Of the 128 seats in the third Dáil, thirty-four were filled without opposition on nomination day. Under the pact which established the Coalition, seventeen of these went to the Treaty and seventeen to the anti-Treaty side, and the group constituencies in which there will be no contest are South Mayo and South Roscommon, North and West Mayo, Limerick City and East Limerick, West Limerick and Kerry, Leitrim and North Roscommon, Donegal and Clare.
In the latter constituency Messrs. Ryan and Hogan, Farmers’ Union, Patrick Hogan, Labour and Edward MacLysaght, independent, were nominated, but withdrew at the last moment, and were thanked by Mr. de Valera upon his return for having enabled the country to present a united front at this crucial period.
Four candidates sit for Dublin University where nominations took place yesterday. Ninety seats remain to be filled and of the ninety panel candidates nominated for these seats, forty-eight are pro-Treaty and forty-one anti-Treaty. Thus, if these seats go uncontested, the parties in the Third Dáil would stand in the same proportion to one another as they did when the Treaty was ratified by a majority of seven.
There will be a contest in each of the ten constituencies in Leister; while five are being contested in Munster and three have gone uncontested; two are being contested in Connacht and three have gone uncontested.
There are 184 candidates for the ninety seats that remain to be filled, and it is an interesting fact that no single member of the present Dáil Cabinet has been returned unopposed, whilst Mr. Finian Lynch is the only Minister of the Provisional Government in whose constituency there is not a contest.
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