Votes won by Female candidates in 2011 General Election

Adrian Kavanagh, 8th March 2011

For the day that’s in it – this post ranks constituencies based on the share of the vote won by female candidates in the 2011 General Election. Even though there was no noticeable urban-rural divide in terms of candidacy levels (probably reflecting the higher number of mainly male independent candidates in the Dublin region in this election) a noticeable difference emerges between Dublin/urban Ireland and the rest of Ireland/rural areas in terms of vote share.

    Votes for female candidates No of female candidates %
Dublin Central 4 15,683 44.7% 4 25.0%
Dun Laoghaire 4 19,926 34.9% 3 21.4%
Dublin Mid West 4 14,776 34.2% 2 14.3%
Cavan-Monaghan 5 21,783 30.2% 5 35.7%
Dublin North West 3 9,359 28.1% 1 8.3%
Carlow-Kilkenny 5 18,647 25.0% 4 21.1%
Meath West 3 9,809 24.2% 3 23.1%
Dublin South Central 5 12,178 24.0% 2 11.1%
Longford-Westmeath 4 13,444 23.1% 4 26.7%
Mayo 5 17,214 23.0% 5 33.3%
Meath East 3 9,845 22.8% 2 22.2%
Kildare North 4 11,688 22.6% 2 16.7%
Dublin West 4 9,627 22.5% 1 10.0%
Galway West 5 13,447 21.9% 3 17.6%
Dublin South East 4 7,248 20.6% 2 12.5%
Cork North West 3 9,436 20.4% 2 22.2%
Tipperary North 3 8,300 17.0% 3 37.5%
Limerick City 4 6,843 15.7% 2 15.4%
Dublin North 4 7,513 15.1% 1 11.1%
Cork North Central 4 7,676 14.6% 1 6.7%
Dublin South 5 10,313 14.1% 5 31.3%
Cork South Central 5 9,038 14.0% 2 11.8%
Sligo-North Leitrim 3 5,672 12.7% 2 15.4%
Donegal South West 3 5,211 12.0% 2 22.2%
Kerry South 3 5,327 11.9% 2 20.0%
Cork East 4 6,802 11.8% 2 15.4%
Dublin North East 3 4,794 11.3% 1 9.1%
Tipperary South 3 4,525 10.8% 1 12.5%
Waterford 4 5,554 10.2% 1 6.7%
Wicklow 5 5,742 8.1% 2 8.3%
Laois-Offaly 5 5,830 7.8% 1 4.8%
Dublin South West 4 3,678 7.7% 1 10.0%
Galway East 4 4,178 7.0% 2 15.4%
Dublin North Central 3 2,641 6.7% 2 22.2%
Louth 5 4,546 6.5% 1 6.3%
Kerry North-W. Limerick 3 2,161 4.7% 2 18.2%
Donegal North East 3 1,150 3.0% 1 9.1%
Clare 4 1,099 1.9% 3 18.8%
Wexford 5 175 0.2% 1 7.1%
Cork South West 3 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Kildare South 3 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Limerick 3 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Roscommon-South Leitrim 3 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
STATE   332,878 14.8% 86 15.2%
2007 FIGURES   317,541 15.2% 82 17.5%
DUBLIN   117,736 21.4% 25 16.1%
LEINSTER   79,726 13.3% 20 13.2%
MUNSTER   66,761 10.3% 21 13.3%
CONNACHT-ULSTER   68,655 15.5% 20 19.6%
DUBLIN INNER CITY   35,109 29.0% 8 16.0%
URBAN   151,025 18.3% 33 14.5%
RURAL    181,853 12.8% 53 15.7%

While – unusually, when compared with previous trends – there was a higher percentage of female candidates in rural and especially Connacht-Ulster constituencies in 2011 relative to levels in urban/Dublin constituencies, female candidates were winning a higher number of votes on average in the more urban constiuencies.

In Dublin constituencies, female candidates won an average number of 4,709 first preference votes, as against lower averages in the other regions – with female candidates winning 3,986 votes, on average, in Leinster, 3,433 votes, on average, in Connacht-Ulster and 3,179 votes, on average, in Munster.

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About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer in Maynooth University Department of Geography.
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