Laois (Dáil constituency)

Laois was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas, from 2016 to 2020. The constituency elected 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election was the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

Laois
Former Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary Constituency
Former constituency
Created2016
Abolished2020
Seats3
County councilLaois County Council
Kildare County Council
EP constituencySouth

History and boundariesEdit

The Constituency Commission proposed in its 2012 report that at the 2016 general election a new constituency called Laois be created.[1] The report proposed changes to the constituencies of Ireland to reduce the total number of TDs from 166 to 158.[2]

It was established by the Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013.[3] The constituency incorporated all of County Laois from the previous Laois–Offaly constituency, and six electoral divisions from Kildare South.

The 2013 Act defined the constituency as:[3]

"The county of Laois;
and in the county of Kildare the electoral divisions of:
Ballybrackan, Churchtown, Harristown, Kilberry, Kildangan, Monasterevin, in the former Rural District of Athy No. 1."

It was abolished at the 2020 general election, along with the Offaly constituency. They were replaced by a re-created Laois–Offaly constituency.[4]

TDsEdit

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Laois 2016–2020
Key to parties
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
32nd 2016[5] Brian Stanley
(SF)
Seán Fleming
(FF)
Charles Flanagan
(FG)
33rd 2020 Constituency abolished. See Laois–Offaly.

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.

2016 general electionEdit

2016 general election: Laois[6][7][5]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
Fianna Fáil Seán Fleming 35.1 13,626    
Fine Gael Charles Flanagan 21.5 8,370 9,298 9,525
Sinn Féin Brian Stanley 21.2 8,242 9,562 10,092
Fine Gael Thomasina Connell 10.9 4,233 4,735 5,140
Labour Party John Whelan 7.3 2,856 3,394 3,896
Green Party Sinead Moore 4.0 1,541 2,161  
Electorate: 63,295   Valid: 38,868   Spoilt: 352   Quota: 9,718   Turnout: 61.96%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Constituency Commission Report 2012 – Waterford – Tipperary – Laois – Offaly – Kildare area" (PDF). Constituency Commission. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Constituency Commission Report 2012 – Introduction and summary of recommendation" (PDF). Constituency Commission. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b "General election 2016: Laois". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Laois Results 2016". Irelandelection.com. Irelandelection.com. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Laois Results 2016". RTÉ. Retrieved 21 January 2020.