Antrim (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

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Antrim
Former County Constituency
for the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Antrim (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency).svg
Antrim shown within Northern Ireland
Former constituency
Created1921
Abolished1929
Election method Single transferable vote

Antrim was a county constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1921 to 1929. It returned seven MPs, using proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote.

Boundaries

Antrim was created by the Government of Ireland Act 1920 and consisted of the administrative County Antrim (that is, excluding those parts of the historic county within the County Borough of Belfast). The House of Commons (Method of Voting and Redistribution of Seats) Act (Northern Ireland) 1929 divided the constituency was divided into the seven constituencies elected under first past the post: Antrim Borough, Bann Side, Carrick, Larne, Mid Antrim, North Antrim and South Antrim constituencies. [1]

Second Dáil

In May 1921, Dáil Éireann, the parliament of the self-declared Irish Republic run by Sinn Féin, passed a resolution declaring that elections to the House of Commons of Northern Ireland and the House of Commons of Southern Ireland would be used as the election for the Second Dáil. [2] All those elected were on the roll of the Second Dáil, but as no Sinn Féin MP was elected for Antrim, it was not represented there. [3]

Politics

Antrim had a Unionist majority, with some pockets of Nationalist support. In 1921, six Unionists and one Nationalist were elected, while in 1925, there were five unionists, one Nationalist and one member of the Unbought Tenants Association elected.

Members of Parliament

ElectionMP
(Party)
MP
(Party)
MP
(Party)
MP
(Party)
MP
(Party)
MP
(Party)
MP
(Party)
1921 John Milne Barbour
(UUP)
Hugh O'Neill
(UUP)
George Boyle Hanna
(UUP)
Robert Crawford
(UUP)
Robert Dick Megaw
(UUP)
John Fawcett Gordon
(UUP)
Joseph Devlin
(Nationalist)
1925 George Henderson
(Unbought Tenants)
Thomas Stanislaus McAllister
(Nationalist)

Election results

24 May 1921 General Election: Antrim (7 seats)
PartyCandidateFPv%Count
12345
UUP John Milne Barbour 22.1817,735    
UUP Hugh O'Neill 20.8616,681    
UUP George Boyle Hanna 15.7412,584    
Nationalist Joseph Devlin 11.829,4489,4699,4999,5289,560
UUP Robert Dick Megaw 10.418,3268,99111,979  
UUP Robert Crawford 7.475,97611,958   
Sinn Féin Louis Joseph Walsh 6.194,9514,9584,9734,9885,028
UUP John Fawcett Gordon 3.712,9673,8907,50710,029 
Sinn Féin Joseph Connolly 1.601,2811,4241,4611,4851,511
Electorate: 93,566  Valid: 79,949  Quota: 9,994  Turnout: 85.5%
    3 April 1925 General Election: Antrim (7 seats)
    PartyCandidateFPv%Count
    12345
    UUP John Milne Barbour 20.9913,499    
    UUP Hugh O'Neill 19.5612,579    
    Nationalist Thomas Stanislaus McAllister 18.4411,857    
    UUP Robert Crawford 11.377,31011,369   
    UUP George Boyle Hanna 10.146,5247,2168,720  
    Unbought Tenants George Henderson 7.574,8664,9084,9948,712 
    UUP Robert Dick Megaw 6.784,3624,6436,2176,2716,469
    UUP John Fawcett Gordon 5.163,3183,7035,0785,1238,254
    Electorate: 98,278  Valid: 64,315  Quota: 8,040  Turnout: 65.4%

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      References

      1. Northern Ireland Parliamentary Election results: Constituency Boundaries
      2. "Dáil Éireann debate - Tuesday, 10 May 1921 - PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT. - ELECTIONS". Houses of the Oireachtas. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
      3. "APPENDIX 19 DÁIL ÉIREANN". Houses of the Oireachtas. 16 August 1921. Retrieved 20 February 2019.