Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005

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The Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005 (No. 16/2005) was a law in Ireland which provided for parliamentary constituencies for the 30th Dáil Éireann.[1] The 30th Dáil was elected at the 2007 general election on 24 May 2007.

This Act replaced the Electoral (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1998, which defined the constituencies used for the 29th Dáil (elected in 2002). It was itself replaced by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009, which created a new pattern of constituencies when the 30th Dáil was dissolved.

The Act was challenged in the High Court by Finian McGrath TD and former TD Catherine Murphy on the grounds that it left too many constituencies under or over-represented. However the High Court rejected the challenge.[2]

Summary of changes[edit]

This list, and those below, summarises the changes in representation. It does not address revisions to the boundaries of constituencies.

Constituency Created  Seats Change
Cork North–Central 1981 4 loses 1 seat
Dublin Mid–West 2002 4 gains 1 seat
Dublin North–Central 1948 3 loses 1 seat
Kildare North 1997 4 gains 1 seat
Laois–OffalyA 2007 5 renamed from Laoighis–Offaly
Longford–Roscommon 1992 4 abolished
Longford–Westmeath 2007 4 new constituency
Meath 1948 5 abolished
Meath East 2007 3 new constituency
Meath West 2007 3 new constituency
Roscommon–South Leitrim 2007 3 new constituency
Sligo–Leitrim 1948 4 abolished
Sligo–North Leitrim 2007 3 new constituency
Westmeath 1992 3 abolished

List of constituencies for the 30th Dáil[edit]

Explanation of columns

  • No.: The number of the constituency (in alphabetical order).
  • Constituency: The name of the constituency. Compass points follow the area name in this list, which is not always the case in the official version of the name.
  • Created: The year of the election when a constituency of the same name was last created.
  • Seats: The number of TDs elected from the constituency under the Act.
  • Change: Change in the number of seats since the last distribution of seats (which took effect in 2002).
No. Constituency Created Seats Change
01 Carlow–Kilkenny 1948 5 none
02 Cavan–Monaghan 1977 5 none
03 Clare 1921 4 none
04 Cork East 1981 4 none
05 Cork North–Central 1981 4 minus 1
06 Cork North–West 1981 3 none
07 Cork South–Central 1981 5 none
08 Cork South–West 1961 3 none
09 Donegal North–East 1981 3 none
10 Donegal South–West 1981 3 none
11 Dublin Central 1981 4 none
12 Dublin Mid–West 2002 4 plus 1
13 Dublin North 1981 4 none
14 Dublin North–Central 1948 3 minus 1
15 Dublin North–East 1981 3 none
16 Dublin North–West 1981 3 none
17 Dublin South 1981 5 none
18 Dublin South–Central 1948 5 none
19 Dublin South–East 1948 4 none
20 Dublin South–West 1981 4 none
21 Dublin West 1981 3 none
22 Dún Laoghaire 1977 5 none
23 Galway East 1977 4 none
24 Galway West 1937 5 none
25 Kerry North 1969 3 none
26 Kerry South 1937 3 none
27 Kildare North 1997 4 plus 1
28 Kildare South 1997 3 none
29 Laois–OffalyA 2007 5 plus 5
30 Limerick East 1948 5 none
31 Limerick West 1948 3 none
32 Longford–Westmeath 2007 4 plus 4
33 Louth 1923 4 none
34 Mayo 1997 5 none
35 Meath East 2007 3 plus 3
36 Meath West 2007 3 plus 3
37 Roscommon–South Leitrim 2007 3 plus 3
38 Sligo–North Leitrim 2007 3 plus 3
39 Tipperary North 1948 3 none
40 Tipperary South 1948 3 none
41 Waterford 1923 4 none
42 Wexford 1921 5 none
43 Wicklow 1923 5 none

Note ^A : Laois–Offaly is the same constituency as Leix–Offaly 1921–1961 and Laoighis–Offaly from 1961. Only the spelling of the first county name, in the legislation providing for parliamentary constituencies, has changed. There is no change in the number of seats from the previous constituency.

Constituencies abolished[edit]

Constituency Created Seats Change
Laoighis–Offaly 1961 5 minus 5
Longford–Roscommon 1992 4 minus 4
Meath 1948 5 minus 5
Sligo–Leitrim 1948 4 minus 4
Westmeath 1992 3 minus 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Electoral boundaries challenge rejected". RTÉ News. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 

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