Donegal–Leitrim (Dáil Éireann constituency)

Former Dáil Éireann
Parliamentary Constituency
Former constituency
Created 1969
Abolished 1977
Seats 3
County/City council County Donegal
County Leitrim

Donegal–Leitrim was a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas from 1969 to 1977. The constituency elected 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs) to the Dáil, using the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).


The constituency was created under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1969, for the 1969 general election to the 19th Dáil. It was used again for the 1973 general election to the 20th Dáil.

Donegal–Leitrim was abolished under the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1974. The areas in County Donegal were mostly incorporated into the new Donegal constituency, while the more northerly Leitrim territories and the southern area of Donegal (around Bundoran and Ballyshannon), were incorporated into the substantially revised Sligo–Letrim.


Its territory did not change in the eight years of its existence, and was defined in the 1969 Act as being:[1]

"In the administrative county of Donegal, the district electoral divisions of:
Ballintra, Ballyshannon Rural, Ballyshannon Urban, Bundoran Rural, Carrickboy, Cavangarden, Cliff, in the former Rural District of Ballyshannon;
Ballintra, Binbane, Bonnyglen, Clogher, Corkemore, Donegal, Dunkineely, Eanymore, Grousehall, Haugh, Inver, Laghy, Lough Eask, Pettigoe. Tantallon Tawnawully, Templecarn, Tullynaught, in the former Rural District of Donegal;
Magheraclogher (with the exception of the townland of Glentornan), Meenaclalp in the former Rural District of Dunfanaghy.
Annagary, Aran, Ardara, Crovehy, Crowkeeragh, Crownarad, Dawros, Doocharry, Dunglo, Fintown, Glencolmcille, Glengesh, Glenleheen, Glenties, Graffy, Inishkeel Kilcar, Kilgoly, Killybegs, Largymore, Letter macaward, Maas, Maghery, Malin Beg, Mulmosog, Rutland, Tieveskeelta, in the former Rural District of Glenties;
Altnapaste, Castlefinn, Cloghan, Cloghard Convoy (with the exception of the townlands of Aughagault, Aughagault Big, Breen, Drumkeen, Mullaghfin, Stralongford, Treantaboy), Dooish, Gleneely, Goland, Killygordon, Knock, Stranorlar, Urney West, and the townlands of:
Aghawee, Ardnaglass, Ballybogan, Camus, Churchtown, Gortin South, Gortnavilly, Legnabraid, Tirkeeran, Untshinagh Lower, Unshinagh Upper, in the district electoral division of Clondeigh South; Ardvarnock Glebe, Deerpark, Flemingstown, Kiltole Tullydonnell Lower, Tullydonnell Upper, in the district electoral division of Figart; in the former Rural District of Stranorlar;
and the urban district of Bundoran;
and, in the administrative county of Leitrim, the district electoral divisions of:
Aghalateeve, Aghanlish, Aghavoghill, Gubacreeny, Kinlough, Melvin, Tullaghan, in the former Rural District of Kinlough;
Ballaghameehan, Belhavel, Cloonclare, Cloonlogher, Drumahaire, Glenade, Glenaniff, Glenboy, Glencar, Glenfarn, Killarga, Kiltyclogher, Lurganboy, Manorhamilton, Munakill, Sramor in the former Rural District of Manorhamilton."


Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Donegal–Leitrim 19691977[2]
19th 1969[3] Cormac Breslin
Joseph Brennan
Patrick O'Donnell
1970 by-election[4] Patrick Delap
20th 1973[5] James White
21st 1977 Constituency abolished. See Donegal and Sligo–Leitrim

Note: The columns in this table are used only for presentational purposes, and no significance should be attached to the order of columns. For details of the order in which seats were won at each election, see the detailed results of that election.


1973 general election

1973 general election: Donegal–Leitrim[5]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Ceann Comhairle Cormac Breslin Automatically returned N/A 1
Fianna Fáil Joseph Brennan 10,240 36.4 2
Fine Gael James White 7,122 25.3 3
Fianna Fáil Patrick Delap 5,146 18.3
Fine Gael Francis Cunningham 3,103 11.0
Sinn Féin (Official) Séamus Rodgers 2,436 8.7
Independent Kathleen Diskin 122 0.4
Electorate: ?   Valid: 28,169   Quota: 9,390   Turnout:

1970 by-election

Following the death of Fine Gael TD Patrick O'Donnell, a by-election was held on 2 December 1970. The seat was won by the Fianna Fáil candidate Patrick Delap.

Donegal-Leitrim by-election, 1970: Donegal–Leitrim[4]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Fianna Fáil Patrick Delap 15,485 53.0 1 1
Fine Gael James White 12,926 44.2
Labour Party Maeve Gilmartin 804 2.8
Electorate: 38,605   Valid: 29,215   Quota: 14,608   Turnout: 75.7%

1969 general election

1969 general election: Donegal–Leitrim[3]
Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
Ceann Comhairle Cormac Breslin Automatically returned N/A 1 1
Fianna Fáil Joseph Brennan 14,108 50.7 2 1
Fine Gael Patrick O'Donnell 8,141 29.3 3
Independent Eunan Curristan 3,883 14.0
Labour Party George Hunter 883 3.2
Labour Party Maeve Gilmartin 789 2.8
Electorate: ?   Valid: 27,804   Quota: 9,269   Turnout:

See also


  1. "Electoral (Amendment) Act, 1969: (Constituencies)". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  2. Walker, Brian M, ed. (1992). Parliamentary election results in Ireland, 1918–92. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. ISBN 0-901714-96-8. ISSN 0332-0286.
  3. 1 2 "General election 1969: Donegal–Leitrim". Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  4. 1 2 "By-election 1970: Donegal–Leitrim". Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  5. 1 2 "General election 1973: Donegal–Leitrim". Retrieved 19 September 2010.

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