Local historian reflects on 100th anniversary of historic election

Today marks 100 years since the 1918 election, the first where women had the right to vote.

It also saw the formation of the first Dáil, with Sinn Féin winning 73 of the 105 seats contested on the island.

Locally, among the four seats in this region, founder of Sinn Féin Arthur Griffith won in Cavan East, with controversial figure Ernest Blythe winning in Monaghan North.

The election helped to pave the way towards Irish independence and was the last ‘all-island’ election held in Ireland.

Local historian Dermot McMonagle told the Wider View that it was a significant vote.