Monthly Archives: September 2011

Party vote levels at by-elections, 1980-2010

Since January 1st 1980, twenty-four Dail by-elections have been held in the Republic of Ireland involving two hundred candidates who have won a combined total of 816,989 votes in these. Fianna Fail has been the most successful party in terms … Continue reading

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Female candidacies and support levels at by-election contests, 1982-2010

There has been exactly two hundred candidacies across the 23 different by-election contests that took place over the past three decades (between 1982 and 2010), although this number does take account of candidates (such as Jim Tallon who has to … Continue reading

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Losing the battle but winning the war: General Election successes for by-election losers

What do Tomas MacGiolla, Dick Roche, Joe Higgins, Brian Hayes and Paul Gogarty all have in common?

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By-election winners and losers, 1982-2010

Reviewing the past three decades of by-election results shows (as covered in the previous post) that government parties tend to fare poorly in by-election contests, but does certain parties or groupings tend to do especially well/poorly in these? A review … Continue reading

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By-elections: Bad for government parties’ health?

With the Dublin West by-election scheduled to take place on the same day as the Presidential Election, this is a good time to review statistics for voting patterns in recent by-election contests. This post, reviewing such patterns in the 23 … Continue reading

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Gender and Voting Patterns in the 2011 General Election

By Claire McGing, IRCHSS scholar, Dept of Geography, NUI Maynooth  Women comprised just 15 per cent of women candidates in the 2011 general elections, but how did those that ran fare in comparison to their male colleagues in terms of voting patterns?

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