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|
|Meeting place||Leinster House|
|Term||10 March 2016 –|
|Election||2016 general election|
|Government||Government of the 32nd Dáil|
|Ceann Comhairle||Seán Ó Fearghaíl|
|Chief Whip||Seán Kyne|
|Leader of the Opposition||Micheál Martin|
- 1 Composition of the 32nd Dáil
- 2 Leadership
- 3 TDs by party
- 4 TDs by constituency
- 5 Technical groups
- 6 Outgoing Senators elected to Dáil
- 7 Firsts
- 8 Changes
- 9 See also
- 10 Footnotes
- 11 References
Composition of the 32nd DáilEdit
|Party||Feb. 2016[na 1]||Jul. 2019[na 2]|
|●||Fine Gael||49[na 3]||48|
|Fianna Fáil||44||43[na 4]|
|Solidarity–People Before Profit[na 5]||6||6|
|Independents 4 Change||4||1|
Government party denoted by "●".
- February 2016 column shows the state of parties after the 2016 general election.
- July 2019 column shows the state of the parties after the European Parliament elections.
- 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)
- Leader of the Opposition and Leader of Fianna Fáil: Micheál Martin
- Leader of Sinn Féin: Gerry Adams-2018 Mary Lou McDonald 2018-Present
- 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||Maria Bailey||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|
TDs by partyEdit
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, it is not a record of the current status of the Dáil. The Changes table below records all changes in party affiliation.
TDs by constituencyEdit
The list is given in alphabetical order by constituency. Party affiliations are given as they were at the time of election.
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. As of January 2018, there are 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.
|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.|
- This includes 7 TDs in the rural technical group, 3 of 7 TDs in the independents for change technical group and 5 members of the independent alliance and Seamus Healy.
- 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.
- In accordance with Article 16.6 of the Constitution of Ireland as the outgoing Ceann Comhairle Séan Barrett is deemed to be automatically returned
- "Election 2016: President Higgins dissolves 31st Dáil". Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "Three new technical groups to form for new Dáil term". The Irish Times. 27 May 2016.
- "Dáil and Seanad Chamber Seating Plans". Oireachtas.ie. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
- McGuill, Dan (28 February 2016). "Michael and Danny will be the first siblings elected to the same constituency". TheJournal.ie.
- Ireland's first lesbian TD hopes to represent LGBT community in Dáil
- Armstrong, Kelly (2 June 2017). "'Significant step for equality'- the world reacts to Leo Varadkar becoming the new Fine Gael leader - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Archived from the original on 2 June 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
- Simpson, Claire (22 March 2018). "Sinn Féin TD Carol Nolan suspended from party over abortion vote". The Irish News.
- "'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.
- Lehane, Mícheál (28 January 2019). "Tóibín reveals name of new political party". RTÉ News. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
- Loughlin, Elaine (27 June 2019). "New MEPs say goodbye to Dail politics; Billy Kelleher pays tribute to people of Cork North Central". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 2 July 2019.