Members of the 21st Dáil

This is a list of members who were elected to the 21st Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. These TDs (Members of Parliament) were elected at the 1977 general election on 16 June 1977 and met on 5 July 1977. The 21st Dáil was dissolved by President Patrick Hillery, at the request of the Taoiseach Charles Haughey on 21 May 1981. The 21st Dáil lasted 1,456 days, and saw a change of Taoiseach from Jack Lynch to Charles Haughey.

21st Dáil Éireann
20th Dáil 22nd Dáil
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Meeting placeLeinster House
Term5 July 1977 – 21 May 1981
Election1977 general election
GovernmentGovernment of the 21st Dáil
Ceann ComhairlePádraig Faulkner
Joseph Brennan
until 13 July 1980
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
Jack Lynch
until 11 December 1979
TánaisteGeorge Colley
Chief WhipSeán Moore
Michael Woods
until 11 December 1979
Patrick Lalor
until 1 July 1979
Leader of the OppositionGarret FitzGerald
1st5 July 1977 – 6 July 1977
2nd12 October 1977 – 29 June 1978
3rd11 October 1978 – 18 July 1979
4th17 October 1979 – 26 June 1980
5th15 October 1980 – 21 May 1981

Composition of the 21st DáilEdit

Party June 1977 June 1981
Fianna Fáil 84 83
Fine Gael 43 45
Labour Party 16 15
Independent 4 4
Ceann Comhairle 1 1

Government party denoted with bullet ()

Graphical representationEdit

This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 21st Dáil from July 1977.


  • Note that this was not the official seating plan.

TDs by constituencyEdit

The list of the 148 TDs elected, is given in alphabetical order by constituency.

Members of the 21st Dáil
Constituency Name Party
Carlow–Kilkenny Liam Aylward Fianna Fáil
Kieran Crotty Fine Gael
Jim Gibbons Fianna Fáil
Tom Nolan Fianna Fáil
Séamus Pattison Labour Party
Cavan–Monaghan John Conlan Fine Gael
Tom Fitzpatrick Fine Gael
Jimmy Leonard Fianna Fáil
Rory O'Hanlon Fianna Fáil
John Wilson Fianna Fáil
Clare Sylvester Barrett Fianna Fáil
Brendan Daly Fianna Fáil
Frank Taylor Fine Gael
Cork City Peter Barry Fine Gael
Seán French Fianna Fáil
Patrick Kerrigan Labour Party
Jack Lynch Fianna Fáil
Pearse Wyse Fianna Fáil
Cork Mid Barry Cogan Fianna Fáil
Donal Creed Fine Gael
Eileen Desmond Labour Party
Gene Fitzgerald Fianna Fáil
Thomas Meaney Fianna Fáil
Cork North-East Richard Barry Fine Gael
Seán Brosnan Fianna Fáil
Jerry Cronin Fianna Fáil
Patrick Hegarty Fine Gael
Cork South-West Michael Murphy Labour Party
Jim O'Keeffe Fine Gael
Joe Walsh Fianna Fáil
Donegal Neil Blaney Independent Fianna Fáil
Joseph Brennan Fianna Fáil
Hugh Conaghan Fianna Fáil
Paddy Harte Fine Gael
James White Fine Gael
Dublin Artane Noël Browne Independent
Charles Haughey Fianna Fáil
Timothy Killeen Fianna Fáil
Dublin Ballyfermot Eileen Lemass Fianna Fáil
Jim Mitchell Fine Gael
John O'Connell Labour Party
Dublin Cabra Hugh Byrne Fine Gael
Vivion de Valera Fianna Fáil
Tom Leonard Fianna Fáil
Dublin Clontarf George Colley Fianna Fáil
Michael Joe Cosgrave Fine Gael
Michael Woods Fianna Fáil
Dublin County Mid Síle de Valera Fianna Fáil
Larry McMahon Fine Gael
Seán Walsh Fianna Fáil
Dublin County North John Boland Fine Gael
Ray Burke Fianna Fáil
Joe Fox Fianna Fáil
Dublin County South Niall Andrews Fianna Fáil
John Horgan Labour Party
John Kelly Fine Gael
Dublin County West Mark Clinton Fine Gael
Liam Lawlor Fianna Fáil
Brian Lenihan Fianna Fáil
Dublin Finglas Bertie Ahern Fianna Fáil
Luke Belton Fine Gael
Jim Tunney Fianna Fáil
Dublin North-Central Vincent Brady Fianna Fáil
Michael Keating Fine Gael
Michael O'Leary Labour Party
Dublin Rathmines West Gerard Brady Fianna Fáil
Ben Briscoe Fianna Fáil
Richie Ryan Fine Gael
Dublin South-Central Frank Cluskey Labour Party
Tom Fitzpatrick Fianna Fáil
Fergus O'Brien Fine Gael
Dublin South-East Garret FitzGerald Fine Gael
Seán Moore Fianna Fáil
Ruairi Quinn Labour Party
Dún Laoghaire David Andrews Fianna Fáil
Barry Desmond Labour Party
Liam Cosgrave Fine Gael
Martin O'Donoghue Fianna Fáil
Galway East Johnny Callanan Fianna Fáil
John Donnellan Fine Gael
Thomas Hussey Fianna Fáil
Mark Killilea Jnr Fianna Fáil
Galway West Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Fianna Fáil
Bill Loughnane Fianna Fáil
John Mannion Jnr Fine Gael
Bobby Molloy Fianna Fáil
Kerry North Kit Ahern Fianna Fáil
Tom McEllistrim Fianna Fáil
Dan Spring Labour Party
Kerry South Michael Begley Fine Gael
Timothy O'Connor Fianna Fáil
John O'Leary Fianna Fáil
Kildare Joseph Bermingham Labour Party
Charlie McCreevy Fianna Fáil
Paddy Power Fianna Fáil
Laois–Offaly Ger Connolly Fianna Fáil
Bernard Cowen Fianna Fáil
Tom Enright Fine Gael
Oliver J. Flanagan Fine Gael
Patrick Lalor Fianna Fáil
Limerick East Michael Herbert Fianna Fáil
Michael Lipper Independent
Tom O'Donnell Fine Gael
Desmond O'Malley Fianna Fáil
Limerick West Gerry Collins Fianna Fáil
Michael J. Noonan Fianna Fáil
William O'Brien Fine Gael
Longford–Westmeath Seán Keegan Fianna Fáil
Gerry L'Estrange Fine Gael
Albert Reynolds Fianna Fáil
Joe Sheridan Independent
Louth Paddy Donegan Fine Gael
Joseph Farrell Fianna Fáil
Pádraig Faulkner Fianna Fáil
Eddie Filgate Fianna Fáil
Mayo East Seán Calleary Fianna Fáil
P. J. Morley Fianna Fáil
Paddy O'Toole Fine Gael
Mayo West Pádraig Flynn Fianna Fáil
Denis Gallagher Fianna Fáil
Enda Kenny Fine Gael
Meath John Bruton Fine Gael
Brendan Crinion Fianna Fáil
Jim Fitzsimons Fianna Fáil
James Tully Labour Party
Roscommon–Leitrim Joan Burke Fine Gael
Seán Doherty Fianna Fáil
Terry Leyden Fianna Fáil
Sligo–Leitrim James Gallagher Fianna Fáil
Eugene Gilhawley Fine Gael
Ray MacSharry Fianna Fáil
Tipperary North Michael O'Kennedy Fianna Fáil
John Ryan Labour Party
Michael Smith Fianna Fáil
Tipperary South Noel Davern Fianna Fáil
Brendan Griffin Fine Gael
Seán Treacy Ceann Comhairle
Waterford Edward Collins Fine Gael
Austin Deasy Fine Gael
Jackie Fahey Fianna Fáil
Billy Kenneally Fianna Fáil
Wexford Lorcan Allen Fianna Fáil
Seán Browne Fianna Fáil
Brendan Corish Labour Party
Michael D'Arcy Fine Gael
Wicklow Liam Kavanagh Labour Party
Ciarán Murphy Fianna Fáil
Godfrey Timmins Fine Gael


Date Constituency Gain Loss Note
7 November 1979 Cork City Fine Gael Labour Party Liam Burke (FG) wins the seat vacated by the death of Patrick Kerrigan (Lab)
7 November 1979 Cork North-East Fine Gael Fianna Fáil Myra Barry (FG) wins the seat vacated by the death of Seán Brosnan (FF)
6 November 1980 Donegal Fianna Fáil Fianna Fáil Clement Coughlan (FF) holds the seat vacated by the death of Joseph Brennan (FF)

See alsoEdit