Donegal West (Dáil constituency)

Donegal West was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas from 1937 to 1961. The constituency elected 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs) to the Dáil, on the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (PR-STV).

Donegal West
Former Dáil Constituency
Former constituency
Created1937
Abolished1961
Seats3
County/City councilCounty Donegal

HistoryEdit

The constituency was created under the Electoral (Revision of Constituencies) Act 1935, for the 1937 general election to Dáil Éireann.[1] It succeeded the constituency of Donegal. It was abolished under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1961, when it and Donegal East were replaced by the new constituencies of Donegal North-East and Donegal South-West.

BoundariesEdit

It consisted of the District Electoral Divisions of:

Annagry, Aran, Ardara, Ballintra (Ballyshannon), Ballintra, (Donegal), Ballyshannon Rural, Ballyshannon Urban, Binbane, Bonnyglen, Bundoran Rural, Carrickboy, Cavangarden, Cliff, Clogher, Corkermore, Cross Roads, Crovehy, Crowkeeragh, Crowarad, Dawros, Donegal, Doocharry, Dunfanaghy, Dungloe, Dunkineely, Dunlewy, Eanymore, Fintown, Glencolmcille, Glengesh, Glenleheen, Glenties, Gortahork, Graffy, Grousehall, Haugh, Inishkeel, Inver, Kilcar, Kilgoly, Killybegs, Laghey, Largymore, Lettermacward, Lough Eask, Maas, Magheraclogher, Maghery, Malin Beg, Meenaclady, Mountcharles, Mulmosog, Pettigo, Rutland, Tawnawully, Templecarn, Tieveskeelta, and Tullynaught,
and the Urban District of Bundoran in the administrative county of Donegal.[1]

TDsEdit

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Donegal West 1937–1961[2]
Key to parties
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
9th 1937[3] Cormac Breslin
(FF)
Brian Brady
(FF)
Michael Óg McFadden
(FG)
10th 1938[4]
11th 1943[5]
12th 1944[6]
13th 1948[7]
1949 by-election[8] Patrick O'Donnell
(FG)
14th 1951[9] Joseph Brennan
(FF)
15th 1954[10]
16th 1957[11]
17th 1961 Constituency abolished. See Donegal North-East and Donegal South-West

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

1957 general electionEdit

1957 general election: Donegal West[11]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Patrick O'Donnell 6,208 27.7 1 1
Fianna Fáil Joseph Brennan 6,153 27.5 2 1
Fianna Fáil Cormac Breslin 3,711 16.6 3
Fianna Fáil Seán Ó Cinnéide 3,560 15.9
Fine Gael Robert Gardiner 2,759 12.3
Electorate: ?   Valid: 22,391   Quota: 5,598   Turnout:

1954 general electionEdit

1954 general election: Donegal West[10]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Joseph Brennan 6,748 26.8 1 1
Fine Gael Patrick O'Donnell 6,338 25.2 2 1
Fine Gael John Barry 5,545 22.0
Fianna Fáil Cormac Breslin 3,548 14.1 3
Fianna Fáil Seán Kennedy 3,026 12.0
Electorate: ?   Valid: 25,205   Quota: 6,302   Turnout:

1951 general electionEdit

1951 general election: Donegal West[12]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Fianna Fáil Joseph Brennan 29.8 8,023      
Fine Gael Patrick O'Donnell 23.3 6,294 6,304 6,461 6,501
Fine Gael Michael Óg McFadden 21.5 5,790 5,835 5,885 5,912
Fianna Fáil Cormac Breslin 14.3 3,856 4,999 7,724  
Fianna Fáil Seán Kennedy 11.2 3,008 3,090    
Electorate: 36,665   Valid: 26,971   Quota: 6,743   Turnout: 73.56%

1949 by-electionEdit

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Brian Brady, a by-election was held on 16 November 1949. The seat was won by the Fine Gael candidate Patrick O'Donnell.

1949 by-election: Donegal West[12]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2
Fianna Fáil Joseph Brennan 47.4 12,700 12,863
Fine Gael Patrick O'Donnell 42.1 11,256 13,634
Clann na Poblachta Alphonsus Canning 10.5 2,812  
Electorate: 37,541   Valid: 26,768   Quota: 13,385   Turnout: 71.30%

1948 general electionEdit

1948 general election: Donegal West[12]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Fianna Fáil Brian Brady 24.0 6,262 6,280 6,364 6,795
Fianna Fáil Cormac Breslin 18.4 4,800 4,894 4,924 5,820
Fine Gael Michael Óg McFadden 17.7 4,627 4,722 6,761  
Independent Daniel C. Boyle 12.4 3,224 3,489 3,511  
Clann na Poblachta Joseph McDevitt 9.8 2,546 4,278 4,401 5,044
Fine Gael Christopher Gallagher 8.9 2,332 2,378    
Clann na Poblachta Hugh Duggan 8.9 2,314      
Electorate: 37,662   Valid: 26,105   Quota: 6,527   Turnout: 69.31%

1944 general electionEdit

1944 general election: Donegal West[6][13]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Cormac Breslin Unopposed N/A 1
Fianna Fáil Brian Brady Unopposed N/A 2
Fine Gael Michael Óg McFadden Unopposed N/A 3

1943 general electionEdit

1943 general election: Donegal West[5]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Michael Óg McFadden 6,873 26.4 1 1
Fianna Fáil Brian Brady 6,495 24.9 2 1
Fianna Fáil Cormac Breslin 5,581 21.4 3
Labour Daniel Boyle 3,458 13.3
Independent Hugh Callaghan 2,599 10.0
Labour Joseph Doherty 1,041 4.0
Electorate: ?   Valid: 26,047   Quota: 6,512   Turnout:

1938 general electionEdit

1938 general election: Donegal West[4][13]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Brian Brady Unopposed N/A 1
Fianna Fáil Cormac Breslin Unopposed N/A 2
Fine Gael Michael Óg McFadden Unopposed N/A 3

1937 general electionEdit

1937 general election: Donegal West[3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Brian Brady 7,833 28.9 1 1
Fine Gael Michael Óg McFadden 7,250 26.8 2 1
Fianna Fáil Cormac Breslin 6,311 23.3 3
Fine Gael John O'Donnell 5,712 21.1
Electorate: ?   Valid: 27,106   Quota: 6,777   Turnout:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Electoral (Revision of Constituencies) Act, 1935: First Schedule (Revised constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  2. ^ Walker, Brian M, ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–92. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. ISSN 0332-0286.
  3. ^ a b "General election 1937: Donegal West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b "General election 1938: Donegal West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  5. ^ a b "General election 1943: Donegal West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  6. ^ a b "General election 1944: Donegal West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  7. ^ "General election 1948: Donegal West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  8. ^ "By-election 1949: Donegal West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  9. ^ "General election 1951: Donegal West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  10. ^ a b "General election 1954: Donegal West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  11. ^ a b "General election 1957: Donegal West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  12. ^ a b c Gallagher, Michael (2009). Irish Elections 1948–77: Results and Analysis Sources for the Study of Irish Politics 2. Routledge. ISBN 9781138973343.
  13. ^ a b At both the 1938 and 1944 elections, only three candidates were nominated, so no ballot was held.

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