1967 Irish local elections

The 1967 Irish local elections were held in all the counties, cities and towns of Ireland on 28 June 1967.[1] The result was a large gain in seats for Fine Gael, while Fianna Fáil and Labour remained largely unchanged on net seat totals. Others, including independents and Sinn Féin, lost many seats.

The context of the elections was an Ireland in the process of rapid modernisation. Social changes since the 1960 local elections include the launch of the first national television network, Telefís Éireann, in 1961. The National Farmers Association campaigned against the Fianna Fáil government, which was reducing tariffs in preparation for European Economic Community membership. Several NFA representatives won seats, particularly in Tipperary and Offaly. Labour's breakthrough in Dublin, coupled with a decline in rural areas, marked another step in its transformation from a rural party to an urban one.


Party Seats ± First pref. votes[2] % FPV ±%
Fianna Fáil 333 463,233 40.1
Fine Gael 285 377,065 32.6
Labour Party 80 174,064 15.1
Independent, Sinn Féin and others 81 141,091 12.2
 Total 779 1,155,453 100


  1. "High poll may be "protest" vote". The Irish Times. 29 June 1967. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  2. "Final first preferences". The Irish Times. 4 July 1967. Retrieved 1 September 2011.

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