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Irish general election, 1927 (September)

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Template:Politics of the Republic of Ireland The Irish general election of September 1927 was held on September 15, 1961. The newly elected members of the 6th Dáil assembled at Leinster House on October 11 when the new President and Executive Council of the Irish Free State were appointed.

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The second general election of 1927 was caused by the uncertain political arithmitic within Dáil Éireann. Only three votes seperated the two largest parties, Cumann na nGaedhael and Fianna Fáil. It looked as if the government could collapse at any moment. When Fianna Fáil decided to enter the Dáil in August the party and its allies immediately put down a motion of no confidence in the Cumann na nGaedhael government. Fianna Fáil was supported by the Labour Party and the National League. On the other hand the Cumann na nGaedhael government had the backing of the Farmers' Party and most of the Independent TDs. When the vote was taken, John Jinks, a National League TD failed to attend. As a result the vote was a dead heat and the Ceann Comhairle voted with the government. The motion had failed.

W.T. Coagrave realised that this situation could not continue and a general election was called in the hope of providiing a clear result. The election was fought by a number of parties, each with their own different message. Cumann na nGaedhael was fighting the election on its record in government so far. Fianna Fáil was the new party on the scene with new policies and the promise of self-sufficiency. The Labour Party had done well on its last outing and was hoping, and was predicted, to win extra seats, in spite of internal divisions. The Farmers' Party represented the needs of agricultural labourers. Sinn Féin, who's electoral hopes were diminished with the setting up of Fianna Fáil didn't contest a single seat.

Result

Party Leader Seats Loss/Gain Dáil Seats (%)
Fianna Fáil Eamon de Valera 57 + 13 37.3
Cumann na nGaedhael W.T. Cosgrave 62 + 15 40.5
Labour Thomas Johnson 13 - 9 8.5
Independents - 13 - 3 8.5
Farmers' Party  ? 6 - 5 3.9
National League  ? 2 - 6 1.3

See also


Irish General Elections

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