Armagh (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°20′53″N 6°39′22″W / 54.348°N 6.656°W / 54.348; -6.656

Armagh
Former County constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Armagh (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency).svg
Armagh shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1921
Abolished 1929
Election method Single transferable vote

Armagh was a county constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1921 - 1929. It returned four MPs, using the single transferable vote method of proportional representation.

Boundaries[edit]

Armagh consisted of the entirety of County Armagh. In 1929, the constituency was divided into the Central, Mid, North and South Armagh constituencies.[1]

Politics[edit]

Armagh had a slight Unionist majority, but this was fairly evenly balanced with a Nationalist minority. In both general elections, two Unionists were elected, alongside one Nationalist and one Republican.

Members of Parliament[edit]

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From To Party Name Born Died
1921 1925 UUP Richard Best 1872 23 February 1939
1921 1922 Sinn Féin Michael Collins 16 October 1890 22 August 1922
1921 1929 UUP David Graham Shillington 10 December 1872 22 January 1944
1921 1925 Nationalist John Dillon Nugent 1869 1 March 1940
1925 1929 Republican Eamon Donnelly 1877 29 December 1944
1925 1929 Nationalist John Henry Collins 3 March 1880 12 June 1952
1925 1929 UUP John Clarke Davison 19 April 1879 19 February 1946

Elections[edit]

24 May 1921 General Election: Armagh (4 seats)
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2
UUP Richard Best 34.36 15,988  
Sinn Féin Michael Collins[2] 27.20 12,656  
UUP David Graham Shillington 20.91 9,730  
Nationalist John Dillon Nugent 14.74 6,857 6,960
Sinn Féin Frank Aiken 2.80 1,301 1,329
Electorate: 53,977   Valid: 46,532   Quota: 9,307   Turnout: 86.2%
  • Collins died on 22 August 1922; his seat remained vacant at dissolution.
3 April 1925 General Election: Armagh (4 seats)
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
UUP Richard Best 37.50 15,969    
UUP David Graham Shillington 24.83 10,575    
Republican Eamon Donnelly 13.57 5,788 5,823 5,838
Nationalist John Henry Collins 12.38 5,272 5,354 5,393
Nationalist John Dillon Nugent 11.72 4,991 5,063 5,116
Electorate: 54,082   Valid: 42,595   Quota: 8,520   Turnout: 78.8%
Armagh by-election, 1925
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP John Clarke Davison 22,390 79.20 N/A
Unbought Tenants W. R. Todd 5,880 20.80 N/A
Majority 16,510 58.40 N/A
Turnout 54,082 52.3 -26.5
UUP hold Swing N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Northern Ireland Parliamentary Election results: Constituency Boundaries
  2. ^ In the Irish elections, 1921 Sinn Féin candidates contested the elections on the basis that, if they won, they would not take seats in the devolved Parliaments of Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland but would become part of a revolutionary assembly in Dublin known as the Second Dáil. Michael Collins used his mandate to attend the 2nd Dáil in Dublin.

See also[edit]

  • Northern Ireland Parliamentary Election Results 1921-1972, compiled and edited by Sydney Elliott (Political Reference Publications 1973)