Electoral (Amendment) Act 1983

The Electoral (Amendment) Act 1983 (No. 36) was a law of Ireland which revised Dáil constituencies.[1] It took effect on the dissolution of the 24th Dáil on 21 January 1987 and a general election for the 25th Dáil on the revised constituencies took place on 17 February 1987.

Electoral (Amendment) Act 1983
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Oireachtas
  • AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF DÁIL ÉIREANN AND FOR THE REVISION OF CONSTITUENCIES AND TO AMEND THE LAW RELATING TO THE ELECTION OF SUCH MEMBERS.
CitationNo. 36 of 1983
Signed14 December 1983
Commenced14 December 1983 & 20 January 1987
Repealed5 November 1992
Legislative history
Bill citationNo. 32 of 1983
Bill published on15 November 1983
Introduced byMinister for the Environment (Dick Spring)
Repeals
Electoral (Amendment) Act 1980
Repealed by
Electoral (Amendment) Act 1990
Status: Repealed

It repealed the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1980, which had defined constituencies since the 1981 general election.[2]

It adopted recommendations from an independent Commission chaired by Brian Walsh, judge of the Supreme Court, and delivered its report on 29 July 1983.[3] The change was minimal, with two transfers affecting four constituencies in the city of Dublin.[4]

The constituencies were also in operation for the duration of the 26th Dáil elected at the 1989 general election on 15 June 1989.

It was repealed by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1990, which created a new schedule of constituencies first used at the 1992 general election for the 27th Dáil held on 25 November 1992.[5]

ConstituenciesEdit

Constituency[6] Seats
Carlow–Kilkenny 5
Cavan–Monaghan 5
Clare 4
Cork East 4
Cork North-Central 5
Cork North-West 3
Cork South-Central 5
Cork South-West 3
Donegal North-East 3
Donegal South-West 3
Dublin Central 5
Dublin North 3
Dublin North-Central 4
Dublin North-East 4
Dublin North-West 4
Dublin South 5
Dublin South-Central 5
Dublin South-East 4
Dublin South-West 4
Dublin West 5
Dún Laoghaire 5
Galway East 3
Galway West 5
Kerry North 3
Kerry South 3
Kildare 5
Laoighis–Offaly 5
Limerick East 5
Limerick West 3
Longford–Westmeath 4
Louth 4
Mayo East 3
Mayo West 3
Meath 5
Roscommon 3
Sligo–Leitrim 4
Tipperary North 3
Tipperary South 4
Waterford 4
Wexford 5
Wicklow 4
Total 166

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Electoral (Amendment) Act (Act No. 36 of 1983). 14 December 1983. Act of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 10 November 2021, Irish Statute Book.
  2. ^ Electoral (Amendment) Act, s. 6: Repeal (Act No. 36 of 1983, s. 6). 14 December 1983. Act of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 10 November 2021, Irish Statute Book.
  3. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 1983: Second Stage – Dáil Éireann (24th Dáil)". Houses of the Oireachtas. 1 December 1983. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 1983 – Explanatory Memorandum" (PDF). Houses of the Oireachtas. 15 November 1983.
  5. ^ Electoral (Amendment) Act, s. 7: Repeal (Act No. 36 of 1990, s. 7). 26 December 1990. Act of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 10 November 2021, Irish Statute Book.
  6. ^ Electoral (Amendment) Act, Schedule: Constituencies (Act No. 36 of 1983, Schedule). 14 December 1983. Act of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 8 November 2021, Irish Statute Book.