June 1927 Irish General Election
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June 1927 Irish General Election

June 1927 Irish general election

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152 of 153 seats in Dáil Éireann
77 seats needed for a majority
Turnout68.1% Increase 6.8pp
  First party Second party Third party
William Thomas Cosgrave.jpg
Éamon de Valera.jpg
Leader W. T. Cosgrave Éamon de Valera Thomas Johnson
Party Cumann na nGaedheal Fianna Fáil Labour
Leader since April 1923 26 March 1926 1922
Leader's seat Carlow-Kilkenny Clare Dublin County
Last election 63 seats, 39.0% N/A 14 seats, 10.6%
Seats before 60 N/A 15
Seats won 47 44 22
Seat change Decrease13 Increase44 Increase7
Popular vote 314,703 299,486 143,849
Percentage 27.4% 26.2% 12.6%
Swing Decrease11.6% New party Increase2.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Michael Heffernan TD, circa 1910s.png
William Archer Redmond.jpg
JJ O'Kelly, circa 1918 to 1931.jpg
Leader Michael Heffernan William Redmond John J. O'Kelly
Party Farmers' Party National League Party Sinn Féin
Leader since 1927 1926 1926
Leader's seat Tipperary Waterford N/A
Last election 15 seats, 12.1% N/A 44 seats, 27.4%
Seats before 15 2 47
Seats won 11 8 5
Seat change Decrease4 Increase6 Decrease42
Popular vote 101,955 83,598 41,401
Percentage 8.9% 7.3% 3.6%
Swing Decrease3.2% New party Decrease23.8%

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Percentage of seats gained by each of the five biggest parties, and number of seats gained by smaller parties and independents.

President of the Executive Council before election

W. T. Cosgrave
Cumann na nGaedheal

President of the Executive Council after election

W. T. Cosgrave
Cumann na nGaedheal

The June 1927 Irish general election was held on 9 June 1927. The newly elected members of the 5th Dáil assembled at Leinster House on 23 June, at which W. T. Cosgrave of Cumann na nGaedheal was reappointed as President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, alongside his reconstituted Executive Council.

Following the election, Fianna Fáil took its seats in the Dáil on 12 August 1927.[1] Fianna Fáil had been formed a year earlier when Éamon de Valera, leader of the abstentionist Anti-Treaty Sinn Féin, failed to convince the party to take their seats if and when the Oath of Allegiance were abolished. Most of Sinn Féin's TDs, as well as the bulk of its support, shifted to Fianna Fáil.

The impact of this shift saw Sinn Féin all but decimated; it was reduced to five seats. This was for many years the end of the party as a major force in the southern part of the island; it would not win more than 10 seats at an election until 2011. This election cemented Fianna Fáil as a major party; it and Cumann na nGaedheal/Fine Gael remained the two major parties in Ireland until 2020. Fianna Fáil's decision to take up its seats removed Cumann na nGaedheal's working majority among TDs attending, making the Dáil short-lived. The 5th Dáil was dissolved by Governor-General Timothy Michael Healy, at the request of W. T. Cosgrave, the President of the Executive Council, on 25 August 1927.


Election to the 5th Dáil – 9 June 1927[2][3][4]
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Party Leader Seats ± % of
First Pref
% FPv ±%
Cumann na nGaedheal W. T. Cosgrave 47 -16 30.7 314,703 27.4 -11.6
Fianna Fáil Éamon de Valera 44 New 28.7 299,486 26.2 New
Labour Thomas Johnson 22 +8 14.4 143,849 12.6 +2.0
Farmers' Party Michael Heffernan 11 -4 7.2 101,955 8.9 -3.2
National League Party William Redmond 8 New 5.2 83,598 7.3 New
Sinn Féin John J. O'Kelly 5[5] -39 3.3 41,401 3.6 -23.8
Clann Éireann William Magennis 0 New 0 5,527 0.5 New
Blind Men's Party 0 New 0 1,559 0.1 New
Town Tenants' Association 0 0 0 1,012 0.1 -0.1
Independent N/A 16 +3 10.4 153,370 13.4 +5.3
Spoilt votes 31,337
Total 153 0 100 1,177,797 100
Electorate/Turnout 1,730,177 68.1%

Voting summary

First preference vote
Cumann na nGaedheal
Fianna Fáil
National League Party
Sinn Féin

Seats summary

Assembly seats
Cumann na nGaedheal
Fianna Fáil
National League Party
Sinn Féin

Government formation

When the 5th Dáil first met on 23 June 1927, there were 50 TDs still abstaining. Cumann na nGaedheal formed the 3rd Executive Council of the Irish Free State with the support of the Farmers' Party and 13 Independents. This government proved unstable once Fianna Fáil took their seats.

First time TDs

Outgoing TDs

See also


  1. ^ "Dáil Éireann Debate - Friday, 12 Aug 1927 - New Deputies take their seats". Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "5th Dáil June 1927 General Election". ElectionsIreland.org. Archived from the original on 28 May 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Dáil elections since 1918". ARK Northern Ireland. Archived from the original on 27 November 2020. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1010-1017 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  5. ^ Results given for Sinn Féin here are compared to those won by Republicans in the previous election.

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