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The 17th Dáil was elected at the 1961 general election on 4 October 1961 and first met on 11 November when the 10th Government of Ireland was appointed. The 17th Dáil lasted for 1,281 days.

Government of the 17th Dáil
10th Government of Ireland
Date formed11 November 1961
Date dissolved21 April 1965
People and organisations
Head of stateÉamon de Valera
Head of governmentSeán Lemass
Deputy head of governmentSeán MacEntee
Total no. of ministers14
Member partyFianna Fáil
Status in legislatureMinority Government
Opposition leaderJames Dillon (Fine Gael)
Election(s)1961 general election
Legislature term(s)17th Dáil
Predecessor9th Government
Successor11th Government


10th Government of IrelandEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "History of Government – Seventeenth Dáil". Department of the Taoiseach. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  2. ^ Paddy Smith resigned on 8 October 1964 in protest at the government's response to certain farming issues.