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General Election of 24 May 2007
Changes during 30th Dáil

2007 General Election

Fianna Fáil 77  Fine Gael 51  Labour 20  Green 6  Sinn Fein 4  Progressive Democrats 2  Independent 5  Ceann Comhairle (Speaker) 1

Rory O'Hanlon (Cavan Monaghan) stands down as Ceann Comhairle, and John O'Donoghue (Kerry South) is elected in his place. A coalition Government is formed between Fianna Fáil (77), the Greens (6) and the Progressive Democrats (2) with support from four Non Party TDs (89 seats), with Bertie Ahern continuing as Taoiseach for a third consecutive term and Brian Cowen as Tánaiste. The four independents supporting the Government were Beverley Flynn, Jackie Healy Rae, Michael Lowry and Finian McGrath.

Bertie Ahern was nominated as Taoiseach by Brian Cowen and seconded by Trevor Sargent. Richard Bruton nominated Enda Kenny; this was seconded by Pat Rabbitte. Bertie Ahern was elected by 89 votes to 76. [ref - PDF p25 (2MB)]


Date LOSS GAIN Constituency Change
14/06/07 Non Party/Independent Fianna Fáil Cavan Monaghan Rory O'Hanlon stands down as Ceann Comhairle
14/06/07 Fianna Fáil Non Party/Independent Kerry South John O'Donoghue is elected Ceann Comhairle
28/11/07 Fianna Fáil Non Party/Independent Cork East Ned O'Keeffe resigns from Fianna Fáil
27/02/08 Non Party/Independent Fianna Fáil Cork East Ned O'Keeffe re-admitted to Fianna Fáil
08/04/08 Non Party/Independent Fianna Fáil Mayo Beverley Flynn re-admitted to Fianna Fáil
09/07/08 Fianna Fáil Dublin South Death of Seamus Brennan
17/10/08 Fianna Fáil Non Party/Independent Wicklow Joe Behan resigns from Fianna Fáil
20/10/08 Dublin North Central Finian McGrath withdraws support from Government
13/11/08 Fianna Fáil Non Party/Independent Donegal North East Fianna Fáil whip withdrawn from Dr James McDaid
02/01/09 Independent Dublin Central Death of Tony Gregory
06/06/09 Fine Gael Dublin South Election of George Lee
06/06/09 Independent Dublin Central Election of Maureen O'Sullivan
07/06/09 Fianna Fáil Donegal South West Election as MEP of Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher
05/08/09 Fianna Fáil Independent Sligo Leitrim North Jimmy Devins resigns the Fianna Fáil whip
05/08/09 Fianna Fáil Independent Sligo Leitrim North Eamon Scanlon resigns the Fianna Fáil whip
13/10/09 Fianna Fáil Non Party/Independent Kerry South John O'Donoghue resigns as Ceann Comhairle
13/10/09 Fianna Fáil Non Party/Independent Louth Seamus Kirk elected as Ceann Comhairle
20/11/09 Progressive Democrats Non Party/Independent Dublin Mid West Mary Harney (dissolution of Progressive Democrats)
20/11/09 Progressive Democrats Non Party/Independent Galway West Noel Grealish (dissolution of Progressive Democrats)
8/2/10 Fine Gael Dublin South George Lee resigns from Dáil
8/3/10 Fianna Fáil Waterford Martin Cullen resigns from Dáil
29/06/10 Labour Non Party/Independent Dublin North East Labour whip withdrawn from Tommy Broughan
29/06/10 Fianna Fáil Non Party/Independent Tipperary South Fianna Fáil whip withdrawn from Mattie McGrath
24/09/10 Galway West Noel Grealish withdraws support from Government
10/10 Non Party/Independent Labour Dublin North East Labour whip restored to Tommy Broughan
2/11/10 Non Party/Independent Donegal North East Dr James McDaid resigned from Dáil
25/11/10 Sinn Fein Donegal South West Election of Pearse Doherty
13/1/11 Non Party/Independent Fiann Fail Sligo Leitrim North Eamon Scanlon regains the Fianna Fáil whip
25/1/11 Non Party/Independent Fiann Fail Sligo Leitrim North Jimmy Devins regains the Fianna Fáil whip
28/1/11 Non Party/Independent Dublin South Central Seán Ardagh resigns from Dáil

Net Changes during 30th Dáil

Fianna Fáil -6  Fine Gael -  Labour -  Progressive Democrats -  Green -  Sinn Fein +1  Progressive Democrats -2  Non Party/Independent +3 Ceann Comhairle (Speaker) -

The 30th Dáil at Dissolution on 1 February 2011

Fianna Fáil 71  Fine Gael 51  Labour 20  Green 6  Sinn Fein 5  Independent 8  Ceann Comhairle (Speaker) 1
Click on the Party lozenge above to see a list of TDs for that Party

Total of 162 seats, including Ceann Comhairle.
There were vacancies in Donegal North East (Jim McDaid resigned 2/11/10), Dublin South Central (Seán Ardagh resigned 28/1/11), Dublin South (George Lee resigned 8/2/10) and Waterford (Martin Cullen resigned 8/3/10).

Government Fianna Fáil 71, Independent 1 Total 72
The Independent formally supporting the Government was Mary Harney.

Independents Jackie Healy Rae, Michael Lowry and Mattie McGrath no longer offered any formal support to the Government, although they voted with the Government on the Finance Bill.

Opposition Fine Gael 51, Labour 20, Greens 6, Sinn Féin 5, Independent 4 Total 86
(The Independent members of the Opposition are:
Joe Behan, Noel Grealish, Finian McGrath and Maureen O'Sullivan)


The Government did not have a majority when the 30th Dáil was dissolved on 1 February 2011. The Opposition had a majority of at least 11.

 
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