Westmeath (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Westmeath
Former Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary constituency
Former constituency
Created 1992
Abolished 2007
Seats 4
County/City council County Westmeath

Westmeath was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas from 1992 to 2007. The constituency was served by 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election was the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1992 under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1990 and was first used for the 1992 general election.[1] It was abolished under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005, when it was replaced by new constituency of Longford–Westmeath.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency spanned the entire area of County Westmeath taking in Mullingar, Athlone and Moate.[1]

TDs[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Westmeath 1992–2007
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
27th 1992[2] Mary O'Rourke
(FF)
Paul McGrath
(FG)
Willie Penrose
(Lab)
28th 1997[3]
29th 2002[4] Donie Cassidy
(FF)
30th 2007 Constituency abolished. See Longford–Westmeath

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]

2002 general election[edit]

2002 general election: Westmeath[4]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Labour Party Willie Penrose 26.1 8,967    
Fianna Fáil Donie Cassidy 22.9 7,892 7,982 8,558
Fine Gael Paul McGrath 16.2 5,570 5,715 8,485
Fianna Fáil Mary O'Rourke 18.7 6,444 6,491 8,035
Fine Gael Nicky McFadden 11.0 3,793 3,824  
Sinn Féin Niamh Hogg 3.4 1,185 1,216  
Independent Veronica Lynam 1.3 444 460  
Christian Solidarity Patrick Walsh 0.4 126 127  
Electorate: 56,054   Valid: 34,421   Spoilt: 557 (1.6%)   Quota: 8,606   Turnout: 34,978 (62.4%)

1997 general election[edit]

1997 general election: Westmeath[3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Labour Party Willie Penrose 8,037 24.5 1 2
Fianna Fáil Mary O'Rourke 7,262 22.2 2 3
Fine Gael Paul McGrath 5,218 15.9 3 4
Fianna Fáil Henry Abbott 4,706 14.4
Fine Gael Joe Whelan 3,266 10.0
Fianna Fáil Camillus Glynn 3,005 9.2
National Party Danny Murray 1,118 3.4
Independent Benny Cooney 175 0.5
Electorate: 49,007   Valid: 32,787   Spoilt: 297 (0.9%)   Quota: 8,197   Turnout: 33,084 (67.5%)

1992 general election[edit]

1992 general election: Westmeath[2]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8 Count 9
Fianna Fáil Mary O'Rourke 24.1 7,396 7,410 7,421 7,432 7,477 7,655 7,918    
Fine Gael Paul McGrath 17.4 5,347 5,349 5,407 5,474 5,487 5,558 5,633 7,631 7,648
Labour Party Willie Penrose 20.1 6,182 6,193 6,255 6,309 6,394 6,523 6,701 7,277 7,321
Fianna Fáil Henry Abbott 21.5 6,598 6,603 6,627 6,684 6,750 6,861 6,920 7,080 7,184
Fine Gael Brendan McFadden 9.3 2,849 2,864 2,872 2,886 2,891 2,954 3,149    
Independent Mary Humphreys 2.4 735 748 765 793 823 957      
Independent Stephen Price 2.4 747 751 755 767 795        
Sinn Féin Peter Rogers 1.1 323 325 326 332          
Independent John Dunne 0.8 242 253 265            
Independent Declan Geraghty 0.6 198 202              
Independent Benny Cooney 0.3 86                
Electorate: 46,267   Valid: 30,703   Spoilt: 446 (1.4%)   Quota: 7,676   Turnout: 31,149 (67.3%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1990: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "General election 1992: Westmeath". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "General election 1997: Westmeath". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "General election 2002: Westmeath". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 

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