Andrews is one of the most enduring names in the electoral politics of Dun Laoghaire since April 1965 when 29-year old David Andrews made his debut as a Fianna Fáil TD. It was a 4-seat constituency from 1965 until 1981 when it became a 5-seater. This legacy has survived the leadership of Lemass, Haughey. Ahern and, latterly, Cowen.
David Andrews was succeeded by his son Barry in the 2002 general election when he polled 7,425 votes in his first outing.
During the intervening 46 years the Andrews candidature has secured 121,103 first preference votes in 13 general elections when the cumulative quota was 111,240. The Andrews ticket beat quota in 8 of these elections. Barry Andrews achieved 83% of quota in his maiden outing but in 2007 he achieved 102% of quota – a solid 9,977 first preference votes.
Now that the constituency is once again a 4-seater it would be presumptuous to presume that the Andrews name will not prevail in 2011
|Election||Barry Andrews||David Andrews||% Quota|
|1982 - 11||7,643||91%|
|1982 - 02||7,931||98%|