Dublin Rathmines West (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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For the 1918–1922 constituency, see Dublin Rathmines (UK Parliament constituency).

Coordinates: 53°19′19.1″N 6°16′29.9″W / 53.321972°N 6.274972°W / 53.321972; -6.274972

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

Dublin Rathmines West 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 for the 1977 general election, under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1974,[1] largely replacing the former Dublin South-Central constituency, 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 under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1980[2] for the 1981 general election. It was mostly replaced with the Dublin South-Central constituency although a smaller part went to Dublin South-East.

Its election was also notable for representing the first time that Mary Robinson, (later 8th President of Ireland), stood for the Dáil, though she was unsuccessful.


The constituency covered the Rathmines district of South-East Dublin and adjoining areas. It consisted of the following wards of the county borough of Dublin:[1] Crumlin D, Kimmage A, Kimmage B, Kimmage C, Kimmage D, Kimmage E, Rathfarnham A, Rathmines West A, Rathmines West B, Rathmines West D, Rathmines West E, Rathmines West F, Terenure A, Terenure B, Terenure C.


Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Dublin Rathmines West 1977–1981[3]
Dáil Election Deputy
21st 1977[4] Gerard Brady
Ben Briscoe
Richie Ryan
22nd 1981 Constituency abolished. See Dublin South-Central and Dublin South-East

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 Rathmines West[3][4]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Gerard Brady 6,064 22.7 1
Fine Gael Richie Ryan 5,486 20.5 2
Fianna Fáil Ben Briscoe 5,149 19.2 3
Labour Party Mary Robinson 2,854 10.7
Labour Party Michael Collins 2,377 8.9
Fine Gael James O'Keeffe 1,311 4.9
Fine Gael Sean Kelly 1,258 4.7
Sinn Féin (Workers' Party) Eric Byrne 1,148 4.3
Fianna Fáil Noirín Slattery 1,126 4.2
Electorate: 41,679   Valid: 26,773   Quota: 6,694   Turnout: 64.1%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1974: Schedule (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1980: Schedule (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b "General election 1977: Dublin Rathmines West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 

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