Category Archives: by-election

Confirmed candidates for the Longford-Westmeath and Dublin West by-elections

Adrian Kavanagh, 24th April 2014 With these contests taking place on the same day as the Local and European elections of May 23rd, this post lists the names of the candidates who will be contesting the Longford-Westmeath and Dublin West by-elections on this … Continue reading

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By-election winners and losers, 1980-2013

Adrian Kavanagh, 24th April 2014 Reviewing the past three decades of by-election results shows that government parties have tended to fare poorly in by-election contests (although the last two by-elections have been won by government parties), but does certain parties … Continue reading

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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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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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Perspectives on the Dublin West constituency

On October 27th a by-election will take place in the Dublin West to fill the seat vacated following the death of Brian Lenihan TD. 13 candidates will be contesting this election, based on the official candidate information provided by the … Continue reading

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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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