Out of a possible 13 presidential elections, 6 were not contested while 7 were to a public vote. Its only recently that there has been a big increase in the amount of candidates, with the election in 1997 having 5 candidates and 7 candidates in 2011.
We’ve just added a European Parliament section to our website. This lists all of Ireland’s European Elections, and for the first time every count in every constituency is available for all 8 elections, stretching back to the first one in 1979.
Did you know our first MEPs weren’t elected. Between joining the European Parliament in 1973 and the first election in 1979, 10 MEPs were appointed directly by Oireachtas in 1973 and again after the 1977 general election.
From then on, its all been elections. As with all our data, these Euro Election results come with all our usual goodies, including, Party Share, Change from previous election, Transfer Analysis (including our Sankey Chart), Race through the counts and much more.
With two upcoming referendums, we thought it might be worthwhile looking back at how we voted in previous ones.
We have just finished putting up on our website, the constituency data for all of Ireland’s past referendums. You can access it from our homepage or by clicking here.
Well, if you were over 18 you might have been out voting. And for the first time you can view all the counts from the November 1982 election right here, on IrelandElection.com. This is the first time they’ve been fully available online.
This was the last of 3 general elections to be held within a year and a half. And it was a record one for Fine Gael, giving them their best result in a general election (only to be bettered by their 2011 performance). Women TD’s also increased their share from 8 seats to 14.
More general elections to come.
All the counts for the 1987 Irish General Election are now on our site and available online for the first time.
The result saw Charles Haughey lead a minority government and also saw the first appearance of the PDs.
For those interested in such things, there were three constituencies where surpluses were distributed in the order they occurred and not by largest surplus first (which is often the case).
My understanding of how the counts work, is that when there is more than one surplus to be distributed, the larger surplus is distributed first (as it can have the most effect for candidates at the bottom).
We’re currently compiling data for the 1987 General Election counts and we’ve come across two constituencies so far (Louth and Dublin South Central) that didn’t do this. They distributed the surpluses in order of being elected, which in these cases meant the smaller surplus was distributed first.
So my question is, were surplus distribution rules different in 1987?
Hope this makes sense, and any advice on the matter would be appreciated.
For the first time, all the counts for the 1989 Irish General Election are available online, on our website.
Fianna Fáil and Progressive Democrats formed a coalition government after the election.
While Fianna Fáil had hoped to achieve an overall majority, the party actually lost seats. The result was a disaster for Fianna Fáil, particularly when the election was so unnecessary. Fine Gael made a small gain, but nothing substantial. The Progressive Democrats did badly, losing over half their deputies. The Labour Party and the Workers’ Party gained working class votes from Fianna Fáil, but failed to make the big breakthrough, while Sinn Féin polled even worse than its 1987 result. The Green Party won its first seat when Roger Garland was elected for Dublin South.
Forming a government proved to be extremely difficult. Many in Fianna Fáil had hoped that the minority government could continue where it left off, particularly if the “Tallaght Strategy” continued. However, Fine Gael refused to support the government and so a deadlock developed. The prospect of forming a government seemed remote, so much so that Charles Haughey was forced to formally resign as Taoiseach. For the first time in Irish history a Taoiseach and a government had not been appointed when the new Dáil met. However, twenty-seven days after the general election, Fianna Fáil entered into a coalition government for the first time in its history – with the Progressive Democrats.
We are pleased to announce that we have massively increased our coverage of Irish Local Election data.
We’ve increased our data from 1 local election (2014) to 18 local elections, stretching back to 1920.
The process involved importing 1753 individual LEA elections, along with 98,947 voting totals for each candidate for each count.
We couldn’t have done this without the help of Alan Kinsella who supplied a huge amount of raw data.
|2014 to 1985:||All Councils:||All Counts|
|1979 to 1967:||All Councils:||Mixture of First Counts and All Counts|
|1960 to 1925:||Some Councils:||Mixture of First Counts and All Counts|
(All = All Counts for each Local Election Area)
(1st = First Count (or incomplete subsequent counts for each Local Election Area)
|Waterford City and County||All|
The Carlow–Kilkenny by-election will be held on 22 May 2015, to fill the vacancy left on the resignation of Fine Gael (TD) Phil Hogan on his appointment as European Commissioner.
The candidates standing in the by-election are:
|Elizabeth Hourihane||National Citizens Movement|
|Peter O’Loughlin||Identity Ireland|
|Noel G Walshe|
Here are the results from the previous General and Local Elections:
We’ve just added a page for each County Council in the country. You can see it by clicking this link, and then click on ‘(Detail)’ beside each County Council.