Repeal Association

The Repeal Association was an Irish mass membership political movement set up by Daniel O'Connell in 1830 to campaign for a repeal of the Acts of Union of 1800 between Great Britain and Ireland.

Repeal Association
LeaderDaniel O'Connell
Preceded byCatholic Association
IdeologyIrish nationalism
Irish autonomy
National liberalism
Catholic emancipation
Political positionCentre-left
"Daniel O'Connell: The Champion of Liberty" poster published in Pennsylvania, 1847.

The Association's aim was to revert Ireland to the constitutional position briefly achieved by Henry Grattan and his patriots in the 1780s—that is, legislative independence under the British Crown—but this time with a full Catholic involvement that was now possible following the Act of Emancipation in 1829, supported by the electorate approved under the Reform Act of 1832. On its failure by the late 1840s the Young Ireland movement developed.

Repealer candidates contested the 1832 United Kingdom general election in Ireland. Between 1835 and 1841, they formed a pact with the Whigs. Repealer candidates, unaffiliated with the Whig Party, contested the 1841 and 1847 general elections.

Electoral statisticsEdit

The seats figure in brackets is the position after election petitions and by-elections consequent upon election petitions, had been decided. There were 105 Irish MPs in the period.

Votes in 1835 and 1837 are included in the Liberal totals in Rallings and Thrasher's tables.

Sources: Walker and Rallings & Thrasher.

Election Candidates Unopposed Votes % Irish votes MPs
1832 51 14 31,773 34.6 42 (39)
1835 43 12 ... ... 34 (32)
1837 34 15 ... ... 30 (31)
1841 22 12 12,537 24.8 20 (18)
1847 51 18 14,128 43.6 36 (35)

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  • British Electoral Facts 1832 - 1999, compiled and edited by Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher (Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2000)
  • Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922, edited by B.M. Walker (Royal Irish Academy 1978)