Meath West (Dáil Éireann constituency)

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Meath West
Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary Constituency
Outline map
Location of Meath West within Ireland
Current constituency
Created 2007
Seats 3
TDs
County council Meath County Council
EP constituency Midlands–North-West

Meath West is a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. The constituency elects 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election is the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

History[edit]

The constituency was created under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005[1] when the previous 5-seat Meath constituency was divided into two 3-seat constituencies of Meath East and Meath West. It was first used at the 2007 general election electing members of the 30th Dáil. The town of Kells was moved to Meath East for the 2011 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

It spans the western portions of County Meath, including the towns of Trim and Navan, along with the north-eastern part of County Westmeath.[2]

The Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013 defines the constituency as:[2]

"The county of Meath, except the parts thereof which are comprised in the constituencies of Meath East and Louth,
and the county of Westmeath, except the part thereof which is comprised in the constituency of Longford–Westmeath."

TDs[edit]

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Meath West 2007–
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
30th 2007[3] Noel Dempsey
(FF)
Johnny Brady
(FF)
Damien English
(FG)
31st 2011[4] Peadar Tóibín
(SF)
Ray Butler
(FG)
32nd 2016[5] Shane Cassells
(FF)

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]

2016 general election[edit]

2016 general election: Meath West[5]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Fianna Fáil Shane Cassells 27.4% 10,585          
Sinn Féin Peadar Tóibín 24.5% 9,442 9,713        
Fine Gael Damien English 21.0% 8,123 8,333 8,376 8,785 8,880 10,371
Fine Gael Ray Butler 11.5% 4,432 4,519 4,552 4,853 4,904 5,841
Independent Trevor Golden 4.5% 1,717 1,844 1,984 2,137 2,616  
Green Party Seamus McMenamin 3.7% 1,421 1,519 1,587 1,807 2,178  
Direct Democracy Alan Lawes 3.3% 1,279 1,310 1,380 1,440    
Labour Party Tracy McElhinney 3.0% 1,166 1,229 1,241      
Independent John Malone 1.1% 439 486 486      
Electorate: 64,600   Valid: 38,605   Spoilt: 315   Quota: 9,652   Turnout: 38,920 (60.25%)

2011 general election[edit]

2011 general election: Meath West[4]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Fine Gael Damien English 23.1 9,290 9,609 10,122    
Sinn Féin Peadar Tóibín 17.4 6,989 7,421 7,711 8,155 9,112
Fine Gael Ray Butler 13.1 5,262 5,414 5,574 7,879 8,926
Labour Party Jenny McHugh 13.5 5,432 5,852 6,040 6,794 7,798
Fianna Fáil Johnny Brady 9.4 3,789 3,874 6,065 6,437  
Fine Gael Catherine Yore 9.7 3,898 4,072 4,208    
Fianna Fáil Shane Cassells 8.7 3,496 3,631      
Green Party Fiona Irwin 1.2 479        
Independent Stephen Ball 1.2 475        
Independent Daithi Stephens 1.0 387        
Independent Ronan Carolan 0.6 258        
Christian Solidarity Manus MacMeanmain 0.6 234        
Workers' Party Seamus McDonagh 0.5 189        
Electorate: 62,776   Valid: 40,178   Spoilt: 413 (1.0%)   Quota: 10,045   Turnout: 40,591 (64.7%)

2007 general election[edit]

2007 general election: Meath West[3]
Party Candidate  % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Fianna Fáil Noel Dempsey 29.7 12,006            
Fianna Fáil Johnny Brady 21.9 8,868 10,178          
Fine Gael Damien English 17.9 7,227 7,427 7,566 7,856 8,527 9,548 12,934
Sinn Féin Joe Reilly 11.3 4,567 4,697 4,803 5,024 5,187 5,588 6,015
Fine Gael Peter Higgins 8.0 3,234 3,335 3,424 3,534 3,960 4,379  
Labour Party Brian Collins 4.0 1,634 1,663 1,734 2,097 2,181    
Fine Gael Graham Geraghty 3.2 1,284 1,326 1,360 1,420      
Green Party Brian Flanagan 2.5 1,011 1,047 1,194        
Independent Phil Cantwell 1.3 506 544          
Fathers Rights Paul Coleman 0.3 127 130          
Electorate: 56,267   Valid: 40,464   Spoilt: 388 (0.9%)   Quota: 10,117   Turnout: 40,852 (72.6%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "General election 2007: Meath West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "General election 2011: Meath West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "General election 2016: Meath West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 

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