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Irish Presidential Election, 2011

Vote Shares
  • 2011: Dramatic seven-way race produces surprising results.
  • 1997: Mary McAleese wins an unprecedented five-way race.
  • 1990: Mary Robinson is elected Ireland's first female president.
  • 1973: Erskine Childers becomes president for a year before an untimely death.
  • 1966: A reluctant de Valera runs for re-election, beginning the final 7 of a 57 year political career.
  • 1959: Éamon de Valera moves from the Dáil to the Áras.
  • 1945: Seán T.O'Kelly becomes Ireland's first directly elected President.

Several presidents were elected unopposed: Douglas Hyde in 1938, Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh in 1974, and Patrick Hillery in 1976 and 1983. Seán T. O'Kelly and Mary McAleese were elected unopposed for their second terms in 1952 and 2004 respectively.

Irish Political Maps

This site was set up in May 2011 as a resource for anyone with an interest in Irish politics and elections. Whether you're a seasoned political follower or are just learning about Irish politics, this site's aim is to provide useful, detailed information to all users.

Irish Political Maps covers elections throughout the island of Ireland from the 19th century to the present day, with maps showing election results, vote shares, referenda results, cabinet compositions and the different constituencies which have been in use throughout the last 200 years.

It remains a work in progress, with new maps uploaded regularly. New maps can be found under this post. Please use the index below to browse the maps online so far. If you are looking for a map which isn't online yet, please contact me. Each of the series of maps below will be completed over time.

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Constituencies of Ireland
Included are Westminster constituencies from the 1801 Act of Union to the 1921 Anglo-Irish treaty; constituencies of Dáil Éireann from 1921 to the present day and the constituencies of Northern Ireland from the original parliament to the modern Assembly.

General Elections
These maps show the seat shares won by parties contesting every general election that has taken place in Ireland since 1832 - the first election in which party affiliations became the norm. When elections are conducted with First Past the Post, the maps show which party has won in each constituency. Where proportional representation is used, each contesting party receives their own map showing the number of seats gained in each area.
Presidential Elections
The President of Ireland has served as head of state since its inception in 1938. There have been six contested elections for President. These maps show the share of first preference votes received by each candidate in these elections.

The Irish constitution mandates that a referendum be held on any amendment before it can be enacted. To date, there have been 23 referenda - including the initial plebiscite on the constitution itself. The referenda maps show the extent to which the voters of each constituency agreed or disagreed with the issue of the day and how much of the vote was received by each side of the campaigns.

Vote Shares
These maps show the levels of first-preference support won by every party that has contested an Irish general election, from their first election to their last. All parties will eventually be featured in this section, whether large or small.

While not always an important factor, the areas certain TDs represent can have a hand to play in the formation of a government cabinet, particularly if the government party of the day wishes to ensure strong support in as many areas as possible. These maps detail the geographic make-up of each Irish government cabinet, starting with the incumbent government and working backwards.