The 29th Dáil was elected at the 2002 general election on 17 May 2002 and met on 6 June 2002. The members of Dáil Éireann, the house of representatives of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland, are known as TDs. The 29th Dáil was dissolved by President Mary McAleese on 26 April 2007, at the request of the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. The 29th Dáil lasted 1,786 days, the 3rd longest after the 10th Dáil and the 28th Dáil.

29th Dáil
28th Dáil 30th Dáil
Legislative bodyDáil Éireann
Meeting placeLeinster House
Term6 June 2002 – 26 April 2007
Election2002 general election
Government26th government of Ireland
Ceann ComhairleRory O'Hanlon
TaoiseachBertie Ahern
TánaisteMichael McDowell
Mary Harney
until 13 September 2006
Chief WhipTom Kitt
Mary Hanafin
until 29 September 2004
Leader of the OppositionEnda Kenny
1st6 June 2002 – 11 July 2002
2nd4 September 2002 – 12 July 2003
3rd30 September 2003 – 10 July 2004
4th29 September 2004 – 14 July 2005
5th28 September 2005 – 16 July 2006
6th27 September 2006 – 26 April 2007

Composition of the 29th Dáil edit

Party June 2002 April 2007
Fianna Fáil 81 78
Fine Gael 31 32
Labour 21 21
Progressive Democrats 8 8
Green 6 6
Sinn Féin 5 5
Socialist Party 1 1
Independent 13 14
Ceann Comhairle 0 1

Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats, denoted with bullets (), formed the 26th government of Ireland.

Graphical representation edit

This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 29th Dáil from June 2002. This was not the official seating plan.


Ceann Comhairle edit

On 6 June 2002, Rory O'Hanlon (FF) was proposed by Bertie Ahern for the position of Ceann Comhairle. O'Hanlon was approved without a vote.[1]

List of TDs edit

This is a list of the 166 TDs elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2002 general election, sorted by party.[2] The Changes table below records all changes in party affiliation during the 29th Dáil.

Party Name Constituency
Fianna Fáil (81) Bertie Ahern Dublin Central
Dermot Ahern Louth
Michael Ahern Cork East
Noel Ahern Dublin North-West
Barry Andrews Dún Laoghaire
Seán Ardagh Dublin South-Central
Liam Aylward Carlow–Kilkenny
Johnny Brady Meath
Martin Brady Dublin North-East
Séamus Brennan Dublin South
John Browne Wexford
Joe Callanan Galway East
Ivor Callely Dublin North-Central
Pat Carey Dublin North-West
John Carty Mayo
Donie Cassidy Westmeath
Michael J. Collins Limerick West
Mary Coughlan Donegal South-West
Brian Cowen Laois–Offaly
John Cregan Limerick West
Martin Cullen Waterford
John Curran Dublin Mid-West
Noel Davern Tipperary South
Síle de Valera Clare
Noel Dempsey Meath
Tony Dempsey Wexford
John Dennehy Cork South-Central
Jimmy Devins Sligo–Leitrim
John Ellis Sligo–Leitrim
Frank Fahey Galway West
Michael Finneran Longford–Roscommon
Dermot Fitzpatrick Dublin Central
Seán Fleming Laois–Offaly
Beverley Flynn Mayo
Pat "the Cope" Gallagher Donegal South-West
Jim Glennon Dublin North
Mary Hanafin Dún Laoghaire
Seán Haughey Dublin North-Central
Máire Hoctor Tipperary North
Joe Jacob Wicklow
Cecilia Keaveney Donegal North-East
Billy Kelleher Cork North-Central
Peter Kelly Longford–Roscommon
Tony Killeen Clare
Séamus Kirk Louth
Tom Kitt Dublin South
Brian Lenihan Dublin West
Conor Lenihan Dublin South-West
Micheál Martin Cork South-Central
Charlie McCreevy Kildare North
Jim McDaid Donegal North-East
Tom McEllistrim Kerry North
John McGuinness Carlow–Kilkenny
John Moloney Laois–Offaly
Donal Moynihan Cork North-West
Michael Moynihan Cork North-West
Michael Mulcahy Dublin South-Central
M. J. Nolan Carlow–Kilkenny
Éamon Ó Cuív Galway West
Charlie O'Connor Dublin South-West
Willie O'Dea Limerick East
John O'Donoghue Kerry South
Denis O'Donovan Cork South-West
Seán Ó Fearghaíl Kildare South
Noel O'Flynn Cork North-Central
Rory O'Hanlon Cavan–Monaghan
Batt O'Keeffe Cork South-Central
Ned O'Keeffe Cork East
Peter Power Limerick East
Seán Power Kildare South
Dick Roche Wicklow
Eoin Ryan Dublin South-East
Brendan Smith Cavan–Monaghan
Michael Smith Tipperary North
Noel Treacy Galway East
Dan Wallace Cork North-Central
Mary Wallace Meath
Joe Walsh Cork South-West
Ollie Wilkinson Waterford
Michael Woods Dublin North-East
G. V. Wright Dublin North
Fine Gael (31) Bernard Allen Cork North-Central
Pat Breen Clare
John Bruton Meath
Richard Bruton Dublin North-Central
Paul Connaughton Snr Galway East
Simon Coveney Cork South-Central
Seymour Crawford Cavan–Monaghan
John Deasy Waterford
Jimmy Deenihan Kerry North
Bernard Durkan Kildare North
Damien English Meath
Olwyn Enright Laois–Offaly
Tom Hayes Tipperary South
Phil Hogan Carlow–Kilkenny
Paul Kehoe Wexford
Enda Kenny Mayo
Pádraic McCormack Galway West
Dinny McGinley Donegal South-West
Paul McGrath Westmeath
Gay Mitchell Dublin South-Central
Olivia Mitchell Dublin South
Gerard Murphy Cork North-West
Dan Neville Limerick West
Denis Naughten Longford–Roscommon
Michael Noonan Limerick East
Fergus O'Dowd Louth
Jim O'Keeffe Cork South-West
John Perry Sligo–Leitrim
Michael Ring Mayo
David Stanton Cork East
Billy Timmins Wicklow
Labour Party (21) Tommy Broughan Dublin North-East
Joan Burton Dublin West
Joe Costello Dublin Central
Breeda Moynihan-Cronin Kerry South
Eamon Gilmore Dún Laoghaire
Michael D. Higgins Galway West
Brendan Howlin Wexford
Kathleen Lynch Cork North-Central
Liz McManus Wicklow
Brian O'Shea Waterford
Jan O'Sullivan Limerick East
Séamus Pattison Carlow–Kilkenny
Willie Penrose Westmeath
Ruairi Quinn Dublin South-East
Pat Rabbitte Dublin South-West
Seán Ryan Dublin North
Joe Sherlock Cork East
Róisín Shortall Dublin North-West
Emmet Stagg Kildare North
Mary Upton Dublin South-Central
Jack Wall Kildare South
Progressive Democrats (8) Noel Grealish Galway West
Mary Harney Dublin Mid-West
Michael McDowell Dublin South-East
Liz O'Donnell Dublin South
Fiona O'Malley Dún Laoghaire
Tim O'Malley Limerick East
Tom Parlon Laois–Offaly
Mae Sexton Longford–Roscommon
Green Party (6) Dan Boyle Cork South-Central
Ciarán Cuffe Dún Laoghaire
Paul Gogarty Dublin Mid-West
John Gormley Dublin South-East
Eamon Ryan Dublin South
Trevor Sargent Dublin North
Sinn Féin (5) Seán Crowe Dublin South-West
Martin Ferris Kerry North
Arthur Morgan Louth
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Cavan–Monaghan
Aengus Ó Snodaigh Dublin South-Central
Socialist Party (1) Joe Higgins Dublin West
Independent (13) Niall Blaney Donegal North-East
James Breen Clare
Paudge Connolly Cavan–Monaghan
Jerry Cowley Mayo
Mildred Fox Wicklow
Tony Gregory Dublin Central
Marian Harkin Sligo–Leitrim
Séamus Healy Tipperary South
Michael Lowry Tipperary North
Finian McGrath Dublin North-Central
Paddy McHugh Galway East
Jackie Healy-Rae Kerry South
Liam Twomey Wexford

Changes edit

Date Constituency Loss Gain Note
6 June 2002 Cavan–Monaghan Fianna Fáil Ceann Comhairle Rory O'Hanlon is elected Ceann Comhairle[1]
27 September 2003 Limerick West Fianna Fáil Independent Michael J. Collins resigns from Fianna Fáil
5 May 2004 Mayo Fianna Fáil Independent Beverley Flynn is expelled from Fianna Fáil
22 September 2004 Wexford Independent Fine Gael Liam Twomey joins Fine Gael
31 October 2004 Kildare North Fianna Fáil   Charlie McCreevy resigns his seat on appointment as European Commissioner
31 October 2004 Meath Fine Gael   John Bruton resigns his seat on his appointment as EU Ambassador to the United States
11 March 2005 Meath   Fine Gael Shane McEntee wins the seat vacated by John Bruton
11 March 2005 Kildare North   Independent Catherine Murphy wins the seat vacated by Charlie McCreevy
26 July 2006 Donegal North-East Independent Fianna Fáil Fianna Fáil Niall Blaney joins Fianna Fáil

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Election of Ceann Comhairle – Dáil Éireann (29th Dáil) – Vol. 553 No. 1". Houses of the Oireachtas. 6 June 2002. Retrieved 11 July 2022.
  2. ^ "TDs & Senators (29th Dáil)". Houses of the Oireachtas.

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