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1880 United Kingdom general election in Ireland
← 1874 31 March – 27 April 1880 (1880-03-31 – 1880-04-27)[1] 1885 →

101 of the 652 seats to the House of Commons
  First party Second party Third party
Leader William Shaw Earl of Beaconsfield Marquess of Hartington
Party Home Rule Conservative Liberal
Leader since May 1879 27 February 1868 January 1875
Leader's seat Cork County Earl of Beaconsfield North East Lancashire
Seats before 60 31 10
Seats won 63 23 15
Seat change Increase3 Decrease8 Increase5
Popular vote 95,535 99,607 56,252
Percentage 37.5% 39.8% 22.7%
Swing Decrease2.1% Increase1.0% Increase4.3%

Results of the 1880 election in Ireland

The 1880 general election in Ireland marked the beginning both of the dominance of the Irish Parliamentary Party in Irish politics and of Charles Stewart Parnell's dominance within the Party.

The party won 62 of the 103 Irish parliamentary seats. 2 later defected to the Liberals. Parnell was presumed to have had the support of 25 of the MPs. When the Parliamentary Party reassembled in Westminster Parnell was elected session chairman of the party in place of William Shaw.

The IPP would not drop below the number of seats won in the 1880 election again until the 1918 general election, when it experienced an electoral wipeout at the hands of Sinn Féin.


Not included in the totals are the two Dublin University seats, which were uncontested and were retained by the Conservatives.

Party Seats Seats change Votes % % Change
Home Rule 63 Increase3 95,535 37.5 Decrease2.1%
Irish Conservative 23 Decrease8 99,607 39.8 Increase1.0%
Liberal 15 Increase5 56,252 22.7 Increase4.3%
Total 101 251,394 100
Popular vote
Irish Conservative
Home Rule
Parliamentary seats
Home Rule
Irish Conservative

See also


  1. ^ "General Election Dates 1832-2005".