Iveagh (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 54°22′59″N 6°12′00″W / 54.383°N 6.200°W / 54.383; -6.200

Iveagh (/ˈv/ EYE-vay) was a constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland.

Iveagh
Former County Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created1929
Abolished1972
Election methodFirst past the post

BoundariesEdit

Iveagh was a county constituency comprising part of northern County Down, south west of Belfast. It was created when the House of Commons (Method of Voting and Redistribution of Seats) Act (Northern Ireland) 1929 introduced first-past-the-post elections throughout Northern Ireland. Iveagh was created by the division of Down into eight new constituencies. The constituency survived unchanged until 1969, when its eastern part became part of the new Lagan Valley constituency. It returned one Member of Parliament until the Parliament of Northern Ireland was temporarily suspended in 1972, and then formally abolished in 1973.

The original seat was centred on the town of Dromore and also included parts of the rural districts of Banbridge, Hillsborough, Waringstown and Moira.[1]

PoliticsEdit

The seat had a substantial unionist majority and was always won by Ulster Unionist Party candidates. It was often contested by independent Unionists, and once by a member of the Protestant Unionist Party, some of whom were able to take more than 40% of the votes cast.[2]

Members of ParliamentEdit

Elected Party Name[2]
1929 UUP Margaret Waring
1933 UUP John Charles Wilson
1938 UUP Brian Maginess
1964 UUP Samuel Magowan

Election resultsEdit

General Election 1929: Iveagh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Margaret Waring 6,945 74.4
Ind U W. I. Wilson 2,392 25.6
Majority 4,553 48.8
Turnout 9,337 57.7
UUP win (new seat)

At the 1933 Northern Ireland general election, John Charles Wilson was elected unopposed.[2]

General Election 1938: Iveagh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Brian Maginess 6,862 58.2 N/A
Ind U W. I. Wilson 4,938 41.8 New
Majority 1,924 16.4 N/A
Turnout 11,800 74.2 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A

At the 1945 Northern Ireland general election, Brian Maginess was elected unopposed.[2]

General Election 1949: Iveagh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Brian Maginess 9,708 81.9 N/A
Ind U J. P. Ferguson 2,150 18.1 New
Majority 7,558 63.8 N/A
Turnout 11,858 72.4 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1953: Iveagh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Brian Maginess 6,410 56.9 -25.0
Ind U W. J. McCracken 4,850 43.1 New
Majority 1,560 13.8 -50.0
Turnout 11,260 65.7 -6.7
UUP hold Swing N/A
General Election 1958: Iveagh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Brian Maginess 6,625 58.5 +1.6
Ulster Protestant Action Albert Duff 4,704 41.5 New
Majority 1,921 17.0 +4.2
Turnout 11,329 69.1 +3.4
UUP hold Swing N/A

At the 1962 Northern Ireland general election, Brian Maginess was elected unopposed.[2]

At the 1964 by-election and the 1965 Northern Ireland general election, Samuel Magowan was elected unopposed.[2]

General Election 1969: Iveagh[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
UUP Samuel Magowan 6,869 61.1 N/A
Protestant Unionist Charles Poots 4,365 38.9 New
Majority 2,504 22.2 N/A
Turnout 11,234 69.5 N/A
UUP hold Swing N/A

ReferencesEdit