South Fermanagh (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°20′20″N 7°51′00″W / 54.339°N 7.850°W / 54.339; -7.850

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

South Fermanagh was a constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

Boundaries[edit]

Fermanagh South was a county constituency comprising the southern part of County Fermanagh. It was created in 1929 when the House of Commons (Method of Voting and Redistribution of Seats) Act (Northern Ireland) 1929 introduced first-past-the-post elections throughout Northern Ireland. Fermanagh South was created by the division of Fermanagh and Tyrone into eight new constituencies, of which three were in County Fermanagh. The constituency survived unchanged, returning one member of Parliament until the Parliament of Northern Ireland was temporarily suspended in 1972, and then formally abolished in 1973.[1]

Politics[edit]

Unlike the other seats in County Fermanagh, South Fermanagh was a strongly nationalist area. The seat was consistently won by the Nationalist Party candidate, who, for most of its existence, was the party leader, Cahir Healy.[1] It was only contested on two occasions: in 1949 by an Ulster Unionist Party candidate, and in 1969 by a People's Democracy candidate.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Elected Party Name[2]
1929 Nationalist Cahir Healy
1965 Nationalist John Carron

Election results[edit]

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At the 1929, 1933, 1938 and 1945 general elections, Cahir Healy was elected unopposed.[2]

General Election 10 February 1949: Fermanagh South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist Cahir Healy 6,680 72.0 N/A
UUP F. G. Patterson 2,596 28.0 N/A
Majority 9,276 44.0 N/A
Turnout 6,208 86.6 N/A
Nationalist hold Swing N/A

At the 1953, 1958 and 1962 general elections, Cahir Healy was elected unopposed.[2]

At the Northern Ireland general election, 1965, John Carron was elected unopposed.[2]

General Election 24 February 1969: Fermanagh South[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Nationalist John Carron 4,108 66.2 N/A
People's Democracy P. J. Cosgrove 2,100 33.8 N/A
Majority 2,008 32.4 N/A
Turnout 6,208 74.6 N/A
Nationalist hold Swing N/A
  • Parliament prorogued 30 March 1972 and abolished 18 July 1973

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Northern Ireland House of Commons, 1921-1972, Northern Ireland Elections
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Northern Ireland Parliamentary Elections Results: Counties: Fermanagh