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Irish general election, 1997

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Template:Politics of the Republic of Ireland The Irish general election of 1997 was held on Friday, June 6, 1997. The 166 newly elected members of the 28th Dáil assembled on June 26, 1997.

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Overview

The 1997 General Election saw the public offered a choice of two possible coalitions. The existing government coalition of Fine Gael, Labour and Democratic Left – the so-called "Rainbow Coalition". This, in very broad terms could be described as a centre left coalition. It was opposed by a coalition of Fianna Fáil and the Progressive Democrats, which most Irish commentators regarded as a centre right coalition.

Following the election none of the major parties had a clear majority. A Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition is the result of various negotiations. Four Independent TDs also support the government ensuring an overall majority. Bertie Ahern becomes the tenth Taoiseach while Mary Harney of the PDs becomes Tánaiste.

Fine Gael increases its number of deputies but crosses the Dáil chamber to the Opposition benches. Dick Spring retires as leader of the Labour Party and is replaced by Ruairí Quinn.


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First time TDs

Retiring TDs

Footnote

  1. After the election, while Gerry Adams was leader of the Sinn Féin party, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin became leader (indeed, sole member) of the Sinn Féin parliamentary party.

See also


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