His first candidacy was at the 1948 general election, where he was unsuccessful, winning just 3.3% of the first-preference votes and losing his deposit. At the 1951 general election, he tripled his share of the vote and won a second seat for Fianna Fáil in the three-seat constituency.
Colm Gallagher lived in Glasnevin. He was married to Peggy Gallagher and they had three sons and one daughter.
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