Down (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

For other constituencies of the same name, see Down (disambiguation).

Coordinates: 54°33′25″N 6°18′40″W / 54.557°N 6.311°W / 54.557; -6.311

Former County Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland

Down shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created 1921
Abolished 1929
Election method Single transferable vote

Down was a county constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1921 - 1929. It returned eight MPs, using the single transferable vote method of proportional representation.


Down consisted of the administrative County Down (that is, excluding those parts of the historic county within the County Borough of Belfast). In 1929, the constituency was divided into the Ards, East Down, Iveagh, Mid Down, Mourne, North Down, South Down and West Down constituencies.[1]


Down had a Unionist majority, but with strong Nationalist support in the south. In both elections, six Unionists were elected, alongside one Nationalist and one Republican.

Election results

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1921 General Election: Down (8 seats)
Party Candidate % 1st Pref Count 1 Count 2Count 3Count 4Count 5Count 6Count 7Count 8Count 9
UUP James Craig 29,829                
Sinn Féin Éamon de Valera 21,677                
UUP John Miller Andrews 12,584                
UUP Thomas Lavery 2,863 12,883              
UUP Harry Mulholland 4,665 10,183              
UUP Robert McBride 3,297 5,944 5,956 8,715 11,819        
UUP Thomas McMullan 2,692 4,738 4,751 5,421 6,147 7,282 10,041    
Nationalist Patrick O'Neill 7,317 7,332 7,806 7,809 7,811 7,814 7,818 7,820 8,171
Sinn Féin Patrick Lavery 327 581 6,276 6,347 6,352 6,358 6,359 6,359 7,470
Independent Labour A. Adams 1,188 1,448 1,463 1,514 1,532 1,547 1,564 1,569 eliminated
Sinn Féin Patrick M. Moore 149 197 1,236 1,245 1,252 1,255 1,272 1,284 eliminated
Electorate: 93,138   Valid: 81,180   Quota: 9,021   Turnout: 87.2%
    1925 General Election: Down (8 seats)
    Party Candidate 1st Pref % Seat Count
    UUP John Miller Andrews unopposed N/A N/A N/A
    UUP James Craig unopposed N/A N/A N/A
    Republican Éamon de Valera unopposed N/A N/A N/A
    UUP Thomas Lavery unopposed N/A N/A N/A
    UUP Robert McBride unopposed N/A N/A N/A
    UUP Thomas McMullan unopposed N/A N/A N/A
    UUP Harry Mulholland unopposed N/A N/A N/A
    Nationalist Patrick O'Neill unopposed N/A N/A N/A


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