Meath East (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Meath East
Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Outline map
Location of Meath East within Ireland
Current constituency
Created 2007
Seats 3
TDs
County/City council County Meath
EP constituency Midlands–North-West

Meath East is a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. The constituency elects 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election is the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

History[edit]

It was established by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005[1] when the previous 5 seat Meath constituency was divided into two 3 seat constituencies of Meath East and Meath West. It was first used at the 2007 general election electing members of the 30th Dáil.

Boundaries[edit]

It spans the eastern portions of County Meath. It includes Nobber, Slane, Dunboyne, Kells and Ashbourne, the constituency's biggest town.[2]

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

"In the county of Meath the electoral divisions of:
Drumcondra, Grangegeeth, Killary, in the former Rural District of Ardee No. 2;
Culmullin, Donaghmore, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Kilbrew, Killeen, Kilmore, Rathfeigh, Ratoath, Rodanstown, Skreen, in the former Rural District of Dunshaughlin;
Ardagh, Carrickleck, Ceanannas Mór Rural, Cruicetown, Kilmainham, Maperath, Moybolgue, Moynalty, Newcastle, Newtown, Nobber, Posseckstown, Staholmog, Trohanny, in the former Rural District of Kells;
Ardcath, Duleek, Mellifont, Stamullin, in the former Rural District of Meath;
Ardmulchan, Castletown, Domhnach Phádraig, Kentstown, Painestown, Rathkenny, Slane, Stackallan, Tara, in the former Rural District of Navan;
and the town of Kells."

TDs[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Meath East 2007–
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
30th 2007[3] Mary Wallace
(FF)
Shane McEntee
(FG)
Thomas Byrne
(FF)
31st 2011[4] Dominic Hannigan
(Lab)
Regina Doherty
(FG)
2013 by-election[5] Helen McEntee
(FG)

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]

2013 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Fine Gael TD Shane McEntee, a by-election was held on the 27 March 2013, the seat was won by his daughter Helen McEntee.

2013 by-election: Meath East[5]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Fine Gael Helen McEntee 38.5 9,356 9,547 11,473
Fianna Fáil Thomas Byrne 32.9 8,002 8,106 9,582
Sinn Féin Darren O'Rourke 13.0 3,165 3,370  
Direct Democracy Ben Gilroy 6.5 1,568 1,793  
Labour Party Eoin Holmes 4.6 1,112 1,245  
Green Party Seán Ó Buachalla 1.7 423    
Workers' Party Seamus McDonagh 1.1 263    
Independent Mick Martin 0.8 190    
Independent Charlie Keddy 0.5 110    
Independent Gerard O'Brien 0.3 73    
Independent Jim Tallon 0.2 47    
Electorate: 64,164   Valid: 24,309   Spoilt: 259   Quota: 12,155   Turnout: 38.3%

2011 general election[edit]

2011 general election: Meath East[4]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4
Labour Party Dominic Hannigan 21.0 8,994 9,383 9,669 12,382
Fine Gael Regina Doherty 20.3 8,677 8,858 9,305 10,447
Fine Gael Shane McEntee 20.6 8,794 8,994 9,142 10,143
Fianna Fáil Thomas Byrne 13.4 5,715 5,892 7,354 8,173
Sinn Féin Michael Gallagher 8.9 3,795 3,958 4,025  
Independent Joe Bonner 5.8 2,479 2,866 3,074  
Fianna Fáil Nick Killian 6.2 2,669 2,719    
New Vision Sharon Keogan 2.7 1,168      
Green Party Seán Ó Buachalla 1.1 461      
Electorate: 64,873   Valid: 42,752   Spoilt: 346 (0.8%)   Quota: 10,689   Turnout: 43,098 (66.4%)

2007 general election[edit]

2007 general election: Meath East[3]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Fianna Fáil Mary Wallace 25.3 10,901              
Fine Gael Shane McEntee 15.7 6,766 6,789 6,877 6,941 7,106 7,351 7,870 11,619
Fianna Fáil Thomas Byrne 18.2 7,834 7,866 8,267 8,469 8,628 9,079 9,770 10,077
Labour Party Dominic Hannigan 11.9 5,136 5,193 5,337 5,575 6,095 6,554 7,247 8,596
Fine Gael Regina Doherty 10.1 4,363 4,377 4,508 4,764 4,992 5,164 5,972  
Independent Brian FitzGerald 6.0 2,586 2,617 2,659 2,816 3,008 3,334    
Sinn Féin Joanne Finnegan 3.9 1,695 1,723 1,762 1,859 2,008      
Green Party Seán Ó Buachalla 3.1 1,330 1,355 1,417 1,547        
Independent Joseph Bonner 2.7 1,170 1,195 1,223          
Progressive Democrats Sirena Campbell 2.2 957 983            
Independent A. J. Cahill 0.6 269              
Electorate: 67,443   Valid: 43,007   Spoilt: 359 (0.8%)   Quota: 10,752   Turnout: 43,366 (64.3%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "General election 2007: Meath East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "General election 2011: Meath East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "By-election 2013: Meath East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 March 2013. 

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