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This is a list of members who were elected to the 16th Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. These TDs (Members of Parliament) were elected at the 1957 general election on 5 March 1957 and met on 20 March 1957. The 16th Dáil was dissolved by President Éamon de Valera, at the request of the Taoiseach Seán Lemass on 8 September 1961. The 16th Dáil lasted 1,674 days, and saw a change of Taoiseach from Éamon de Valera to Seán Lemass.

16th Dáil Éireann
15th Dáil 17th Dáil
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Meeting placeLeinster House
Term20 March 1957 – 1 September 1961
Election1957 general election
GovernmentGovernment of the 16th Dáil
Ceann ComhairlePatrick Hogan
TaoiseachSeán Lemass
Éamon de Valera
until 23 June 1959
TánaisteSeán MacEntee
Seán Lemass
until 23 June 1959
Chief WhipDonnchadh Ó Briain
Leader of the OppositionJames Dillon
John A. Costello
until 21 October 1959
1st20 March 1957 – 4 July 1957
2nd23 October 1957 – 17 July 1958
3rd22 October 1958 – 23 July 1959
4th21 October 1959 – 20 July 1960
5th26 October 1960 – 1 September 1961

Composition of the 16th DáilEdit

Party March 1957 Oct. 1961
Fianna Fáil 78 77
Fine Gael 40 41
Labour Party 11 11
Sinn Féin 4 4
Clann na Talmhan 3 3
Clann na Poblachta 1 1
National Progressive Democrats 0 2
Independent 9 7
Ceann Comhairle 1 1

Government party denoted with bullet ()

Graphical representationEdit

This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 16th Dáil from March 1957.


  • Note that this was not the official seating plan.

TDs by constituencyEdit

The list of the 147 TDs elected, is given in alphabetical order by constituency.

Members of the 16th Dáil
Constituency Name Party
Carlow–Kilkenny Patrick Crotty Fine Gael
Jim Gibbons Fianna Fáil
Joseph Hughes Fine Gael
Francis Humphreys Fianna Fáil
Martin Medlar Fianna Fáil
Cavan Patrick O'Reilly Fine Gael
Michael Sheridan Fianna Fáil
Paddy Smith Fianna Fáil
John Tully Clann na Poblachta
Clare Éamon de Valera Fianna Fáil
Patrick Hillery Fianna Fáil
Patrick Hogan Ceann Comhairle
William Murphy Fine Gael
Cork Borough Stephen Barrett Fine Gael
Seán Casey Labour Party
John Galvin Fianna Fáil
Gus Healy Fianna Fáil
Jack Lynch Fianna Fáil
Cork East Richard Barry Fine Gael
Martin Corry Fianna Fáil
John Moher Fianna Fáil
Cork North Batt Donegan Fianna Fáil
Patrick McAuliffe Labour Party
Denis O'Sullivan Fine Gael
Cork South Dan Desmond Labour Party
Seán McCarthy Fianna Fáil
Tadhg Manley Fine Gael
Cork West Edward Cotter Fianna Fáil
Michael Murphy Labour Party
Florence Wycherley Independent
Donegal East Neil Blaney Fianna Fáil
Liam Cunningham Fianna Fáil
Daniel McMenamin Fine Gael
William Sheldon Independent
Donegal West Joseph Brennan Fianna Fáil
Cormac Breslin Fianna Fáil
Patrick O'Donnell Fine Gael
Dublin County Kevin Boland Fianna Fáil
Patrick Burke Fianna Fáil
Éamon Rooney Fine Gael
Dublin North-Central Vivion de Valera Fianna Fáil
Colm Gallagher Fianna Fáil
Patrick McGilligan Fine Gael
Dublin North-East Jack Belton Fine Gael
Patrick Byrne Fine Gael
Charles Haughey Fianna Fáil
Denis Larkin Labour Party
Oscar Traynor Fianna Fáil
Dublin North-West Thomas Byrne Independent
Declan Costello Fine Gael
Richard Gogan Fianna Fáil
Dublin South-Central Philip Brady Fianna Fáil
Maurice E. Dockrell Fine Gael
Seán Lemass Fianna Fáil
Celia Lynch Fianna Fáil
Jack Murphy Independent
Dublin South-East Noël Browne Independent
John A. Costello Fine Gael
Seán MacEntee Fianna Fáil
Dublin South-West Robert Briscoe Fianna Fáil
Bernard Butler Fianna Fáil
James Carroll Independent
Noel Lemass Fianna Fáil
Michael O'Higgins Fine Gael
Dún Laoghaire and Rathdown Lionel Booth Fianna Fáil
Seán Brady Fianna Fáil
Liam Cosgrave Fine Gael
Galway North Michael Donnellan Clann na Talmhan
Mark Killilea Snr Fianna Fáil
Michael F. Kitt Fianna Fáil
Galway South Patrick Beegan Fianna Fáil
Michael Carty Fianna Fáil
Brigid Hogan Fine Gael
Galway West Gerald Bartley Fianna Fáil
Fintan Coogan Fine Gael
Johnny Geoghegan Fianna Fáil
Kerry North Patrick Finucane Independent
Tom McEllistrim Fianna Fáil
Daniel Moloney Fianna Fáil
Dan Spring Labour Party
Kerry South Honor Crowley Fianna Fáil
Patrick Palmer Fine Gael
John Joe Rice Sinn Féin
Kildare Patrick Dooley Fianna Fáil
William Norton Labour Party
Gerard Sweetman Fine Gael
Leix–Offaly Kieran Egan Fianna Fáil
Nicholas Egan Fianna Fáil
Oliver J. Flanagan Fine Gael
Peadar Maher Fianna Fáil
Tom O'Higgins Fine Gael
Limerick East John Carew Fine Gael
Paddy Clohessy Fianna Fáil
Donogh O'Malley Fianna Fáil
Ted Russell Independent
Limerick West James Collins Fianna Fáil
Denis Jones Fine Gael
Donnchadh Ó Briain Fianna Fáil
Longford–Westmeath Erskine H. Childers Fianna Fáil
Charles Fagan Fine Gael
Michael Kennedy Fianna Fáil
Seán Mac Eoin Fine Gael
Ruairí Ó Brádaigh Sinn Féin
Louth Frank Aiken Fianna Fáil
George Coburn Fine Gael
Pádraig Faulkner Fianna Fáil
Mayo North Phelim Calleary Fianna Fáil
Seán Doherty Fianna Fáil
Patrick Lindsay Fine Gael
Mayo South Joseph Blowick Clann na Talmhan
Seán Flanagan Fianna Fáil
Henry Kenny Fine Gael
Mícheál Ó Móráin Fianna Fáil
Meath Patrick Giles Fine Gael
James Griffin Fianna Fáil
Michael Hilliard Fianna Fáil
Monaghan James Dillon Fine Gael
Patrick Mooney Fianna Fáil
Eighneachán Ó hAnnluain Sinn Féin
Roscommon John Beirne Jnr Clann na Talmhan
James Burke Fine Gael
Gerald Boland Fianna Fáil
Jack McQuillan Independent
Sligo–Leitrim Stephen Flynn Fianna Fáil
Eugene Gilbride Fianna Fáil
John Joe McGirl Sinn Féin
Mary Reynolds Fine Gael
Patrick Rogers Fine Gael
Tipperary North John Fanning Fianna Fáil
Mary Ryan Fianna Fáil
Patrick Tierney Labour Party
Tipperary South Dan Breen Fianna Fáil
Michael Davern Fianna Fáil
Frank Loughman Fianna Fáil
Richard Mulcahy Fine Gael
Waterford William Kenneally Fianna Fáil
Thomas Kyne Labour Party
Thaddeus Lynch Fine Gael
John Ormonde Fianna Fáil
Wexford Denis Allen Fianna Fáil
Seán Browne Fianna Fáil
Brendan Corish Labour Party
Anthony Esmonde Fine Gael
James Ryan Fianna Fáil
Wicklow Paudge Brennan Fianna Fáil
James Everett Labour Party
James O'Toole Fianna Fáil


Date Constituency Gain Loss Note
14 November 1957 Dublin North-Central Independent Fianna Fáil Frank Sherwin (Ind) wins the seat vacated by the death of Colm Gallagher (FF)
16 May 1958 Dublin South-East National Progressive Democrats Independent Noël Browne (Ind) co-founds the National Progressive Democrats
16 May 1958 Roscommon National Progressive Democrats Independent Jack McQuillan (Ind) co-founds the National Progressive Democrats
30 May 1958 Galway South Fianna Fáil Fianna Fáil Anthony Millar (FF) holds the seat vacated by the death of Patrick Beegan (FF)
25 June 1958 Dublin South-Central Fianna Fáil Independent Patrick Cummins (FF) wins the seat vacated by the resignation of Jack Murphy (Ind)
22 July 1959 Clare Fianna Fáil Fianna Fáil Seán Ó Ceallaigh (FF) holds the seat vacated by Éamon de Valera (FF) on his election as President
22 July 1959 Dublin South-West Fine Gael Fianna Fáil Richie Ryan (FG) wins the seat vacated by the death of Bernard Butler (FF)
22 July 1959 Meath Fianna Fáil Fianna Fáil Henry Johnston (FF) holds the seat vacated by the death of James Griffin (FF)
23 June 1960 Carlow–Kilkenny Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Patrick Teehan (FF) wins the seat vacated by the death of Joseph Hughes (FG)
1 March 1960 Sligo–Leitrim Fine Gael Fianna Fáil Joseph McLoughlin (FG) wins the seat vacated by the death of Stephen Flynn (FF)

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