Irish general election timetable

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This a list of general election timetables for Dáil Éireann from 1918–2011.

Year Dissolution Dáil Nominations Polling Day Polling Date First Meeting
1918 25 November[nb 1] 1st 4 December Saturday 14 December 21 January 1919
1921 10 May[nb 2] 2nd 13 May Tuesday 24 May 16 August
1922 8 June[nb 3] 3rd 6 June Friday 16 June 9 September
1923 9 August 4th 18 August Monday 27 August 19 September
1927 23 May 5th 1 June Thursday 9 June 23 June
1927 25 August 6th 3 September Thursday 15 September 11 October
1932 29 January 7th 8 February Tuesday 16 February 9 March
1933 2 January 8th 11 January Tuesday 24 January 8 February
1937 14 June 9th Thursday 1 July 21 July
1938 27 May 10th 7 June Friday 17 June 30 June
1943 26 June 11th 9 June Wednesday 23 June 1 July
1944 10 May 12th 19 May Tuesday 30 May 9 June
1948 12 January 13th Wednesday 4 February 18 February
1951 7 May 14th 17 May Wednesday 30 May 13 June
1954 24 April 15th 4 May Tuesday 18 May 2 June
1957 12 February 16th 21 February Tuesday 5 March 20 March
1961 15 September 17th Wednesday 4 October 11 October
1965 18 March 18th Wednesday 7 April 21 April
1969 22 May 19th Wednesday 18 June 2 July
1973 5 February 20th Wednesday 28 February 14 March
1977 25 May 21st Thursday 16 June 5 July
1981 21 May 22nd Thursday 11 June 30 June
1982 27 January 23rd Thursday 18 February 9 March
1982 4 November 24th Wednesday 24 November 14 December
1987 21 January 25th Tuesday 17 February 10 March
1989 25 May 26th Thursday 15 June 29 June
1992 5 November 27th Wednesday 25 November 14 December
1997 15 May 28th 26 May Friday 6 June 26 June
2002 25 April 29th 3 May Friday 17 May 6 June
2007 29 April 30th 9 May Thursday 24 May 14 June
2011 1 February 31st 9 February Friday 25 February 9 March

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The dissolution is of the 1910–1918 Parliament of the United Kingdom. The polling day relates to the territorial constituencies only. The result in those constituencies were declared on 28 December, to allow time for votes by members of the Armed Forces to be sent to the Returning Officers. The University constituencies voted as follows: University of Dublin polling 16–20 December, declaration 21 December; National University of Ireland polling 18–22 December, declaration 23 December and Queen's University of Belfast polling 16–20 December, declaration 20 December.
  2. ^ The dissolution is the date of the last meeting of the First Dáil. A resolution passed at that meeting provided for the Dáil to be dissolved on the assembling of the Second Dáil. The nominations date applied to all constituencies except National University of Ireland whose nominations closed on 14 May 1921.
  3. ^ The dissolution is the date of the last meeting of the Second Dáil (at least in the view of the Aireacht – the Government of the Irish Republic). It is not clear when or if that Dáil was formally dissolved for the purposes of the laws of the Irish Republic: There was a dispute between pro and anti Anglo-Irish Treaty members of Sinn Féin about whether the Third Dáil was the legitimate successor of the Second Dáil. A resolution of the Second Dáil, passed on 20 May 1922, provided for a partial general election with the Deputies from the six counties of Northern Ireland continuing in office. The position for the purposes of British law is clear: On 27 May 1922, the Provisional Government of Southern Ireland issued a proclamation calling an election on 16 June 1922 for the "Provisional Parliament pursuant to the Free State (Agreement) Act" and not for the Third Dáil. The Provisional Government's proclamation made no mention of Northern Ireland. Lord Fitzalan, later in the day, declared that the Parliament of Southern Ireland was dissolved and "I hereby call a Parliament to be known as and styled the Provisional Parliament".[1] The nominations date applied to all constituencies except Dublin University whose nominations closed on 8 June 1922. The polling days for National University of Ireland were 12–15 June 1922, with the declaration being made on 16 June 1922. The date of the first meeting was originally to have been 1 July 1922. The Dáil was prorogued on five occasions and eventually met on 9 September 1922. In practice no representatives from Northern Ireland tried to participate in the Third Dáil, so the provisional government proclamation seems to have prevailed over the Second Dáil resolution.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Source: Macardle (1999), pg 718 and DCU Website.

Sources[edit]

  • Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922, edited by B.M. Walker (Royal Irish Academy 1978)
  • The Times (of London), various editions

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