The 24th Dáil was elected at the November 1982 general election on 24 November 1982 and met on 14 December 1982. The members of Dáil Éireann, the house of representatives of the Oireachtas (legislature), of Ireland are known as TDs. On 20 January 1987, President Patrick Hillery dissolved the Dáil at the request of the Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald. The 24th Dáil lasted 1,499 days.

24th Dáil
23rd Dáil 25th Dáil
Legislative bodyDáil Éireann
Meeting placeLeinster House
Term14 December 1982 – 20 January 1987
ElectionNovember 1982 general election
Government19th government of Ireland
Ceann ComhairleTom Fitzpatrick
TaoiseachGarret FitzGerald
TánaistePeter Barry
Dick Spring
until 20 January 1987
Chief WhipFergus O'Brien
Seán Barrett
until 13 February 1986
Leader of the OppositionCharles Haughey
1st14 December 1982 – 8 July 1983
2nd5 July 1984 – 30 June 1988
3rd10 October 1984 – 11 July 1985
4th23 October 1985 – 4 July 1986
5th22 October 1986 – 19 December 1986

Composition of the 24th Dáil edit

Party Nov. 1982 Jan. 1987
Fianna Fáil 75 71
Fine Gael 70 67
Labour Party 16 14
Workers' Party 2 2
Independent Fianna Fáil 1 1
Independent 2 3
Ceann Comhairle 1
Progressive Democrats 5
Vacant 1
Total 166

Fine Gael and the Labour Party, denoted with bullets (), formed the 19th government of Ireland. Labour left the government on 20 January 1987, after which the Dáil was dissolved.

Ceann Comhairle edit

On the meeting of the Dáil, Tom Fitzpatrick (FG) was proposed by Garret FitzGerald (FG) and seconded by Peter Barry (FG) for the position of Ceann Comhairle. John O'Connell (Ind), who had served in the position in the previous two Dála, was proposed by Neil Blaney (IFF) and seconded by Charles Haughey (FF). Fitzpatrick was elected on a vote of 86 to 80.[1]

Graphical representation edit

This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 24th Dáil from December 1982. This was not the official seating plan.


TDs by constituency edit

The list of the 166 TDs elected is given in alphabetical order by Dáil constituency.[2]

Members of the 24th Dáil
Constituency Name Party
Carlow–Kilkenny Liam Aylward Fianna Fáil
Kieran Crotty Fine Gael
Dick Dowling Fine Gael
M. J. Nolan Fianna Fáil
Séamus Pattison Labour
Cavan–Monaghan John Conlan Fine Gael
Tom Fitzpatrick Fine Gael
Jimmy Leonard Fianna Fáil
Rory O'Hanlon Fianna Fáil
John Wilson Fianna Fáil
Clare Sylvester Barrett Fianna Fáil
Donal Carey Fine Gael
Brendan Daly Fianna Fáil
Madeleine Taylor-Quinn Fine Gael
Cork East Michael Ahern Fianna Fáil
Myra Barry Fine Gael
Patrick Hegarty Fine Gael
Ned O'Keeffe Fianna Fáil
Cork North-Central Bernard Allen Fine Gael
Liam Burke Fine Gael
Denis Lyons Fianna Fáil
Toddy O'Sullivan Labour
Dan Wallace Fianna Fáil
Cork North-West Donal Creed Fine Gael
Frank Crowley Fine Gael
Donal Moynihan Fianna Fáil
Cork South-Central Peter Barry Fine Gael
Hugh Coveney Fine Gael
Eileen Desmond Labour
Gene Fitzgerald Fianna Fáil
Pearse Wyse Fianna Fáil
Cork South-West Jim O'Keeffe Fine Gael
P. J. Sheehan Fine Gael
Joe Walsh Fianna Fáil
Donegal North-East Neil Blaney Independent Fianna Fáil
Hugh Conaghan Fianna Fáil
Paddy Harte Fine Gael
Donegal South-West Clement Coughlan Fianna Fáil
Pat "the Cope" Gallagher Fianna Fáil
Dinny McGinley Fine Gael
Dublin Central Bertie Ahern Fianna Fáil
George Colley Fianna Fáil
Alice Glenn Fine Gael
Tony Gregory Independent
Michael Keating Fine Gael
Dublin North John Boland Fine Gael
Ray Burke Fianna Fáil
Nora Owen Fine Gael
Dublin North-Central Vincent Brady Fianna Fáil
Richard Bruton Fine Gael
George Birmingham Fine Gael
Charles Haughey Fianna Fáil
Dublin North-East Michael Joe Cosgrave Fine Gael
Liam Fitzgerald Fianna Fáil
Maurice Manning Fine Gael
Michael Woods Fianna Fáil
Dublin North-West Michael Barrett Fianna Fáil
Proinsias De Rossa Workers' Party
Mary Flaherty Fine Gael
Jim Tunney Fianna Fáil
Dublin South Niall Andrews Fianna Fáil
Séamus Brennan Fianna Fáil
Nuala Fennell Fine Gael
John Kelly Fine Gael
Alan Shatter Fine Gael
Dublin South-Central Ben Briscoe Fianna Fáil
Frank Cluskey Labour
Gay Mitchell Fine Gael
Fergus O'Brien Fine Gael
John O'Connell Independent
Dublin South-East Gerard Brady Fianna Fáil
Joe Doyle Fine Gael
Garret FitzGerald Fine Gael
Ruairi Quinn Labour
Dublin South-West Mary Harney Fianna Fáil
Michael O'Leary Fine Gael
Mervyn Taylor Labour
Seán Walsh Fianna Fáil
Dublin West Eileen Lemass Fianna Fáil
Brian Lenihan Fianna Fáil
Tomás Mac Giolla Workers' Party
Jim Mitchell Fine Gael
Liam Skelly Fine Gael
Dún Laoghaire David Andrews Fianna Fáil
Monica Barnes Fine Gael
Seán Barrett Fine Gael
Barry Desmond Labour
Liam T. Cosgrave Fine Gael
Galway East Paul Connaughton Snr Fine Gael
Michael P. Kitt Fianna Fáil
Noel Treacy Fianna Fáil
Galway West Fintan Coogan Jnr Fine Gael
John Donnellan Fine Gael
Frank Fahey Fianna Fáil
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Fianna Fáil
Bobby Molloy Fianna Fáil
Kerry North Denis Foley Fianna Fáil
Tom McEllistrim Fianna Fáil
Dick Spring Labour
Kerry South Michael Begley Fine Gael
Michael Moynihan Labour
John O'Leary Fianna Fáil
Kildare Joseph Bermingham Labour
Alan Dukes Fine Gael
Bernard Durkan Fine Gael
Charlie McCreevy Fianna Fáil
Paddy Power Fianna Fáil
Laois–Offaly Ger Connolly Fianna Fáil
Bernard Cowen Fianna Fáil
Tom Enright Fine Gael
Oliver J. Flanagan Fine Gael
Liam Hyland Fianna Fáil
Limerick East Michael Noonan Fine Gael
Willie O'Dea Fianna Fáil
Tom O'Donnell Fine Gael
Desmond O'Malley Fianna Fáil
Frank Prendergast Labour
Limerick West Gerry Collins Fianna Fáil
Michael J. Noonan Fianna Fáil
William O'Brien Fine Gael
Longford–Westmeath Patrick Cooney Fine Gael
Gerry L'Estrange Fine Gael
Mary O'Rourke Fianna Fáil
Albert Reynolds Fianna Fáil
Louth Michael Bell Labour
Pádraig Faulkner Fianna Fáil
Séamus Kirk Fianna Fáil
Brendan McGahon Fine Gael
Mayo East Seán Calleary Fianna Fáil
P. J. Morley Fianna Fáil
Paddy O'Toole Fine Gael
Mayo West Pádraig Flynn Fianna Fáil
Denis Gallagher Fianna Fáil
Enda Kenny Fine Gael
Meath John Bruton Fine Gael
John Farrelly Fine Gael
Jim Fitzsimons Fianna Fáil
Colm Hilliard Fianna Fáil
Frank McLoughlin Labour
Roscommon Seán Doherty Fianna Fáil
Terry Leyden Fianna Fáil
Liam Naughten Fine Gael
Sligo–Leitrim Matt Brennan Fianna Fáil
Joe McCartin Fine Gael
Ray MacSharry Fianna Fáil
Ted Nealon Fine Gael
Tipperary North David Molony Fine Gael
Michael O'Kennedy Fianna Fáil
John Ryan Labour
Tipperary South Seán Byrne Fianna Fáil
Brendan Griffin Fine Gael
Seán McCarthy Fianna Fáil
Seán Treacy Labour
Waterford Edward Collins Fine Gael
Austin Deasy Fine Gael
Jackie Fahey Fianna Fáil
Donal Ormonde Fianna Fáil
Wexford John Browne Fianna Fáil
Hugh Byrne Fianna Fáil
Michael D'Arcy Fine Gael
Avril Doyle Fine Gael
Ivan Yates Fine Gael
Wicklow Paudge Brennan Fianna Fáil
Gemma Hussey Fine Gael
Liam Kavanagh Labour
Godfrey Timmins Fine Gael

Changes edit

Date Constituency Loss Gain Note
14 December 1982 Cavan–Monaghan Fine Gael Ceann Comhairle Tom Fitzpatrick takes office as Ceann Comhairle[1]
1 February 1983 Donegal South-West Fianna Fáil   Death of Clement Coughlan
13 May 1983 Donegal South-West   Fianna Fáil Cathal Coughlan holds the seat vacated by the death of his brother Clement Coughlan
17 September 1983 Dublin Central Fianna Fáil   Death of George Colley
23 November 1983 Dublin Central   Fianna Fáil Tom Leonard holds seat vacated by the death of Colley
24 February 1984 Laois–Offaly Fianna Fáil   Death of Bernard Cowen
18 May 1984 Limerick East Fianna Fáil Independent Desmond O'Malley loses Fianna Fáil whip after support for New Ireland Forum Report[3]
14 June 1984 Laois–Offaly   Fianna Fáil Brian Cowen holds seat vacated by the death of his father Bernard Cowen
18 February 1985 Dublin South-Central Independent Fianna Fáil John O'Connell joins Fianna Fáil[4]
21 February 1985 Tipperary South Labour Independent Seán Treacy leaves Labour after voting against Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Bill 1985
27 November 1985 Dublin South-West Fianna Fáil Independent Mary Harney loses Fianna Fáil whip after voting for the Anglo-Irish Agreement[5]
21 December 1985 Limerick East Independent Progressive Democrats Desmond O'Malley founds the Progressive Democrats as leader
21 December 1985 Dublin South-West Independent Progressive Democrats Mary Harney founds the Progressive Democrats
20 January 1986 Cork South-Central Fianna Fáil Progressive Democrats Pearse Wyse leaves Fianna Fáil and joins the Progressive Democrats
23 January 1986 Galway West Fianna Fáil Progressive Democrats Bobby Molloy leaves Fianna Fáil and joins the Progressive Democrats
9 April 1986 Dublin Central Fine Gael Progressive Democrats Michael Keating leaves Fine Gael and joins the Progressive Democrats[6]
10 June 1986 Kildare Labour Independent Joseph Bermingham leaves Labour Party[7]
9 December 1986 Dublin Central Fine Gael Independent Alice Glenn leaves Fine Gael[8]
21 June 1986 Donegal South-West Fianna Fáil   Death of Cathal Coughlan

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Election of Ceann Comhairle – Dáil Éireann (24th Dáil) – Vol. 339 No. 1". Houses of the Oireachtas. 14 December 1982. Archived from the original on 8 July 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  2. ^ "TDs & Senators (24th Dáil)". Houses of the Oireachtas. Archived from the original on 5 May 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  3. ^ "O'Malley says he lost vote but won debate". The Irish Times. 19 May 1984. p. 8. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  4. ^ "O'Connell joins FF". The Irish Times. 19 February 1985.
  5. ^ Coghlan, Denis (27 November 1985). "Harney to lose FF Whip today". The Irish Times. p. 6. Retrieved 30 June 2022.
  6. ^ Cooney, John (10 April 1986). "Coalition Dail majority at one as Keating quits". The Irish Times. p. 1.
  7. ^ Yeates, Padraig (11 June 1986). "Bermingham resignation rooted in left–right rivalry". The Irish Times. p. 10. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  8. ^ Cooney, John (28 November 1986). "Glenn quits and denies sectarianism". The Irish Times. p. 8. Retrieved 24 November 2021.

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