Members of the 17th Dáil

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This is a list of the members who were elected to the 17th Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland. These TDs (Members of Parliament) were elected at the 1961 general election on 4 October 1961 and met on 11 October 1961. The 17th Dáil was dissolved by President Éamon de Valera, at the request of the Taoiseach Seán Lemass on 18 March 1965. The 17th Dáil lasted 1,281 days.

Composition of the 17th Dáil[edit]

Party Oct. 1961 April 1965
Fianna Fáil 70 71
Fine Gael 47 48
Labour Party 15 17
Clann na Talmhan 2 1
National Progressive Democrats 2 0
Clann na Poblachta 1 1
Independents 6 5
Ceann Comhairle 1 1

Government party denoted with bullet ()

Graphical representation[edit]

This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 17th Dáil from October 1961.

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  • Note that this was not the official seating plan.

TDs by constituency[edit]

The list of the 144 TDs elected, is given in alphabetical order by constituency.

Members of the 17th Dáil
Constituency Name Party
Carlow–Kilkenny Patrick Crotty Fine Gael
Jim Gibbons Fianna Fáil
Desmond Governey Fine Gael
Martin Medlar Fianna Fáil
Séamus Pattison Labour Party
Cavan Séamus Dolan Fianna Fáil
Patrick O'Reilly Fine Gael
Paddy Smith Fianna Fáil
Clare Patrick Hogan Ceann Comhairle
Patrick Hillery Fianna Fáil
William Murphy Fine Gael
Seán Ó Ceallaigh Fianna Fáil
Cork Borough Stephen Barrett Fine Gael
Anthony Barry Fine Gael
Seán Casey Labour Party
John Galvin Fianna Fáil
Jack Lynch Fianna Fáil
Cork Mid Dan Desmond Labour Party
Seán McCarthy Fianna Fáil
Con Meaney Fianna Fáil
Denis O'Sullivan Fine Gael
Cork North–East Richard Barry Fine Gael
Philip Burton Fine Gael
Martin Corry Fianna Fáil
Patrick McAuliffe Labour Party
John Moher Fianna Fáil
Cork South–West Seán Collins Fine Gael
Edward Cotter Fianna Fáil
Michael Murphy Labour Party
Donegal North–East Neil Blaney Fianna Fáil
Liam Cunningham Fianna Fáil
Paddy Harte Fine Gael
Donegal South–West Joseph Brennan Fianna Fáil
Cormac Breslin Fianna Fáil
Patrick O'Donnell Fine Gael
Dublin County Kevin Boland Fianna Fáil
Patrick Burke Fianna Fáil
Mark Clinton Fine Gael
Seán Dunne Independent
Éamon Rooney Fine Gael
Dublin North–Central Vivion de Valera Fianna Fáil
Celia Lynch Fianna Fáil
Patrick McGilligan Fine Gael
Frank Sherwin Independent
Dublin North–East Jack Belton Fine Gael
Patrick Byrne Fine Gael
George Colley Fianna Fáil
Charles Haughey Fianna Fáil
Eugene Timmons Fianna Fáil
Dublin North–West Declan Costello Fine Gael
Richard Gogan Fianna Fáil
Michael Mullen Labour Party
Dublin South–Central Joseph Barron Clann na Poblachta
Philip Brady Fianna Fáil
Patrick Cummins Fianna Fáil
Maurice E. Dockrell Fine Gael
Seán Lemass Fianna Fáil
Dublin South–East Noël Browne National Progressive Democrats
John A. Costello Fine Gael
Seán MacEntee Fianna Fáil
Dublin South–West Robert Briscoe Fianna Fáil
James Carroll Independent
Noel Lemass, Jnr Fianna Fáil
James O'Keeffe Fine Gael
Richie Ryan Fine Gael
Dún Laoghaire and Rathdown Seán Brady Fianna Fáil
Lionel Booth Fianna Fáil
Liam Cosgrave Fine Gael
H. Percy Dockrell Fine Gael
Galway East Michael Carty Fianna Fáil
Michael Donnellan Clann na Talmhan
Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins Fine Gael
Michael F. Kitt Fianna Fáil
Anthony Millar Fianna Fáil
Galway West Gerald Bartley Fianna Fáil
Fintan Coogan Fine Gael
Johnny Geoghegan Fianna Fáil
Kerry North Patrick Finucane Independent
Tom McEllistrim Fianna Fáil
Dan Spring Labour Party
Kerry South Patrick Connor Fine Gael
Honor Crowley Fianna Fáil
Timothy O'Connor Fianna Fáil
Kildare Brendan Crinion Fianna Fáil
Patrick Dooley Fianna Fáil
William Norton Labour Party
Gerard Sweetman Fine Gael
Laois–Offaly Kieran Egan Fianna Fáil
Nicholas Egan Fianna Fáil
Oliver J. Flanagan Fine Gael
Patrick Lalor Fianna Fáil
Tom O'Higgins Fine Gael
Limerick East Paddy Clohessy Fianna Fáil
Stephen Coughlan Labour Party
Tom O'Donnell Fine Gael
Donogh O'Malley Fianna Fáil
Limerick West James Collins Fianna Fáil
Denis Jones Fine Gael
Donnchadh Ó Briain Fianna Fáil
Longford–Westmeath Frank Carter Fianna Fáil
Michael Kennedy Fianna Fáil
Seán Mac Eoin Fine Gael
Joseph Sheridan Independent
Louth Frank Aiken Fianna Fáil
Paddy Donegan Fine Gael
Pádraig Faulkner Fianna Fáil
Mayo North Michael Browne Fine Gael
Phelim Calleary Fianna Fáil
Joseph Lenehan Independent
Mayo South Joseph Blowick Clann na Talmhan
Seán Flanagan Fianna Fáil
Henry Kenny Fine Gael
Micheál Ó Móráin Fianna Fáil
Meath Denis Farrelly Fine Gael
Michael Hilliard Fianna Fáil
James Tully Labour Party
Monaghan Erskine H. Childers Fianna Fáil
James Dillon Fine Gael
Patrick Mooney Fianna Fáil
Roscommon James Burke Fine Gael
Brian Lenihan Fianna Fáil
Jack McQuillan National Progressive Democrats
Patrick J. Reynolds Fine Gael
Sligo–Leitrim James Gallagher Fianna Fáil
Eugene Gilbride Fianna Fáil
Eugene Gilhawley Fine Gael
Joseph McLoughlin Fine Gael
Tipperary North Thomas Dunne Fine Gael
John Fanning Fianna Fáil
Patrick Tierney Labour Party
Tipperary South Dan Breen Fianna Fáil
Michael Davern Fianna Fáil
Patrick Hogan Fine Gael
Seán Treacy Labour Party
Waterford Thomas Kyne Labour Party
Thaddeus Lynch Fine Gael
John Ormonde Fianna Fáil
Wexford Lorcan Allen Fianna Fáil
Brendan Corish Labour Party
Anthony Esmonde Fine Gael
James Ryan Fianna Fáil
Wicklow Paudge Brennan Fianna Fáil
James Everett Labour Party
Michael O'Higgins Fine Gael

Changes[edit]

Date Constituency Gain Loss Note
30 May 1963 Dublin North–East Fine Gael Fine Gael Paddy Belton (FG) holds the seat vacated by the death of his brother Jack Belton (FG)
27 October 1963 Dublin South–East Labour Party National Progressive Democrats Noël Browne (NPD) disbands the National Progressive Democrats and joins the Labour Party
27 October 1963 Roscommon Labour Party National Progressive Democrats Jack McQuillan (NPD) disbands the National Progressive Democrats and joins the Labour Party
27 October 1963 Dublin County Labour Party Independent Seán Dunne (Ind) joins the Labour Party
19 February 1964 Cork Borough Fianna Fáil Fianna Fáil Sheila Galvin (FF) wins the seat vacated by the death of her husband John Galvin (FF)
19 February 1964 Kildare Fianna Fáil Labour Party Terence Boylan (FF) wins the seat vacated by the death of William Norton (Lab)
8 July 1964 Roscommon Fine Gael Fine Gael Joan Burke (FG) holds the seat vacated by the death of her husband James Burke (FG)
3 December 1964 Galway East Fine Gael Clann na Talmhan John Donnellan (FG) wins the seat vacated by the death of his father Michael Donnellan (CnaT)
10 March 1965 Cork Mid Labour Party Labour Party Eileen Desmond (Lab) holds the seat vacated by the death of her husband Dan Desmond (Lab)

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