Donegal Progressive Party

Donegal Progressive Party
Dissolved November 2009
Ideology Protestant Minority Interests

The Donegal Progressive Party was a minor political party in the Republic of Ireland.

The party drew its support mostly from the unionist and Protestant community in eastern County Donegal.[1] It was opposed to a united Ireland. At the 1973 general election, the party's leader advised Protestants to vote for Fianna Fáil, as it had the most stable policy on the border question.[2] Throughout the 1980s and 90s, the party held a single seat on Donegal County Council, but it lost this at the 1999 local elections.[3][4]

Jim Devenney, a butcher and member of the East Donegal Ulster Scots Association and the former deputy chairman of the Ulster-Scots Agency,[5] was the party's final representative, also contested Donegal North-East at the 1992 and 1997 general elections, and stood in Letterkenny again in 2004.[6] The party was removed from the Register of Political Parties in November 2009.[7]


  1. Crotty, William J.; Schmitt, David A. (17 June 2014). "Ireland and the Politics of Change". Routledge via Google Books.
  2. James Knight and Nicolas Baxter-Moore, Republic of Ireland: The General Elections of 1969 and 1973
  3. Protestants lose out in the Republic Grand Orange Order Lodge website, October 1998.
  4. "Independent TD stands, and angers Fianna Fail".
  5. About Us - East Donegal Ulster Scots Association - Official Website
  6. Jim Devenney,
  7. Coughlan, Kieran (20 November 2009). "Electoral Acts 1992 and 2001: Register of Political Parties" (PDF). Iris Oifigiúil. Dublin: Government Publications Office: 1509. Retrieved 5 April 2016.

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