Representation of the People (Ireland) Act 1868

The Representation of the People (Ireland) Act 1868 (31 & 32 Vict c 49) was an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom.

Representation of the People (Ireland) Act 1868[1]
Long titleAn Act to amend the Representation of the People in Ireland.
Citation31 & 32 Vict c 49
Royal assent13 July 1868
Results of the 1868 election, with the new boundaries. Constituencies are coloured yellow for Liberal, blue for Conservative.

The Act did not alter the overall distribution of parliamentary seats in Ireland.[2] It was originally proposed to merge twelve smaller boroughs into six pairs on the model of Scottish district of burghs and Welsh contributory boroughs, with the freed-up seats being transferred to the six most populous county constituencies. This was rejected by Parliament, although the act as passed did alter the boundaries of those parliamentary boroughs which were also municipal boroughs, extending the parliamentary boundary to include all the municipal boundary.[3] Only 11 of Ireland's 33 parliamentary boroughs were municipal boroughs under the Municipal Corporations (Ireland) Act 1840.



  • "C.49: An Act to amend the Representation of the People in Ireland". The Public general statutes. Vol. 31 & 32 Vict. printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode at the Queen's Printing Office. 1867–68. Retrieved 6 August 2019.


  1. ^ This short title was conferred on this Act by section 1 of this Act.
  2. ^ Moore's Almanack improved: or Will's farmer's and countryman's calendar for the year 1869. Joseph Greenhill, London, 1869
  3. ^ Representation of the People (Ireland) Act 1868 §9

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