Queen's County Ossory (UK Parliament constituency)

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Queen's County Ossory
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851918
Number of membersOne
Replaced byQueen's County
Created fromQueen's County

Ossory, a division of Queen's County, was a UK Parliament constituency in Ireland, returning one Member of Parliament 1885–1918.

Prior to the 1885 general election and after the dissolution of Parliament in 1918 the area was part of the Queen's County constituency. (From the time of Irish independence, it was not represented in the UK Parliament, as Laois was no longer part of the United Kingdom).

Boundaries[edit]

This constituency comprised the western part of Queen's County now known as County Laois.

The Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 defined the division as including the Baronies of Clandonagh, Clarmallagh, Maryborough West, Tinnahinch, and Upper Woods, and that part of the Barony of Portnahinch contained within the parish of Ardea.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Arthur O'Connor a Irish Parliamentary Party
1886 Stephen O'Mara Irish Parliamentary Party
1886 William Archibald Macdonald Irish Parliamentary Party
1892 Eugene Crean Anti-Parnellite Nationalist
1900 William P. Delany Irish Parliamentary Party
1916 John Lalor Fitzpatrick Irish Parliamentary Party
1918 Constituency merged into Queen's County

Note:-

  • a O'Connor was returned by more than one seat and elected to sit for East Donegal.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

General Election 1885: Ossory[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Arthur O'Connor 3,959 93.1 N/A
Irish Conservative Richard Caldbeck 293 6.9 N/A
Majority 3,666 86.2 N/A
Turnout 4,252 75.7 N/A
Registered electors 5,617
Irish Parliamentary win (new seat)

O'Connor is also elected MP for East Donegal and opts to sit there, causing a by-election.

By-election, 1886: Ossory[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Stephen O'Mara Unopposed
Registered electors 5,617
Irish Parliamentary hold
General Election 1886: Ossory[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary William Archibald Macdonald Unopposed
Registered electors 5,617
Irish Parliamentary hold

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

General Election 1892: Ossory[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish National Federation Eugene Crean 3,666 87.5 N/A
Irish Unionist Robert Staples 523 12.5 N/A
Majority 3,143 75.0 N/A
Turnout 4,189 59.8 N/A
Registered electors 7,007
Irish National Federation gain from Irish Parliamentary Swing N/A
General Election 1895: Ossory[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish National Federation Eugene Crean 2,986 74.7 −12.8
Irish Unionist William Hutcheson Poe 630 15.8 +3.3
Independent Nationalist William Archibald Macdonald 383 9.6 N/A
Majority 2,356 58.9 −16.1
Turnout 3,999 74.0 +14.2
Registered electors 5,401
Irish National Federation hold Swing −8.1

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

General Election 1900: Ossory[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary William Delany Unopposed
Registered electors 6,521
Irish Parliamentary hold
General Election 1906: Ossory[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary William Delany Unopposed
Registered electors 4,824
Irish Parliamentary hold

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election January 1910: Ossory[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary William Delany Unopposed
Registered electors 4,786
Irish Parliamentary hold
General Election December 1910: Ossory[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary William Delany Unopposed
Registered electors 4,786
Irish Parliamentary hold

Delany's death causes a by-election.

By-election, 1916: Ossory[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary John Lalor Fitzpatrick 2,003 55.3 N/A
Irish Parliamentary James J. Aird 1,616 44.7 N/A
Majority 808 22.3 N/A
Turnout 3,619 74.7 N/A
Registered electors 4,842
Irish Parliamentary hold Swing N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.