165 of 166 seats in Dáil Éireann
84 seats needed for a majority
Percentage of seats gained by each of the three major parties, and number of seats gained by smaller parties and independents.
The November 1982 Irish general election was held on Wednesday, 24 November, three weeks after the dissolution of the Dáil on 4 November. The newly elected 166 members of the 24th Dáil assembled at Leinster House on 14 December when a new Taoiseach and government were appointed.
The general election took place in 41 parliamentary constituencies throughout Ireland for 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 the same year. While it is not the shortest Dáil, 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 the Independent TD Tony Gregory and the Workers' Party for the Fianna Fáil government. This was due to the government's insistence on introducing substantial budget cuts, which the left-wing Teachta Dála (TDs) could not support. While economic issues dominated the campaign, the parties were weary in having to fight yet another general election.
|Election to the 24th Dáil – 24 November 1982|
|Fianna Fáil||Charles Haughey||75||–6||45.2||763,313||45.2||–2.1|
|Fine Gael||Garret FitzGerald||70||+7||42.2||662,284||39.2||+1.9|
|Workers' Party||Tomás Mac Giolla||2||–1||1.2||54,888||3.3||+1.0|
|Democratic Socialist||Jim Kemmy||0||New||0||7,012||0.4||–|
|Irish Republican Socialist||Jim Lane||0||0||0||398||0.0||-0.2|
|Communist Party||Eugene McCartan||0||0||0||259||0.0||0|
Independents include Independent Fianna Fáil (7,997 votes, 1 seat).
After the votes were counted the result was conclusive. Fine Gael recorded its best election result until 2011, coming within five seats of Fianna Fáil; at other times (such as 1977) 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 FitzGerald of Fine Gael became Taoiseach for the second time. The poor showing for Fianna Fáil resulted in a leadership challenge to Charles Haughey by his opponents within the party. Haughey won the vote of confidence and remained as leader.
The following changes took place as a result of the election:
Where more than one change took place in a constituency the concept of successor is an approximation for presentation only.
|Constituency||Departing TD||Party||Change||Comment||Successor TD||Party|
|Carlow–Kilkenny||Jim Gibbons||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||M. J. Nolan||Fianna Fáil|
|Desmond Governey||Fine Gael||Retired||Dick Dowling||Fine Gael|
|Cavan–Monaghan||No membership changes|
|Clare||Bill Loughnane||Fianna Fáil||Vacant||Taylor-Quinn: Former TD||Madeleine Taylor-Quinn||Fine Gael|
|Cork East||Joe Sherlock||Workers' Party||Lost seat||Ned O'Keeffe||Fianna Fáil|
|Seán French||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||Dan Wallace||Fianna Fáil|
|Cork North-Central||No membership changes|
|Cork North-West||Thomas Meaney||Fianna Fáil||Retired||Donal Moynihan||Fianna Fáil|
|Cork South-Central||Jim Corr||Fine Gael||Retired||Coveney: Former TD||Hugh Coveney||Fine Gael|
|Cork South-West||No membership changes|
|Donegal North-East||No membership changes|
|Donegal South-West||No membership changes|
|Dublin Central||Michael O'Leary||Fine Gael||Moved||O'Leary moved to Dublin Central, Glenn: Former TD||Alice Glenn||Fine Gael|
|Dublin North||No membership changes|
|Dublin North-Central||No membership changes|
|Dublin North-East||Ned Brennan||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||Fitzgerald: Former TD||Liam Fitzgerald||Fianna Fáil|
|Dublin North-West||No membership changes|
|Dublin South||No membership changes|
|Dublin South-Central||Tom Fitzpatrick||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||O'Brien: Former TD||Fergus O'Brien||Fine Gael|
|Dublin South-East||Alexis Fitzgerald||Fine Gael||Lost seat||Joe Doyle||Fine Gael|
|Dublin South-West||Larry McMahon||Fine Gael||Lost seat||Michael O'Leary||Fine Gael|
|Dublin West||Brian Fleming||Fine Gael||Lost seat||Tomas Mac Giolla||Workers' Party|
|Liam Lawlor||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||Lemass: Former TD||Eileen Lemass||Fianna Fáil|
|Dún Laoghaire||Martin O'Donoghue||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||Monica Barnes||Fine Gael|
|Galway East||No membership changes|
|Galway West||Michael D. Higgins||Labour Party||Lost seat||Fintan Coogan Jnr||Fine Gael|
|Kerry North||No membership changes|
|Kerry South||No membership changes|
|Kildare||Gerry Brady||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||Durkan: Former TD||Bernard Durkan||Fine Gael|
|Laois–Offaly||No membership changes|
|Limerick East||Jim Kemmy||Democratic Socialist Party||Lost seat||Frank Prendergast||Labour Party|
|Limerick West||No membership changes|
|Longford–Westmeath||Seán Keegan||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||Mary O'Rourke||Fianna Fáil|
|Louth||Thomas Bellew||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||Michael Bell||Labour Party|
|Eddie Filgate||Fianna Fáil||Retired||Séamus Kirk||Fianna Fáil|
|Bernard Markey||Fine Gael||Lost seat||Brendan McGahon||Fine Gael|
|Mayo East||No membership changes|
|Mayo East||No membership changes|
|Meath||Michael Lynch||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||Frank McLoughlin||Labour Party|
|Roscommon||No membership changes|
|Sligo–Leitrim||John Ellis||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||McCartin: Former TD||Joe McCartin||Fine Gael|
|Tipperary North||No membership changes|
|Tipperary South||No membership changes|
|Waterford||Patrick Gallagher||Workers' Party||Lost seat||Donal Ormonde||Fianna Fáil|
|Wexford||Lorcan Allen||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||Avril Doyle||Fine Gael|
|Seán Browne||Fianna Fáil||Retired||John Browne||Fianna Fáil|
|Wicklow||Ciarán Murphy||Fianna Fáil||Lost seat||Brennan: Former TD||Paudge Brennan||Fianna Fáil|