West Donegal (UK Parliament constituency)

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West Donegal
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851922
Created from Donegal

West Donegal was a UK Parliament constituency in Ireland, returning one Member of Parliament 1885–1922.

Prior to the United Kingdom general election, 1885 the area was part of the Donegal constituency. From 1922 it was not represented in the UK Parliament.

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency comprised the western part of County Donegal.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member [1] Party Note
1885, December 1 Patrick O'Hea Irish Parliamentary Resigned
1890, May 30 James Joseph Dalton Irish Parliamentary Party split
1890, December 1 Irish National League
1892, July 11 Timothy Daniel Sullivan Irish National Federation
1900, October 3 James Boyle Irish Parliamentary Resigned
1902, April 25 Hugh Alexander Law Irish Parliamentary
1918, December 14 2 Joseph Aloysius Sweeney Sinn Féin Did not take his seat at Westminster
1922, October 26 UK constituency abolished

Note:-

  • 1 Not an election, but the date of a party change. The Irish Parliamentary Party had been created in 1882, on the initiative of Charles Stewart Parnell's Irish National League. Both the IPP and the INL split into Parnellite and Anti-Parnellite factions, in December 1890. The Parnellites remained members of the Irish National League after the split and the Anti-Parnellites organised the Irish National Federation in March 1891. The two organisations and the United Irish League merged in 1900, to re-create the Irish Parliamentary Party.
  • 2 Date of polling day. The result was declared on 28 December 1918, to allow time for votes cast by members of the armed forces to be included in the count.

Elections[edit]

General Election 1 December 1885: Donegal West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Nationalist Patrick O’Hea unopposed
Turnout 7377
Irish Nationalist gain from new seat Swing
General Election 6 July 1886: Donegal West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Nationalist Patrick O’Hea unopposed
Turnout 7377
Irish Nationalist hold Swing
By-election 30 May 1890: Donegal West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Nationalist James Joseph Dalton unopposed
Turnout 5536
Irish Nationalist hold Swing
General Election 11 July 1892: Donegal West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish National Federation Timothy Daniel Sullivan unopposed
Turnout 5279
Irish National Federation hold Swing
General Election 18 July 1895: Donegal West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish National Federation Timothy Daniel Sullivan unopposed
Turnout 6254
Irish National Federation hold Swing
General Election 3 October 1900: Donegal West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Nationalist James Boyle unopposed
Turnout 9475
Irish Nationalist hold Swing
By-election 25 April 1902: Donegal West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Nationalist Hugh Alexander Law unopposed
Turnout 7303
Irish Nationalist hold Swing
General Election 20 January 1906: Donegal West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Nationalist Hugh Alexander Law unopposed
Turnout 6958
Irish Nationalist hold Swing
General Election 22 January 1910: Donegal West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Nationalist Hugh Alexander Law unopposed
Turnout 6642
Irish Nationalist hold Swing
General Election 10 December 1910: Donegal West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Irish Nationalist Hugh Alexander Law unopposed
Turnout 6642
Irish Nationalist hold Swing
General Election 14 December 1918: Donegal West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Sinn Féin John Aloysius Sweeney 6712 62.0
Irish Nationalist Daniel McMenamin 4116 38.0
Majority 2596 24.0
Turnout 19296 56.1
Sinn Féin hold Swing

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922, edited by B.M. Walker (Royal Irish Academy 1978)