Members of the 10th Dáil
This is a list of members who were elected to the 10th Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. These TDs (members of parliament) were elected at the 1938 general election on 17 June 1938 and met on 30 June 1938.
|10th Dáil Éireann|
|Meeting place||Leinster House|
|Term||30 June 1938 – 26 May 1943|
|Election||1938 general election|
|Government||Government of the 10th Dáil|
|Ceann Comhairle||Frank Fahy|
|Taoiseach||Éamon de Valera|
|Tánaiste||Seán T. O'Kelly|
|Chief Whip||Paddy Smith|
— Patrick Little
until 26 September 1939
|Leader of the Opposition||W. T. Cosgrave|
The 10th Dáil is the longest serving Dáil, lasting 1,832 days. The Dáil adjourned on 26 May 1943 and on 31 May President Douglas Hyde called a general election for 17 June at the request of the Taoiseach Éamon de Valera. Technically, and exceptionally, the outgoing Dáil was not dissolved until after the election. Although the Constitution requires the President to dissolve the Dáil before a general election, this procedure was overridden by the General Elections (Emergency Provisions) Act 1943. The act, which would have been unconstitutional if not for the state of emergency in effect during World War II, was intended to increase national security by minimising the interval during which no Dáil is in existence.
Composition of the 10th DáilEdit
|Party||June 1938||June 1943|
Government party denoted with bullet (•)
This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 10th Dáil from June 1938.
- Note that this was not the official seating plan.
TDs by constituencyEdit
The list of the 138 TDs elected, is given in alphabetical order by constituency.
|6 June 1939||Dublin South||Fianna Fáil||Fine Gael||John McCann (FF) wins the seat vacated by the death of James Beckett (FG)|
|30 May 1940||Galway West||Fianna Fáil||Fianna Fáil||John J. Keane (FF) holds the seat vacated by the death of Seán Tubridy (FF)|
"Constitution of Ireland". Irish Statute Book. Article 16.3. Retrieved 27 March 2018.;
"General Elections (Emergency Provisions) Act, 1943". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 27 March 2018.de Valera, Éamon (26 May 1943). "The General Election: Announcement by Taoiseach". pp. Vol.90 No.5 p.19 c.562. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
the Dáil will rise to–day. ... It is my intention to advise the President so that on the 31st May he may issue his direction for the holding of a general election. His proclamation may be issued on the 31st May. ... the 22nd June will be the polling day and then the outgoing Dáil, the present Dáil, would have to be dissolved not later than 8th July. The House is aware that it will be dissolved as soon as the Clerk of the Dáil is able to inform us that he has got returns for all the writs.
- Committee on Finance (10th Dáil) (14 April 1943). "General Elections (Emergency Provisions) Bill, 1943—Second Stage". Dáil Éireann debates. Oireachtas. Retrieved 27 March 2018.