Cork Mid (Dáil constituency)

Cork Mid was a Dáil constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (the Irish legislature) from 1961 to 1981. The constituency was represented by 4 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs) from 1961 to 1977, and then 5 from 1977 until its abolition in 1981. The method of election was proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (PR-STV).

Cork Mid
Former Dáil Constituency
Former constituency
Created1961
Abolished1981
Seats
  • 4 (1961–1977)
  • 5 (1977–1981)
Local government areas
Created fromCork North
Replaced by

BoundariesEdit

From 1961 to 1969, its boundaries were defined as: "The administrative county of Cork except the portions thereof which are comprised in the borough constituency of Cork and the county constituencies of North-East Cork and South-West Cork."[1]

From 1961 to 1977, its boundaries were defined as: "The administrative county of Cork except the portions thereof which are comprised in the borough constituency of Cork and the county constituencies of North-East Cork, South-West Cork and South Kerry."[2]

From 1977 to 1981, its boundaries were defined as: "The administrative county of Cork, except the parts thereof which are comprised in the constituencies of Cork North-East, Cork South-West and Kerry South; and the following wards in the county borough of Cork: Bishopstown E, Gillabbey B, Gillabbey C, Glasheen A, Glasheen B, Glasheen C, Pouladuff A, Pouladuff B, The Lough, Togher A, Togher B."[3]

TDsEdit

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Cork Mid 1961–1981[4]
Key to parties
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
17th 1961[5] Dan Desmond
(Lab)
Seán McCarthy
(FF)
Con Meaney
(FF)
Denis J. O'Sullivan
(FG)
4 seats
1961–1977
1965 by-election[6] Eileen Desmond
(Lab)
18th 1965[7] Flor Crowley
(FF)
Thomas Meaney
(FF)
Donal Creed
(FG)
19th 1969[8] Philip Burton
(FG)
Paddy Forde
(FF)
1972 by-election[9] Gene Fitzgerald
(FF)
20th 1973[10] Eileen Desmond
(Lab)
21st 1977[11] Barry Cogan
(FF)
22nd 1981 Constituency abolished. See Cork North-Central and Cork South-Central

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.

ElectionsEdit

1977 general electionEdit

1977 general election: Cork Mid[11]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Fianna Fáil Gene Fitzgerald 19.9 12,179        
Fianna Fáil Thomas Meaney 19.4 11,877        
Labour Eileen Desmond 14.5 8,902 9,001 9,112 10,276  
Fine Gael Donal Creed 13.2 8,088 8,163 8,241 10,413  
Fianna Fáil Barry Cogan 10.7 6,563 7,545 8,151 8,259 8,595
Fine Gael Frank Crowley 7.6 4,681 4,695 4,777 5,614  
Fianna Fáil John Dennehy 7.4 4,522 5,292 6,069 6,188 6,470
Fine Gael Seán O'Leary 7.2 4,436 4,468 4,480    
Electorate: 75,031   Valid: 61,248   Spoilt: 446 (0.7%)   Quota: 10,209   Turnout: 61,694 (82.2%)[12]  

1973 general electionEdit

1973 general election: Cork Mid[10][13]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
Fianna Fáil Thomas Meaney 25.6 10,400    
Fianna Fáil Gene Fitzgerald 23.6 9,584    
Fine Gael Donal Creed 19.1 7,728 8,273  
Labour Eileen Desmond 15.2 6,170 7,152 8,188
Fine Gael Philip Burton 13.9 5,629 6,245 6,406
Fine Gael Daniel O'Leary 2.6 1,055 1,198 1,471
Electorate: 49,402   Valid: 40,566   Quota: 8,114   Turnout: 82.1%  

1972 by-electionEdit

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Paddy Forde on 13 May 1972, a by-election was held on 2 August 1972. The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Gene Fitzgerald.

1972 by-election: Cork Mid[9][13]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2
Fianna Fáil Gene Fitzgerald 49.5 19,959 20,214
Fine Gael Denis J. O'Sullivan 31.6 12,530 12,788
Labour Eileen Desmond 15.9 6,301 6,711
Aontacht Éireann Paddy O'Callaghan 3.0 1,172  
Electorate: 49,402   Valid: 39,962   Quota: 19,982   Turnout: 80.89%  

1969 general electionEdit

1969 general election: Cork Mid[8]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Thomas Meaney 8,978 23.0 1 1
Fine Gael Donal Creed 7,400 18.9 2
Fine Gael Philip Burton 5,310 13.6 4
Labour Eileen Desmond 4,936 12.6
Fianna Fáil Paddy Forde 4,284 11.0 3
Fianna Fáil Batt Donegan 3,468 8.9
Labour Neil Lehane 2,866 7.3
Fine Gael Patrick Lombard 1,821 4.7
Electorate: ?   Valid: 39,063   Quota: 7,813   Turnout:

1965 general electionEdit

1965 general election: Cork Mid[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Labour Eileen Desmond 10,041 25.0 1 1
Fianna Fáil Flor Crowley 7,884 19.7 2
Fine Gael Donal Creed 6,103 15.2 4
Fianna Fáil Thomas Meaney 5,683 14.2 3
Fine Gael Denis J. O'Sullivan 4,935 12.3
Fianna Fáil Paddy Forde 3,099 7.7
Independent Thomas O'Sullivan 1,089 2.7
Fine Gael Edward McCarthy 789 2.0
Independent Sylvester Cotter 498 1.2
Electorate: ?   Valid: 40,121   Quota: 8,025   Turnout:

1965 by-electionEdit

Following the death of Labour Party TD Dan Desmond on 9 December 1964, a by-election was held on 10 March 1965. The seat was won by the Labour Party candidate Eileen Desmond, widow of the deceased TD.

1965 by-election: Cork Mid[6][13]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
Fianna Fáil Flor Crowley 36.2 13,779 13,932 15,093
Labour Eileen Desmond 33.5 12,752 12,937 20,756
Fine Gael Donal Creed 28.8 10,957 11,105  
Independent Sylvester P. Cotter 1.6 590    
Electorate: 50,220   Valid: 38,078   Quota: 19,040   Turnout: 75.82%  

1961 general electionEdit

1961 general election: Cork Mid[5]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Labour Dan Desmond 10,035 27.3 1 1
Fine Gael Denis J. O'Sullivan 7,787 21.2 2 1
Fianna Fáil Con Meaney 6,586 17.9 4
Fianna Fáil Seán MacCarthy 6,499 17.7 3
Fine Gael Timothy Desmond 3,976 10.8
Fianna Fáil David McGrath 1,890 5.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 36,773   Quota: 7,355   Turnout:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Electoral (Amendment) Act 1961, Schedule: Constituencies (No. 19 of 1961, Schedule). 14 July 1961. Act of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 21 April 2022, Irish Statute Book.
  2. ^ Electoral (Amendment) Act 1969, Schedule: Constituencies (No. 3 of 1969, Schedule). 26 March 1969. Act of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 21 April 2022, Irish Statute Book.
  3. ^ Electoral (Amendment) Act 1974, Schedule: Constituencies (No. 7 of 1974, Schedule). 7 May 1974. Act of the Oireachtas. Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2021, Irish Statute Book.
  4. ^ Walker, Brian M, ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–92. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. ISSN 0332-0286.
  5. ^ a b "General election 1961: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  6. ^ a b "By-election 1965: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  7. ^ a b "General election 1965: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  8. ^ a b "General election 1969: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  9. ^ a b "By-election 1972: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  10. ^ a b "General election 1973: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  11. ^ a b "General election 1977: Cork Mid". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  12. ^ The Irish Times, 20 June 1977, p7–10
  13. ^ a b c Gallagher, Michael (2009). Irish Elections 1948–77: Results and Analysis Sources for the Study of Irish Politics 2. Routledge. ISBN 9781138973343.

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