Irish Loyal and Patriotic Union
|Succeeded by||Irish Unionist Alliance|
|Newspaper||Notes from Ireland|
The Irish Loyal and Patriotic Union was formed in Dublin in May 1885 by a small number of southern businessmen, landowners and academics. It sought to unite Liberals and Conservatives in the three southern provinces of Ireland on a common platform of maintenance of the union between Great Britain and Ireland. In doing so, it undermined the Conservative Loyal Irish Union, which shut down as a result of the ILPU's founding. From its inception, the ILPU's main opponent was the Irish Parliamentary Party. The ILPU published pamphlets, leaflets and a news sheet, Notes from Ireland, which were distributed widely in Ireland. The organisation had some success in preventing rivalry between Liberals and Conservatives, and in a number of cases candidates came forward in the 1885 general election simply as 'loyalists'. A total of 54 of the southern seats were contested by anti-home rule candidates.
The success of the organisation led its leaders to found the Irish Unionist Alliance in 1891, at which point the ILPU ceased to exist as a separate body.
Table shows results for candidates running under a purely "Loyalist" banner.
|Mid Cork||Arthur St George Patton||106||2.1||2||Irish Parliamentary Party|
|North Donegal||Augustus Stewart||952||17.2||2||Irish Parliamentary Party|
|Galway Borough||Thomas George Palmer Hallett||164||10.9||2||Irish Parliamentary Party|
|South Kerry||Daniel O'Connell||133||4.6||2||Irish Parliamentary Party|
|East Waterford||Capt. William Gervaise de la Poer||314||8.7||2||Irish Parliamentary Party|
|South Westmeath||Herman Southwood Smith||200||5.2||2||Irish Parliamentary Party|