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Clare County Council

Administrative / Biographical history

Until the early 20th century in Ireland
the right to vote was connected to some form of property ownership. In 1829 (following Catholic Emancipation)
qualification was the possession of property to the rateable valuation of
this dramatically reduced the size of the Irish electorate by approximately eighty percent. The Reform Act of 1832 retained the
but also admitted some categories of leaseholder. With The Franchise Act
1850 the vote was further broadened to include occupiers of property valued at
16 percent of the adult male population could vote. The Representation of the People Act
1884 gave the right to vote to all adult males who paid an annual rent of
while still excluding servants
lodgers and adult men living with their parents. 
Under the Local Government (Ireland) Act
1898 all householders were entitled to vote
including women
for the first time. Ireland
1911 that women were admitted to council membership. The last major extension to the franchise was in 1918
when men over twenty one and women over thirty gained the vote. 
The Local Government (Ireland) Act 1919 extended the system of proportional representation to twenty six town councils and urban district councils and two hundred other local authorities. This act brought the introduction of a proportional representation system of voting to Clare. Five new Electoral Areas were introduced Ennis (4)
Ennistymon (3)
Killaloe (4)
Kilrush (5) and Miltown Malbay (4). The Electoral Act
1923 entitled all citizens of the Irish Free State
above the age of twenty-one years to be registered as a D

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Gives voter residence nature of qualification description/title property value observation and or objection.
Voting Lists and Supplemental list for (1903) East Clare Corofin Ennis (Urban) Ennis (Rural) Quin Broadford Clonlara Kilrush (Rural) Ballyvaughan and Feakle


None expected

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Arranged by polling district

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By appointment
open access

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Not to be reproduced without prior written consent from Archivist

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Clare County Archives

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Archivist's Note

Rene Franklin

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