Father of the Dáil
In Ireland, the term Father of the Dáil is an unofficial title applied to the current member of Dáil Éireann with the longest unbroken period of service, regardless of their position. The 'Father' has no official role in the business of the House as the title is honorific.
On a number of occasions two or more people have shared the position of Father of the Dáil.
Fathers of the Dáil
|Name||Entered Dáil||Became Father||Left Dáil||Party|
|Frank Fahy||1918 election||4 February 1948||14 July 1953||Fianna Fáil|
|Éamon de Valera||23 June 1959||Fianna Fáil|
|Gerald Boland||1923 election||23 June 1959||4 October 1961||Fianna Fáil|
|James Ryan||7 April 1965||Fianna Fáil|
|Patrick McGilligan||7 April 1965||Fine Gael|
|James Everett||18 December 1967||Labour Party|
|Thomas McEllistrim||18 June 1969||Fianna Fáil|
|Frank Aiken||28 February 1973||Fianna Fáil|
|Paddy Smith||5 July 1977||Fianna Fáil|
|Liam Cosgrave||1943 election||5 July 1977||11 June 1981||Fine Gael|
|Dan Spring||11 June 1981||Labour Party|
|Oliver J. Flanagan||17 February 1987||Fine Gael|
|Neil Blaney||Dec. 1948 by-election||17 February 1987||8 November 1995||Independent Fianna Fáil|
|Paddy Harte||1961 election||8 November 1995||6 June 1997||Fine Gael|
|Seán Treacy||6 June 1997||Labour Party|
|Séamus Pattison||14 June 2007||Labour Party|
|Enda Kenny||Nov. 1975 by-election||14 June 2007||Incumbent||Fine Gael|
- "Why Taoiseach Enda doesn't sound so funny". Irish Independent. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009.