Members of the 12th Dáil

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This is a list of the members who were elected to the 12th Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. These TDs (Members of Parliament) were elected at the 1944 general election on 30 May 1944 and met on 9 June 1944. The 12th Dáil was dissolved by President Seán T. O'Kelly, at the request of the Taoiseach Éamon de Valera on 12 January 1948. The 12th Dáil lasted 1,345 days.

As of 2014, Liam Cosgrave is the only surviving member of the 12th Dáil, as well as the 11th, and is consequently the earliest surviving TD.

Composition of the 12th Dáil[edit]

Party May 1944 Feb. 1948
Fianna Fáil 75 76
Fine Gael 30 28
Clann na Talmhan 11 11
Labour Party 8 8
National Labour Party 4 4
Clann na Poblachta 0 2
Independents 9 8
Ceann Comhairle 1 1

Government party denoted with bullet ()

Graphical representation[edit]

This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 12th Dáil from June 1944.

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  • Note that this was not the official seating plan.

TDs by constituency[edit]

The list of the 138 TDs elected, is given in alphabetical order by constituency.

Members of the 12th Dáil
Constituency Name Party
Athlone–Longford Thomas Carter Fianna Fáil
Erskine H. Childers Fianna Fáil
Seán Mac Eoin Fine Gael
Carlow–Kildare Thomas Harris Fianna Fáil
James Hughes Fine Gael
Francis Humphreys Fianna Fáil
William Norton Labour Party
Cavan Patrick O'Reilly Clann na Talmhan
Tom O'Reilly Independent
Michael Sheridan Fianna Fáil
Paddy Smith Fianna Fáil
Clare Patrick Burke Fine Gael
Thomas Burke Independent
Éamon de Valera Fianna Fáil
Seán O'Grady Fianna Fáil
Peter O'Loghlen Fianna Fáil
Cork Borough Richard Anthony Independent
Frank Daly Fianna Fáil
William Dwyer Independent
Walter Furlong Fianna Fáil
Cork North Patrick Halliden Clann na Talmhan
Patrick McAuliffe Labour Party
Seán Moylan Fianna Fáil
Leo Skinner Fianna Fáil
Cork South–East William Broderick Fine Gael
Martin Corry Fianna Fáil
Seán McCarthy Fianna Fáil
Cork West Seán Buckley Fianna Fáil
Timothy J. Murphy Labour Party
Patrick O'Driscoll Clann na Talmhan
Eamonn O'Neill Fine Gael
Timothy O'Sullivan Fianna Fáil
Donegal East Neal Blaney Fianna Fáil
John Friel Fianna Fáil
Daniel McMenamin Fine Gael
William Sheldon Independent
Donegal West Brian Brady Fianna Fáil
Cormac Breslin Fianna Fáil
Michael Óg McFadden Fine Gael
Dublin County Seán Brady Fianna Fáil
Patrick Burke Fianna Fáil
Liam Cosgrave Fine Gael
Henry Dockrell Fine Gael
Patrick Fogarty Fianna Fáil
Dublin North–East Alfred Byrne Independent
Harry Colley Fianna Fáil
Oscar Traynor Fianna Fáil
Dublin North–West Cormac Breathnach Fianna Fáil
Patrick McGilligan Fine Gael
John S. O'Connor Fianna Fáil
Seán T. O'Kelly Fianna Fáil
Martin O'Sullivan Labour Party
Dublin South Robert Briscoe Fianna Fáil
Maurice E. Dockrell Fine Gael
Peadar Doyle Fine Gael
James Larkin, Jnr Labour Party
Seán Lemass Fianna Fáil
James Lynch Fianna Fáil
John McCann Fianna Fáil
Dublin Townships Bernard Butler Fianna Fáil
John A. Costello Fine Gael
Seán MacEntee Fianna Fáil
Galway East Patrick Beegan Fianna Fáil
Frank Fahy Ceann Comhairle
Michael Donnellan Clann na Talmhan
Mark Killilea, Snr Fianna Fáil
Galway West Gerald Bartley Fianna Fáil
Michael Lydon Fianna Fáil
Joseph Mongan Fine Gael
Kerry North Patrick Finucane Clann na Talmhan
Eamonn Kissane Fianna Fáil
Tom McEllistrim Fianna Fáil
Dan Spring National Labour Party
Kerry South Frederick Crowley Fianna Fáil
John Healy Fianna Fáil
Fionán Lynch Fine Gael
Kilkenny Eamonn Coogan Fine Gael
Thomas Derrig Fianna Fáil
James Pattison National Labour Party
Leitrim Stephen Flynn Fianna Fáil
Bernard Maguire Independent
Mary Reynolds Fine Gael
Leix–Offaly Patrick Boland Fianna Fáil
William Davin Labour Party
Patrick Gorry Fianna Fáil
Thomas F. O'Higgins Fine Gael
Oliver J. Flanagan Independent
Limerick George C. Bennett Fine Gael
Daniel Bourke Fianna Fáil
Michael Colbert Fianna Fáil
Michael Keyes Labour Party
Donnchadh Ó Briain Fianna Fáil
James Reidy Fine Gael
Robert Ryan Fianna Fáil
Louth Frank Aiken Fianna Fáil
James Coburn Fine Gael
Laurence Walsh Fianna Fáil
Mayo North Patrick Browne Fine Gael
James Kilroy Fianna Fáil
P. J. Ruttledge Fianna Fáil
Mayo South Joseph Blowick Clann na Talmhan
Dominick Cafferky Clann na Talmhan
Micheál Clery Fianna Fáil
Micheál Ó Móráin Fianna Fáil
Richard Walsh Fianna Fáil
Meath–Westmeath Charles Fagan Fine Gael
Patrick Giles Fine Gael
Michael Hilliard Fianna Fáil
Michael Kennedy Fianna Fáil
Matthew O'Reilly Fianna Fáil
Monaghan James Dillon Independent
Bridget Rice Fianna Fáil
Conn Ward Fianna Fáil
Roscommon John Beirne, Snr Clann na Talmhan
Gerald Boland Fianna Fáil
Daniel O'Rourke Fianna Fáil
Sligo Martin Brennan Fianna Fáil
Martin Roddy Fine Gael
Patrick Rogers Fine Gael
Tipperary Dan Breen Fianna Fáil
Andrew Fogarty Fianna Fáil
Frank Loughman Fianna Fáil
Daniel Morrissey Fine Gael
Richard Mulcahy Fine Gael
William O'Donnell Clann na Talmhan
Mary Ryan Fianna Fáil
Waterford Denis Heskin Clann na Talmhan
Patrick Little Fianna Fáil
Michael Morrissey Fianna Fáil
Bridget Redmond Fine Gael
Wexford Denis Allen Fianna Fáil
Richard Corish Labour Party
John Keating Fine Gael
John O'Leary National Labour Party
James Ryan Fianna Fáil
Wicklow Thomas Brennan Fianna Fáil
Patrick Cogan Clann na Talmhan
James Everett National Labour Party

Changes[edit]

Date Constituency Gain Loss Note
10 November 1944 Kerry South Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Donal O'Donoghue (FF) wins the seat vacated by the appointment of Fionán Lynch (FG) as a judge.
4 December 1945 Clare Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Patrick Shanahan (FF) wins the seat vacated by the death of Patrick Burke (FG)
4 December 1945 Dublin North–West Fianna Fáil Fianna Fáil Vivion de Valera (FF) holds the seat vacated by Seán T. O'Kelly (FF) on his election to the Presidency
4 December 1945 Kerry South Fianna Fáil Fianna Fáil Honor Crowley (FF) holds the seat vacated by the death of her husband Frederick Crowley (FF)
4 December 1945 Mayo South Clann na Talmhan Fianna Fáil Bernard Commons (CnaT) wins the seat vacated by the appointment of Micheál Clery (FF) as County Registrar of Dublin
4 December 1945 Wexford Labour Party Labour Party Brendan Corish (Lab) holds the seat vacated by the death of his father Richard Corish (Lab)
14 June 1946 Cork Borough Fianna Fáil Independent Patrick McGrath (FF) wins the seat vacated by the resignation of William Dwyer (Ind)
29 October 1947 Dublin County Clann na Poblachta Fianna Fáil Seán MacBride (CnaP) wins the seat vacated by the death of Patrick Fogarty (FF)
29 October 1947 Tipperary Clann na Poblachta Clann na Talmhan Patrick Kinane (CnaP) wins the seat vacated by the death of William O'Donnell (CnaT)
29 October 1947 Waterford Fianna Fáil Fianna Fáil John Ormonde (FF) holds the seat vacated by the death of Michael Morrissey (FF)

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