Belfast Woodvale (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 54°36′36″N 5°57′47″W / 54.610°N 5.963°W / 54.610; -5.963

Belfast Woodvale
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members one
Replaced by Belfast West
Created from Belfast West

Woodvale, a division of Belfast, was a UK parliamentary constituency in Ireland. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom from 1918 to 1922, using the first past the post electoral system.

Boundaries and Boundary Changes

This constituency comprised the northern third of west Belfast, and contained the then Court and Woodvale wards of Belfast Corporation.[1]

Prior to the 1918 general election and after the dissolution of Parliament in 1922 the area was part of the Belfast West constituency.


The constituency was a strongly unionist area.

The First Dáil

Sinn Féin contested the general election of 1918 on the platform that instead of taking up any seats they won in the United Kingdom Parliament, they would establish a revolutionary assembly in Dublin. In republican theory every MP elected in Ireland was a potential Deputy to this assembly. In practice only the Sinn Féin members accepted the offer.

The revolutionary First Dáil assembled on 21 January 1919 and last met on 10 May 1921. The First Dáil, according to a resolution passed on 10 May 1921, was formally dissolved on the assembling of the Second Dáil. This took place on 16 August 1921.

In 1921 Sinn Féin decided to use the UK authorised elections for the Northern Ireland House of Commons and the House of Commons of Southern Ireland as a poll for the Irish Republic's Second Dáil. This constituency was, in republican theory, incorporated in a four-member Dáil constituency of Belfast West.

Members of Parliament

1918 Robert John Lynn Irish Unionist
May 1921 Ulster Unionist
1922 constituency abolished


General Election 14 December 1918: Belfast Woodvale
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Unionist Robert Lynn 12,232 90.75 N/A
Sinn Féin Robert Haskin 1,247 9.25 N/A
Majority 10,985 81.50 N/A
Turnout 19,802 68.07 N/A
Irish Unionist gain from new seat Swing N/A


  1. Redistribution of Seats (Ireland) Act 1918, Second Schedule, Part I

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