Foyle (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 55°03′07″N 7°14′42″W / 55.052°N 7.245°W / 55.052; -7.245

Foyle
Former Borough constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Foyle (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency).svg
Foyle shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1929
Abolished 1972
Election method First past the post

Foyle was a single member constituency in the Parliament of Northern Ireland. It was created in 1929 as one of the five single-member constituencies replacing the former five-member Londonderry constituency. The constituency continued in existence until the Parliament was temporarily suspended in 1972, and then formally abolished in 1973.

The seat was held continuously by nationalist candidates, although labour movement candidates sometimes polled well.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election results[edit]

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At the Northern Ireland general election, 1929, James Joseph McCarroll was elected unopposed.

General Election 1933: Foyle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist James Joseph McCarroll 6,557 68.4 N/A
Independent Republican Seán McCool 3,031 31.6 N/A
Majority 3,526 36.8 N/A
Turnout 64.9 N/A
Nationalist hold Swing

At the Foyle by-election, 1937 and the Northern Ireland general election, 1938, Patrick Maxwell was elected unopposed.

General Election 1945: Foyle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Patrick Maxwell 6,270 56.0 N/A
Independent Labour Paddy Fox 4,920 44.0 N/A
Majority 1,350 12.0 N/A
Turnout 69.6 N/A
Nationalist hold Swing

At the Northern Ireland general election, 1949, Patrick Maxwell was elected unopposed.

General Election 1953: Foyle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Eddie McAteer 6,305 58.8 N/A
Independent Nationalist Patrick Maxwell 4,412 41.2 N/A
Majority 1,893 17.6 N/A
Turnout 61.7 N/A
Nationalist hold Swing
General Election 1958: Foyle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Eddie McAteer 6,953 57.0 -1.8
Independent Labour Stephen McGonagle 5,238 43.0 N/A
Majority 1,893 17.6 N/A
Turnout 61.7 N/A
Nationalist hold Swing
General Election 1962: Foyle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Eddie McAteer 8,720 61.4 +4.4
Independent Labour Stephen McGonagle 5,476 38.6 -4.4
Majority 3,244 22.8 +8.8
Turnout 75.7 +14.0
Nationalist hold Swing
General Election 1965: Foyle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Eddie McAteer 7,825 64.2 +2.8
Independent Labour Seamus Quinn 4,371 35.8 -2.8
Majority 3,454 28.4 +5.6
Turnout 62.2 -13.5
Nationalist hold Swing
General Election 1969: Foyle
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Nationalist John Hume 8,920 55.1 N/A
Nationalist Eddie McAteer 5,267 32.6 -31.6
Labour (NI) Eamonn McCann 1,993 12.3 N/A
Majority 3,653 22.5 -5.9
Turnout 81.4 +19.8
Independent Nationalist gain from Nationalist Swing

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