Dublin Finglas (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Dublin Finglas
Former Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary Constituency
Former constituency
Created 1977
Abolished 1981
Seats 3
County/City council Dublin City

Dublin Finglas was a short-lived parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas from 1977 to 1981. The constituency elected 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs) to the Dáil, using the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).


The constituency was created in 1977, under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1974,[1] taking in much of the former Dublin North-West constituency together with parts of Dublin South-West, as part of the redistribution of constituencies which attempted to secure the re-election of the outgoing Fine Gael–Labour Party government. The constituency was abolished in 1981 with much of it going into a revived Dublin North-West constituency.

Its only election was notable for marking the debut in national politics of Bertie Ahern. Proinsias De Rossa also contested his first Dáil election here.


It covered the Finglas area of Dublin city, together with small parts of Drumcondra and Glasnevin. The 1974 Act defined the constituency's boundaries as consisting of the following wards of the county borough of Dublin: Drumcondra South C, Finglas East A, Finglas East B, Finglas East D, Finglas East E, Finglas East F, Finglas West A, Finglas West B, Finglas West C, Glasnevin B, Inns Quay A.[1]


Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Dublin Finglas 1977–1981[2]
Dáil Election Deputy
21st 1977[3] Jim Tunney
Bertie Ahern
Luke Belton
22nd 1981 Constituency abolished

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.

1977 general election[edit]

1977 general election: Dublin Finglas[2][3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Jim Tunney 7,963 28.8 1
Fine Gael Luke Belton 3,896 13.5 2
Fianna Fáil Bertie Ahern 3,729 14.1 3
Labour Party Brendan Halligan 3,055 11.0
Fianna Fáil Daniel Bell 2,598 9.4
Fine Gael Alice Glenn 2,452 8.9
Independent Matt Merrigan 1,512 5.5
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Proinsias De Rossa 1,317 4.8
Labour Party Billy Keegan 1,174 4.2
Electorate: 39,953   Valid: 27,696   Quota: 6,925   Turnout: 69.3%


  1. ^ a b "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1974: Schedule (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Walker, Brian M, ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–92. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. ISSN 0332-0286. 
  3. ^ a b "General election 1977: Dublin Finglas". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 12 February 2009.