- Irish general election, 1965
The Irish general election of 1965 was held on 7 April 1965. The newly elected 144
members of the 18th Dáilassembled at Leinster Houseon 21 April when the new Taoiseachand government were appointed.
The general election took place in 42 parliamentary constituencies throughout the
Republic of Irelandfor 144 seats in the lower house of parliament, Dáil Éireann.
The general election of 1965 was caused by the ruling
Fianna Fáilparty's failure to gain a seat in a by-election. The success of Eileen Desmondof the Labour Party in Cork Mid in holding a seat previously held by her husband led to an unacceptable mathematical situation with regard to the government's majority. The Taoiseach, Seán Lemassimmediately dissolved the Dáil and the campaign began in earnest.
Fianna Fáil ran its campaign on its record in government. Over the last number of years the economy had seen a huge improvement and the party played up on its record in government. The party also played up heavily on the personality of the party leader with the slogan "Let Lemass Lead On." The
Fine Gaelparty put forward a comprehensive manifesto, which included the establishment of a government department concerned with economic planning. However, the older, conservative members of the party did not warm to the new turn the party was taking.
The general election gave Fianna Fáil an extra two seats, and with it an overall majority in the Dáil. Seán Lemass continued as Taoiseach. James Dillon resigned as leader of Fine Gael immediately after the result was announced.
First time TDs
* Michael O'Leary
* Tom Fitzpatrick (Cavan)
* Tom Fitzpatrick (Dublin South-Central)
* Michael Lyons
Gerry L'Estrange(replacing Seán Mac Eoin)
* John O'Connell
Augustine A. Healy(re-elected)
Members of the 18th Dáil
Government of the 18th Dáil
Parliamentary Secretaries of the 18th Dáil
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