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
31st Dáil 33rd Dáil
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Legislative bodyDáil Éireann
Meeting placeLeinster House
Term10 March 2016 – 14 January 2020
Election2016 general election
GovernmentGovernment of the 32nd Dáil
Ceann ComhairleSeán Ó Fearghaíl
Leas-Cheann ComhairlePat Gallagher
TaoiseachLeo Varadkar
Enda Kenny
until 14 June 2017
TánaisteSimon Coveney
Frances Fitzgerald
until 28 November 2017
Chief WhipSeán Kyne
Leader of the OppositionMicheál Martin
1st10 March 2016 – 21 July 2016
2nd27 September 2016 – 14 July 2017
3rd20 September 2017 – 12 July 2018
4th18 September 2018 – 11 July 2019
5th17 September 2019 – 14 January 2020

The 32nd Dáil convened for the first time at 10.30 am on 10 March 2016.[1] 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.[2]

Composition of the 32nd DáilEdit

Party Feb. 2016[na 1] Jan. 2020[na 2]
Fine Gael 49[na 3] 47
C Fianna Fáil 44 45[na 4]
Sinn Féin 23 22
Labour 7 7
PBP/Solidarity[na 5] 6 6
Independents 4 Change 4 1
Social Democrats 3 2
Green 2 3
Aontú N/A 1
Independent[nb 1] 19 22
Ceann Comhairle 1 1
Vacant 0 1
Total 158

Government party denoted with bullet ()
Party giving confidence and supply denoted by C.

  1. ^ February 2016 column shows the state of parties after the 2016 general election.
  2. ^ January 2020 column shows the state of the parties at the dissolution of the 32nd Dáil.
  3. ^ Fine Gael's total at the 2016 general election does not include the outgoing Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett, who was re-elected automatically.
  4. ^ Seán Ó Fearghaíl was elected as Ceann Comhairle, and so is not counted as a member of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party.
  5. ^ Known as Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit until March 2017.
Graphical representation of the 32nd Dáil at its first sitting on 10 March 2016 (after Seán Ó Fearghaíl (Fianna Fáil) had replaced Seán Barrett (Fine Gael) as Ceann Comhairle). Note that this is not the official seating plan.


Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl at the first sitting of the 32nd Dáil



Oireachtas CommitteesEdit

Committee Position Name Party
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
Health Chair Michael Harty Independent
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.

Party Name Constituency
Fine Gael (50) Maria Bailey[nb 2] Dún Laoghaire
Pat Breen Clare
Colm Brophy[nb 2] Dublin South-West
Richard Bruton Dublin Bay North
Peter Burke[nb 2] Longford–Westmeath
Catherine Byrne Dublin South-Central
Ciarán Cannon Galway East
Joe Carey Clare
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Offaly
Simon Coveney Cork South-Central
Michael Creed Cork North-West
Jim Daly Cork South-West
Michael W. D'Arcy Wexford
John Deasy Waterford
Pat Deering Carlow–Kilkenny
Regina Doherty Meath East
Paschal Donohoe Dublin Central
Andrew Doyle Wicklow
Bernard Durkan Kildare North
Damien English Meath West
Alan Farrell Dublin Fingal
Frances Fitzgerald Dublin Mid-West
Peter Fitzpatrick Louth
Charles Flanagan Laois
Brendan Griffin Kerry
Simon Harris Wicklow
Martin Heydon Kildare South
Heather Humphreys Cavan–Monaghan
Paul Kehoe Wexford
Enda Kenny Mayo
Seán Kyne Galway West
Josepha Madigan[nb 2] Dublin Rathdown
Helen McEntee Meath East
Joe McHugh Donegal
Tony McLoughlin Sligo–Leitrim
Mary Mitchell O'Connor Dún Laoghaire
Dara Murphy Cork North-Central
Eoghan Murphy Dublin Bay South
Hildegarde Naughton[nb 2] Galway West
Tom Neville[nb 2] Limerick County
Michael Noonan Limerick City
Kate O'Connell[nb 2] Dublin Bay South
Patrick O'Donovan Limerick County
Fergus O'Dowd Louth
John Paul Phelan Carlow–Kilkenny
Michael Ring Mayo
Noel Rock[nb 2] Dublin North-West
David Stanton Cork East
Leo Varadkar Dublin West
Fianna Fáil (44) Bobby Aylward Carlow–Kilkenny
John Brassil[nb 2] Kerry
Declan Breathnach[nb 2] Louth
James Browne[nb 2] Wexford
Mary Butler[nb 2] Waterford
Thomas Byrne Meath East
Jackie Cahill[nb 2] Tipperary
Dara Calleary Mayo
Pat Casey[nb 2] Wicklow
Shane Cassells[nb 2] Meath West
Jack Chambers[nb 2] Dublin West
Lisa Chambers[nb 2] Mayo
Niall Collins Limerick County
Barry Cowen Offaly
John Curran Dublin Mid-West
Timmy Dooley Clare
Seán Fleming Laois
Pat "the Cope" Gallagher Donegal
Seán Haughey Dublin Bay North
Billy Kelleher Cork North-Central
John Lahart[nb 2] Dublin South-West
James Lawless[nb 2] Kildare North
Marc MacSharry[nb 2] Sligo–Leitrim
Micheál Martin Cork South-Central
Charlie McConalogue Donegal
Michael McGrath Cork South-Central
John McGuinness Carlow–Kilkenny
Aindrias Moynihan[nb 2] Cork North-West
Michael Moynihan Cork North-West
Eugene Murphy[nb 2] Roscommon–Galway
Margaret Murphy O'Mahony[nb 2] Cork South-West
Darragh O'Brien Dublin Fingal
Jim O'Callaghan[nb 2] Dublin Bay South
Éamon Ó Cuív Galway West
Willie O'Dea Limerick City
Seán Ó Fearghaíl Kildare South
Kevin O'Keeffe[nb 2] Cork East
Fiona O'Loughlin[nb 2] Kildare South
Frank O'Rourke[nb 2] Kildare North
Anne Rabbitte[nb 2] Galway East
Eamon Scanlon Sligo–Leitrim
Brendan Smith Cavan–Monaghan
Niamh Smyth[nb 2] Cavan–Monaghan
Robert Troy Longford–Westmeath
Sinn Féin (23) Gerry Adams Louth
John Brady[nb 2] Wicklow
Pat Buckley[nb 2] Cork East
Seán Crowe Dublin South-West
David Cullinane[nb 2] Waterford
Pearse Doherty Donegal
Dessie Ellis Dublin North-West
Martin Ferris Kerry
Kathleen Funchion[nb 2] Carlow–Kilkenny
Martin Kenny[nb 2] Sligo–Leitrim
Mary Lou McDonald Dublin Central
Denise Mitchell[nb 2] Dublin Bay North
Imelda Munster[nb 2] Louth
Carol Nolan[nb 2] Offaly
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Cavan–Monaghan
Jonathan O'Brien Cork North-Central
Eoin Ó Broin[nb 2] Dublin Mid-West
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire[nb 2] Cork South-Central
Louise O'Reilly[nb 2] Dublin Fingal
Aengus Ó Snodaigh Dublin South-Central
Maurice Quinlivan[nb 2] Limerick City
Brian Stanley Laois
Peadar Tóibín Meath West
Labour Party (7) Joan Burton Dublin West
Brendan Howlin Wexford
Alan Kelly Tipperary
Jan O'Sullivan Limerick City
Willie Penrose Longford–Westmeath
Brendan Ryan Dublin Fingal
Seán Sherlock Cork East
AAA–PBP (6) Richard Boyd Barrett Dún Laoghaire
Mick Barry[nb 2] Cork North-Central
Ruth Coppinger Dublin West
Gino Kenny[nb 2] Dublin Mid-West
Paul Murphy Dublin South-West
Bríd Smith[nb 2] Dublin South-Central
Independents 4 Change (4) Tommy Broughan Dublin Bay North
Joan Collins Dublin South-Central
Clare Daly Dublin Fingal
Mick Wallace Wexford
Social Democrats (3) Stephen Donnelly Wicklow
Catherine Murphy Kildare North
Róisín Shortall Dublin North-West
Green Party (2) Catherine Martin[nb 2] Dublin Rathdown
Eamon Ryan Dublin Bay South
Independent (19) Seán Canney[nb 2][nb 3] Galway East
Séamus Healy Tipperary
Michael Collins[nb 2] Cork South-West
Catherine Connolly[nb 2] Galway West
Michael Fitzmaurice[nb 3] Roscommon–Galway
Noel Grealish Galway West
John Halligan[nb 3] Waterford
Danny Healy-Rae[nb 2] Kerry
Michael Healy-Rae Kerry
Michael Harty[nb 2] Clare
Michael Lowry Tipperary
Finian McGrath[nb 3] Dublin Bay North
Mattie McGrath Tipperary
Kevin "Boxer" Moran[nb 2][nb 3] Longford–Westmeath
Denis Naughten Roscommon–Galway
Maureen O'Sullivan Dublin Central
Thomas Pringle Donegal
Shane Ross[nb 3] Dublin Rathdown
Katherine Zappone[nb 2] Dublin South-West
Ceann Comhairle (1) Seán Barrett[nb 4] Dún Laoghaire

Technical groupsEdit

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).[3]

Independents 4 Change GroupEdit

Party Name Constituency
Independents 4 Change (3) Joan Collins Dublin South-Central
Clare Daly Dublin Fingal
Mick Wallace Wexford
Independent (4)
Tommy Broughan Dublin Bay North
Catherine Connolly Galway West
Maureen O'Sullivan Dublin Central
Thomas Pringle Donegal

Social Democrats–Green Party GroupEdit

Party Name Constituency
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

Party Name[4] Constituency
Independent (7) Michael Collins Cork South-West
Noel Grealish Galway West
Danny Healy-Rae Kerry
Michael Healy-Rae Kerry
Michael Harty Clare
Michael Lowry Tipperary
Mattie McGrath Tipperary

Outgoing Senators elected to DáilEdit

Senators elected to the Dáil left their Seanad seats vacant for the remaining weeks of the 24th Seanad.


For the first time, two siblings were elected to Dáil Éireann from the same constituency: Michael and Danny Healy-Rae for Kerry.[5]

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.[6]

Independents 4 Change, the Social Democrats and Aontú had their first TDs.

On 14 June 2017 Leo Varadkar became the first openly gay Taoiseach.[7]

Malcolm Byrne became the first openly gay man to win a by-election, and the first openly gay Fianna Fáil TD.


Date Constituency Gain Loss Note
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.[8]
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 Eighth Amendment.[9] She resigned from Sinn Féin in June 2018.
2 October 2018 Louth Independent Fine Gael Peter Fitzpatrick resigns from Fine Gael.[10]
15 November 2018 Meath West Independent Sinn Féin Peadar Tóibín resigns from Sinn Féin.[11]
28 January 2019 Meath West Aontú Independent Peadar Tóibín founds a new political party called Aontú.[12]
1 July 2019 Dublin Fingal   Inds. 4 Change Resignation of Clare Daly after her election to the European Parliament.[13]
1 July 2019 Dublin Mid-West   Fine Gael Resignation of Frances Fitzgerald after her election to the European Parliament.[13]
1 July 2019 Cork North-Central   Fianna Fáil Resignation of Billy Kelleher after his election to the European Parliament.[13]
1 July 2019 Wexford   Inds. 4 Change Resignation of Mick Wallace after his election to the European Parliament.[13]
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.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az TD who was elected for the first time at the 2016 general election.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Campaigned under the banner of the Independent Alliance, but appeared as a normal Independent on the ballot paper.
  4. ^ 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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