Donegal North-East (Dáil constituency)

Donegal North-East was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas, from 1961 to 1977 and from 1981 to 2016. The constituency elected 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election was proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (PR-STV).

Donegal North-East
Former Dáil Constituency
Outline map
Location of Donegal North-East within Ireland
Former constituency
Created1981
Abolished2016
Seats3
County councilCounty Donegal
Donegal North-East
Former Dáil Constituency
Former constituency
Created1961
Abolished1977
Seats3
County councilCounty Donegal

HistoryEdit

The constituency was first created for the 1961 general election, taking in parts of the abolished Donegal East constituency. It lasted until 1977, when it was abolished and became part of a new Donegal constituency, and was then recreated for the 1981 general election. It was abolished at the 2016 general election, and again became part of the re-created Donegal constituency.

BoundariesEdit

The constituency was located in the northern part of County Donegal. It encompassed the Letterkenny, Milford and Inishowen electoral areas of Donegal County Council.[1]

The Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009 defined the constituency as:

"In the county of Donegal the electoral divisions of:
Ardmalin, Ballyliffin, Birdstown, Buncrana Rural, Burt, Carndonagh, Carthage, Castlecary, Castleforward, Culdaff, Desertegny, Dunaff, Fahan, Glenagannon, Gleneely, Glentogher, Greencastle, Illies, Inch Island, Kilderry, Killea, Malin, Mintiaghs, Moville, Newtown Cunningham, Redcastle, Straid, Three Trees, Turmone, Whitecastle, in the former Rural District of Inishowen;
Ballymacool, Castlewray, Corravaddy, Edenacarnan, Gartán, Gortnavern, Killymasny, Kincraigy, Letterkenny Rural, Magheraboy, Manorcunningham, Mín an Lábáin, Suí Corr, Templedouglas, in the former Rural District of Letterkenny;
An Cheathrú Chaol, An Tearmann, Ballyarr, Carraig Airt, Cnoc Colbha, Creamhghort, Fánaid Thiar, Fánaid Thuaidh, Glen, Glenalla, Grianfort, Killygarvan, Kilmacrenan, Loch Caol, Millford, Rathmelton, Rathmullan, Ros Goill, Rosnakill, in the former Rural District of Millford;
and the towns of Buncrana and Letterkenny."

TDsEdit

TDs 1969–1977Edit

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Donegal North-East 1961–1977[2]
Key to parties
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
17th 1961[3] Liam Cunningham
(FF)
Neil Blaney
(IFF)
Paddy Harte
(FG)
18th 1965[4]
19th 1969[5]
20th 1973[6]
1976 by-election[7] Paddy Keaveney
(IFF)
21st 1977 Constituency abolished. See Donegal

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.

TDs 1981–2016Edit

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Donegal North-East 1981–2016[2]
Key to parties
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
22nd 1981[8] Hugh Conaghan
(FF)
Neil Blaney
(IFF)
Paddy Harte
(FG)
23rd 1982 (Feb)[9]
24th 1982 (Nov)[10]
25th 1987[11]
26th 1989[12] Jim McDaid
(FF)
27th 1992[13]
1996 by-election[14] Cecilia Keaveney
(FF)
28th 1997[15] Harry Blaney
(IFF)
29th 2002[16] Niall Blaney
(IFF)
30th 2007[17] Niall Blaney
(FF)
Joe McHugh
(FG)
31st 2011[18] Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
(SF)
Charlie McConalogue
(FF)
32nd 2016 Constituency abolished. See Donegal

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

2011 general electionEdit

2011 general election: Donegal North-East[18]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Sinn Féin Pádraig Mac Lochlainn 24.5 9,278 9,350 9,585            
Fine Gael Joe McHugh 19.3 7,330 7,368 7,513 7,524 7,662 8,147 8,731 12,049  
Fianna Fáil Charlie McConalogue 17.4 6,613 6,661 6,795 6,816 7,064 7,255 7,511 8,245 8,976
Fine Gael John Ryan 12.3 4,657 4,710 4,871 4,884 4,950 4,976 5,081    
Labour Jimmy Harte 10.8 4,090 4,162 4,301 4,319 4,535 4,801 5,646 6,131 7,219
Independent Dessie Shiels 4.9 1,876 1,903 2,063 2,085 2,299 2,605      
Independent Ian McGarvey 3.4 1,287 1,296 1,399 1,409 1,653        
New Vision MacDara Blaney 3.2 1,228 1,249 1,317 1,327          
Independent Betty Holmes 3.0 1,150 1,197              
Green Humphrey Murphy 0.5 206                
New Vision Ryan Stewart 0.5 203                
Electorate: 59,084   Valid: 37,918   Spoilt: 406 (1.1%)   Quota: 9,480   Turnout: 38,324 (64.9%)  

2007 general electionEdit

2007 general election: Donegal North-East[17]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Fine Gael Joe McHugh 22.6 8,711 8,800 8,900 9,134 10,034      
Sinn Féin Pádraig Mac Lochlainn 17.5 6,733 6,789 6,896 6,997 7,315 7,410 8,821 8,876
Fianna Fáil Jim McDaid 17.5 6,724 6,746 6,786 6,932 7,343 7,489 10,008  
Fianna Fáil Cecilia Keaveney 16.5 6,362 6,441 6,471 6,481 6,674 6,744    
Fianna Fáil Niall Blaney 16.3 6,288 6,332 6,360 6,538 6,802 6,888 9,123 9,439
Independent Jimmy Harte 3.4 1,313 1,353 1,415 1,469        
Independent Ian McGarvey 2.0 733 795 823          
Labour Siobhan McLaughlin 1.8 703 723 844 884        
Green Frank Gallagher 1.4 520 546            
Christian Solidarity Mary Doherty 0.9 339              
Independent Arthur McGuinness 0.1 86              
Electorate: 57,244   Valid: 38,545   Spoilt: 386 (1.0%)   Quota: 9,637   Turnout: 38,931 (68.0%)  

2002 general electionEdit

2002 general election: Donegal North-East[16]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6
Fianna Fáil Jim McDaid 26.5 9,614          
Fianna Fáil Cecilia Keaveney 22.9 8,340 8,463 8,712 9,724    
Independent Niall Blaney[n 1] 16.8 6,124 6,261 6,392 7,667 8,031 8,789
Fine Gael Bernard McGuinness 10.8 3,914 4,101 4,111 4,376 4,551  
Fine Gael Sean Maloney 10.3 3,694 4,081 4,181 4,627 4,680 7,432
Sinn Féin Pádraig Mac Lochlainn 9.9 3,611 3,714 3,751      
Labour Jackie McNair 2.8 1,021          
Electorate: 58,208   Valid: 36,347   Spoilt: 549 (1.5%)   Quota: 9,087   Turnout: 36,896 (63.4%)  
  1. ^ Blaney was a member of Independent Fianna Fáil but appeared on the ballot as a non-party independent.

1997 general electionEdit

1997 general election: Donegal North-East[19]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5
Fianna Fáil Cecilia Keaveney 23.4 8,317 8,450 8,860 9,712  
Independent Harry Blaney[n 1] 21.1 7,484 7,608 7,723 9,387  
Fianna Fáil James McDaid 18.4 6,538 6,710 6,788 7,894 8,244
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 14.0 4,969 5,860 6,798 7,627 7,729
Sinn Féin Pat Doherty 8.1 2,881 2,917 2,975    
Labour Seán Maloney 5.5 1,948 2,038 2,178    
Fine Gael Jim Sheridan 4.9 1,735 1,793      
Independent Jim Devenney[n 2] 4.7 1,657        
Electorate: 52,576   Valid: 35,529   Spoilt: 422 (1.2%)   Quota: 8,883   Turnout: 35,951 (68.4%)  
  1. ^ Blaney was a member of Independent Fianna Fáil but appeared on the ballot as a non-party independent.
  2. ^ Devenney was a member of the Donegal Progressive Party but appeared on the ballot as a non-party independent.

1996 by-electionEdit

Following the death of Independent Fianna Fáil TD Neil Blaney, a by-election was held on 2 April 1996. It was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Cecilia Keaveney.

1996 by-election: Donegal North-East[14]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Fianna Fáil Cecilia Keaveney 32.2 9,872 10,351 11,454 14,115
Independent Harry Blaney[n 1] 29.2 8,943 10,208 11,444 13,077
Fine Gael Jim Sheridan 18.5 5,679 5,813 6,861  
Labour Sean Maloney 12.4 3,791 4,003    
Sinn Féin Pat Doherty 7.6 2,340      
Electorate: 50,443   Valid: 30,625   Quota: 15,313   Turnout: 60.7%  
  1. ^ Blaney was a member of Independent Fianna Fáil but appeared on the ballot as a non-party independent.

1992 general electionEdit

1992 general election: Donegal North-East[20]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Fianna Fáil James McDaid 22.2 6,927 6,952 7,036 7,119 7,347 7,531 8,834  
Independent Neil T. Blaney[n 1] 16.8 5,248 5,345 5,403 5,722 5,819 6,125 6,734 7,061
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 14.5 4,538 4,638 4,679 4,770 4,883 5,137 5,477 5,722
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 13.8 4,292 4,330 4,387 4,424 5,487 7,036 8,055  
Labour Seán Maloney 11.3 3,538 3,590 3,794 3,888 4,093 4,379    
Fine Gael Bernard McGuinness 8.6 2,667 2,707 2,790 2,817 2,907      
Independent Jim Devenney[n 2] 6.7 2,082 2,096 2,121 2,135        
Sinn Féin Jim Ferry 2.6 819 844 876          
Green Brigid McGonagle 2.0 611 657            
Christian Centrist Patrick Doherty 1.6 487              
Electorate: 46,978   Valid: 31,209   Spoilt: 560 (1.8%)   Quota: 7,803   Turnout: 31,769 (67.6%)  
  1. ^ Blaney was a member of Independent Fianna Fáil but appeared on the ballot as a non-party independent.
  2. ^ Devenney was a member of Donegal Progressive Party but appeared on the ballot as a non-party independent.

1989 general electionEdit

1989 general election: Donegal North-East[12]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 7,506 27.0 1
Independent Neil Blaney[n 1] 6,961 25.1 2
Fianna Fáil Jim McDaid 5,553 20.0 3
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 5,363 19.3
Sinn Féin Patrick Doherty 1,091 3.9
Fine Gael Joachim Loughrey 891 3.2
Independent Anne Wilkinson 428 1.5
Electorate: ?   Valid: 27,793   Quota: 6,949   Turnout:
  1. ^ Blaney was a member of Independent Fianna Fáil but appeared on the ballot as a non-party independent.

1987 general electionEdit

1987 general election: Donegal North-East[11]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
IFF Neil Blaney 7,720 26.2 1 1
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 7,324 24.9 2
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 6,997 23.8 3
Sinn Féin Eddie Fullerton 2,365 8.0
Fianna Fáil Ronan Sweeney 2,188 7.4
Fine Gael Joachim Loughrey 1,737 5.9
Ind U Michael Brooks 696 2.4
Labour Kevin Monaghan 393 1.3
Electorate: ?   Valid: 29,420   Quota: 7,356   Turnout:

November 1982 general electionEdit

November 1982 general election: Donegal North-East[10]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 9,486 31.4 1 1
IFF Neil Blaney 7,997 26.5 2 1
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 6,599 21.8 3
Fianna Fáil Bernard McGlinchey 3,889 12.9
Fine Gael Joachim Loughrey 1,697 5.6
Labour Anne Wilkinson 562 1.9
Electorate: ?   Valid: 30,230   Quota: 7,558   Turnout:

February 1982 general electionEdit

Unusually, all seats were filled on the first count. A further two counts were then held to give lower-placed candidates a chance to save their deposits.

February 1982 general election: Donegal North-East[9]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 31.3 9,362    
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 27.1 8,116    
IFF Neil Blaney 26.3 7,864    
Fine Gael Joachim Loughrey 7.1 2,112 3,823  
Fianna Fáil Ian McGarvey 6.6 1,959 2,046 2,670
Labour Anne Wilkinson 1.6 493 580 595
Electorate: 40,811   Valid: 29,906   Spoilt: 410 (1.4%)   Quota: 7,477   Turnout: 30,316 (74.3%)  

1981 general electionEdit

1981 general election: Donegal North-East[8]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
IFF Neil Blaney 24.5 7,920 7,999 8,228  
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 24.3 7,853 7,967 10,995  
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 22.6 7,283 7,319 7,536 7,814
Fianna Fáil Bernard McGlinchey 15.8 5,111 5,191 5,324 5,500
Fine Gael Bernard McGuinness 11.3 3,650 3,753    
Labour Anne Wilkinson 1.5 470      
Electorate: 40,807   Valid: 32,287   Spoilt: 405 (1.2%)   Quota: 8,072   Turnout: 32,992 (80.8%)  

1976 by-electionEdit

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Liam Cunningham, a by-election was held on 10 June 1976. The seat was won by the Independent Fianna Fáil candidate Paddy Keaveney.

1976 by-election: Donegal North-East[21]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
Fine Gael Joachim Loughrey 31.8 10,188 10,777 11,957
IFF Paddy Keaveney 31.1 9,986 10,525 13,579
Fianna Fáil Hugh Conaghan 30.7 9,865 10,323  
Independent Tony Gill 6.4 2,053    
Electorate: 42,390   Valid: 32,092   Quota: 16,047   Turnout: 75.71%  

1973 general electionEdit

1973 general election: Donegal North-East[6]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
IFF Neil Blaney 8,368 29.3 1
Fianna Fáil Liam Cunningham 6,704 23.5 2
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 5,480 19.2 3
Fine Gael Bertie Boggs 4,056 14.2
Fianna Fáil Bernard McGlinchey 2,537 8.9
Fianna Fáil John Harkin 1,191 4.2
Independent Daniel MacCarron 205 0.7
Electorate: ?   Valid: 28,541   Quota: 7,136   Turnout:

1969 general electionEdit

1969 general election: Donegal North-East[5]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 8,706 30.4 1
Fianna Fáil Liam Cunningham 6,903 24.1 2
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 6,057 21.1 3
Fine Gael Bertie Boggs 5,962 20.8
Labour Colum O'Donnell 1,037 3.6
Electorate: ?   Valid: 28,665   Quota: 7,167   Turnout:

1965 general electionEdit

1965 general election: Donegal North-East[4]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 9,003 35.5 1 1
Fianna Fáil Liam Cunningham 6,039 23.8 2
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 6,016 23.7 3
Fine Gael Seán McLaughlin 3,170 12.5
Labour Dominick McCauley 1,147 4.5
Electorate: ?   Valid: 25,375   Quota: 6,344   Turnout:

1961 general electionEdit

1961 general election: Donegal North-East[3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Neil Blaney 8,738 37.2 1 1
Fianna Fáil Liam Cunningham 5,686 24.2 2
Fine Gael Paddy Harte 5,427 23.1 3
Fine Gael Seán McLaughlin 3,650 15.5
Electorate: ?   Valid: 23,501   Quota: 5,876   Turnout:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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