Members of the 32nd Dáil
This is a list of the members elected to the 32nd Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. These TDs (members of parliament) were elected at the 2016 general election on 26 February. That general election took place throughout the state to elect 158 members of Dáil Éireann, a reduction of 8 from the prior number of 166. This followed the passing of the Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Act 2013.
|32nd Dáil Éireann|
|Legislative body||Dáil Éireann|
|Meeting place||Leinster House|
|Term||10 March 2016 – 14 January 2020|
|Election||2016 general election|
|Government||Government of the 32nd Dáil|
|Ceann Comhairle||Seán Ó Fearghaíl|
|Leas-Cheann Comhairle||Pat Gallagher|
— Enda Kenny
until 14 June 2017
|Tánaiste||Simon Coveney |
— Frances Fitzgerald
until 28 November 2017
|Chief Whip||Seán Kyne|
|Leader of the Opposition||Micheál Martin|
The 32nd Dáil convened for the first time at 10.30 am on 10 March 2016. Its first act was to elect a Ceann Comhairle. It was dissolved by President Michael D. Higgins on the request of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on 14 January 2020.
Composition of the 32nd DáilEdit
|Party||Feb. 2016[na 1]||Jan. 2020[na 2]|
|●||Fine Gael||49[na 3]||47|
|Fianna Fáil||44||45[na 4]|
|Independents 4 Change||4||1|
Government party denoted by "●".
- February 2016 column shows the state of parties after the 2016 general election.
- January 2020 column shows the state of the parties at the dissolution of the 32nd Dáil.
- Fine Gael's total at the 2016 general election does not include the outgoing Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, who was re-elected automatically.
- Seán Ó Fearghaíl was elected as Ceann Comhairle, and so is not counted as a member of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party.
- Known as Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit until March 2017.
- Ceann Comhairle: Seán Ó Fearghaíl (Fianna Fáil)
- Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Pat "the Cope" Gallagher (Fianna Fáil)
- Opposition Front Bench
- Leader of the Opposition and Leader of Fianna Fáil: Micheál Martin
- Leader of Sinn Féin: Gerry Adams (2016–2018), Mary Lou McDonald (2018–2020)
- Leader of the Labour Party: Brendan Howlin
- Leader of the Green Party: Eamon Ryan
- Leader of the Social Democrats: Catherine Murphy & Róisín Shortall
|Agriculture, Food and the Marine||Chair||Pat Deering||Fine Gael|
|Budgetary Oversight||Chair||John Paul Phelan||Fine Gael|
|Children and Youth Affairs||Chair||Alan Farrell||Fine Gael|
|Communications, Climate Action and the Environment||Chair||Hildegarde Naughton||Fine Gael|
|Education and Social Protection||Chair||Fiona O'Loughlin||Fianna Fáil|
|European Union Affairs||Chair||Michael Healy-Rae||Independent|
|Vice Chair||Terry Leyden||Fianna Fáil|
|Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach||Chair||John McGuinness||Fianna Fáil|
|Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defense||Chair||Brendan Smith||Fianna Fáil|
|Vice Chair||Maureen O'Sullivan||Independent|
|Future of Healthcare||Chair||Róisín Shortall||Social Democrats|
|Housing, Planning and Local Government||Chair||Noel Rock||Fine Gael|
|Housing and Homelessness||Chair||John Curran||Fianna Fáil|
|Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement||Chair||Kathleen Funchion||Sinn Féin|
|Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands||Chair||Catherine Connolly||Independent|
|Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation||Chair||Mary Butler||Fianna Fáil|
|Justice and Equality||Chair||Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin||Sinn Féin|
|Members' Interests of Dáil Éireann||Chair||Maria Bailey||Fine Gael|
|Petitions||Chair||Seán Sherlock||Labour Party|
|Procedure and Privileges (Dáil)||Chair||Seán Ó Fearghaíl||Fianna Fáil|
|– Sub-Committee on Dáil Reform||Chair||Seán Ó Fearghaíl||Fianna Fáil|
|Public Accounts Committee||Chair||Seán Fleming||Fianna Fáil|
|Vice Chair||Alan Kelly||Labour Party|
|Rural Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht||Chair||Peadar Tóibín||Sinn Féin|
|Social Protection||Chair||John Curran||Fianna Fáil|
|Transport, Tourism and Sport||Chair||Brendan Griffin||Fine Gael|
List of TDsEdit
This is a list of TDs elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2016 general election, sorted by party, before Seán Barrett stood down as Ceann Comhairle. Note this table is a record of the 2016 general election results. The Changes table below records all changes in party affiliation.
In the wake of the 2016 general election, which saw a significant increase in the number of TDs elected as independents or from small parties in the 32nd Dáil, the Dáil standing orders were extensively revised to reduce the minimum number for formation of a technical group from seven TDs to five, and to allow multiple technical groups to exist in parallel. In January 2018, there were three groups; Independents 4 Change Group (7), Social Democrats–Green Party Group (5) and the Rural Independents Group (7).
Independents 4 Change GroupEdit
Social Democrats–Green Party GroupEdit
|Social Democrats (2)||Catherine Murphy||Kildare North|
|Róisín Shortall||Dublin North-West|
|Green Party (2)||Catherine Martin||Dublin Rathdown|
|Eamon Ryan||Dublin Bay South|
|Independent (1)||Séamus Healy||Tipperary|
Rural Independents GroupEdit
|Independent (7)||Michael Collins||Cork South-West|
|Noel Grealish||Galway West|
Outgoing Senators elected to DáilEdit
Senators elected to the Dáil left their Seanad seats vacant for the remaining weeks of the 24th Seanad.
Having become the first openly lesbian member of the Oireachtas and the first member in a recognised same-sex relationship with her Seanad nomination in 2011, Katherine Zappone also became the first openly lesbian Teachta Dála (TD) after being elected to the Dáil in 2016, and later the first openly lesbian member of government.
On 14 June 2017 Leo Varadkar became the first openly gay Taoiseach.
Malcolm Byrne became the first openly gay man to win a by-election, and the first openly gay Fianna Fáil TD.
|10 March 2016||Dún Laoghaire||Fine Gael||Ceann Comhairle||Seán Barrett stands down as Ceann Comhairle.|
|10 March 2016||Kildare South||Ceann Comhairle||Fianna Fáil||Seán Ó Fearghaíl is elected as Ceann Comhairle.|
|26 July 2016||Dublin Bay North||Independent||Inds. 4 Change||Tommy Broughan leaves Independents 4 Change.|
|5 September 2016||Wicklow||Independent||Social Democrats||Stephen Donnelly leaves the Social Democrats.|
|2 February 2017||Wicklow||Fianna Fáil||Independent||Stephen Donnelly joins Fianna Fáil.|
|22 March 2018||Offaly||Independent||Sinn Féin||Carol Nolan was suspended from Sinn Féin for voting against legislation to allow for a referendum on repealing the Eight Amendment. She resigned from Sinn Féin in June 2018.|
|2 October 2018||Louth||Independent||Fine Gael||Peter Fitzpatrick resigns from Fine Gael.|
|15 November 2018||Meath West||Independent||Sinn Féin||Peadar Tóibín resigns from Sinn Féin.|
|28 January 2019||Meath West||Aontú||Independent||Peadar Tóibín founds a new political party called Aontú.|
|1 July 2019||Dublin Fingal||Inds. 4 Change||Resignation of Clare Daly after her election to the European Parliament.|
|1 July 2019||Dublin Mid-West||Fine Gael||Resignation of Frances Fitzgerald after her election to the European Parliament.|
|1 July 2019||Cork North-Central||Fianna Fáil||Resignation of Billy Kelleher after his election to the European Parliament.|
|1 July 2019||Wexford||Inds. 4 Change||Resignation of Mick Wallace after his election to the European Parliament.|
|30 November 2019||Dublin Mid-West||Sinn Féin||Mark Ward wins the Dublin Mid-West by-election, taking the seat vacated by the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald.|
|30 November 2019||Cork North-Central||Fianna Fáil||Pádraig O'Sullivan wins the Cork North-Central by-election, taking the seat vacated by the resignation of Billy Kelleher.|
|30 November 2019||Wexford||Fianna Fáil||Malcolm Byrne wins the Wexford by-election, taking the seat vacated by the resignation of Mick Wallace.|
|30 November 2019||Dublin Fingal||Green||Joe O'Brien wins the Dublin Fingal by-election, taking the seat vacated by the resignation of Clare Daly.|
|3 December 2019||Cork North-Central||Fine Gael||Resignation of Dara Murphy.
- This includes 7 TDs in the rural technical group, 3 of 7 TDs in the independents for change technical group and 6 members of the independent alliance, as well as Seamus Healy, Denis Naughten and Katherine Zappone.
- TD who was elected for the first time at the 2016 general election.
- Campaigned under the banner of the Independent Alliance, but appeared as a normal Independent on the ballot paper.
- Seán Barrett was returned automatically without standing election. In accordance with Article 16.6 of the Constitution of Ireland, the outgoing Ceann Comhairle is deemed to be automatically returned.
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- Ireland's first lesbian TD hopes to represent LGBT community in Dáil
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- "'Isolated' Peter Fitzpatrick resigns from Fine Gael". RTÉ News. 2 October 2018.
- Hennessy, Michelle (15 November 2018). "Peadar Tóibín resigns from Sinn Féin and hints about setting up a new party". thejournal.ie. Archived from the original on 15 November 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
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