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1886 Dublin University by-election

The Dublin University, by-election, 1886 was a parliamentary by-election held for the United Kingdom House of Commons constituency of Dublin University on 13 August 1886. Following the general election of that year and the formation of a new government, both elected members in this two-seat constituency were appointed to government posts: David Plunket as First Commissioner of Public Works, and Hugh Holmes as Attorney-General for Ireland. According to the rules of the era, this required them to submit to re-election. No other candidate was nominated for either seat,[1] and Plunket and Holmes were therefore Hill elected unopposed: Plunket at 11 o'clock and Holmes at 12.[2]


  1. ^ The Constitutional Year Book, 1904, published by Conservative Central Office, page 195 (219 in web page)
  2. ^ The Times, 14 August 1886