Waterford City (UK Parliament constituency)

Waterford City
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons

Waterford City was a United Kingdom Parliament constituency, in Ireland.

Boundaries and boundary changes

This constituency was the Parliamentary borough of Waterford in County Waterford.

It returned one MP 1801–1832, two MPs 1832–1885 and one 1885–1922. It was an original constituency represented in Parliament when the Union of Great Britain and Ireland took effect on 1 January 1801.

From the dissolution of Parliament in 1922 the area was no longer represented in the United Kingdom House of Commons.


The constituency was a predominantly Nationalist area in 1918. The seat was contested by William Redmond, the son of the IPP leader John Redmond whom he replaced in the Waterford City constituency in a by-election held in March 1918.[1] In the general election of December 1918, it was the only Irish seat the IPP won outside Ulster.[2]

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 area, in republican theory, was incorporated in the five member Dáil constituency of Waterford–Tipperary East.

Members of Parliament

MPs 1801–32

1801 William Congreve Alcock Tory c. 1771–1813
1803 Sir John Newport, Bt.[3] Whig 1756–1843
1801 Representation increased to two members

MPs 1832–85

Representation increased to two members

Election1st Member1st Party2nd Member2nd Party
1832 Henry Barron Repeal Association William Christmas Conservative
1835 Thomas Wyse Liberal
1841 William Christmas Conservative William Morris Reade Conservative
1841 Henry Barron Liberal Thomas Wyse Liberal
1847 Thomas Meagher Repeal Association Daniel O'Connell, Jr. Repeal Association
1848 by-election Henry Barron Liberal
1852 Robert Keating Liberal
1857 John Aloysius Blake Ind. Irish Michael Dobbyn Hassard Conservative
1859 Liberal
1865 Henry Barron Liberal
1868 James Delahunty Liberal
1869 Henry Barron Liberal
1870 by-election Ralph Bernal Osborne Liberal
1874 Richard Power Home Rule League Purcell O'Gorman Home Rule League
1880 Edmund Leamy Home Rule League
1882 Irish Parliamentary Party Irish Parliamentary Party
1885 Reduced to 1 seat

MPs 1885–1918

Representation reduced to one member

1885 Richard Power Nationalist
1890 Parnellite
1892 by-election John Edward Redmond Parnellite
1900 Nationalist
1918 by-election William Archer Redmond Nationalist
1922 UK constituency abolished


The single-member elections in this constituency took place using the first past the post electoral system. Multi-member elections used the plurality-at-large voting system.

General Election 14 December 1918: Waterford City
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Irish Parliamentary William Redmond 4,915 52.6 N/A
Sinn Féin Vincent White 4,431 47.4 N/A
Majority 484 5.1 N/A
Turnout 9,346 77.5 N/A
Irish Parliamentary hold Swing N/A

See also


External links


  1. Jonathan Githens-Mazer, Myths and Memories of the Easter Rising, Cultural and Political Nationalism in Ireland, (Dublin and Portland, OR: Irish Academic Press, 2006), 202
  2. Brian, Walker, ed, Parliamentary Election Results in Ireland, 1801–1922, (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1978), 187–191
  3. On petition Alcock was unseated and Newport was declared elected, 7 December 1803.
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