Galway South (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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For the 1885–1922 constituency, see South Galway (UK Parliament constituency).
Galway South
Former Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary Constituency
Former constituency
Created 1948
Abolished 1961
Seats 3
County/City council County Galway

Galway South was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas from 1948 to 1961. 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).

History[edit]

The constituency was created under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1947 for the 1948 general election to Dáil Éireann. It was abolished under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1961, when it was partially replaced by the new constituency of Galway East.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency comprised the district electoral divisions of:[1]

"Ardamullivan, Ardrahan, Ballycahalan, Beagh, Cahermore, Cappard, Castletaylor, Doorus, Drumacoo, Gort, Kilbeacanty, Killeely, Killeenavarra, Killinny, Kiltartan, Kilthomas, Kinvara, Rahasane, Skehanagh, Aille, Athenry, Ballynagar, Bracklagh, Bullaun, Cappalusk, Castleboy, Cloonkeen, Colmanstown, Craughwell, Derrylaur, Drumkeary, Graigabbey, Grange, Greethin, Kilchreest, Kilconickny, Kilconierin, Killimor, Killogilleen, Kilmeen, Kilreekill, Kilteskill, Kiltullagh, Lackalea, Leitrim, Loughatorick, Loughrea Rural, Loughrea Urban, Marblehill, Mountain, Moyode, Raford, Tiaquin, Woodford, Abbeygormacan, Ahascragh, Aughrim, Ballinasloe Rural, Ballymacward Clonfert, Clontuskert, Kellysgrove, Kilconnell, Killaan, Killallaghtan, Killoran, Killure, Kilmacshane, Kiltormer, Kylemore, Lawrencestown, Lismanny, Oatfield, Abbeyville, Ballyglass, Coos, Derrew, Drummin, Eyrecourt, Killimor, Kilmalinoge, Kilquain, Meelick, Moat, Pallas, Portumna, Tiranascragh, Tynagh, Ballynacourty, Clarinbridge, Oranmore, Stradbally; and the urban district of Ballinasloe."

TDs[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Galway South 1948–1961[2]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
13th 1948[3] Frank Fahy
(CC)
Patrick Beegan
(FF)
Robert Lahiffe
(FF)
14th 1951[4] Patrick Cawley
(FG)
1953 by-election[5] Robert Lahiffe
(FF)
15th 1954[6] Brendan Glynn
(FG)
16th 1957[7] Michael Carty
(FF)
Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins
(FG)
1958 by-election[8] Anthony Millar
(FF)
17th 1961 Constituency abolished. See Galway East and Galway West

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.

Elections[edit]

1958 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Patrick Beegan, a by-election was held on 30 May 1958. The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Anthony Millar.

1958 by-election: Galway South[8]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Anthony Millar 11,552 53.5 1 1
Fine Gael Frank Clarke 6,268 29.1
Sinn Féin Murchadh MacUaltair 3,758 17.4
Electorate: 28,546   Valid: 21,578   Quota: 10,790   Turnout: 75.6%

1957 general election[edit]

1957 general election: Galway South[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Patrick Beegan 6,537 29.1 1 1
Fine Gael Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins 4,530 20.1 2
Fianna Fáil Michael Carty 3,944 17.5 3
Fianna Fáil Robert Lahiffe 3,856 17.1
Sinn Féin Murchadh MacUaltair 2,086 9.3
Fine Gael Joseph Lambert 1,545 6.9
Electorate: ?   Valid: 22,498   Quota: 5,625   Turnout:

1954 general election[edit]

1954 general election: Galway South[6]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Patrick Beegan 8,291 34.9 1 1
Fianna Fáil Robert Lahiffe 5,373 22.6 2
Fine Gael Brendan Glynn 5,476 23.1 3
Fine Gael Patrick Cawley 2,692 11.3
Clann na Poblachta Vincent Shields 1,904 8.0
Electorate: ?   Valid: 23,736   Quota: 5,935   Turnout:

1953 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Frank Fahy, a by-election was held on 21 August 1953. The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Robert Lahiffe.

1953 by-election: Galway South[5]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Robert Lahiffe 13,714 54.5 1 1
Fine Gael Brendan Glynn 8,345 33.2
Clann na Poblachta Vincent Shields 2,474 9.8
Clann na Talmhan Thomas McNamara 629 2.5
Electorate: 30,209   Valid: 25,162   Quota: 12,582   Turnout: 83.3%

1951 general election[edit]

1951 general election: Galway South[4]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Ceann Comhairle Frank Fahy Automatically returned N/A 1 1
Fine Gael Patrick Cawley 6,952 28.9 2
Fianna Fáil Patrick Beegan 7,367 30.7 3
Fianna Fáil Robert Lahiffe 6,268 26.1
Clann na Poblachta Vincent Shields 3,437 14.3
Electorate: ?   Valid: 24,024   Quota: 8,009   Turnout:

1948 general election[edit]

1948 general election: Galway South[3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Ceann Comhairle Frank Fahy Automatically returned N/A 1 1
Fianna Fáil Patrick Beegan 11,080 48.4 2 1
Fianna Fáil Robert Lahiffe 3,651 15.9 3
Fine Gael Patrick Cawley 3,886 17.0
Clann na Poblachta Vincent Shields 3,176 13.9
Clann na Poblachta Martin Newell 1,108 4.8
Electorate: 30,912   Valid: 22,901   Quota: 7,634   Turnout:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1947: (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  2. ^ 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 1948: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "General election 1951: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "By-election 1953: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "General election 1954: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "General election 1957: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "By-election 1958: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 

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