Galway South (Dáil constituency)

Galway South was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas from 1948 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).

Galway South
Former Dáil Constituency
Former constituency
Created1948
Abolished1961
Seats3
County/City councilCounty Galway

HistoryEdit

The constituency was created under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1947 for the 1948 general election to Dáil Éireann. It was abolished under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1961, when it was partially replaced by the new constituency of Galway East.

BoundariesEdit

The constituency comprised the district electoral divisions of:[1]

"Ardamullivan, Ardrahan, Ballycahalan, Beagh, Cahermore, Cappard, Castletaylor, Doorus, Drumacoo, Gort, Kilbeacanty, Killeely, Killeenavarra, Killinny, Kiltartan, Kilthomas, Kinvara, Rahasane, Skehanagh, Aille, Athenry, Ballynagar, Bracklagh, Bullaun, Cappalusk, Castleboy, Cloonkeen, Colmanstown, Craughwell, Derrylaur, Drumkeary, Graigabbey, Grange, Greethin, Kilchreest, Kilconickny, Kilconierin, Killimor, Killogilleen, Kilmeen, Kilreekill, Kilteskill, Kiltullagh, Lackalea, Leitrim, Loughatorick, Loughrea Rural, Loughrea Urban, Marblehill, Mountain, Moyode, Raford, Tiaquin, Woodford, Abbeygormacan, Ahascragh, Aughrim, Ballinasloe Rural, Ballymacward Clonfert, Clontuskert, Kellysgrove, Kilconnell, Killaan, Killallaghtan, Killoran, Killure, Kilmacshane, Kiltormer, Kylemore, Lawrencestown, Lismanny, Oatfield, Abbeyville, Ballyglass, Coos, Derrew, Drummin, Eyrecourt, Killimor, Kilmalinoge, Kilquain, Meelick, Moat, Pallas, Portumna, Tiranascragh, Tynagh, Ballynacourty, Clarinbridge, Oranmore, Stradbally; and the urban district of Ballinasloe."

TDsEdit

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Galway South 1948–1961[2]
Key to parties
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
13th 1948[3] Frank Fahy
(Ceann Comhairle)
Patrick Beegan
(FF)
Robert Lahiffe
(FF)
14th 1951[4] Patrick Cawley
(FG)
1953 by-election[5] Robert Lahiffe
(FF)
15th 1954[6] Brendan Glynn
(FG)
16th 1957[7] Michael Carty
(FF)
Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins
(FG)
1958 by-election[8] Anthony Millar
(FF)
17th 1961 Constituency abolished. See Galway East and Galway 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

1958 by-electionEdit

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Patrick Beegan, a by-election was held on 30 May 1958. The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Anthony Millar.

1958 by-election: Galway South[9]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Fianna Fáil Anthony G. Millar 53.5 11,552
Fine Gael Frank Clarke 29.1 6,268
Sinn Féin Murchadh Mac Ualtair (Murt Qualter) 17.4 3,758
Electorate: 28,546   Valid: 21,578   Quota: 10,790   Turnout: 75.59%

1957 general electionEdit

1957 general election: Galway South[7]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Patrick Beegan 6,537 29.1 1 1
Fine Gael Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins 4,530 20.1 2
Fianna Fáil Michael Carty 3,944 17.5 3
Fianna Fáil Robert Lahiffe 3,856 17.1
Sinn Féin Murchadh MacUaltair (Murt Qualter) 2,086 9.3
Fine Gael Joseph Lambert 1,545 6.9
Electorate: ?   Valid: 22,498   Quota: 5,625   Turnout:

1954 general electionEdit

1954 general election: Galway South[6]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Patrick Beegan 8,291 34.9 1 1
Fine Gael Brendan Glynn 5,476 23.1 3
Fianna Fáil Robert Lahiffe 5,373 22.6 2
Fine Gael Patrick Cawley 2,692 11.3
Clann na Poblachta Vincent Shields 1,904 8.0
Electorate: ?   Valid: 23,736   Quota: 5,935   Turnout:

1953 by-electionEdit

Following the death of Fianna Fáil TD Frank Fahy, a by-election was held on 21 August 1953. The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Robert Lahiffe.

1953 by-election: Galway South[9]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1
Fianna Fáil Robert Lahiffe 54.5 13,714
Fine Gael Brendan M. Glynn 33.2 8,345
Clann na Poblachta Vincent P. Shields 9.8 2,474
Clann na Talmhan Thomas McNamara 2.5 629
Electorate: 30,209   Valid: 25,162   Quota: 12,582   Turnout: 83.29%

1951 general electionEdit

1951 general election: Galway South[9]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3
Ceann Comhairle Frank Fahy Automatically Returned N/A    
Fianna Fáil Patrick Beegan 30.7 7,367 7,581 7,842
Fine Gael Patrick Cawley 28.9 6,952 9,685  
Fianna Fáil Robert Lahiffe 26.1 6,268 6,486 6,609
Clann na Poblachta Vincent Shields 14.3 3,437    
Electorate: 30,369   Valid: 24,024   Quota: 8,009   Turnout: 79.11%

1948 general electionEdit

1948 general election: Galway South[9]
Party Candidate FPv% Count
1 2 3 4
Ceann Comhairle Frank Fahy Automatically Returned N/A      
Fianna Fáil Patrick Beegan 48.4 11,080      
Fine Gael Patrick Cawley 17.0 3,886 4,248 4,343 6,069
Fianna Fáil Robert Lahiffe 15.9 3,651 6,549 6,588 6,893
Clann na Poblachta Vincent P. Shields 13.9 3,176 3,302 4,266  
Clann na Poblachta Martin Newell 4.8 1,108 1,168    
Electorate: 30,852   Valid: 22,901   Quota: 7,634   Turnout: 74.23%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1947: (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 20 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. ^ "General election 1948: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  4. ^ "General election 1951: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  5. ^ "By-election 1953: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  6. ^ a b "General election 1954: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  7. ^ a b "General election 1957: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  8. ^ "By-election 1958: Galway South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d 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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