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North West Tyrone (UK Parliament constituency)

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North West Tyrone was a UK parliamentary constituency in Ireland. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the British House of Commons from 1918 to 1922.

North West Tyrone
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of membersOne
Replaced byFermanagh and Tyrone
Created fromMid Tyrone and North Tyrone


Boundaries and boundary changesEdit

This county constituency comprised the north-western part of County Tyrone, consisting of the rural districts of Castlederg, Strabane No. 1, and Trillick, that part of the rural district of Omagh comprising the District Electoral Divisions of Camderry, Clanabogan, Dromore, Drumquin, Greenan, Lisnacreaght, Moyle, Mullagharn and Tullyclunagh, and the urban district of Strabane.

Prior to the 1918 United Kingdom general election the area was the North Tyrone and part of the Mid Tyrone constituencies. From the dissolution of Parliament in 1922 North West Tyrone became part of the Fermanagh and Tyrone seat.


The constituency was a predominantly Sinn Féin area in 1918. The Unionists had significant but minority support.

Arthur Griffith was also elected for East Cavan, but as he did not take his seat in the United Kingdom House of Commons he could not choose which area he would represent and trigger a by-election in the other.

Griffith died on 12 August 1922. Sinn Féin MPs were not prepared to attend the House of Commons, to apply for the writ for a by-election, so this seat was vacant at the dissolution of Parliament on 26 October 1922.

The First DáilEdit

Sinn Féin contested the general election of 1918 on the platform that instead of taking up any seats they won in the United Kingdom Parliament, they would establish a revolutionary assembly in Dublin. In republican theory every MP elected in Ireland was a potential Deputy to this assembly. In practice only the Sinn Féin members accepted the offer.

The revolutionary First Dáil assembled on 21 January 1919 and last met on 10 May 1921. The First Dáil, according to a resolution passed on 10 May 1921, was formally dissolved on the assembling of the Second Dáil. This took place on 16 August 1921.

In 1921 Sinn Féin decided to use the UK authorised elections for the Northern Ireland House of Commons and the House of Commons of Southern Ireland as a poll for the Irish Republic's Second Dáil. Tyrone North West, in republican theory, was incorporated in an eight-member Dáil constituency of Fermanagh and Tyrone.

Member of Parliament 1918–1922Edit

Election Member Party
1918 Arthur Griffith Sinn Féin
1922 Constituency abolished


The election in this constituency took place using the first past the post electoral system.

General Election 14 December 1918: North West Tyrone
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Sinn Féin Arthur Griffith 10,442 57.57 N/A
Irish Unionist William Thomas Miller 7,696 42.43 N/A
Majority 2,746 15.14 N/A
Turnout 22,182 81.77 N/A
Sinn Féin gain from new seat Swing N/A

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