Meath–Westmeath (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Meath–Westmeath
Former Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary Constituency
Former constituency
Created 1937
Abolished 1948
Seats 5
County/City council County Meath
County Westmeath

Meath–Westmeath was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas from 1937 to 1948. The constituency elected 5 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 (Revision of Constituencies) Act 1935 for the 1937 general election to the 9th Dáil.[1] It was last used for the 1944 general election to the 12th Dáil.

Meath–Westmeath was abolished under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1947, and replaced by the two new constituencies of Meath and Longford–Westmeath.

Boundaries[edit]

The 1935 Act defined its area as: "The administrative County of Meath and the administrative County of Westmeath except the portion thereof which is comprised in the County Constituency of Athlone–Longford."[1]

TDs[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Meath–Westmeath 1937–1948[2]
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
9th 1937[3] Matthew O'Reilly
(FF)
Michael Kennedy
(FF)
James Kelly
(FF)
Charles Fagan
(FG)
Patrick Giles
(FG)
10th 1938[4]
11th 1943[5] Michael Hilliard
(FF)
12th 1944[6]
13th 1948 Constituency abolished. See Meath and Longford–Westmeath

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]

1944 general election[edit]

1944 general election: Meath–Westmeath[6]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Michael Hilliard 8,648 19.5 1 1
Fine Gael Charles Fagan 6,606 14.9 2
Fianna Fáil Michael Kennedy 5,560 12.6 3
Fianna Fáil Matthew O'Reilly 4,828 10.9 4
Fine Gael Patrick Giles 5,497 12.4 5
Labour Party Peadar Cowan 3,961 8.9
Fianna Fáil James Kelly 3,522 8.0
Fianna Fáil Patrick McKenna 1,970 4.5
Independent Gerry L'Estrange 1,189 2.7
Independent Michael Bracken 1,613 3.6
Labour Party Owen Comiskey 863 2.0
Electorate: ?   Valid: 44,257   Quota: 7,377   Turnout:

1943 general election[edit]

1943 general election: Meath–Westmeath[5]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Michael Hilliard 7,160 14.8 1
Fine Gael Charles Fagan 7,163 14.9 2
Fine Gael Patrick Giles 4,202 8.7 3
Fianna Fáil Michael Kennedy 5,161 10.7 4
Fianna Fáil Matthew O'Reilly 3,786 7.9 5
Labour Party Peadar Cowan 3,983 8.3
Fianna Fáil James Kelly 3,736 7.8
Independent Joseph Cooney 3,284 6.8
Fine Gael Michael Sweeney 2,439 5.1
Labour Party John Fitzgerald 2,081 4.3
Fianna Fáil Patrick McKenna 1,719 3.6
Independent Patrick McMahon 1,351 2.8
Independent Seán Doyle 1,349 2.8
Labour Party Charles McGurk 818 1.7
Electorate: ?   Valid: 48,232   Quota: 8,039   Turnout:

1938 general election[edit]

1938 general election: Meath–Westmeath[4]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil James Kelly 9,690 19.9 1 1
Fianna Fáil Michael Kennedy 9,139 18.8 2 1
Fianna Fáil Matthew O'Reilly 7,552 15.5 3
Fine Gael Patrick Giles 6,959 14.3 4
Fine Gael Charles Fagan 7,665 15.8 5
Labour Party Peadar Cowan 4,621 9.5
Fine Gael Michael Sweeney 2,962 6.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 48,588   Quota: 8,099   Turnout:

1937 general election[edit]

1937 general election: Meath–Westmeath[3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref  % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil James Kelly 9,328 19.4 1 1
Fianna Fáil Matthew O'Reilly 7,111 14.8 2
Fine Gael Charles Fagan 7,514 15.6 3
Fine Gael Patrick Giles 6,354 13.2 4
Fianna Fáil Michael Kennedy 6,641 13.8 5
Fianna Fáil Eugene Robbins 2,815 5.9
Fine Gael Gerald Williamson 2,292 4.8
Labour Party Peadar Cowan 2,160 4.5
Fine Gael Michael Sweeney 1,750 3.6
Labour Party John Hayden 1,667 3.5
Independent James Daly 486 1.0
Electorate: ?   Valid: 48,118   Quota: 8,020   Turnout:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Electoral (Revision of Constituencies) Act, 1935". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 23 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 1937: Meath–Westmeath". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "General election 1938: Meath–Westmeath". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "General election 1943: Meath–Westmeath". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "General election 1944: Meath–Westmeath". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 

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