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1933 · members Republic of Ireland members · 1938
Irish general election, 1937
137 of 138 seats in Dáil Éireann
1 July 1937
First party Second party Third party
Eamon de Valera c 1922-30.jpg William Thomas Cosgrave.jpg
Leader Éamon de Valera W. T. Cosgrave William Norton
Party Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Labour Party
Leader since 1926 1933 1932
Leader's seat Clare Cork Borough Kildare
Last election 76 seats, 49.7% 59 seats, 39.6%[1] 8 seats, 5.7%
Seats won 68 48[1] 13
Seat change –8 –11 +5
Percentage 45.2% 34.8% 10.3%
Swing –4.5% –4.8% +4.6%

Previous President of the Executive Council
Éamon de Valera
Fianna Fáil

Subsequent President of the Executive Council
Éamon de Valera
Fianna Fáil

The Irish general election of 1937 was held on 1 July 1937, just over two weeks after the dissolution of the Dáil on 14 June. A plebiscite to ratify the Constitution of Ireland was held on the same day. The newly elected 138 members of the 9th Dáil assembled at Leinster House on 21 July 1937 when the new President of the Executive Council and Executive Council of the Irish Free State were appointed.

The general election took place in 34 parliamentary constituencies throughout the Irish Free State for 138 seats in the lower house of parliament, Dáil Éireann. For this election the number of seats in the Dáil was reduced by 15 from 153 to 138 seats.



9th Irish general election – 1 July 1937[2][3]
Party Leader Seats ±  % of seats First Pref votes  % FPv ±%
Fianna Fáil Éamon de Valera 68 –8 49.3 45.2 –4.5
Fine Gael W. T. Cosgrave 48[1] –11 34.8 34.8 –4.8
Labour Party William Norton 13 +5 9.4 10.3 +4.6
Independent N/A 8 –1 5.8
Ceann Comhairle N/A 1 N/A 0.7 N/A N/A N/A
Total 138 –15 100 100
  • Fianna Fáil government formed.

First time TDs

Re-elected TDs

Outgoing TDs

See also


  1. ^ a b c The total number of Fine Gael TDs is compared to the combined total won by Cumann na nGaedhael and the National Centre Party at the previous general election
  2. ^ "9th Dáil 1937 General Election". Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Dáil elections since 1918". ARK Northern Ireland. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 


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