- Irish general election, November 1982
The Irish general election of November 1982 was held on 24 November 1982, three weeks after the dissolution of the Dáil on 4 November. The newly elected 166
members of the 24th Dáilassembled at Leinster Houseon 14 December when a new Taoiseachand government were appointed.
The general election took place in 41 parliamentary constituencies throughout the
Republic of Irelandfor 166 seats in the lower house of parliament, Dáil Éireann.
The second general election of 1982 took place just nine months after the first one in February of that year. While it is not the shortest Dáil in Irish history, it is unusual because never before had there been three general elections in eighteen months.
The general election was caused by the loss of support of Independents and the Workers Party for the
Fianna Fáilgovernment. This was due to the government's insistence on introducing substantial budget cuts, budget cuts which the left-wing Teachta Dála(TDs) could not stomach. While economic issues dominated the campaign the parties were weary in having to fight yet another general election.
After the votes were counted the result was conclusive.
Fine Gaelrecorded its biggest ever election victory, coming within five seats of Fianna Fáil; at other times Fianna Fáil had been twice as big as Fine Gael. The Labour Party had a new leader with Dick Spring. A programme for government was quickly drawn up and Garret FitzGeraldof Fine Gael became Taoiseach for the second time. The poor showing for Fianna Fáil resulted in a leadership challenge to Charles Haugheyby his opponents within the party. Haughey won the vote of confidence and remained as leader.
First time TDs
A total of 18 TDs were elected for the first time:
* Michael Bell
* John Browne
Fintan Coogan, Jnr
* Dick Dowling
Tomás Mac Giolla
* Donal Moynihan
M. J. Nolan
The following were elected for the first time in subsequent by-elections:
* Cathal Coughlan
The following were elected that had formerly been a TD:
Joe Sherlock(Lost seat)
Gerry Brady(Kildare) (Lost seat)
Lorcan Allen(Lost seat)
* Jim Gibbons (Lost seat)
Members of the 24th Dáil
Government of the 24th Dáil
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