1938 Irish general election
137 of 138 seats in Dáil Éireann
70 seats needed for a majority
Percentage of seats gained by each of the three major parties, and number of seats gained by smaller parties and independents.
The 1938 Irish general election was held on 17 June 1938. The 138 newly elected members of the 10th Dáil assembled on 30 June when the new Taoiseach and government were appointed. Fianna Fáil retained power, and won the first overall majority in the history of the State. It was a snap election, the proximate cause being the government's loss of an opposition motion recommending use of arbitration to resolve Civil Service labour disputes.
|10th Irish general election – 17 June 1938|
|Fianna Fáil||Éamon de Valera||77||+8||55.8||667,996||51.9||+6.7|
|Fine Gael||W. T. Cosgrave||45||–3||32.6||428,633||33.3||–1.5|
|Labour Party||William Norton||9||–4||6.5||128,945||10.0||–0.3|
- Fianna Fáil majority government formed.
First time TDs
- Erskine H. Childers
- Daniel Hogan
- James Hughes
- Frank Loughman
- Henry McDevitt
- Thomas Mullen
- Peter O'Loghlen
- Mícheál Ó Móráin
- Archibald Heron (Lost seat)
- Gerrard McGowan (Retired)
- Edward Moane (Lost seat)
- Sydney Minch (Lost seat)
- Daniel O'Leary (Lost seat)
- "To Caesar". The Irish Times. 28 May 1938. p. 8. Retrieved 30 March 2020.; "Private Deputies' Business — Civil Service and Arbitration". Dáil Éireann (9th Dáil) debates. Houses of the Oireachtas. 25 May 1938. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
- "10th Dáil 1938 General Election". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
- "Dáil elections since 1918". ARK Northern Ireland. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
- Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1009-1017 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7