Monthly Archives: March 2013

Voter turnout levels in Dail by-elections 1994-2011

Adrian Kavanagh, 22nd March 2013 Voter turnout levels in general elections in the Republic of Ireland, as in most other democracies tend to be higher than those in other types of elections, such as referendum elections, presidential elections and local … Continue reading


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New European Parliament constituency boundary revision?

Adrian Kavanagh, 12th/13th March 2013 With Croatia about to become the newest member of the European Union in the coming months and with this state likely to be assigned 11/12 seats in the next European Parliament, theEuropean Union has voted … Continue reading

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Losing the battle but winning the war?: General Election success for by-election losers (and by-election success for general election runners-up)

Adrian Kavanagh, March 6th 2013 What do Tomas MacGiolla, Dick Roche, Joe Higgins, Brian Hayes and Paul Gogarty all have in common? All of these candidates lost in by-election contests – MacGiolla (Dublin West 1982), Roche (Wicklow 1995), Higgins (Dublin West 1996), Hayes (Dublin … Continue reading

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Female candidacies and support levels at by-election contests, 1980-2013

Adrian Kavanagh, March 6th 2013 – updated March 28th 2013 228 candidates have contested the 26 different by-election contests that took place over the past three decades (between 1980 and 2011), although this number does take account of candidates (such … Continue reading

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Party vote levels at by-elections, 1980-2011

Adrian Kavanagh, March 6th 2013 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 … Continue reading

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Support for government parties in Dail by-elections between 1980 and 2011

With the Meath East by-election scheduled to take place on March 27th 2013, this is a good time to review statistics for voting patterns in recent by-election contests. This post, reviewing such patterns in the 24 by-elections during the period … Continue reading

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