Kildare South (Dáil constituency)

Kildare South is a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. The constituency elects 4 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election is the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

Kildare South
Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary Constituency
Outline map
Location of Kildare South within Ireland
Current constituency
Created1997
Seats3 (1997–2020)
4 (2020–present)
TDs
County councilKildare County Council
EP constituencyMidlands–North-West

History and boundariesEdit

The constituency was created for the 1997 general election, when the former 5-seat Kildare constituency was divided into Kildare South and Kildare North.

The Kildare South constituency spans the more rural southern and western areas of County Kildare, taking in the towns of Newbridge, Kildare, Athy, Caragh and many other areas.[1]

The Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013 defines the constituency as:[1]

"The county of Kildare, except the part thereof which is comprised in the constituency of Kildare North and the part thereof which is comprised in the constituency of Laois."

Since 2020Edit

At the 2020 general election, it gained an extra seat to become a 4-seat constituency.[2]

The Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017 defines the constituency as:[2]

"The county of Kildare, except the part thereof which is comprised in the constituency of Kildare North;
and in the county of Laois, the electoral divisions of:
Ballybrittas, Jamestown, Kilmullen, Portarlington South, in the former Rural District of Mountmellick;
and in the county of Offaly, the electoral division of:
Portarlington North, in the former Rural District of Tullamore."

TDsEdit

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Kildare South 1997–
Key to parties
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
28th 1997[3] Jack Wall
(Lab)
Alan Dukes
(FG)
Seán Power
(FF)
3 seats
1997–2020
29th 2002[4] Seán Ó Fearghaíl
[note 1]
(FF)
30th 2007[5]
31st 2011[6] Martin Heydon
(FG)
32nd 2016[7] Fiona O'Loughlin
(FF)
33rd 2020 Patricia Ryan
(SF)
Seán Ó Fearghaíl
(CC)
Cathal Berry
(Ind)

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.

  1. ^ Elected Ceann Comhairle March 2016

ElectionsEdit

2020 general electionEdit

2020 general election: Kildare South[8][9]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7 Count 8
Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl Automatically returned N/A              
Sinn Féin Patricia Ryan 21.5 10,155 10,461 10,719 11,072 11,295 12,152    
Fine Gael Martin Heydon 17.1 8,069 8,120 8,218 8,567 9,010 9,651 11,676 11,710
Independent Cathal Berry 12.2 5,742 5,961 6,176 6,501 6,876 8,270 10,693 10,940
Fianna Fáil Fiona O’Loughlin 12.6 5,927 5,985 6,043 6,176 8,177 8,936 10,370 10,425
Labour Party Mark Wall 12.5 5,899 5,974 6,142 6,648 6,984 7,484    
Independent Fiona McLoughlin Healy 7.7 3,616 3,730 3,938 4,221 4,471      
Fianna Fáil Suzanne Doyle 7.6 3,580 3,665 3,703 3,782        
Green Party Ronan Maher 3.5 1,639 1,754 2,144          
Social Democrats Linda Hayden 2.8 1,338 1,474            
Aontú Anita Mhic Gib 1.5 697              
Solidarity–PBP Róisín Uí Bhroin[n 1] 1.3 598              
Electorate: 77,719   Valid: 47,260   Spoilt: 440 (0.9%)   Quota: 11,815   Turnout: 47,700 (61.4%)
  1. ^ People Before Profit, Solidarity and RISE contested this election as Solidarity–People Before Profit, so candidates appeared on the ballot under this name. Uí Bhroin was a member of People Before Profit.

2016 general electionEdit

2016 general election: Kildare South[10][11][7]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Fine Gael Martin Heydon 21.3 7,851 8,048 8,297 10,321    
Fianna Fáil Fiona O'Loughlin 18.8 6,906 7,073 7,373 7,905 8,149 8,974
Fianna Fáil Seán Ó Fearghaíl 17.6 6,469 6,583 6,891 7,166 7,343 8,220
Labour Party Mark Wall 11.6 4,277 4,504 4,764 5,154 5,806 6,864
Sinn Féin Patricia Ryan 11.6 4,267 4,459 5,294 5,434 5,485  
Fine Gael Fiona McLoughlin Healy 8.8 3,250 3,416 3,554      
Independent Declan Crowe 5.8 2,143 2,609        
Green Party Suzanne McEneaney 2.3 836          
Renua Mary Kennedy 2.1 787          
Electorate: 59,162   Valid: 36,786   Spoilt: 386   Quota: 9,197   Turnout: 37,172 (62.83%)

2011 general electionEdit

2011 general election: Kildare South[12][6]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Fine Gael Martin Heydon 33.3 12,755            
Labour Party Jack Wall 27.8 10,645            
Fianna Fáil Seán Ó Fearghaíl 11.8 4,514 4,961 5,097 5,177 5,315 5,552 8,707
Independent Paddy Kennedy 7.3 2,806 3,825 4,081 4,387 5,156 6,841 7,710
Fianna Fáil Seán Power 9.9 3,793 4,307 4,445 4,542 4,650 4,888  
Sinn Féin Jason Turner 6.0 2,308 2,610 2,882 2,905 3,253    
Independent Clifford T. Reid 2.4 926 1,410 1,644 1,873      
Green Party Vivian Cummins 1.4 523 944 1,045        
Electorate: 58,867   Valid: 38,270   Spoilt: 353 (0.9%)   Quota: 9,568   Turnout: 38,623 (65.6%)

2007 general electionEdit

2007 general election: Kildare South[5]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Fianna Fáil Seán Ó Fearghaíl 25.2 8,731    
Fianna Fáil Seán Power 25.1 8,694    
Labour Party Jack Wall 20.7 7,154 7,712 9,145
Fine Gael Richard Daly 9.7 3,353 3,654 4,039
Fine Gael Alan Gillis 7.5 2,586 2,861 3,178
Green Party J. J. Power 6.2 2,136 2,658  
Progressive Democrats Jane Mullins 4.4 1,513    
Independent Tom Doyle 1.2 424    
Electorate: 56,670   Valid: 34,591   Spoilt: 347 (1.0%)   Quota: 8,648   Turnout: 34,938 (61.7%)

2002 general electionEdit

2002 general election: Kildare South[4]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Fianna Fáil Seán Power 23.9 7,782 7,817 7,860 9,169    
Fianna Fáil Seán Ó Fearghaíl 22.6 7,370 7,458 7,501 8,426    
Labour Party Jack Wall 18.5 6,043 6,148 6,264 7,443 7,849 7,977
Fine Gael Alan Dukes 15.2 4,967 5,040 5,546 7,170 7,650 7,790
Progressive Democrats John Dardis 11.9 3,887 3,946 4,058      
Green Party J. J. Power 3.7 1,208 1,335 1,351      
Fine Gael Rainsford Hendy 2.5 828 850        
Independent Ger Fitzgibbon 1.7 546          
Electorate: 58,354   Valid: 32,631   Spoilt: 501 (1.5%)   Quota: 8,158   Turnout: 33,132 (56.8%)

1997 general electionEdit

1997 general election: Kildare South[3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fine Gael Alan Dukes 6,260 21.7 1 3
Fianna Fáil Seán Power 5,665 19.7 2 4
Labour Party Jack Wall 5,834 20.3 3 5
Fianna Fáil Seán Ó Fearghaíl 4,503 15.6
Progressive Democrats John Dardis 3,895 13.5
Fine Gael Rainsford Hendy 1,371 4.8
Fianna Fáil Christy Walsh 662 2.3
Independent Francis Browne 618 2.1
Electorate: 47,852   Valid: 28,808   Spoilt: 365 (1.3%)   Quota: 7,203   Turnout: 29,173 (60.9%)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "General election 1997: Kildare South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  4. ^ a b "General election 2002: Kildare South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  5. ^ a b "General election 2007: Kildare South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  6. ^ a b "General election 2011: Kildare South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  7. ^ a b "General election 2016: Kildare South". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  8. ^ "General Election 2020 Candidates – Kildare South". RTÉ News. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Kildare South Results 2020". Irish Times. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Kildare South Results 2016". Irelandelection.com. Irelandelection.com. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Kildare South Results 2016". RTÉ. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Kildare South Results 2011". Irelandelection.com. Irelandelection.com. Retrieved 21 January 2020.

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