Members of the 11th Dáil
This is a list of members who were elected to the 11th Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. These TDs (Members of Parliament) were elected at the 1943 general election on 23 June 1943 and met on 1 July 1943.
|11th Dáil Éireann|
|Meeting place||Leinster House|
|Term||1 July 1943 – 10 May 1944|
|Election||1943 general election|
|Government||Government of the 11th Dáil|
|Ceann Comhairle||Frank Fahy|
|Taoiseach||Éamon de Valera|
|Tánaiste||Seán T. O'Kelly|
|Chief Whip||Eamonn Kissane|
— Paddy Smith
until 2 July 1943
|Leader of the Opposition||Thomas F. O'Higgins|
— W. T. Cosgrave
until January 1944
There were no by-elections during this time. The Dáil adjourned sine die on 10 May 1944, the day after President Douglas Hyde called a general election for 30 May 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 the Second World War, was intended to increase national security by minimising the interval during which no Dáil is in existence.
Composition of the 11th DáilEdit
|Party||June 1943||May 1944|
|Clann na Talmhan||14||13|
|National Labour Party||0||5|
Government party denoted with bullet (•)
This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 11th Dáil from July 1943.
- 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.
|July 1943||Donegal East||Independent||Clann na Talmhan||William Sheldon (CnaT) resigns from Clann na Talmhan|
|7 January 1945||Cork South-East||National Labour Party||Labour Party||Thomas Looney resigns from the Labour Party and joins the National Labour Party|
|7 January 1945||Kerry North||National Labour Party||Labour Party||Dan Spring resigns from the Labour Party and joins the National Labour Party|
|7 January 1945||Kilkenny||National Labour Party||Labour Party||James Pattison resigns from the Labour Party and joins the National Labour Party|
|7 January 1945||Wexford||National Labour Party||Labour Party||John O'Leary resigns from the Labour Party and joins the National Labour Party|
|7 January 1945||Wicklow||National Labour Party||Labour Party||James Everett resigns from the Labour Party and joins the National Labour Party as its Leader|
"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 (10 May 1944). "Adjournment of the Dáil". Vol.93 No.15 p.3 c.2497–2498. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
I did not ask for a dissolution of the Dáil. This Dáil would not have been meeting to-day if there had been a dissolution. .... I did not ask for a dissolution, because we passed an Act last year to enable the Dáil, during this critical period, to be brought together at any time that there was need for doing so, so that the Executive at any time would have to assemble the Dáil in case there was any national issue that demanded its assembly. ... when the Dáil adjourns now it will not meet again unless there is some national issue which makes it necessary to call the Dáil together.
- Committee on Finance (10th Dáil) (14 April 1943). "General Elections (Emergency Provisions) Bill, 1943—Second Stage". Dáil Éireann debates. Oireachtas. Retrieved 27 March 2018.