Meath East (Dáil Éireann constituency)
Location of Meath East within Ireland
|County council||Meath County Council|
Meath East is a parliamentary constituency represented in Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament or Oireachtas. The constituency elects 3 deputies (Teachtaí Dála, commonly known as TDs). The method of election is the single transferable vote form of proportional representation (PR-STV).
It was established by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005 when the previous 5-seat Meath constituency was divided into two 3-seat constituencies of Meath East and Meath West. It was first used at the 2007 general election electing members of the 30th Dáil.
It spans the eastern portions of County Meath. It includes Nobber, Slane, Dunboyne, Kells and Ashbourne, the constituency's biggest town.
The Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013 defines the constituency as:
- "In the county of Meath the electoral divisions of:
- Drumcondra, Grangegeeth, Killary, in the former Rural District of Ardee No. 2;
- Culmullin, Donaghmore, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Kilbrew, Killeen, Kilmore, Rathfeigh, Ratoath, Rodanstown, Skreen, in the former Rural District of Dunshaughlin;
- Ardagh, Carrickleck, Ceanannas Mór Rural, Cruicetown, Kilmainham, Maperath, Moybolgue, Moynalty, Newcastle, Newtown, Nobber, Posseckstown, Staholmog, Trohanny, in the former Rural District of Kells;
- Ardcath, Duleek, Mellifont, Stamullin, in the former Rural District of Meath;
- Ardmulchan, Castletown, Domhnach Phádraig, Kentstown, Painestown, Rathkenny, Slane, Stackallan, Tara, in the former Rural District of Navan;
- and the town of Kells."
|Teachtaí Dála (TDs) for Meath East 2007–|
Key to parties
|30th||2007|| Thomas Byrne
| Mary Wallace
| Shane McEntee|
|31st||2011|| Dominic Hannigan
| Regina Doherty|
|2013 by-election|| Helen McEntee|
|32nd||2016|| Thomas Byrne|
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.
2016 general election
|2016 general election: Meath East|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6||Count 7||Count 8||Count 9|
|Fianna Fáil||Thomas Byrne||26.1||10,138|
|Fine Gael||Helen McEntee||18.3||7,556||7,656||7,671||7,749||7,841||7,887||8,237||8,435||9,958|
|Fine Gael||Regina Doherty||16.5||6,830||6,889||6,899||6,979||7,064||7,109||7,247||7,477||9,612|
|Sinn Féin||Darren O'Rourke||14||5,780||5,860||5,970||6,017||6,096||6,341||6,637||7,236||8,556|
|Labour Party||Dominic Hannigan||5.5||2,270||2,307||2,325||2,350||2,494||2,525||2,680||3,084|
|Social Democrats||Aisling O'Neill||4.1||1,715||1,740||1,801||1,885||2,148||2,300||2,463|
|Direct Democracy||Ben Gilroy||1.9||794||809||841||876||899|
|Green Party||Seán Ó Buachalla||1.9||766||784||801||853|
|Renua Ireland||Sarah Tyrrell||1.3||523||554||563|
|Workers' Party||Seamus McDonagh||0.8||326||335|
|Electorate: 65588 Valid: 41388 Spoilt: 240 Quota: 10348 Turnout: 63.5%|
Following the death of Fine Gael TD Shane McEntee, a by-election was held on the 27 March 2013, the seat was won by his daughter Helen McEntee.
|2013 by-election: Meath East|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3|
|Fine Gael||Helen McEntee||38.5||9,356||9,547||11,473|
|Fianna Fáil||Thomas Byrne||32.9||8,002||8,106||9,582|
|Sinn Féin||Darren O'Rourke||13.0||3,165||3,370|
|Direct Democracy||Ben Gilroy||6.5||1,568||1,793|
|Labour Party||Eoin Holmes||4.6||1,112||1,245|
|Green Party||Seán Ó Buachalla||1.7||423|
|Workers' Party||Seamus McDonagh||1.1||263|
|Electorate: 64,164 Valid: 24,309 Spoilt: 259 Quota: 12,155 Turnout: 38.3%|
2011 general election
|2011 general election: Meath East|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4|
|Labour Party||Dominic Hannigan||21.0||8,994||9,383||9,669||12,382|
|Fine Gael||Regina Doherty||20.3||8,677||8,858||9,305||10,447|
|Fine Gael||Shane McEntee||20.6||8,794||8,994||9,142||10,143|
|Fianna Fáil||Thomas Byrne||13.4||5,715||5,892||7,354||8,173|
|Sinn Féin||Michael Gallagher||8.9||3,795||3,958||4,025|
|Fianna Fáil||Nick Killian||6.2||2,669||2,719|
|New Vision||Sharon Keogan||2.7||1,168|
|Green Party||Seán Ó Buachalla||1.1||461|
|Electorate: 64,873 Valid: 42,752 Spoilt: 346 (0.8%) Quota: 10,689 Turnout: 43,098 (66.4%)|
2007 general election
|2007 general election: Meath East|
|Party||Candidate||% 1st Pref||Count 1||Count 2||Count 3||Count 4||Count 5||Count 6||Count 7||Count 8|
|Fianna Fáil||Mary Wallace||25.3||10,901|
|Fine Gael||Shane McEntee||15.7||6,766||6,789||6,877||6,941||7,106||7,351||7,870||11,619|
|Fianna Fáil||Thomas Byrne||18.2||7,834||7,866||8,267||8,469||8,628||9,079||9,770||10,077|
|Labour Party||Dominic Hannigan||11.9||5,136||5,193||5,337||5,575||6,095||6,554||7,247||8,596|
|Fine Gael||Regina Doherty||10.1||4,363||4,377||4,508||4,764||4,992||5,164||5,972|
|Sinn Féin||Joanne Finnegan||3.9||1,695||1,723||1,762||1,859||2,008|
|Green Party||Seán Ó Buachalla||3.1||1,330||1,355||1,417||1,547|
|Progressive Democrats||Sirena Campbell||2.2||957||983|
|Independent||A. J. Cahill||0.6||269|
|Electorate: 67,443 Valid: 43,007 Spoilt: 359 (0.8%) Quota: 10,752 Turnout: 43,366 (64.3%)|
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- ↑ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2005: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
- 1 2 "Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- 1 2 "General election 2007: Meath East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
- 1 2 "General election 2011: Meath East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
- 1 2 "By-election 2013: Meath East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- 1 2 "General election 2016: Meath East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 23 February 2016.