Cork County by-election, 1879

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The Cork County by-election of 1879 was fought on 17 February 1879. The byelection was fought due to the death of the incumbent Home Rule MP, McCarthy Downing. It was won by the Home Rule candidate David la Touche Colthurst.[1]

The main issues were Home Rule and fixed tenure for tenant farmers, with the Home Rule candidate (a Catholic convert) being backed by the Catholic church.[2]

Cork County by-election, 1879[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Home Rule Colonel David la Touche Colthurst 8,157
Conservative Sir George Colthurst 2,027
Majority
Turnout
Home Rule hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.leighrayment.com/commons.htm
  2. ^ "Cork County Election". Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette. 18 February 1879. Retrieved 6 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Cork County Election". The Irishman. 22 February 1879. Retrieved 6 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).