The 28th Dáil was elected at the 1997 general election on 6 June 1997 and met on 26 June 1997. The members of Dáil Éireann, the house of representatives of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland, are known as TDs. The 28th Dáil lasted 1,765 days, the 2nd longest after the 10th Dáil. The 28th Dáil was dissolved by President Mary McAleese on 25 April 2002, at the request of the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.

28th Dáil
27th Dáil 29th Dáil
Legislative bodyDáil Éireann
Meeting placeLeinster House
Term26 June 1997 – 25 April 2002
Election1997 general election
Government25th government of Ireland
Ceann ComhairleSéamus Pattison
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
TánaisteMary Harney
Chief WhipSéamus Brennan
Leader of the OppositionMichael Noonan
John Bruton
until 9 February 2001
1st26 June 1997 – 10 July 1997
2nd10 September 1997 – 3 July 1998
3rd2 September 1998 – 2 July 1999
4th29 September 1999 – 30 June 2000
5th3 October 2000 – 6 July 2001
6th18 September 2001 – 25 April 2002

Composition of the 28th Dáil edit

Party June 1997 Apr. 2002
Fianna Fáil 77 73
Fine Gael 54 54
Labour 17 20
Progressive Democrats 4 4
Democratic Left 4 0
Green 2 2
Sinn Féin 1 1
Socialist Party 1 1
Independent Fianna Fáil 1 1
Independent 5 9
Ceann Comhairle 0 1

Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats, denoted with bullets (), formed the 25th government of Ireland.

Graphical representation edit

This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 28th Dáil from June 1997. This was not the official seating plan.


Ceann Comhairle edit

On 26 June 1997, Séamus Pattison (Lab) was proposed by Dick Spring and seconded by Mary O'Rourke for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Pattison was approved without a vote.[1]

List of TDs edit

This is a list of TDs elected to Dáil Éireann in the 1997 general election, arranged by party.[2] This table is a record of the 1997 general election results. The Changes table below records all changes in membership and party affiliation.

Party Name Constituency
Fianna Fáil (77) Bertie Ahern Dublin Central
Dermot Ahern Louth
Noel Ahern Dublin North-West
Michael Ahern Cork East
David Andrews Dún Laoghaire
Seán Ardagh Dublin South-Central
Liam Aylward Carlow–Kilkenny
Johnny Brady Meath
Martin Brady Dublin North-East
Matt Brennan Sligo–Leitrim
Séamus Brennan Dublin South
Ben Briscoe Dublin South-Central
John Browne Wexford
Ray Burke Dublin North
Hugh Byrne Wexford
Ivor Callely Dublin North-Central
Pat Carey Dublin North-West
Michael J. Collins Limerick West
Mary Coughlan Donegal South-West
Brian Cowen Laois–Offaly
Martin Cullen Waterford
Brendan Daly Clare
Noel Davern Tipperary South
Noel Dempsey Meath
John Dennehy Cork South-Central
Síle de Valera Clare
Seán Doherty Longford–Roscommon
John Ellis Sligo–Leitrim
Frank Fahey Galway West
Seán Fleming Laois–Offaly
Chris Flood Dublin South-West
Beverley Flynn Mayo
Denis Foley Kerry North
Mary Hanafin Dún Laoghaire
Seán Haughey Dublin North-Central
Joe Jacob Wicklow
Cecilia Keaveney Donegal North-East
Brendan Kenneally Waterford
Billy Kelleher Cork North-Central
Tony Killeen Clare
Séamus Kirk Louth
Michael P. Kitt Galway East
Tom Kitt Dublin South
Liam Lawlor Dublin West
Brian Lenihan Dublin West
Conor Lenihan Dublin South-West
Micheál Martin Cork South-Central
Charlie McCreevy Kildare North
Jim McDaid Donegal North-East
Marian McGennis Dublin Central
John McGuinness Carlow–Kilkenny
Tom Moffatt Mayo
John Moloney Laois–Offaly
Donal Moynihan Cork North-West
Michael Moynihan Cork North-West
Éamon Ó Cuív Galway West
Willie O'Dea Limerick East
John O'Donoghue Kerry South
Noel O'Flynn Cork North-Central
Rory O'Hanlon Cavan–Monaghan
Batt O'Keeffe Cork South-Central
Ned O'Keeffe Cork East
Michael O'Kennedy Tipperary North
Mary O'Rourke Westmeath
Seán Power Kildare South
Albert Reynolds Longford–Roscommon
Dick Roche Wicklow
Eoin Ryan Dublin South-East
Brendan Smith Cavan–Monaghan
Michael Smith Tipperary North
Noel Treacy Galway East
Eddie Wade Limerick East
Dan Wallace Cork North-Central
Mary Wallace Meath
Joe Walsh Cork South-West
G. V. Wright Dublin North
Michael Woods Dublin North-East
Fine Gael (54) Theresa Ahearn Tipperary South
Bernard Allen Cork North-Central
Seán Barrett Dún Laoghaire
Monica Barnes Dún Laoghaire
Louis Belton Longford–Roscommon
Paul Bradford Cork East
John Browne Carlow–Kilkenny
John Bruton Meath
Richard Bruton Dublin North-Central
Andrew Boylan Cavan–Monaghan
Liam Burke Cork North-Central
Ulick Burke Galway East
Donal Carey Clare
Deirdre Clune Cork South-Central
Paul Connaughton Snr Galway East
Michael Joe Cosgrave Dublin North-East
Hugh Coveney Cork South-Central
Seymour Crawford Cavan–Monaghan
Michael Creed Cork North-West
Austin Currie Dublin West
Michael D'Arcy Wexford
Austin Deasy Waterford
Jimmy Deenihan Kerry North
Alan Dukes Kildare South
Bernard Durkan Kildare North
Tom Enright Laois–Offaly
John Farrelly Meath
Michael Finucane Limerick West
Frances Fitzgerald Dublin South-East
Charles Flanagan Laois–Offaly
Brian Hayes Dublin South-West
Jim Higgins Mayo
Phil Hogan Carlow–Kilkenny
Enda Kenny Mayo
Gay Mitchell Dublin South-Central
Jim Mitchell Dublin Central
Olivia Mitchell Dublin South
Brendan McGahon Louth
Dinny McGinley Donegal South-West
Paul McGrath Westmeath
Pádraic McCormack Galway West
Denis Naughten Longford–Roscommon
Dan Neville Limerick West
Michael Noonan Limerick East
Jim O'Keeffe Cork South-West
Nora Owen Dublin North
John Perry Sligo–Leitrim
Gerry Reynolds Sligo–Leitrim
Michael Ring Mayo
Alan Shatter Dublin South
P. J. Sheehan Cork South-West
David Stanton Cork East
Billy Timmins Wicklow
Ivan Yates Wexford
Labour Party (17) Michael Bell Louth
Tommy Broughan Dublin North-East
Michael Ferris Tipperary South
Michael D. Higgins Galway West
Brendan Howlin Wexford
Jim Kemmy Limerick East
Derek McDowell Dublin North-Central
Breeda Moynihan-Cronin Kerry South
Brian O'Shea Waterford
Séamus Pattison Carlow–Kilkenny
Willie Penrose Westmeath
Ruairi Quinn Dublin South-East
Róisín Shortall Dublin North-West
Dick Spring Kerry North
Emmet Stagg Kildare North
Pat Upton Dublin South-Central
Jack Wall Kildare South
Democratic Left (4) Proinsias De Rossa Dublin North-West
Eamon Gilmore Dún Laoghaire
Liz McManus Wicklow
Pat Rabbitte Dublin South-West
Progressive Democrats (4) Mary Harney Dublin South-West
Bobby Molloy Galway West
Liz O'Donnell Dublin South
Desmond O'Malley Limerick East
Green Party (2) John Gormley Dublin South-East
Trevor Sargent Dublin North
Independent Fianna Fáil (1) Harry Blaney Donegal North-East
Sinn Féin (1) Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Cavan–Monaghan
Socialist Party (1) Joe Higgins Dublin West
Independent (5) Mildred Fox Wicklow
Tom Gildea Donegal South-West
Tony Gregory Dublin Central
Jackie Healy-Rae Kerry South
Michael Lowry Tipperary North

Changes edit

Date Constituency Loss Gain Note
26 June 1997 Carlow–Kilkenny Labour Ceann Comhairle Séamus Pattison takes office as Ceann Comhairle[1]
27 September 1997 Limerick East Labour   Death of Jim Kemmy
20 October 1997 Dublin North Fianna Fáil   Ray Burke resigns from Dáil Éireann
11 March 1998 Limerick East   Labour Jan O'Sullivan holds the seat vacated by the death of Jim Kemmy
11 March 1998 Dublin North   Labour Seán Ryan takes the seat vacated by Ray Burke
14 March 1998 Cork South-Central Fine Gael   Death of Hugh Coveney
13 October 1998 Louth Labour Independent Michael Bell resigns from the Labour Party
23 October 1998 Cork South-Central   Fine Gael Simon Coveney holds the seat vacated by the death of his father Hugh Coveney
30 November 1998 Louth Independent Labour Michael Bell rejoins the Labour Party
24 January 1999 Dublin North-West Democratic Left Labour Proinsias De Rossa joins the Labour Party in a merger with DL
24 January 1999 Dublin South-West Democratic Left Labour Pat Rabbitte joins the Labour Party in a merger with DL
24 January 1999 Dún Laoghaire Democratic Left Labour Eamon Gilmore joins the Labour Party in a merger with DL
24 January 1999 Wicklow Democratic Left Labour Liz McManus joins the Labour Party in a merger with DL
22 February 1999 Dublin South-Central Labour   Death of Pat Upton
24 February 1999 Mayo Fianna Fáil Independent Beverley Flynn resigns from Fianna Fáil
27 October 1999 Dublin South-Central   Labour Mary Upton holds the seat vacated by the death of her brother Pat Upton
3 November 1999 Mayo Independent Fianna Fáil Beverley Flynn rejoins Fianna Fáil
9 February 2000 Kerry North Fianna Fáil Independent Denis Foley resigns from Fianna Fáil
21 March 2000 Tipperary South Labour   Death of Michael Ferris
7 June 2000 Dublin West Fianna Fáil Independent Liam Lawlor resigns from Fianna Fáil
22 June 2000 Tipperary South   Independent Séamus Healy takes the seat vacated by the death of Michael Ferris
20 September 2000 Tipperary South Fine Gael   Death of Theresa Ahearn
11 April 2001 Mayo Fianna Fáil Independent Beverley Flynn is expelled from Fianna Fáil
1 July 2001 Tipperary South   Fine Gael Tom Hayes (FG) holds the seat vacated by the death of Theresa Ahearn

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Election of Ceann Comhairle – Dáil Éireann (28th Dáil) – Vol. 480 No. 1". Houses of the Oireachtas. 26 June 1997. Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  2. ^ "TDs & Senators (28th Dáil)". Houses of the Oireachtas.

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