Meath West (Dáil constituency)

Meath West is a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. The constituency elects 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election is the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).

Meath West
Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary Constituency
Outline map
Location of Meath West within Ireland
Current constituency
Created2007
Seats3
TDs
County councilMeath County Council Westmeath County Council
EP constituencyMidlands–North-West

HistoryEdit

The constituency was created under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005[1] when the previous 5-seat Meath constituency was divided into two 3-seat constituencies of Meath East and Meath West. It was first used at the 2007 general election electing members of the 30th Dáil. The town of Kells was moved to Meath East for the 2011 general election.

BoundariesEdit

It spans the western portions of County Meath, including the towns of Trim and Navan, along with the north-eastern part of County Westmeath.[2]

The Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017 defines the constituency as:[3]

"The county of Meath, except the parts thereof which are comprised in the constituencies of Cavan–Monaghan, Louth and Meath East,
and the county of Westmeath, except the part thereof which is comprised in the constituency of Longford–Westmeath."

TDsEdit

Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Meath West 2007–
Key to parties
Dáil Election Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
Deputy
(Party)
30th 2007[4] Johnny Brady
(FF)
Noel Dempsey
(FF)
Damien English
(FG)
31st 2011[5] Peadar Tóibín[note 1]
(SF)
Ray Butler
(FG)
32nd 2016[6] Shane Cassells
(FF)
33rd 2020 Peadar Tóibín
(Aon)
Johnny Guirke
(SF)

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. ^ Left Sinn Féin 15 November 2018; formed Aontú 28 January 2019.

ElectionsEdit

2020 general electionEdit

2020 general election: Meath West[7][8]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Sinn Féin Johnny Guirke 30.5 12,652          
Aontú Peadar Tóibín 17.6 7,322 8,249 8,616 9,075 9,714 11,410
Fianna Fáil Shane Cassells 16.2 6,742 6,926 7,117 7,311 7,644 8,224
Fine Gael Damien English 13.2 5,499 5,604 6,513 6,802 8,699 9,558
Fine Gael Noel French 7.1 2,952 3,006 3,361 3,534    
Social Democrats Ronan Moore 5.7 2,376 2,931 3,045 4,141 4,569  
Green Party Séamus McMenamin 4.7 1,935 2,224 2,380      
Fine Gael Sarah Reilly 4.4 1,817 1,897        
Renua John Malone 0.5 209 290        
Electorate: 67,982   Valid: 41,504   Spoilt: 320   Quota: 10,377   Turnout: 61.5%

2016 general electionEdit

2016 general election: Meath West[9][10][6]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6
Fianna Fáil Shane Cassells 27.4 10,585          
Sinn Féin Peadar Tóibín 24.5 9,442 9,713        
Fine Gael Damien English 21.0 8,123 8,333 8,376 8,785 8,880 10,371
Fine Gael Ray Butler 11.5 4,432 4,519 4,552 4,853 4,904 5,841
Independent Trevor Golden 4.5 1,718 1,844 1,984 2,137 2,616  
Green Party Séamus McMenamin 3.7 1,421 1,519 1,587 1,807 2,178  
Direct Democracy Alan Lawes 3.3 1,279 1,310 1,380 1,440    
Labour Party Tracy McElhinney 3.0 1,166 1,229 1,241      
Independent John Malone 1.1 439 486        
Electorate: 64,600   Valid: 38,605   Spoilt: 315   Quota: 9,652   Turnout: 38,920 (60.25%)

2011 general electionEdit

2011 general election: Meath West[5]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5
Fine Gael Damien English 23.1 9,290 9,609 10,122    
Sinn Féin Peadar Tóibín 17.4 6,989 7,421 7,711 8,155 9,112
Labour Party Jenny McHugh 13.5 5,432 5,852 6,040 6,794 7,798
Fine Gael Ray Butler 13.1 5,262 5,414 5,574 7,879 8,926
Fine Gael Catherine Yore 9.7 3,898 4,072 4,208    
Fianna Fáil Johnny Brady 9.4 3,789 3,874 6,065 6,437  
Fianna Fáil Shane Cassells 8.7 3,496 3,631      
Green Party Fiona Irwin 1.2 479        
Independent Stephen Ball 1.2 475        
Independent Dáithí Stephens 1.0 387        
Independent Ronan Carolan 0.6 258        
Christian Solidarity Manus MacMeanmain 0.6 234        
Workers' Party Séamus McDonagh 0.5 189        
Electorate: 62,776   Valid: 40,178   Spoilt: 413 (1.0%)   Quota: 10,045   Turnout: 40,591 (64.7%)

2007 general electionEdit

2007 general election: Meath West[4]
Party Candidate FPv% Count 1 Count 2 Count 3 Count 4 Count 5 Count 6 Count 7
Fianna Fáil Noel Dempsey 29.7 12,006            
Fianna Fáil Johnny Brady 21.9 8,868 10,178          
Fine Gael Damien English 17.9 7,227 7,427 7,566 7,856 8,527 9,548 12,934
Sinn Féin Joe Reilly 11.3 4,567 4,697 4,803 5,024 5,187 5,588 6,015
Fine Gael Peter Higgins 8.0 3,234 3,335 3,424 3,534 3,960 4,379  
Labour Party Brian Collins 4.0 1,634 1,663 1,734 2,097 2,181    
Fine Gael Graham Geraghty 3.2 1,284 1,326 1,360 1,420      
Green Party Brian Flanagan 2.5 1,011 1,047 1,194        
Independent Phil Cantwell 1.3 506 544          
Fathers Rights Paul Coleman 0.3 127 130          
Electorate: 56,267   Valid: 40,464   Spoilt: 388 (0.9%)   Quota: 10,117   Turnout: 40,852 (72.6%)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2017: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "General election 2007: Meath West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  5. ^ a b "General election 2011: Meath West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  6. ^ a b "General election 2016: Meath West". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  7. ^ "General Election 2020 Results – Meath West". RTÉ News. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Meath West: 2020 General Election". Irelandelection.com. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Meath West Results 2016". Irelandelection.com. Irelandelection.com.
  10. ^ "Meath West Results 2016". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 15 March 2019. Retrieved 20 January 2020.

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