Members of the 27th Dáil

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27th Dáil
26th Dáil 28th Dáil
Legislative bodyDáil Éireann
Meeting placeLeinster House
Term14 December 1992 – 15 May 1997
Election1992 general election
Ceann ComhairleSeán Treacy
TaoiseachJohn Bruton
Albert Reynolds
until 15 December 1994
TánaisteDick Spring
Bertie Ahern
until 15 December 1994
Dick Spring
until 17 November 1994
John Wilson
until 12 January 1993
Chief WhipJim Higgins
Seán Barrett
until 23 May 1995
Noel Dempsey
until 15 December 1994
of the Opposition
Bertie Ahern
John Bruton
until 15 December 1994
1st14 December 1992 – 21 July 1993
2nd20 September 1993 – 1 July 1994
3rd25 August 1994 – 26 July 1995
4th20 September 1995 – 25 July 1996
5th25 September 1996 – 15 May 1997

The 27th Dáil was elected at the 1992 general election on 25 November 1992 and met on 14 December 1992. The members of Dáil Éireann, the house of representatives of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland, are known as TDs. The 27th Dáil lasted 1,614 days. The 27th Dáil saw a change of Taoiseach from Albert Reynolds to John Bruton in December 1994, the only time there was a new Taoiseach with a change in the party composition of the government during a Dáil term. The 27th Dáil was dissolved by President Mary Robinson on 15 May 1997, at the request of the Taoiseach, John Bruton.

Composition of the 27th Dáil[edit]

Party Nov. 1992 May 1997
Fianna Fáil 68 67
Fine Gael 45 47
Labour 33 32
Progressive Democrats 10 8
Democratic Left 4 6
Green 1 1
Independent Fianna Fáil 1 0
Independent 4 3
Ceann Comhairle 0 1

Graphical representation[edit]

This is a graphical comparison of party strengths in the 27th Dáil from January 1993. This was not the official seating plan.

Ceann Comhairle[edit]

On 14 December 1992, Seán Treacy (Ind) was proposed by Albert Reynolds and seconded by John Bruton for the position of Ceann Comhairle. Treacy was approved without a vote.[1] On 23 April 1997, Treacy announced to the Dáil that would not be availing of his constitutional right to automatic re-election to the 28th Dáil.[2]

TDs by constituency[edit]

The list of the 166 TDs elected is given in alphabetical order by Dáil constituency.[3]

Members of the 27th Dáil
Constituency Name Party
Carlow–Kilkenny Liam Aylward Fianna Fáil
John Browne Fine Gael
Phil Hogan Fine Gael
M. J. Nolan Fianna Fáil
Séamus Pattison Labour
Cavan–Monaghan Andrew Boylan Fine Gael
Seymour Crawford Fine Gael
Jimmy Leonard Fianna Fáil
Rory O'Hanlon Fianna Fáil
Brendan Smith Fianna Fáil
Clare Moosajee Bhamjee Labour
Donal Carey Fine Gael
Síle de Valera Fianna Fáil
Tony Killeen Fianna Fáil
Cork East Michael Ahern Fianna Fáil
Paul Bradford Fine Gael
Ned O'Keeffe Fianna Fáil
John Mulvihill Labour
Cork North-Central Bernard Allen Fine Gael
Liam Burke Fine Gael
Gerry O'Sullivan Labour
Máirín Quill Progressive Democrats
Dan Wallace Fianna Fáil
Cork North-West Michael Creed Fine Gael
Donal Moynihan Fianna Fáil
Frank Crowley Fine Gael
Cork South-Central Peter Barry Fine Gael
Pat Cox Progressive Democrats
Micheál Martin Fianna Fáil
Batt O'Keeffe Fianna Fáil
Toddy O'Sullivan Labour
Cork South-West Jim O'Keeffe Fine Gael
P. J. Sheehan Fine Gael
Joe Walsh Fianna Fáil
Donegal North-East Neil Blaney Independent Fianna Fáil
Paddy Harte Fine Gael
Jim McDaid Fianna Fáil
Donegal South-West Mary Coughlan Fianna Fáil
Pat "the Cope" Gallagher Fianna Fáil
Dinny McGinley Fine Gael
Dublin Central Bertie Ahern Fianna Fáil
Joe Costello Labour
Tony Gregory Independent
Jim Mitchell Fine Gael
Dublin North Ray Burke Fianna Fáil
Nora Owen Fine Gael
Seán Ryan Labour
Trevor Sargent Green
Dublin North-Central Richard Bruton Fine Gael
Ivor Callely Fianna Fáil
Seán Haughey Fianna Fáil
Derek McDowell Labour
Dublin North-East Tommy Broughan Labour
Liam Fitzgerald Fianna Fáil
Seán Kenny Labour
Michael Woods Fianna Fáil
Dublin North-West Noel Ahern Fianna Fáil
Mary Flaherty Fine Gael
Proinsias De Rossa Democratic Left
Róisín Shortall Labour
Dublin South Séamus Brennan Fianna Fáil
Eithne FitzGerald Labour
Tom Kitt Fianna Fáil
Liz O'Donnell Progressive Democrats
Alan Shatter Fine Gael
Dublin South-Central Ben Briscoe Fianna Fáil
Gay Mitchell Fine Gael
John O'Connell Fianna Fáil
Pat Upton Labour
Dublin South-East Frances Fitzgerald Fine Gael
Michael McDowell Progressive Democrats
Ruairi Quinn Labour
Eoin Ryan Fianna Fáil
Dublin South-West Chris Flood Fianna Fáil
Mary Harney Progressive Democrats
Pat Rabbitte Democratic Left
Mervyn Taylor Labour
Éamonn Walsh Labour
Dublin West Austin Currie Fine Gael
Joan Burton Labour
Liam Lawlor Fianna Fáil
Brian Lenihan Snr Fianna Fáil
Dún Laoghaire David Andrews Fianna Fáil
Seán Barrett Fine Gael
Niamh Bhreathnach Labour
Eamon Gilmore Democratic Left
Helen Keogh Progressive Democrats
Galway East Paul Connaughton Snr Fine Gael
Michael P. Kitt Fianna Fáil
Noel Treacy Fianna Fáil
Galway West Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Fianna Fáil
Michael D. Higgins Labour
Pádraic McCormack Fine Gael
Bobby Molloy Progressive Democrats
Éamon Ó Cuív Fianna Fáil
Kerry North Jimmy Deenihan Fine Gael
Denis Foley Fianna Fáil
Dick Spring Labour
Kerry South Breeda Moynihan-Cronin Labour
John O'Donoghue Fianna Fáil
John O'Leary Fianna Fáil
Kildare Alan Dukes Fine Gael
Bernard Durkan Fine Gael
Charlie McCreevy Fianna Fáil
Seán Power Fianna Fáil
Emmet Stagg Labour
Laois–Offaly Ger Connolly Fianna Fáil
Brian Cowen Fianna Fáil
Charles Flanagan Fine Gael
Pat Gallagher Labour
Liam Hyland Fianna Fáil
Limerick East Peadar Clohessy Progressive Democrats
Jim Kemmy Labour
Michael Noonan Fine Gael
Willie O'Dea Fianna Fáil
Desmond O'Malley Progressive Democrats
Limerick West Gerry Collins Fianna Fáil
Michael Finucane Fine Gael
Michael J. Noonan Fianna Fáil
Longford–Roscommon John Connor Fine Gael
Seán Doherty Fianna Fáil
Tom Foxe Independent
Albert Reynolds Fianna Fáil
Louth Dermot Ahern Fianna Fáil
Michael Bell Labour
Séamus Kirk Fianna Fáil
Brendan McGahon Fine Gael
Mayo East Jim Higgins Fine Gael
Tom Moffatt Fianna Fáil
P. J. Morley Fianna Fáil
Mayo West Pádraig Flynn Fianna Fáil
Enda Kenny Fine Gael
Séamus Hughes Fianna Fáil
Meath John Bruton Fine Gael
Noel Dempsey Fianna Fáil
Brian Fitzgerald Labour
Colm Hilliard Fianna Fáil
Mary Wallace Fianna Fáil
Sligo–Leitrim Declan Bree Labour
Matt Brennan Fianna Fáil
John Ellis Fianna Fáil
Ted Nealon Fine Gael
Tipperary North Michael Lowry Fine Gael
John Ryan Labour
Michael Smith Fianna Fáil
Tipperary South Theresa Ahearn Fine Gael
Noel Davern Fianna Fáil
Michael Ferris Labour
Seán Treacy Independent
Waterford Martin Cullen Progressive Democrats
Austin Deasy Fine Gael
Brendan Kenneally Fianna Fáil
Brian O'Shea Labour
Westmeath Paul McGrath Fine Gael
Mary O'Rourke Fianna Fáil
Willie Penrose Labour
Wexford John Browne Fianna Fáil
Hugh Byrne Fianna Fáil
Avril Doyle Fine Gael
Brendan Howlin Labour
Ivan Yates Fine Gael
Wicklow Johnny Fox Independent
Joe Jacob Fianna Fáil
Liam Kavanagh Labour
Liz McManus Democratic Left
Godfrey Timmins Fine Gael


Date Constituency Loss Gain Note
14 December 1992 Tipperary South Independent Ceann Comhairle Seán Treacy takes office as Ceann Comhairle[1]
4 January 1993 Mayo West Fianna Fáil   Resignation of Pádraig Flynn on nomination as EC Commissioner[4][5]
24 February 1993 Dublin South-Central Fianna Fáil   Resignation of John O'Connell[6]
31 March 1993 Limerick West Fianna Fáil Independent Michael J. Noonan loses of whip after criticism of party leader and Taoiseach[7]
13 May 1994 Cork South-Central Progressive Democrats Independent Pat Cox resigns from PDs to contest the 1994 European Parliament election as an Independent[8]
9 June 1994 Dublin South-Central   Democratic Left Eric Byrne takes the seat vacated by the resignation of O'Connell
9 June 1994 Mayo West   Fine Gael Michael Ring takes the seat vacated by the resignation of Flynn
19 July 1994 Cork South-Central Independent   Resignation of Pat Cox (Ind) following his re-election to Munster at the European Parliament election[9]
5 August 1994 Cork North-Central Labour   Death of Gerry O'Sullivan
5 September 1994 Waterford Progressive Democrats Fianna Fáil Martin Cullen joins Fianna Fáil[10]
10 November 1994 Cork North-Central   Democratic Left Kathleen Lynch takes the seat vacated by the death of O'Sullivan
10 November 1994 Cork South-Central Independent Fine Gael Hugh Coveney takes the seat vacated by the resignation of Pat Cox (PD)
18 January 1995 Limerick West Independent Fianna Fáil Whip restored to Michael J. Noonan[11]
17 March 1995 Wicklow Independent   Death of Johnny Fox
29 June 1995 Wicklow   Independent Mildred Fox holds the seat vacated by the death of her father Johnny Fox
3 October 1995 Limerick West Fianna Fáil Independent Michael J. Noonan loses of whip abstaining on divorce amendment[12]
1 November 1995 Dublin West Fianna Fáil   Death of Brian Lenihan Snr
8 November 1995 Donegal North-East Independent Fianna Fáil   Death of Neil Blaney (Ind FF)
2 April 1996 Dublin West   Fianna Fáil Brian Lenihan Jnr holds the seat vacated by the death of his father Brian Lenihan Snr
2 April 1996 Donegal North-East   Fianna Fáil Cecilia Keaveney takes the seat vacated by the death of Blaney
14 May 1997 Limerick West Independent Fianna Fáil Whip restored to Michael J. Noonan[13]

On 24 February 1994, Proinsias De Rossa (DL) sought to direct that the writ be moved for the by-elections in Dublin South-Central, and Enda Kenny (FG) sought to direct that the writ be moved for the by-elections in Mayo West. This was opposed by the government.[14] The government moved the writs on 18 May 1994.[15] The by-elections were held at the same date as the European Parliament election and the local elections.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Election of Ceann Comhairle – Dáil Éireann (27th Dáil) – Vol. 425 No. 1". Houses of the Oireachtas. 14 December 1992. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  2. ^ "Announcement of Ceann Comhairle – Dáil Éireann (27th Dáil) – Vol. 478 No. 2". Houses of the Oireachtas. 23 April 1997. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  3. ^ "TDs & Senators (27th Dáil)". Houses of the Oireachtas.
  4. ^ "Nomination to EC Commission – Dáil Éireann (27th Dáil) – Vol. 425 No. 4". Houses of the Oireachtas. 22 December 1992. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  5. ^ Nealon 1993, p. 135.
  6. ^ "Resignation of Member – Dáil Éireann (27th Dáil) – Vol. 426 No. 6". Houses of the Oireachtas. 24 February 1993. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  7. ^ Tynan, Maol Muire (31 March 1993). "Noonan to lose whip over criticism of Taoiseach". The Irish Times. p. 4.
  8. ^ Hogan, Dick (14 May 1994). "Cox accepts his resignation will damage the PDs". The Irish Times. p. 8. Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  9. ^ "Resignation of Member – Dáil Éireann (27th Dáil) – Vol. 445 No. 1". Houses of the Oireachtas. 25 August 1994. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  10. ^ Collins, Stephen (2005). Breaking the Mould: How the PDs changed Irish politics. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. p. 166. ISBN 0717139379.
  11. ^ Tynan, Maol Muire (19 January 1995). "FF pledges extreme vigilance on NI peace process". The Irish Times. p. 10.
  12. ^ de Bréadún, Déaglán (4 October 1995). "Dáil backs referendum on divorce as the PDs force a vote". The Irish Times. p. 7.
  13. ^ Kennedy, Geraldine; Brennock, Mark (15 May 1997). "Abortion to become election issue after FF states position". The Irish Times. p. 1.
  14. ^ "Issue of Writs: Motions. - Dublin South-Central and Mayo West By-Elections – Dáil Éireann (27th Dáil) – Vol. 439 No. 4". Houses of the Oireachtas. 24 February 1994. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  15. ^ "Mayo West By-Election Writ: Motion – Dáil Éireann (27th Dáil) – Vol. 442 No. 9". Houses of the Oireachtas. 24 February 1994. Retrieved 8 July 2022.; "Dublin South-Central By-Election Writ: Motion – Dáil Éireann (27th Dáil) – Vol. 442 No. 9". Houses of the Oireachtas. 24 February 1994. Retrieved 8 July 2022.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Nealon, Ted, ed. (1993). Nealon's Guide to the 27th Dáil and Seanad: Election '92. Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0717121135.