Irish general election, 1937

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Irish general election, 1937
Republic of Ireland
1933 ←
members
1 July 1937
TDs elected
→ 1938
members

137 of 138 seats in Dáil Éireann
70 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Eamon de Valera c 1922-30.jpg William Thomas Cosgrave.jpg
Leader Éamon de Valera W. T. Cosgrave William Norton
Party Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Labour Party
Leader since 26 March 1926 September 1934 1932
Leader's seat Clare Cork Borough Kildare
Last election 76 seats, 49.7% 59 seats, 39.6%[1] 8 seats, 5.7%
Seats before 79 56 8
Seats won 68 48[1] 13
Seat change Decrease11 Decrease8 Increase5
Percentage 45.2% 34.8% 10.3%
Swing Decrease4.5% Decrease4.8% Increase4.6%

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Percentage of seats gained by each of the three major parties, and number of seats gained by smaller parties and independents.

President of the Executive Council before election

Éamon de Valera
Fianna Fáil

Subsequent President of the Executive Council

Éamon de Valera
Fianna Fáil

The Irish general election of 1937 was held on 1 July 1937, just over two weeks after the dissolution of the Dáil on 14 June. A plebiscite to ratify the 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 had failed to achieve an outright majority.

The general election took place in 34 parliamentary constituencies throughout the Irish Free State for 138 seats in the lower house of parliament, Dáil Éireann.

For this election the number of seats in the Dáil was reduced by 15 from 153 to 138 seats.

Result[edit]

9th Irish general election – 1 July 1937[2][3][4]
Party Leader Seats ±  % of
seats
First Pref
votes
 % FPv ±%
Fianna Fáil Éamon de Valera 69 –8 50.0 599,040 45.2 –4.5
Fine Gael W. T. Cosgrave 48[1] –11 34.8 461,171 34.8 –4.8
Labour Party William Norton 13 +5 9.4 135,758 10.3 +4.6
Independent N/A 8 –1 5.8 128,480 9.7 +4.7
Spoilt votes 27,824
Total 138 –15 100 1,352,273 100
Electorate/Turnout 1,775,055 76.2%

First time TDs[edit]

Re-elected TDs[edit]

Outgoing TDs[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 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
  2. ^ "9th Dáil 1937 General Election". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Dáil elections since 1918". ARK Northern Ireland. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1009-1017 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7