Limerick City (UK Parliament constituency)
Former Borough constituency|
for the House of Commons
Limerick City was a United Kingdom Parliament constituency, in Ireland. It returned one MP 1801–1832, two MPs 1832–1885 and one thereafter. It was an original constituency represented in Parliament when the Union of Great Britain and Ireland took effect on 1 January 1801. It ceased to be represented in the United Kingdom Parliament in 1922.
Members of Parliament
One member 1801–1832
|1801, 1 January||Henry Deane Grady||1801: Co-opted|
|1802, 16 July||Charles Vereker||Tory||Succeeded as the 2nd Viscount Gort|
|1817, 25 July||Hon. John Vereker||Tory||Unseated on petition|
|1820, 3 July||Thomas Spring Rice||Whig||Declared duly elected|
|1832||Constituency allocated two seats|
Two members 1832–1885
|Election||First member||First party||Second member||Second party|
|1832, 21 December||William Roche||Repeal Association||Sir David Vandeleur Roche, Bt b||Repeal Association|
|1835, 8 January||Liberal a||Liberal a|
|1841, 6 July||John O'Brien||Liberal||Repeal Association|
|1844, 9 July||James Kelly||Repeal Association|
|1847, 6 August||Repeal Association||John O'Connell b||Repeal Association|
|1851, 1 August||Earl of Arundel and Surrey||Liberal|
|1852, 15 July||Robert Potter d||Liberal c||Francis William Russell d||Liberal|
|1852||Independent Irish c|
|1854, 28 October||James O'Brien e||Liberal|
|1858, 15 February||George Gavin f||Liberal|
|1858, 21 May||James Spaight||Conservative|
|1859, 5 May||George Gavin||Liberal|
|1871, 20 September||Isaac Butt||Home Rule League|
|1874, 5 February||Richard O'Shaughnessy g||Home Rule League|
|1879, 20 September||Daniel Fitzgerald Gabbett||Home Rule League|
|1883, 16 November||Edward McMahon||Home Rule League|
|1885||Constituency allocated one seat|
- a Re-elected in 1835 and 1837 as a candidate of a Liberal/Repealer pact.
- b Resigned.
- c Elected as a Liberal pledged to form an independent opposition in Parliament. He joined the Independent Irish Party when it was formed after the 1852 election.
- d Died.
- e Appointed a Judge of the Irish Court of Queen's Bench.
- f Unseated on petition and new writ issued.
- g Appointed Registrar of Petty Sessions Clerk.
One member 1885–1922
|1885||1888||Henry Joseph Gill (N)||1836|
|1888||1895||Francis Arthur O'Keefe (N)||1856||1909|
|1895||1895||John Daly (PN)|
|1895||1900||Francis Arthur O'Keefe (N)||1856||1909|
|1900||1918||Michael Joyce (N)||1851||1941|
|1918||1921||Michael Colivet (SF)||May 1884||4 May 1954|
In 1801–1832 and 1885–1922 the constituency used the first past the post electoral system to fill its one seat. In 1832–1885 the block vote was used to elect two members and first past the post to return one member at by-elections.
- 1895 John Daly, serving a term of life imprisonment, was elected unopposed after the Official Nationalist candidate (O'Keefe) withdrew in his favour. As a convicted felon, Daly was not eligible to sit in the House of Commons, and the election was declared void.
- 1918 general election (1 seat); polling 14 December, result declared 28 December
- 17,121 electors
- Michael Patrick Colivet (SF): Unopposed
- List of UK Parliament Constituencies in Ireland and Northern Ireland
- Limerick City (Dáil Éireann constituency)
- The Parliaments of England by Henry Stooks Smith (1st edition published in three volumes 1844–50), 2nd edition edited (in one volume) by F.W.S. Craig (Political Reference Publications 1973)
- Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922, edited by B.M. Walker (Royal Irish Academy 1978)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 3)