1937 Irish general election
The 1937 Irish general election was held on 1 July 1937, just over two weeks after the dissolution of the Dáil on 14 June. A plebiscite on whether to approve the new Constitution of Ireland was held on the same day. The newly elected 138 members of the 9th Dáil assembled at Leinster House on 21 July 1937 when the new President of the Executive Council and Executive Council of the Irish Free State were appointed. Fianna Fáil retained power, though it failed to achieve an outright majority.
137 of 138 seats in Dáil Éireann
70 seats needed for a majority
Percentage of seats gained by each of the three major parties, and number of seats gained by smaller parties and independents.
For this election the number of seats in the Dáil was reduced by 15, from 153 to 138 seats.
|Fianna Fáil||Éamon de Valera||69||–8||50.0||599,040||45.2||–4.5|
|Fine Gael||W. T. Cosgrave||48||–11||34.8||461,171||34.8||–4.8|
|Labour Party||William Norton||13||+5||9.4||135,758||10.3||+4.6|
First time TDs
- William Broderick (Lost seat)
- William Browne (Lost seat)
- Eamonn Cooney (Lost seat)
- Robert Davitt (Lost seat)
- Hugh Doherty (Retired)
- Eamon Donnelly (Retired)
- Stephen Jordan (Lost seat)
- Séamus Keely (Retired)
- Patrick Kehoe (Retired)
- William Kent (Retired)
- James McGuire (Lost seat)
- Conor Maguire (Resigned on appointment as judge in 1936)
- James Morrisroe (Lost seat)
- Patrick Murphy (Lost seat)
- Patrick O'Dowd (Lost seat)
- Margaret Mary Pearse (Lost seat)
- James Reidy (Lost seat)
- The total number of Fine Gael TDs is compared to the combined total won by Cumann na nGaedheal and the National Centre Party at the previous general election
- "9th Dáil 1937 General Election". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
- "Dáil elections since 1918". ARK Northern Ireland. Retrieved 16 April 2009.
- Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1009-1017 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7