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Presidential election votes

This table lists all votes won in Irish presidential elections in order of absolute numbers. Of course this order ignores issues such as growth in the electorate and variance in turnout. But an interesting table, if just because it shows that the highest and lowest poll both came from this year’s election.

Candidate Year Vote %
Michael D. Higgins (Lab) 2011 701101 39.6

Brian Lenihan (FF)

1990

694484

44.1
Mary Robinson (Lab) 1990 612265 38.9

Erskine Childers (FF)

1973

635867

51.9
Tom O’Higgins (FG) 1973 587771 48.1

Mary McAleese (FF)

1997

574424

45.2

Éamon de Valera (FF)

1966

558861

50.5

Tom O’Higgins (FG)

1966

548144

49.5

Éamon de Valera (FF)

1959

538003

56.3

Seán T. O’Kelly (FF)

1945

537965

49.5
Sean Gallagher (Ind) 2011 504964 28.5
Seán Mac Eoin (FG) 1959 417536 43.7
Mary Banotti (FG) 1997 372002 29.3
Seán Mac Eoin (FG) 1945 335539 30.9
Austin Currie (FG) 1990 267902 17.0
Martin McGuinness (SF) 2011 243030 13.7
Patrick McCartan (Ind) 1945 212834 19.6
Dana Rosemary Scallon (Ind) 1997 172458 13.8
Gay Mitchell (FG) 2011 113321 6.4
David Norris (Ind) 2011 109469 6.2
Adi Roche (Lab) 1997 88423 6.9
Derek Nally (Ind) 1997 59529 4.7
Dana Rosemary Scallon (Ind) 2011 51220 2.9
Mary Davis (Ind) 2011 48657 2.7

Also, the following were elected unopposed:

  • Douglas Hyde in 1938
  • Seán T. O’Kelly in 1952
  • Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh in 1974
  • Patrick Hillery in 1976
  • Patrick Hillery in 1983
  • Mary McAleese in 2004
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