roche 72 0.1
Independent Barbara Hyland 43 0.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 51,712   Quota: 8,619   Turnout:

November 1982 general election[edit]

November 1982 general election: Dublin West[9]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Workers' Party Tomás Mac Giolla 6,844 14.7 1
Fine Gael Jim Mitchell 7,426 16.0 2
Fianna Fáil Eileen Lemass 6,544 14.1 3
Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan, Snr 5,464 11.7 4
Fine Gael Liam Skelly 6,876 14.8 5
Fine Gael Brian Fleming 5,804 12.5
Fianna Fáil Liam Lawlor 4,055 8.7
Labour Party Michael Brennan 1,835 3.9
Fianna Fáil Seán Sherwin 983 2.1
Democratic Socialist Party Michael Conaghan 476 1.0
Independent John Montgomery 259 0.6
Electorate: ?   Valid: 46,566   Quota: 7,762   Turnout:

1982 by-election[edit]

Following the resignation of Fine Gael TD Richard Burke on his appointment as European Commissioner, a by-election was held on 25 May 1982. The seat was won by the Fine Gael candidate Liam Skelly.

1982 by-election: Dublin West[8]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Liam Skelly 16,777 39.0 1
Fianna Fáil Eileen Lemass 17,095 39.7
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Tomás Mac Giolla 6,357 14.8
Independent John O'Halloran 785 1.8
Labour Party Brendan O'Sullivan 703 1.6
Democratic Socialist Party Michael Conaghan 667 1.6
Independent Matt Merrigan 334 0.8
Independent John Condron 233 0.5
Independent Séamus O'Daly 68 0.2
Independent Jim Tallon 42 0.1
Electorate: 70,203   Valid: 43,061   Quota: 21,531   Turnout: 61.3%

February 1982 general election[edit]

February 1982 general election: Dublin West[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Jim Mitchell 8,657 19.1 1 1
Fine Gael Brian Fleming 5,764 12.7 2
Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan, Snr 6,972 15.4 3
Fianna Fáil Liam Lawlor 6,223 13.76 4
Fine Gael Richard Burke 4,790 10.59 5
Fianna Fáil Eileen Lemass 5,662 12.5
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Tomás Mac Giolla 3,285 7.3
Labour Party Michael Gannon 2,617 5.8
Independent Anthony O'Hara 800 1.8
Independent John Montgomery 222 0.5
Independent Seán Corr 183 0.4
Independent Rod Eley 59 0.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 45,234   Quota: 7,540   Turnout:

1981 general election[edit]

1981 general election: Dublin West[6]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fine Gael Jim Mitchell 9,326 20.0 1 1
Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan, Snr 7,169 15.3 2
Fine Gael Brian Fleming 5,052 10.8 3
Fine Gael Richard Burke 5,301 11.3 4
Fianna Fáil Eileen Lemass 4,953 10.6 5
Fianna Fáil Liam Lawlor 3,272 7.0
Anti H-Block Anthony O'Hara 3,034 6.5
Fianna Fáil Thomas Boland 2,682 5.7
Labour Party Mary Robinson 2,342 5.0
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Tomás Mac Giolla 1,678 3.6
Labour Party Anne McStay 876 1.9
Labour Party Eamon Tuffy 476 1.0
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Mick Finnegan 332 0.7
Communist Party John Montgomery 202 0.4
Socialist Labour Party Ivor Nolan 63 0.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 46,758   Quota: 7,794   Turnout:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Higgins campaigned as a member of the United Left Alliance at the 2011 general election.
  2. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1980: Schedule (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Walker, Brian M, ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–92. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. ISSN 0332-0286. 
  6. ^ a b "General election 1981: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "General election February 1982: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "By-election 1982: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "General election November 1982: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "General election 1987: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "General election 1989: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  12. ^ a b "General election 1992: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  13. ^ a b "By-election 1996: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "General election 1997: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "General election 2002: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "General election 2007: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 10 February 2009. 
  17. ^ a b "General election 2011: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "By-election 2011: Dublin West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Dublin West by-election". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "List of Candidates 2014 Bye Election". Dublin County Returning Officer. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  21. ^ Electronic voting was used in this constituency in 2002. Individual votes were published by the Dublin County Returning Officer in a zip file
  22. ^ Joe Higgins was an Independent candidate in 1996, as part of the Militant Labour organisation. "Big smiles as FF beats by-election bogy". The Irish Times. 4 April 1996. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 

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