Irish general election, June 1927

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Irish general election, June 1927

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152 of 153 seats in Dáil Éireann
77 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 68.1%

  First party Second party Third party
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Leader W. T. Cosgrave Éamon de Valera Thomas Johnson
Party Cumann na nGaedheal Fianna Fáil Labour Party
Leader since April 1923 26 March 1926 1922
Leader's seat Carlow–Kilkenny Clare Dublin County
Last election 63 seats, 39.0% N/A 14 seats, 10.6%
Seats before 60 N/A 15
Seats won 47 44 22
Seat change Decrease13 Increase44 Increase7
Popular vote 314,703 299,486 143,849
Percentage 27.4% 26.2% 12.6%
Swing Decrease11.6% New party Increase2.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
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Leader Michael Heffernan William Redmond John J. O'Kelly
Party Farmers' Party National League Party Sinn Féin
Leader since 1927 1926 1926
Leader's seat Tipperary Waterford N/A
Last election 15 seats, 12.1% N/A 44 seats, 27.4%
Seats before 15 2 47
Seats won 11 8 5
Seat change Decrease4 Increase6 Decrease42
Popular vote 101,955 83,598 41,401
Percentage 8.9% 7.3% 3.6%
Swing Decrease3.2% New party Decrease23.8%

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Percentage of seats gained by each of the five biggest parties, and number of seats gained by smaller parties and independents.

President of the Executive Council before election

W. T. Cosgrave
Cumann na nGaedheal

Subsequent President of the Executive Council

W. T. Cosgrave
Cumann na nGaedheal

The Irish general election of June 1927 was held on 9 June 1927. The newly elected members of the 5th Dáil assembled at Leinster House on 23 June, at which W. T. Cosgrave of Cumann na nGaedheal was reappointed as President of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State, alongside his reconstituted Executive Council.

Following the election, Fianna Fáil took their seats in the Dáil on 12 August 1927.[1] Fianna Fáil had been formed a year earlier when Éamon de Valera, leader of the abstentionist Anti-Treaty Sinn Féin, failed to convince the party to take their seats if and when the Oath of Allegiance were abolished. Most of Sinn Féin's TDs, as well as the bulk of its support, shifted to Fianna Fáil.

The impact of this shift saw Sinn Féin all but decimated; it was reduced to five seats. For all intents and purposes, this was the end of Sinn Féin as a major force in the southern part of the island; it would not win more than 10 seats at an election until 2011. This election cemented Fianna Fáil as a major party; it and Cumann na nGaedheal/Fine Gael have been the two major parties in Ireland since then. Fianna Fáil's decision to take up its seats removed Cumann na nGaedheal's working majority among TDs attending, making the Dáil short-lived. The 5th Dáil was dissolved by Governor-General Timothy Michael Healy, at the request of W. T. Cosgrave, the President of the Executive Council, on 25 August 1927.

Result[edit]

5th Irish general election – 9 June 1927[2][3][4]
Party Leader Seats ± % of
seats
First Pref
votes
% FPv ±%
Cumann na nGaedheal W. T. Cosgrave 47 –16 30.7 314,703 27.4 –11.6
Fianna Fáil Éamon de Valera 44 New 28.7 299,486 26.2 New
Labour Party Thomas Johnson 22 +8 14.4 143,849 12.6 +2.0
Farmers' Party Michael Heffernan 11 –4 7.2 101,955 8.9 –3.2
National League Party William Redmond 8 New 5.2 83,598 7.3 New
Sinn Féin John J. O'Kelly 5[5] –39 3.3 41,401 3.6 –23.8
Clann Éireann William Magennis 0 New 0 5,527 0.5 New
Blind Men's Party 0 New 0 1,559 0.1 New
Town Tenants' Association 0 0 0 1,012 0.1 –0.1
Independent N/A 16 +3 10.4 153,370 13.4 +5.3
Spoilt votes 31,337
Total 153 0 100 1,177,797 100
Electorate/Turnout 1,730,177 68.1%
  • Cumann na nGaedheal minority government formed.

Voting summary[edit]

First preference vote
Cumann na nGaedheal
27.44%
Fianna Fáil
26.12%
Labour
12.55%
Farmers'
8.89%
National League Party
7.29%
Sinn Féin
3.61%
Others
0.71%
Independent
13.37%

Seats summary[edit]

Assembly seats
Cumann na nGaedheal
30.72%
Fianna Fáil
28.76%
Labour
14.38%
Farmers'
7.19%
National League Party
5.23%
Sinn Féin
3.27%
Independent
10.46%

First time TDs[edit]

Jasper Travers Wolfe

Outgoing TDs[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dáil Éireann Debate - Friday, 12 Aug 1927 - New Deputies take their seats
  2. ^ "5th Dáil June 1927 General Election". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 5 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Dáil elections since 1918". ARK Northern Ireland. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  4. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1010-1017 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  5. ^ Results given for Sinn Féin here are compared to those won by Republicans in the previous election.