Members of the 19th Dáil

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19th Dáil
18th Dáil 20th Dáil
Legislative bodyDáil Éireann
Meeting placeLeinster House
Term2 July 1969 – 5 February 1973
Election1969 general election
Government13th Government of Ireland
Ceann ComhairleCormac Breslin
TaoiseachJack Lynch
TánaisteErskine H. Childers
Chief WhipDavid Andrews
Desmond O'Malley
until 7 May 1970
Leader of the OppositionLiam Cosgrave
1st2 July 1969 – 23 July 1969
2nd22 October 1969 – 30 July 1970
3rd28 October 1970 – 6 August 1971
4th20 October 1971 – 14 July 1972
5th25 October 1972 – 14 December 1972

The 19th Dáil was elected at the 1969 general election on 18 June 1969 and met on 2 July 1969. The members of Dáil Éireann, the house of representatives of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland, are known as TDs. On 5 February 1973, President Éamon de Valera dissolved the Dáil on the request of Taoiseach Jack Lynch. The 19th Dáil lasted 1,315 days.

Composition of the 19th Dáil[edit]

Party June 1969 Feb. 1973
Fianna Fáil 75 72
Fine Gael 50 50
Labour 18 17
Independent 1 3
Ceann Comhairle 1
Aontacht Éireann 1
Vacant 2
Total 144

Fianna Fáil, denoted with bullet (), formed the 13th Government of Ireland, a majority government.

Graphical representation[edit]

This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 19th Dáil from July 1969. This was not the official seating plan.

Ceann Comhairle[edit]

On the meeting of the Dáil, Cormac Breslin (FF), who had served as Ceann Comhairle from November 1967, was proposed by Jack Lynch (FF) and seconded by Liam Cosgrave (FG) for the position. His election was approved without a vote.[1]

TDs by constituency[edit]

The list of the 144 TDs elected is given in alphabetical order by Dáil constituency.[2]

Members of the 19th Dáil
Constituency Name Party
Carlow–Kilkenny Kieran Crotty Fine Gael
Jim Gibbons Fianna Fáil
Desmond Governey Fine Gael
Tom Nolan Fianna Fáil
Séamus Pattison Labour
Cavan Tom Fitzpatrick Fine Gael
Patrick O'Reilly Fine Gael
Paddy Smith Fianna Fáil
Clare Sylvester Barrett Fianna Fáil
Patrick Hillery Fianna Fáil
Frank Taylor Fine Gael
Clare–South Galway Michael Carty Fianna Fáil
Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins Fine Gael
Bill Loughnane Fianna Fáil
Cork City North-West Liam Burke Fine Gael
Seán French Fianna Fáil
Jack Lynch Fianna Fáil
Cork City South-East Peter Barry Fine Gael
Gus Healy Fianna Fáil
Pearse Wyse Fianna Fáil
Cork Mid Philip Burton Fine Gael
Donal Creed Fine Gael
Paddy Forde Fianna Fáil
Thomas Meaney Fianna Fáil
Cork North-East Richard Barry Fine Gael
Seán Brosnan Fianna Fáil
Gerard Cott Fine Gael
Jerry Cronin Fianna Fáil
Cork South-West Flor Crowley Fianna Fáil
Michael Pat Murphy Labour
John O'Sullivan Fine Gael
Donegal–Leitrim Joseph Brennan Fianna Fáil
Cormac Breslin Fianna Fáil
Patrick O'Donnell Fine Gael
Donegal North-East Neil Blaney Fianna Fáil
Liam Cunningham Fianna Fáil
Paddy Harte Fine Gael
Dublin Central Frank Cluskey Labour
Vivion de Valera Fianna Fáil
Maurice E. Dockrell Fine Gael
Tom Fitzpatrick Fianna Fáil
Dublin County North Patrick Burke Fianna Fáil
Mark Clinton Fine Gael
Des Foley Fianna Fáil
Justin Keating Labour
Dublin County South Kevin Boland Fianna Fáil
Richard Burke Fine Gael
Tom O'Higgins Fine Gael
Dublin North-Central Luke Belton Fine Gael
George Colley Fianna Fáil
Celia Lynch Fianna Fáil
Michael O'Leary Labour
Dublin North-East Paddy Belton Fine Gael
Charles Haughey Fianna Fáil
Conor Cruise O'Brien Labour
Eugene Timmons Fianna Fáil
Dublin North-West Hugh Byrne Fine Gael
Richard Gogan Fianna Fáil
David Thornley Labour
Jim Tunney Fianna Fáil
Dublin South-Central Philip Brady Fianna Fáil
Ben Briscoe Fianna Fáil
John O'Donovan Labour
Richie Ryan Fine Gael
Dublin South-East Noël Browne Labour
Garret FitzGerald Fine Gael
Seán Moore Fianna Fáil
Dublin South-West Joseph Dowling Fianna Fáil
Seán Dunne Labour
Noel Lemass Fianna Fáil
John O'Connell Labour
Dún Laoghaire and Rathdown David Andrews Fianna Fáil
Liam Cosgrave Fine Gael
Barry Desmond Labour
H. Percy Dockrell Fine Gael
Galway North-East John Donnellan Fine Gael
Thomas Hussey Fianna Fáil
Michael F. Kitt Fianna Fáil
Galway West Fintan Coogan Snr Fine Gael
Johnny Geoghegan Fianna Fáil
Bobby Molloy Fianna Fáil
Kerry North Gerard Lynch Fine Gael
Tom McEllistrim Fianna Fáil
Dan Spring Labour
Kerry South Michael Begley Fine Gael
Timothy O'Connor Fianna Fáil
John O'Leary Fianna Fáil
Kildare Terence Boylan Fianna Fáil
Paddy Power Fianna Fáil
Gerard Sweetman Fine Gael
Laois–Offaly Ger Connolly Fianna Fáil
Bernard Cowen Fianna Fáil
Tom Enright Fine Gael
Oliver J. Flanagan Fine Gael
Patrick Lalor Fianna Fáil
Limerick East Stephen Coughlan Labour
Michael Herbert Fianna Fáil
Tom O'Donnell Fine Gael
Desmond O'Malley Fianna Fáil
Limerick West Gerry Collins Fianna Fáil
Michael J. Noonan Fianna Fáil
Denis Jones Fine Gael
Longford–Westmeath Frank Carter Fianna Fáil
Patrick Lenihan Fianna Fáil
Gerry L'Estrange Fine Gael
Joe Sheridan Independent
Louth Frank Aiken Fianna Fáil
Paddy Donegan Fine Gael
Pádraig Faulkner Fianna Fáil
Mayo East Martin Finn Fine Gael
Seán Flanagan Fianna Fáil
Thomas O'Hara Fine Gael
Mayo West Henry Kenny Fine Gael
Joseph Lenehan Fianna Fáil
Mícheál Ó Móráin Fianna Fáil
Meath John Bruton Fine Gael
Michael Hilliard Fianna Fáil
James Tully Labour
Monaghan Erskine H. Childers Fianna Fáil
John Conlan Fine Gael
Billy Fox Fine Gael
Roscommon–Leitrim Joan Burke Fine Gael
Hugh Gibbons Fianna Fáil
Brian Lenihan Fianna Fáil
Sligo–Leitrim James Gallagher Fianna Fáil
Joseph McLoughlin Fine Gael
Ray MacSharry Fianna Fáil
Tipperary North Thomas Dunne Fine Gael
Michael O'Kennedy Fianna Fáil
Michael Smith Fianna Fáil
Tipperary South Noel Davern Fianna Fáil
Jackie Fahey Fianna Fáil
Patrick Hogan Fine Gael
Seán Treacy Labour
Waterford Fad Browne Fianna Fáil
Edward Collins Fine Gael
Billy Kenneally Fianna Fáil
Wexford Lorcan Allen Fianna Fáil
Seán Browne Fianna Fáil
Brendan Corish Labour
Anthony Esmonde Fine Gael
Wicklow Paudge Brennan Fianna Fáil
Liam Kavanagh Labour
Godfrey Timmins Fine Gael


Date Constituency Loss Gain Note
25 June 1969 Dublin South-West Labour   Death of Seán Dunne
2 July 1969 Donegal–Leitrim Fianna Fáil Ceann Comhairle Cormac Breslin takes office as Ceann Comhairle[1]
28 January 1970 Kildare Fine Gael   Death of Gerard Sweetman
4 March 1970 Dublin South-West   Fianna Fáil Seán Sherwin wins seat vacated by the death of Seán Dunne
11 March 1970 Longford–Westmeath Fianna Fáil   Death of Patrick Lenihan
14 April 1970 Kildare   Fine Gael Patrick Malone holds seat vacated by the death of Sweetman
14 April 1970 Longford–Westmeath   Fine Gael Patrick Cooney wins seat vacated by the death of Lenihan
4 October 1970 Donegal–Leitrim Fine Gael   Death of Patrick O'Donnell
4 November 1970 Dublin County South Fianna Fáil   Resignation of Kevin Boland[3]
2 December 1970 Donegal–Leitrim   Fianna Fáil Patrick Delap wins seat vacated by the death of O'Donnell
2 December 1970 Dublin County South   Fine Gael Larry McMahon wins seat vacated by the resignation of Boland
19 September 1971 Dublin South-West Fianna Fáil Aontacht Éireann Seán Sherwin joins new party[4]
17 November 1971 Donegal North-East Fianna Fáil Independent Neil Blaney expelled from Fianna Fáil parliamentary party[5]
17 November 1971 Wicklow Fianna Fáil Independent Paudge Brennan expelled from Fianna Fáil parliamentary party[5]
13 May 1972 Cork Mid Fianna Fáil   Death of Paddy Forde
2 August 1972 Cork Mid   Fianna Fáil Gene Fitzgerald holds seat vacated by the death of Forde
5 October 1972 Tipperary South Fine Gael   Death of Patrick Hogan
6 January 1973 Clare Fianna Fáil   Resignation of Patrick Hillery on appointment as European Commissioner

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  1. ^ a b "Election of Ceann Comhairle – Dáil Éireann (19th Dáil) – Vol. 241 No. 1". Houses of the Oireachtas. 2 April 1969. Archived from the original on 26 August 2022. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  2. ^ "TDs & Senators (19th Dáil)". Houses of the Oireachtas. Archived from the original on 5 May 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Election of Ceann Comhairle – Dáil Éireann (19th Dáil) – Vol. 249 No. 4". Houses of the Oireachtas. 4 November 1970. Archived from the original on 15 November 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  4. ^ Kilfeather, Frank (17 September 1971). "T.D. to resign from Fianna Fáil and join Boland's new party". The Irish Times. p. 1. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Blaney and Brennan by party". The Irish Times. 18 November 1971. p. 1. Retrieved 16 November 2021.

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