East Donegal (UK Parliament constituency)

East Donegal was a UK Parliament constituency in County Donegal, Ireland, returning one Member of Parliament 1885–1922.

East Donegal
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851922
Number of membersOne
Created fromDonegal

Prior to the British General Election of 1885, the area was part of the Donegal constituency. From 1922 it was not represented in the UK Parliament.

Boundaries

This constituency comprised the eastern part of County Donegal, consisting of the baronies of Raphoe North and Raphoe South, that part of the barony of Inishowen West contained within the parish of Burt, and that part of the barony of Kilmacrenan not contained within the constituencies of North Donegal or West Donegal.

Members of Parliament

ElectionMember [1] Party
1885 Arthur O'Connor a Irish Parliamentary Party
1892 Anti-Parnellite Nationalist
1895 Anti-Parnellite Nationalist
1900 Edward McFadden Irish Parliamentary Party
1906 Charles McVeigh Irish Parliamentary Party
1910 (January) Edward Kelly Irish Parliamentary Party
1918 Irish Parliamentary Party
1922 UK constituency abolished – see Donegal (Dáil constituency)

Note:-

  • a O'Connor was returned by more than one seat in 1885. He elected to sit for this constituency and not Queen's County Ossory.

Elections

Elections in the 1880s

General election 1885: East Donegal[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Arthur O'Connor 4,089 57.7 N/A
Liberal Thomas Lea 2,992 42.3 N/A
Majority 1,097 15.5 N/A
Turnout 7,081 90.3 N/A
Registered electors 7,840
Irish Parliamentary win (new seat)
General election 1886: East Donegal[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Arthur O'Connor 3,972 60.9 +3.2
Irish Unionist Thomas Butler Stoney 2,551 39.1 N/A
Majority 1,421 21.8 +6.3
Turnout 6,523 83.2 7.1
Registered electors 7,840
Irish Parliamentary hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1890s

General election 1892: East Donegal[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish National Federation Arthur O'Connor 3,546 56.0 4.9
Liberal Unionist Emerson Tennent Herdman 2,783 44.0 N/A
Majority 763 12.0 N/A
Turnout 6,329 89.8 +6.6
Registered electors 7,051
Irish National Federation gain from Irish Parliamentary Swing N/A
General election 1895: East Donegal[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish National Federation Arthur O'Connor 3,392 55.4 0.6
Liberal Unionist Emerson Tennent Herdman 2,729 44.6 +0.6
Majority 663 10.8 1.3
Turnout 6,121 88.7 1.1
Registered electors 6,901
Irish National Federation hold Swing 0.6

Elections in the 1900s

General election 1900: East Donegal[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Edward McFadden 3,113 53.9 1.5
Irish Unionist John Fitzpatrick Cooke 2,660 46.0 N/A
Majority 453 7.9 2.9
Turnout 5,773 72.6 16.1
Registered electors 7,950
Irish Parliamentary hold Swing 1.5
General election 1906: East Donegal[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Charles McVeigh Unopposed
Irish Parliamentary hold

Elections in the 1910s

General election 1910 (January): East Donegal[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Edward Kelly 3,415 60.8 N/A
Irish Unionist Thomas Harrison 2,202 39.2 N/A
Majority 1,213 21.6 N/A
Turnout 5,617 87.0 N/A
Registered electors 6,454
Irish Parliamentary hold Swing N/A
General election 1910 (December): East Donegal[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Edward Kelly Unopposed
Irish Parliamentary hold
General Election 1918: East Donegal[3][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary Edward Kelly 7,596 61.1 N/A
Irish Unionist Robert Moore 4,797 38.6 N/A
Sinn Féin Samuel O'Flaherty 46 0.4 N/A
Majority 2,799 22.5 N/A
Turnout 12,439 77.7 N/A
Registered electors 16,015
Irish Parliamentary hold Swing N/A

References

  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 2)
  2. Walker, B.M., ed. (1978). Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801-1922. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0901714127.
  3. http://www.ark.ac.uk/elections/h1918.htm

Sources

  • Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922, edited by B.M. Walker (Royal Irish Academy 1978)


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