The 23rd Dáil was elected at the February 1982 general election on 18 February 1982 and met on 9 March 1982. The members of Dáil Éireann, the house of representatives of the Oireachtas (legislature), of Ireland are known as TDs. On 4 November 1982, President Patrick Hillery dissolved the Dáil at the request of the Taoiseach Charles Haughey after the loss of a vote of confidence. The 23rd Dáil is the third shortest Dáil in history, lasting 241 days.

23rd Dáil
22nd Dáil 24th Dáil
Legislative bodyDáil Éireann
Meeting placeLeinster House
Term9 March 1982 – 4 November 1982
ElectionFebruary 1982 general election
Government18th government of Ireland
Ceann ComhairleJohn O'Connell
TaoiseachCharles Haughey
TánaisteRay MacSharry
Chief WhipBertie Ahern
Leader of the OppositionGarret FitzGerald
1st9 March 1982 – 16 July 1982
2nd27 October 1982 – 4 November 1982

Composition of the 23rd Dáil edit

Party Feb. 1982 Nov. 1982
Fianna Fáil 81 80
Fine Gael 63 64
Labour 15 14
Sinn Féin The Workers' Party 3 3
Democratic Socialist 1 1
Independent Fianna Fáil 1 1
Independent 1 1
Ceann Comhairle 1
Vacant 1
Total 166

Fianna Fáil, which formed the 18th government of Ireland, is marked with a bullet ().

Graphical representation edit

This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 23rd Dáil from March 1982. This was not the official seating plan.


Ceann Comhairle edit

On the meeting of the Dáil, John O'Connell (Ind), who had served as Ceann Comhairle in the previous Dáil, was proposed by Neil Blaney (IFF) and seconded by Garret FitzGerald (FG) for the position. He was elected without a vote.[1]

TDs by constituency edit

The list of the 166 TDs elected is given in alphabetical order by Dáil constituency.[2]

Members of the 23rd Dáil
Constituency Name Party
Carlow–Kilkenny Liam Aylward Fianna Fáil
Kieran Crotty Fine Gael
Jim Gibbons Fianna Fáil
Desmond Governey Fine Gael
Séamus Pattison Labour
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
Donal Carey Fine Gael
Brendan Daly Fianna Fáil
Bill Loughnane Fianna Fáil
Cork East Michael Ahern Fianna Fáil
Myra Barry Fine Gael
Patrick Hegarty Fine Gael
Joe Sherlock Sinn Féin The Workers' Party
Cork North-Central Bernard Allen Fine Gael
Liam Burke Fine Gael
Seán French Fianna Fáil
Denis Lyons Fianna Fáil
Toddy O'Sullivan Labour
Cork North-West Donal Creed Fine Gael
Frank Crowley Fine Gael
Thomas Meaney Fianna Fáil
Cork South-Central Peter Barry Fine Gael
Jim Corr Fine Gael
Eileen Desmond Labour
Gene Fitzgerald Fianna Fáil
Pearse Wyse Fianna Fáil
Cork South-West Jim O'Keeffe Fine Gael
P. J. Sheehan Fine Gael
Joe Walsh Fianna Fáil
Donegal North-East Neil Blaney Independent Fianna Fáil
Hugh Conaghan Fianna Fáil
Paddy Harte Fine Gael
Donegal South-West Clement Coughlan Fianna Fáil
Pat "the Cope" Gallagher Fianna Fáil
Dinny McGinley Fine Gael
Dublin Central Bertie Ahern Fianna Fáil
George Colley Fianna Fáil
Tony Gregory Independent
Michael Keating Fine Gael
Michael O'Leary Labour
Dublin North John Boland Fine Gael
Ray Burke Fianna Fáil
Nora Owen Fine Gael
Dublin North-Central George Birmingham Fine Gael
Vincent Brady Fianna Fáil
Richard Bruton Fine Gael
Charles Haughey Fianna Fáil
Dublin North-East Ned Brennan Fianna Fáil
Michael Joe Cosgrave Fine Gael
Maurice Manning Fine Gael
Michael Woods Fianna Fáil
Dublin North-West Michael Barrett Fianna Fáil
Proinsias De Rossa Sinn Féin The Workers' Party
Mary Flaherty Fine Gael
Jim Tunney Fianna Fáil
Dublin South Niall Andrews Fianna Fáil
Séamus Brennan Fianna Fáil
Nuala Fennell Fine Gael
John Kelly Fine Gael
Alan Shatter Fine Gael
Dublin South-Central Ben Briscoe Fianna Fáil
Frank Cluskey Labour
Tom Fitzpatrick Fianna Fáil
Gay Mitchell Fine Gael
John O'Connell Independent
Dublin South-East Gerard Brady Fianna Fáil
Alexis FitzGerald Fine Gael
Garret FitzGerald Fine Gael
Ruairi Quinn Labour
Dublin South-West Mary Harney Fianna Fáil
Larry McMahon Fine Gael
Mervyn Taylor Labour
Seán Walsh Fianna Fáil
Dublin West Richard Burke Fine Gael
Brian Fleming Fine Gael
Liam Lawlor Fianna Fáil
Brian Lenihan Fianna Fáil
Jim Mitchell Fine Gael
Dún Laoghaire David Andrews Fianna Fáil
Seán Barrett Fine Gael
Liam T. Cosgrave Fine Gael
Barry Desmond Labour
Martin O'Donoghue Fianna Fáil
Galway East Johnny Callanan Fianna Fáil
Paul Connaughton Snr Fine Gael
Michael P. Kitt Fianna Fáil
Galway West John Donnellan Fine Gael
Frank Fahey Fianna Fáil
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Fianna Fáil
Michael D. Higgins Labour
Bobby Molloy Fianna Fáil
Kerry North Denis Foley Fianna Fáil
Tom McEllistrim Fianna Fáil
Dick Spring Labour
Kerry South Michael Begley Fine Gael
Michael Moynihan Labour
John O'Leary Fianna Fáil
Kildare Joseph Bermingham Labour
Gerry Brady Fianna Fáil
Alan Dukes Fine Gael
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
Liam Hyland Fianna Fáil
Limerick East Jim Kemmy Democratic Socialist
Michael Noonan Fine Gael
Willie O'Dea Fianna Fáil
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 Patrick Cooney Fine Gael
Seán Keegan Fianna Fáil
Gerry L'Estrange Fine Gael
Albert Reynolds Fianna Fáil
Louth Thomas Bellew Fianna Fáil
Pádraig Faulkner Fianna Fáil
Eddie Filgate Fianna Fáil
Bernard Markey Fine Gael
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
John Farrelly Fine Gael
Jim Fitzsimons Fianna Fáil
Colm Hilliard Fianna Fáil
Michael Lynch Fianna Fáil
Roscommon Seán Doherty Fianna Fáil
Terry Leyden Fianna Fáil
Liam Naughten Fine Gael
Sligo–Leitrim Matt Brennan Fianna Fáil
John Ellis Fianna Fáil
Ray MacSharry Fianna Fáil
Ted Nealon Fine Gael
Tipperary North David Molony Fine Gael
Michael O'Kennedy Fianna Fáil
John Ryan Labour
Tipperary South Seán Byrne Fianna Fáil
Brendan Griffin Fine Gael
Seán McCarthy Fianna Fáil
Seán Treacy Labour
Waterford Edward Collins Fine Gael
Austin Deasy Fine Gael
Jackie Fahey Fianna Fáil
Patrick Gallagher Sinn Féin The Workers' Party
Wexford Lorcan Allen Fianna Fáil
Seán Browne Fianna Fáil
Hugh Byrne Fianna Fáil
Michael D'Arcy Fine Gael
Ivan Yates Fine Gael
Wicklow Gemma Hussey Fine Gael
Liam Kavanagh Labour
Ciarán Murphy Fianna Fáil
Godfrey Timmins Fine Gael

Changes edit

Date Constituency Loss Gain Note
9 March 1982 Dublin South-Central Independent Ceann Comhairle John O'Connell takes office as Ceann Comhairle[1]
31 March 1982 Dublin West Fine Gael   Resignation of Richard Burke on his nomination as European Commissioner
25 May 1982 Dublin West   Fine Gael Liam Skelly holds seat vacated by the resignation of Burke
15 June 1982 Galway East Fianna Fáil   Death of Johnny Callanan
20 July 1982 Galway East   Fianna Fáil Noel Treacy holds seat vacated by the death of Callanan
18 October 1982 Clare Fianna Fáil   Death of Bill Loughnane
28 October 1982 Dublin Central Labour Independent Michael O'Leary resigns as Labour Party leader and party member[3]
3 November 1982 Dublin Central Independent Fine Gael Michael O'Leary joins Fine Gael[4]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Election of Ceann Comhairle – Dáil Éireann (23rd Dáil) – Vol. 333 No. 1". Houses of the Oireachtas. 9 March 1982. Archived from the original on 25 June 2022. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  2. ^ "TDs & Senators (23rd Dáil)". Houses of the Oireachtas. Archived from the original on 5 May 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  3. ^ Walsh, Dick (29 October 1982). "O'Leary gives up leadership and party". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 August 2022.
  4. ^ "O'Leary welcomed as member of Fine Gael". The Irish Times. 4 November 1982. Retrieved 28 August 2022.

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