Laois–Offaly (Dáil constituency)

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Laois–Offaly
Dáil Constituency
Outline map
Location of Laois–Offaly within Ireland
Major settlements
Current constituency
Created2020
Seats5 (2020–)
TDs
  •   Barry Cowen (FF)
  •   Charles Flanagan (FG)
  •   Seán Fleming (FF)
  •   Carol Nolan (Ind)
  •   Brian Stanley (SF)
Local government areas
Created from
EP constituencySouth

Laois–Offaly (formerly King's County–Queen's County, Leix–Offaly and Laoighis–Offaly) is a parliamentary constituency which is represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. The constituency elects 5 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs) on the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (PR-STV). It was previously a constituency from 1921 to 2016.

History and boundaries[edit]

Laois–Offaly
Former Dáil Constituency
Former constituency
Created1921
Abolished2016
Seats
  • 4 (1921–1923)
  • 5 (1923–2016)
Local government areas
Created from

Laois–Offaly was created under the Government of Ireland Act 1920 as King's County–Queen's County (the official names of the counties before independence). The two counties were combined in a single four-member constituency for the House of Commons of Southern Ireland. It was known in the Dáil as Leix–Offaly, and first used for the 1921 general election to the Second Dáil. The Sinn Féin candidates elected unopposed preferred to sit in the Second Dáil (1921–22). It was used at every subsequent general election until 2011. It was abolished at the 2016 general election, and was replaced by the new constituencies of Laois and Offaly.

It was re-established by the Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017, It replaced the constituencies of Laois and Offaly, where it was defined as:[1] which came into effect at the 2020 general election.

"The county of Laois except those parts that are comprised within the constituency of Kildare South,
and the county of Offaly except those parts that are comprised within the constituency of Kildare South."
Changes to the Laois–Offaly constituency
Years TDs Boundaries Notes
1921–1923 4 County Laois (Queen's County) and County Offaly (King's County)[2] In the Dáil record, the constituency was variously described as Leix and Offaly[3] and Offaly, Leix[4]
1923–2011 5 County Laois and County Offaly Named as Leix–Offaly.[5][6][7];

renamed as Laoighis–Offaly from 1961;[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

renamed as Laois–Offaly from 2007.[16]

2011–2016 5 County Laois;

and County Offaly except the areas in the Tipperary North constituency.

Transfer of Aghacon, Barna, Cangort, Cullenwaine, Dunkerrin, Ettagh, Gorteen, Mountheaton, Shinrone, Templeharry, in the former Rural District of Roscrea No. 2, to Tipperary North.[17]
2016–2020 5 Constituency abolished. Moved to constituencies of Laois and Offaly.[18]
2020–present 5 County Laois; except the area in the Kildare South constituency;

County Offaly; except the area in the Kildare South constituency.

Transfer to Kildare South: in County Laois, the electoral divisions of: Ballybrittas, Jamestown, Kilmullen, Portarlington South, in the former Rural District of Mountmellick;

and in County Offaly, the electoral division of: Portarlington North, in the former Rural District of Tullamore.[1]

TDs[edit]

TDs 1921–2016[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Laois–Offaly 1921–2016[19]
Key to parties
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
2nd 1921[20] Joseph Lynch
(SF)
Patrick McCartan
(SF)
Francis Bulfin
(SF)
Kevin O'Higgins
(SF)
4 seats
1921–1923
3rd 1922[21] William Davin
(Lab)
Patrick McCartan
(SF)
Francis Bulfin
(SF)
Kevin O'Higgins
(SF)
4th 1923[22] Laurence Brady
(Rep)
Francis Bulfin
(CnaG)
Patrick Egan
(CnaG)
Seán McGuinness
(Rep)
1926 by-election[23] James Dwyer
(CnaG)
5th 1927 (Jun)[24] Patrick Boland
(FF)
Thomas Tynan
(FF)
John Gill
(Lab)
6th 1927 (Sep)[25] Patrick Gorry
(FF)
William Aird
(CnaG)
7th 1932[26] Thomas F. O'Higgins
(CnaG)
Eugene O'Brien
(CnaG)
8th 1933[27] Eamon Donnelly
(FF)
Jack Finlay
(NCP)
9th 1937[28] Patrick Gorry
(FF)
Thomas F. O'Higgins
(FG)
Jack Finlay
(FG)
10th 1938[29] Daniel Hogan
(FF)
11th 1943[30] Oliver J. Flanagan
(Ind)
12th 1944[31]
13th 1948[32] Tom O'Higgins, Jnr
(FG)
14th 1951[33] Peadar Maher
(FF)
15th 1954[34] Nicholas Egan
(FF)
Oliver J. Flanagan
(FG)
1956 by-election[35] Kieran Egan
(FF)
16th 1957[36]
17th 1961[37] Patrick Lalor
(FF)
18th 1965[38] Henry Byrne
(Lab)
19th 1969[39] Ger Connolly
(FF)
Bernard Cowen
(FF)
Tom Enright
(FG)
20th 1973[40] Charles McDonald
(FG)
21st 1977[41] Bernard Cowen
(FF)
22nd 1981[42] Liam Hyland
(FF)
23rd 1982 (Feb)[43]
24th 1982 (Nov)[44]
1984 by-election[45] Brian Cowen
(FF)
25th 1987[46] Charles Flanagan
(FG)
26th 1989[47]
27th 1992[48] Pat Gallagher
(Lab)
28th 1997[49] John Moloney
(FF)
Seán Fleming
(FF)
Tom Enright
(FG)
29th 2002[50] Olwyn Enright
(FG)
Tom Parlon
(PD)
30th 2007[51] Charles Flanagan
(FG)
31st 2011[52] Brian Stanley
(SF)
Barry Cowen
(FF)
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy
(FG)
32nd 2016 Constituency abolished. See Laois and Offaly.

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.

TDs since 2020[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Laois–Offaly 2020–
Key to parties
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
33rd 2020[53] Brian Stanley
(SF)
Carol Nolan
(Ind)
Barry Cowen
(FF)
Seán Fleming
(FF)
Charles Flanagan
(FG)

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]

2020 general election[edit]

2020 general election: Laois-Offaly[53][54][55]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Sinn Féin Brian Stanley 24.0 16,654                    
Fianna Fáil Barry Cowen 12.5 8,677 8,889 8,919 9,130 9,166 9,242 9,698 12,162      
Fianna Fáil Seán Fleming 11.0 7,636 8,116 8,190 9,106 9,162 9,736 9,835 10,327 10,676 10,868 11,364
Fine Gael Charles Flanagan 10.8 7,463 7,641 7,675 7,791 7,821 8,203 8,287 8,396 8,418 11,757  
Independent Carol Nolan 7.8 5,436 6,182 6,362 6,434 6,806 7,109 8,353 8,848 8,927 9,364 12,521
Fine Gael Marcella Corcoran Kennedy 6.5 4,519 4,585 4,594 4,643 4,666 4,783 4,917 5,157 5,195    
Fianna Fáil Peter Ormond 5.9 4,073 4,132 4,137 4,320 4,334 4,360 4,449        
Green Pippa Hackett 5.0 3,494 3,921 3,991 4,081 4,565 5,243 5,811 5,941 5,964 6,468 7,109
Independent John Leahy 5.0 3,463 3,725 3,862 3,876 4,063 4,192 4,821 5,172 5,252 5,669  
Irish Democratic Ken Smollen 3.8 2,611 3,173 3,261 3,274 3,640 3,941          
Labour Noel Tuohy 2.9 2,011 2,596 2,664 2,806 3,190            
Fianna Fáil Pauline Flanagan 2.5 1,744 1,850 1,874                
PBP/Solidarity Stephen Tynan[a] 1.3 910 2,128 2,243 2,273              
National Party John Daly 0.6 441 557                  
Renua Noel O'Rourke 0.4 290 356                  
Electorate: 110,839   Valid: 69,422   Spoilt: 576   Quota: 11,571   Turnout: 69,998 (63.15%)  
  1. ^ People Before Profit, Solidarity and RISE contested this election as Solidarity–People Before Profit, so candidates appeared on the ballot under this name. Tynan was a member of People Before Profit.

2011 general election[edit]

2011 general election: Laois–Offaly[52][56]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Fine Gael Charles Flanagan 14.1 10,443 10,432 10,448 10,461 10,491 10,660 11,007 13,515          
Fianna Fáil Barry Cowen 11.1 8,257 8,281 8,285 8,302 8,332 8,497 8,636 8,647 8,651 9,414 9,656 10,654 11,860
Sinn Féin Brian Stanley 10.8 8,032 8,042 8,058 8,079 8,132 8,593 8,919 9,112 9,170 9,793 10,062 10,707 11,775
Fianna Fáil Seán Fleming 8.1 6,024 6,026 6,036 6,043 6,050 6,101 6,206 6,569 6,685 6,838 6,967 10,193 10,851
Fine Gael Marcella Corcoran Kennedy 7.8 5,817 5,838 5,871 5,919 5,978 6,163 6,289 6,595 6,989 8,291 11,837 12,106 13,128
Labour John Whelan 7.8 5,802 5,805 5,890 5,912 5,951 6,255 6,489 6,764 6,865 7,288 7,814 8,208 9,026
Fianna Fáil John Moloney 7.5 5,579 5,588 5,597 5,607 5,616 5,670 5,989 6,093 6,116 6,293 6,399    
Independent John Leahy 6.6 4,882 4,889 4,908 4,960 5,032 5,259 5,438 5,449 5,452        
Fine Gael Liam Quinn 6.0 4,482 4,486 4,499 4,516 4,526 4,619 4,784 5,348 5,797 6,275      
Independent John Foley 6.0 4,465 4,469 4,478 4,500 4,524 4,930 5,490 5,506 5,513 6,330 7,231 7,521  
Fine Gael John Moran 5.8 4,306 4,307 4,318 4,326 4,328 4,373 4,437            
Independent Eddie Fitzpatrick 3.4 2,544 2,553 2,565 2,586 2,619 2,776              
Independent Rotimi Adebari 0.8 628 634 662 675 691                
Independent John Bracken 0.8 625 656 665 674 695                
Socialist Party Ray Fitzpatrick[a] 0.8 561 562 584 594 604                
Independent Fergus McDonnell 0.7 525 526 527 533 542                
Independent Liam Dumpleton 0.5 382 393 399 436                  
Independent James Fanning 0.5 335 343 352                    
Green Christopher Fettes 0.4 306 308                      
Independent John Boland 0.2 119                        
Independent Michael Cox 0.1 60                        
Electorate: 106,312   Valid: 74,234   Spoilt: 979 (1.3%)   Quota: 12,373   Turnout: 75,213 (70.7%)  
  1. ^ Fitzpatrick campaigned as a member of the United Left Alliance

2007 general election[edit]

2007 general election: Laois–Offaly[51]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen 26.7 19,102                    
Fine Gael Charles Flanagan 12.7 9,067 9,210 9,259 9,326 9,380 9,834 10,215 10,965 12,108    
Fine Gael Olwyn Enright 11.6 8,297 9,091 9,195 9,354 9,673 10,038 11,808 12,544      
Fianna Fáil Seán Fleming 11.3 8,064 10,089 10,131 10,200 10,313 10,437 10,561 11,231 12,533    
Fianna Fáil John Moloney 10.1 7,242 8,010 8,042 8,075 8,116 8,235 8,298 8,967 9,895 10,008 10,277
Fianna Fáil John Foley 8.3 5,899 7,924 7,958 7,990 8,114 8,141 8,310 8,619 9,480 9,618 9,966
Progressive Democrats Tom Parlon 5.9 4,233 4,829 4,867 4,933 5,020 5,093 5,249 5,514      
Sinn Féin Brian Stanley 5.1 3,656 3,802 3,862 3,975 4,120 4,373 4,477        
Fine Gael Molly Buckley 3.1 2,196 2,533 2,595 2,672 2,873 2,995          
Labour Jim O'Brien 1.8 1,278 1,310 1,530 1,711 1,746            
Independent John Bracken 1.3 934 1,144 1,204 1,252              
Green Máire McKay 1.1 812 861 902                
Labour David Whelan 0.6 425 475                  
Christian Solidarity Colm Callanan 0.2 156 161                  
Independent Joseph McCormack 0.1 85 88                  
Independent Noel O'Gara 0.1 45 48                  
Electorate: 103,673   Valid: 71,491   Spoilt: 662 (0.9%)   Quota: 11,916   Turnout: 72,153 (69.6%)  

2002 general election[edit]

2002 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[50]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen 19.8 12,529          
Progressive Democrats Tom Parlon 14.4 9,088 9,358 9,531 9,689 10,572  
Fianna Fáil John Moloney 12.8 8,093 8,260 8,343 8,384 8,848 10,972
Fine Gael Olwyn Enright 12.7 8,053 8,255 8,403 8,897 10,205 11,005
Fianna Fáil Seán Fleming 11.2 7,091 7,530 7,642 7,728 8,361 10,453
Fine Gael Charles Flanagan 10.3 6,500 6,530 6,646 6,865 7,384 7,606
Fianna Fáil Ger Killally 7.5 4,719 5,387 5,437 5,530 6,062  
Sinn Féin Brian Stanley 4.1 2,600 2,639 2,820 3,017    
Ind. Health Alliance Molly Buckley 2.7 1,695 1,783 1,966 2,356    
Labour John Dwyer 2.5 1,600 1,675 1,809      
Green Christopher Fettes 0.8 520 529        
Independent Joe McCormack 0.6 351 353        
Independent John Kelly 0.4 236 237        
Christian Solidarity Michael Redmond 0.2 142 144        
Electorate: 95,373   Valid: 63,217   Spoilt: 671 (1.1%)   Quota: 10,537   Turnout: 63,888 (67.0%)  

1997 general election[edit]

1997 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[49][57]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen 18.7 10,865        
Fine Gael Tom Enright 14.4 8,375 8,478 8,760 9,192 9,558
Fianna Fáil John Moloney 14.2 8,271 8,406 8,702 9,800  
Fine Gael Charles Flanagan 13.9 8,104 8,132 8,384 8,995 9,266
Labour Pat Gallagher 11.6 6,741 6,847 7,101 7,542 8,053
Fianna Fáil Seán Fleming 9.4 5,481 5,810 6,160 6,904 10,367
Fianna Fáil Gerard Killally 7.5 4,328 4,707 4,899 5,436  
Progressive Democrats Cathy Honan 6.5 3,778 3,865 4,090    
Catholic Democrats Peter McNamee 1.9 1,099 1,105      
Independent Sean Fennelly 0.9 516 525      
Independent Joe McCormack 0.7 378 379      
Natural Law Paddy Seery 0.2 134 137      
Electorate: 83,232   Valid: 58,070   Spoilt: 542 (0.9%)   Quota: 9,679   Turnout: 58,612 (69.5%)  

1992 general election[edit]

1992 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[48][58]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen 18.9 10,117                  
Fianna Fáil Liam Hyland 15.6 8,361 8,548 8,560 8,604 8,675 8,698 8,794 9,246    
Labour Pat Gallagher 13.0 6,966 7,053 7,061 7,097 7,239 7,398 7,708 8,634 8,666 9,098
Fine Gael Charles Flanagan 11.0 5,876 5,903 5,914 5,936 5,968 6,203 6,459 7,403 7,491 8,468
Fine Gael Tom Enright 10.7 5,742 5,824 5,852 5,864 5,955 6,414 6,768 7,351 7,374 7,545
Fianna Fáil John Moloney 9.4 5,018 5,103 5,105 5,123 5,151 5,166 5,226 5,519 5,614  
Fianna Fáil Ger Connolly 8.0 4,316 4,932 4,952 4,960 5,074 5,115 5,378 5,726 5,788 9,010
Progressive Democrats Cathy Honan 6.6 3,560 3,587 3,594 3,619 3,640 3,729 3,875      
Independent John Butterfield 2.8 1,508 1,538 1,565 1,601 1,688 1,829        
Fine Gael Mary A. Buckley 2.2 1,165 1,180 1,182 1,186 1,193          
Sinn Féin John Joseph Carroll 1.2 665 675 681 689            
Independent Joe McCormack 0.5 244 245 252              
Independent Edward Delaney 0.3 132 136                
Electorate: 77,291   Valid: 53,670   Spoilt: 753 (1.4%)   Quota: 8,946   Turnout: 54,423 (70.4%)  

1989 general election[edit]

1989 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[47]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Liam Hyland 8,443 16.1 1
Fianna Fáil Ger Connolly 7,936 15.2 2
Fine Gael Charles Flanagan 7,142 13.6 3
Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen 7,103 13.6 4
Fine Gael Tom Enright 6,627 12.7 5
Fianna Fáil Joseph Dunne 4,970 9.5
Progressive Democrats Cathy Honan 4,411 8.4
Labour Pat Gallagher 3,030 5.8
Fine Gael Tommy McKeigue 2,318 4.4
Independent Joe McCormack 394 0.8
Electorate: ?   Valid: 52,374   Quota: 8,730   Turnout:

1987 general election[edit]

1987 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[46]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Liam Hyland 9,208 16.4 2
Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen 9,168 16.3 1
Fianna Fáil Ger Connolly 7,472 13.3 3
Progressive Democrats Cathy Honan 5,353 9.5
Fine Gael Charles Flanagan 5,317 9.5 4
Fine Gael Tom Enright 5,136 9.2 5
Fianna Fáil Jeremiah Lodge 4,356 7.8
Fine Gael Charles McDonald 3,921 7.0
Fine Gael Michael Fox 3,105 5.5
Sinn Féin John Carroll 1,405 2.5
Labour Thomas Phelan 818 1.5
Independent May Keeley 509 0.9
Independent Joe McCormack 354 0.6
Electorate: ?   Valid: 56,122   Quota: 9,354   Turnout:

1984 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Bernard Cowen, a by-election was held on 14 June 1984, the same day as the European Parliament elections. A Fianna Fáil motion to move the writ in March was defeated by the Fine Gael–Labour government.[59] The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Brian Cowen, son of the deceased TD.[60]

1984 by-election: Laoighis–Offaly[45]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen 54.7 26,022
Fine Gael Pádraig Horan 38.2 18,173
Labour Seán O'Brien 3.7 1,737
Independent Joe McCormack 3.1 1,471
Communist Party Eoin Ó Murchú 0.3 120
Independent Jim Tallon 0.1 58
Electorate: 74,087   Valid: 47,581   Quota: 23,791   Turnout: 64.2%  

November 1982 general election[edit]

November 1982 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[44]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Oliver J. Flanagan 8,428 15.4 2
Fianna Fáil Liam Hyland 8,181 14.9 1
Fianna Fáil Ger Connolly 7,910 14.4 3
Fianna Fáil Bernard Cowen 7,423 13.5 5
Fine Gael Tom Enright 6,646 12.1 4
Fine Gael Charles McDonald 5,973 10.9
Fianna Fáil Jeremiah Lodge 4,090 7.5
Fine Gael Michael Fox 4,019 7.3
Labour Seán Sheehan 2,050 3.7
Independent Joe McCormack 195 0.4
Electorate: ?   Valid: 54,915   Quota: 9,153   Turnout:

February 1982 general election[edit]

February 1982 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[43]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Liam Hyland 8,539 15.9 1
Fianna Fáil Ger Connolly 8,102 15.1 2
Fine Gael Oliver J. Flanagan 7,252 13.5 4
Fianna Fáil Bernard Cowen 7,156 13.3 3
Fine Gael Tom Enright 6,078 11.3 5
Fine Gael Johnny Butterfield 4,081 7.6
Fine Gael Charles McDonald 3,930 7.3
Fianna Fáil Jeremiah Lodge 3,346 6.2
Fine Gael Thomas Keenan 2,600 4.8
Labour Gerry McGuire 1,637 3.0
Labour Larry Kavanagh 971 1.8
Independent Joe McCormack 124 0.2
Electorate: ?   Valid: 53,816   Quota: 8,970   Turnout:

1981 general election[edit]

1981 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[42]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Oliver J. Flanagan 9,177 16.4 1
Fianna Fáil Liam Hyland 8,952 16.0 2
Fianna Fáil Ger Connolly 8,467 15.1 3
Fianna Fáil Bernard Cowen 6,892 12.3 5
Fine Gael Tom Enright 6,409 11.4 4
Fine Gael Charles McDonald 5,010 9.0
Fine Gael Johnny Butterfield 4,691 8.4
Fianna Fáil Jeremiah Lodge 3,618 6.5
Labour Gerry McGuire 2,394 4.3
Independent Joe McCormack 201 0.4
Independent Francis Dunne 191 0.3
Electorate: ?   Valid: 56,002   Quota: 9,334   Turnout:

1977 general election[edit]

1977 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[41]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Ger Connolly 7,432 14.2 2
Fine Gael Oliver J. Flanagan 7,415 14.1 1
Fianna Fáil Patrick Lalor 7,043 13.4 5
Fianna Fáil Bernard Cowen 6,734 12.8 4
Fianna Fáil Liam Hyland 5,550 10.6
Fine Gael Tom Enright 5,338 10.2 3
Independent James Guinan 4,037 7.7
Fine Gael Charles McDonald 3,780 7.2
Labour James Kelly 1,654 3.2
Fine Gael Connie Hanniffy 1,473 2.8
Independent James Flanagan 1,035 2.0
Labour Benny Dowd 967 1.8
Electorate: ?   Valid: 52,458   Quota: 8,744   Turnout:

1973 general election[edit]

1973 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[40]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Oliver J. Flanagan 8,205 18.3 1 1
Fianna Fáil Patrick Lalor 8,160 18.2 2 1
Fine Gael Tom Enright 5,020 11.2 3
Fianna Fáil Ger Connolly 4,829 10.8 5
Fianna Fáil Bernard Cowen 4,384 9.8
Fine Gael Charles McDonald 3,151 7.0 4
Fine Gael Johnny Butterfield 2,643 5.9
Fine Gael Thomas Keenan 2,389 5.3
Fianna Fáil James Houlihan 2,274 5.1
Labour Lar Byrne 1,253 2.8
Labour Henry Byrne 952 2.1
Independent Thomas Dolan 906 2.0
Fianna Fáil Thomas Culliton 748 1.7
Electorate: ?   Valid: 44,914   Quota: 7,486   Turnout:

1969 general election[edit]

1969 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[39]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Oliver J. Flanagan 9,485 21.3 1 1
Fianna Fáil Patrick Lalor 8,659 19.5 2 1
Fine Gael Tom Enright 4,341 9.8 3
Fianna Fáil Ger Connolly 3,616 8.1 5
Fianna Fáil Bernard Cowen 3,550 8.0 4
Fine Gael Charles McDonald 3,076 6.9
Fianna Fáil James Houlihan 2,946 6.6
Fine Gael Frank Feery 2,519 5.7
Labour James Kelly 2,180 4.9
Labour James Flanagan 1,354 3.0
Fianna Fáil Thomas Culliton 1,322 3.0
Labour John Galvin 754 1.7
Independent Frank Powers 652 1.5
Electorate: ?   Valid: 44,454   Quota: 7,410   Turnout:

1965 general election[edit]

1965 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[38]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Oliver J. Flanagan 12,204 28.0 1 1
Fianna Fáil Patrick Lalor 7,151 16.4 2
Fianna Fáil Kieran Egan 5,463 12.5
Fianna Fáil Nicholas Egan 5,338 12.3 5
Labour Henry Byrne 4,936 11.3 4
Fine Gael Tom O'Higgins 4,775 11.0 3
Fine Gael Frank Feery 2,730 6.3
Fianna Fáil James Martin 962 2.2
Electorate: ?   Valid: 43,559   Quota: 7,260   Turnout:

1961 general election[edit]

1961 general election: Laoighis–Offaly[37]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Oliver J. Flanagan 11,200 26.6 1 1
Fianna Fáil Nicholas Egan 5,255 12.5 3
Fianna Fáil Kieran Egan 5,197 12.4 4
Fine Gael Tom O'Higgins 4,943 11.8 2
Fianna Fáil Patrick Lalor 4,488 10.7 5
Labour Henry Byrne 3,698 8.8
Fine Gael Frank Feery 2,164 5.1
Fianna Fáil James Martin 2,022 4.8
Labour Bernard Corcoran 1,672 4.0
Sinn Féin John Behan 1,423 3.4
Electorate: ?   Valid: 42,062   Quota: 7,011   Turnout:

1957 general election[edit]

1957 general election: Leix–Offaly[36]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Oliver J. Flanagan 9,747 21.8 1 1
Fianna Fáil Kieran Egan 7,881 17.6 2 1
Fianna Fáil Peadar Maher 6,776 15.2 3
Fianna Fáil Nicholas Egan 5,548 12.4 5
Fine Gael Tom O'Higgins 5,486 12.3 4
Sinn Féin Bhaltar Misteil 2,939 6.6
Labour Bernard Corcoran 2,555 5.7
Fianna Fáil James Martin 1,634 3.7
Fine Gael Frank Byrne 1,544 3.5
Fine Gael Michael Pettit 575 1.3
Electorate: ?   Valid: 44,685   Quota: 7,448   Turnout:

1956 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Labour Party TD William Davin, a by-election was held on 30 April 1956. The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Kieran Egan.

1956 by-election: Leix–Offaly[35][61]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Fianna Fáil Kieran Egan 55.5 23,565
Labour Michael Davin 44.5 18,863
Electorate: 59,075   Valid: 42,428   Quota: 21,215   Turnout: 71.82%  

1954 general election[edit]

1954 general election: Leix–Offaly[34]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Oliver J. Flanagan 13,545 28.6 1 1
Fianna Fáil Peadar Maher 7,912 16.7 2 1
Fianna Fáil Nicholas Egan 7,273 15.4 5
Fine Gael Tom O'Higgins 5,487 11.6 3
Labour William Davin 5,359 11.3 4
Fianna Fáil Daniel Hogan 5,186 10.9
Fine Gael Redmond Kerin 2,627 5.5
Electorate: ?   Valid: 47,389   Quota: 7,899   Turnout:

1951 general election[edit]

1951 general election: Leix–Offaly[33][61]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Independent Oliver J. Flanagan 23.6 11,034              
Fine Gael Tom O'Higgins 16.1 7,541 8,523            
Fianna Fáil Patrick Boland 12.1 5,675 5,868 5,891 6,005 6,172 7,296 9,196  
Fianna Fáil Peadar Maher 11.5 5,367 5,499 5,522 5,559 5,647 6,574 6,944 7,204
Labour William Davin 8.3 3,882 4,955 5,198 5,573 6,913 7,084 7,333 7,415
Fianna Fáil Daniel Hogan 7.6 3,534 3,655 3,674 3,749 3,851 4,528 5,648 6,708
Fianna Fáil Nicholas Egan 7.3 3,404 3,516 3,532 3,763 3,853 4,159    
Fianna Fáil Patrick Gorry 6.4 2,968 3,182 3,209 3,359 3,447      
Fine Gael Redmond Kerin 4.6 2,127 2,400 2,756 2,904        
Independent James Flanagan 2.6 1,229 1,369 1,391          
Electorate: 60,759   Valid: 46,761   Quota: 7,794   Turnout: 76.96%  

1948 general election[edit]

1948 general election: Leix–Offaly[32][61]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Independent Oliver J. Flanagan 30.3 14,369                          
Fianna Fáil Patrick Boland 15.6 7,366 7,883 7,932                      
Fine Gael Tom O'Higgins 11.5 5,458 6,677 6,750 6,752 6,797 6,905 6,962 7,738 7,887 8,002        
Fianna Fáil Patrick Gorry 7.4 3,505 3,979 4,037 4,054 4,064 4,097 4,446 4,485 4,691 4,718 4,722 5,170 6,851 7,069
Fianna Fáil Daniel Hogan 6.4 3,030 3,190 3,208 3,211 3,217 3,249 3,479 3,527 3,635 3,657 3,660 3,785 5,019 5,153
Fianna Fáil Gerard Harkin 6.2 2,929 3,127 3,135 3,139 3,142 3,174 3,352 3,368 3,410 3,433 3,433 3,493    
Labour William Davin 5.6 2,636 3,938 3,981 3,982 3,993 4,444 4,507 4,570 4,931 5,049 5,064 5,411 5,589 6,545
Independent Edward J. Colton 4.0 1,899 2,143 2,166 2,169 2,190 2,232 2,297 2,338 2,392 2,430 2,443      
Independent James J. Flanagan 2.4 1,141 1,398 1,410 1,410 1,425 1,460 1,484 1,512            
Fianna Fáil James O'Connor 2.0 942 1,057 1,066 1,067 1,076 1,099                
Fine Gael Patrick J. Doyle 1.9 916 1,086 1,097 1,099 1,108 1,119 1,132              
Clann na Poblachta Tommy Murphy 1.9 903 1,752 1,807 1,808 2,012 2,099 2,123 2,136 2,249 3,222 3,250 3,519 3,602  
Clann na Poblachta Cornelius Lehane 1.8 847 1,237 1,263 1,265 1,443 1,496 1,511 1,535 1,617          
Labour Patrick Muldowney 1.4 683 948 981 981 1,021                  
Clann na Poblachta Matthew P. Moore 0.9 422 547 590 590                    
Independent William Henry Milner 0.7 327 515                        
Electorate: 62,687   Valid: 47,373   Quota: 7,896   Turnout: 75.57%  

1944 general election[edit]

1944 general election: Leix–Offaly[31][62]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Monetary Reform Party Oliver J. Flanagan 22.0 9,856              
Fianna Fáil Patrick Boland 17.4 7,831              
Fine Gael Thomas F. O'Higgins 14.2 6,354 6,768 6,774 7,014 7,312 7,464 7,499  
Fianna Fáil Patrick Gorry 9.9 4,439 4,744 4,844 4,852 4,936 5,230 6,579 7,149
Labour William Davin 9.9 4,426 5,315 5,334 5,357 5,413 5,792 5,969 6,669
Fianna Fáil George Connell 8.8 3,929 4,071 4,154 4,155 4,182 4,429 5,205 5,640
Clann na Talmhan Patrick Bermingham 6.8 3,047 3,212 3,224 3,234 3,973 4,110 4,188  
Fianna Fáil Michael Collier 4.7 2,100 2,191 2,294 2,304 2,351 2,598    
Independent James Clarke 3.1 1,378 1,633 1,654 1,657 1,674      
Clann na Talmhan Richard Hipwell 2.7 1,233 1,320 1,322 1,342        
Fine Gael Patrick Kavanagh 0.7 305 329 330          
Electorate: 62,694   Valid: 44,898   Quota: 7,484   Turnout: 71.6%  

1943 general election[edit]

1943 general election: Leix–Offaly[30][62]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Fianna Fáil Patrick Boland 14.5 6,908 6,922 6,944 7,125 7,178 7,229 8,237        
Fine Gael Thomas F. O'Higgins 13.6 6,479 7,006 8,037                
Labour William Davin 12.0 5,727 5,803 5,831 6,578 8,368            
Monetary Reform Party Oliver J. Flanagan 9.2 4,377 4,449 4,482 4,594 4,861 5,072 5,312 5,325 5,341 5,592 6,532
Fianna Fáil Patrick Gorry 8.5 4,029 4,056 4,072 4,109 4,198 4,249 5,709 5,873 5,878 7,463 8,137
Clann na Talmhan Patrick Bermingham 8.4 4,001 4,055 4,160 4,209 4,251 4,271 4,328 4,336 4,400 4,523  
Fianna Fáil Daniel Hogan 7.4 3,527 3,542 3,568 3,590 3,616 3,649 3,792 3,824 3,830    
Fianna Fáil George Connell 6.9 3,282 3,287 3,293 3,439 3,541 3,583 3,830 3,910 3,916 4,978 5,500
Fianna Fáil Laurence Brady 6.8 3,260 3,293 3,302 3,330 3,392 3,412          
Labour Edward Breen 4.2 2,005 2,020 2,027 2,510              
Labour John Condron 3.7 1,780 1,783 1,860                
Fine Gael Joseph Kearney 2.4 1,157 1,381                  
Fine Gael Charles Delaney 2.3 1,103                    
Electorate: 62,694   Valid: 47,635   Quota: 7,940   Turnout: 76.0%  

1938 general election[edit]

1938 general election: Leix–Offaly[29]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Patrick Boland 8,440 17.3 1 1
Fianna Fáil Patrick Gorry 8,422 17.3 2 1
Fine Gael Thomas F. O'Higgins 8,315 17.0 3 1
Labour William Davin 6,190 12.7 5
Fianna Fáil Daniel Hogan 5,778 11.8 4
Fine Gael Jack Finlay 4,922 10.1
Fianna Fáil Michael Collier 3,556 7.3
Labour Edward Breen 2,206 4.5
Fine Gael John McMahon 981 2.0
Electorate: ?   Valid: 48,810   Quota: 8,136   Turnout:

1937 general election[edit]

1937 general election: Leix–Offaly[28]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Labour William Davin 8,317 17.5 1 1
Fianna Fáil Patrick Boland 7,571 15.9 2
Fianna Fáil Patrick Gorry 6,774 14.2 3
Fine Gael Thomas F. O'Higgins 6,122 12.9 5
Fine Gael Jack Finlay 5,127 10.8 4
Fine Gael Patrick Doyle 3,974 8.4
Fianna Fáil Daniel Hogan 3,795 8.0
Fianna Fáil Laurence Brady 3,390 7.1
Labour Edward Breen 2,517 5.3
Electorate: ?   Valid: 47,587   Quota: 7,932   Turnout:

1933 general election[edit]

1933 general election: Leix–Offaly[27]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Eamon Donnelly 8,326 16.5 3
Cumann na nGaedheal Thomas F. O'Higgins 7,640 15.2 1
Labour William Davin 7,120 14.1 4
Fianna Fáil Patrick Boland 6,209 12.3 5
National Centre Party Jack Finlay 5,784 11.5 2
Fianna Fáil Patrick Gorry 5,199 10.3
Fianna Fáil Laurence Brady 4,563 9.1
Cumann na nGaedheal Patrick Doyle 2,808 5.6
Cumann na nGaedheal Eugene O'Brien 2,740 5.4
Electorate: ?   Valid: 50,389   Quota: 8,399   Turnout:

1932 general election[edit]

1932 general election: Leix–Offaly[26]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Patrick Boland 8,082 17.3 1 1
Labour William Davin 6,687 14.3 2
Fianna Fáil Patrick Gorry 5,693 12.2 5
Cumann na nGaedheal Thomas F. O'Higgins 4,811 10.3 4
Fianna Fáil Eamon Donnelly 4,087 8.7
Cumann na nGaedheal Patrick Doyle 3,820 8.2
Cumann na nGaedheal Eugene O'Brien 3,713 7.9 3
Fianna Fáil James Bowles 3,448 7.4
Cumann na nGaedheal James Dwyer 2,711 5.8
Labour John Gill 2,240 4.8
Farmers' Party Daniel Kennedy 1,553 3.3
Electorate: ?   Valid: 46,845   Quota: 7,808   Turnout:

September 1927 general election[edit]

September 1927 general election: Leix–Offaly[25]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Cumann na nGaedheal William Aird 8,472 19.4 1 1
Cumann na nGaedheal James Dwyer 7,046 16.1 2
Fianna Fáil Patrick Boland 6,766 15.5 4
Labour William Davin 6,585 15.1 3
Cumann na nGaedheal Andrew Fay 4,067 9.3
Fianna Fáil Patrick Gorry 3,914 9.0 5
Fianna Fáil Thomas Tynan 3,840 8.8
Labour John Gill 2,962 6.8
Electorate: ?   Valid: 43,652   Quota: 7,276   Turnout:

June 1927 general election[edit]

June 1927 general election: Leix–Offaly[24]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Labour William Davin 9,973 23.1 1 1
Fianna Fáil Patrick Boland 6,095 14.1 3
Labour John Gill 3,730 8.6 4
Cumann na nGaedheal Patrick Egan 3,488 8.1
Cumann na nGaedheal James Dwyer 3,411 7.9 2
Farmers' Party William Cobbe 3,257 7.6
Fianna Fáil Thomas Tynan 3,240 7.5 5
Fianna Fáil Patrick Gorry 3,162 7.3
Cumann na nGaedheal Francis Bulfin 2,838 6.6
Independent Richard Hipwell 2,835 6.6
Independent Michael Cahill 1,105 2.6
Electorate: ?   Valid: 43,134   Quota: 7,190   Turnout:

1926 by-election[edit]

Following the disqualification of Republican TD Seán McGuinness, a by-election was held on 18 February 1926. The seat was won by the Cumann na nGaedheal candidate James Dwyer.

1926 by-election: Leix–Offaly[23][62]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2
Cumann na nGaedheal James Dwyer 40.3 16,618 19,345
Republican Art O'Connor 37.4 15,400 18,523
Labour John Gill 22.3 9,187  
Electorate: 64,199   Valid: 41,205   Quota: 20,603   Turnout: 64.2%  

1923 general election[edit]

1923 general election: Leix–Offaly[22]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Labour William Davin 6,323 15.7 2
Cumann na nGaedheal Francis Bulfin 5,689 14.1 1
Republican Seán McGuinness 5,572 13.8 4
Republican Laurence Brady 4,751 11.8 5
Cumann na nGaedheal Patrick Egan 3,630 9.0 3
Labour Denis Cullen 2,717 6.7
Farmers' Party Daniel Kennedy 2,227 5.5
National Democratic Party Joseph Delaney 2,049 5.1
Farmers' Party Patrick Bermingham 1,996 4.9
National Democratic Party Patrick Belton 1,445 3.6
Cumann na nGaedheal Seán Kelly 1,416 3.5
Farmers' Party Francis Doorley 1,248 3.1
Republican Patrick Gorry 697 1.7
Independent Andrew Byrne 557 1.4
Electorate: 64,211   Valid: 40,317   Quota: 6,720   Turnout: 62.8%

1922 general election[edit]

1922 general election: Leix–Offaly[21][62]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
Labour William Davin 46.5 15,167    
Sinn Féin (Pro-Treaty) Kevin O'Higgins 20.8 6,792    
Sinn Féin (Pro-Treaty) Francis Bulfin 19.8 6,446 8,945  
Sinn Féin (Pro-Treaty) Patrick McCartan 8.6 2,796 5,614 6,451
Sinn Féin (Pro-Treaty) Joseph Lynch 4.3 1,391 4,722 5,779
Electorate: 46,031   Valid: 32,592   Quota: 6,519   Turnout: 70.8%  

1921 general election[edit]

1921 general election: Leix–Offaly[20][a]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Sinn Féin Francis Bulfin Unopposed N/A 1
Sinn Féin Joseph Lynch Unopposed N/A 2
Sinn Féin Patrick McCartan Unopposed N/A 3
Sinn Féin Kevin O'Higgins Unopposed N/A 4
  1. ^ Constituency named "King's County–Queen's County" in legislation

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