North County Dublin (UK Parliament constituency)

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North Dublin
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members 1

North Dublin (otherwise known as North County Dublin) 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 Dublin County constituency. From 1922 it was not represented in the UK Parliament.


This constituency comprised the northern and western parts of County Dublin.

1885–1918: The constituency was bounded by South Meath to the north-west, North Kildare to the south-west, West Wicklow and East Wicklow to the south, the city of Dublin, South Dublin and the sea to the east.

It comprised the polling districts of Stepaside, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Rathcoole, Blanchardstown, Lucan, Kilmainham, Drumcondra, Coolock, Howth, Swords, Naul, Balbriggan, Skerries, Lusk, Rush, Malahide, and Clontarf.

1918–1922: Since 1885 County Dublin had been re-organised for local government purposes. The city of Dublin had become a County Borough. Its boundaries were extended in 1900 (including such areas as Kilmainham and Clontarf, which had been in the 1885–1918 North division of the county). The remainder of the geographical county became an administrative county.

In 1918 the parliamentary representation of the administrative county was increased from two divisions to four. The former version of South Dublin was extended to the west a little and split into three constituencies (from north to south the divisions of Rathmines, Pembroke and South). Otherwise the county constituencies surrounding North Dublin were unchanged.

The North division was re-defined by the Redistribution of Seats (Ireland) Act 1918. It consisted of a number of local government areas as they existed in 1918. They were the rural districts of Balrothery (including the town of Balbriggan), Celbridge No. 2, and North Dublin, and the part of the rural district of South Dublin which consisted of the district electoral divisions of Clondalkin, Palmerston, and Tallaght.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 constituency created
1885, December 2 John Joseph Clancy Irish Parliamentary
1891 Irish National League
1900, October 5 Irish Parliamentary
1918, December 14 Frank Lawless Sinn Féin
1922 UK constituency abolished


Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1886: North County Dublin[1] Registered electors 12,334
(Population 72,992)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary John Joseph Clancy Uncontested n/a n/a
Irish Parliamentary win
General Election 1885: North County Dublin[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary John Joseph Clancy 7,560 84.14 n/a
Conservative W. R. Calbeck 1,425 15.86 n/a
Majority 6,135 68.28 n/a
Turnout 8,985 n/a
Irish Parliamentary win