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1857 United Kingdom general election in Ireland
← 1852 27 March – 24 April 1857 (1857-03-27 – 1857-04-24) 1859 →

105 of the 670 seats to the House of Commons
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Viscount Palmerston Earl of Derby George Henry Moore
Party Whig Conservative Independent Irish
Leader since 6 February 1855 July 1846 October 1855
Leader's seat Tiverton House of Lords Mayo (defeated)
Seats won 48 44 13

The 1857 British general election in Ireland produced a victory in Ireland for the Whigs under Lord Palmerston. The election was the first to be contested by the Independent Irish Party under their own banner. The Independent Irish Party had been formed following the 1852 election by Liberal candidates who had pledged to form an independent party in parliament should they be elected. A total of 48 Liberal candidates made the pledge.

Results

Party Candidates Unopposed Seats Seats change Votes % % Change
Whigs 77 27 48 Decrease15 67,935 47.8 Decrease4.9
Conservative & Peelite 52 14 42 Increase2 61,741 43.6 Decrease2.7
Independent Irish 19 4 13 12,099 8.6
148 45 103 Steady 141,775 100
Popular vote
Whigs
47.92%
Irish Conservative
43.55%
Independent Irish
8.54%
Parliamentary seats
Whigs
46.60%
Irish Conservative
40.78%
Independent Irish
12.62%

University Constituencies

1859 General Election: Dublin University
(2 seats)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rt Hon. Joseph Napier 829 41.28
Conservative George Alexander Hamilton 791 39.39
Whig James Anthony Lawson 272 13.55
Whig John Wilson 116 5.78
Conservative hold Swing
Conservative hold Swing
Turnout 2,008 59.06 N/A

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