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FORMER WOMEN MEMBERS OF DÁIL ÉIREANN

Table 1 lists all former women TDs who were elected between 1918, when the Sinn Féin MPs elected in the UK general election proclaimed themselves the first Dáil, and 1969. Table 2 lists former members first elected since 1970 (accurate as at March 2011), while Table 3 gives a gender breakdown of TDs returned at each general election. Current TDs are listed on this page.

Table 1: Former women TDs first elected 1918 to 1969

Name

Party

Constituency

Dates

Constance Markievicz

Sinn Féin
(Fianna Fáil 1926-)

Dublin St Patrick's, Dublin South (1921-)

1918-22
1923-27

Kathleen Clarke

Sinn Féin
(Fianna F
áil 1926-)

Mid Dublin

1921-22, 1927

Ada English

Sinn Féin

National University of Ireland

1921-22

Mary MacSwiney

Sinn Féin

Cork City

1921-27

Kathleen O'Callaghan

Sinn Féin

Limerick City, Limerick East, (1923)

1921-23

Margaret Pearse

Sinn Féin

Dublin County

1921-22

Caitlín Brugha

Sinn Féin

Waterford County

1923-27

Margaret Collins-O'Driscoll

Cumann na nGaedheal

Dublin North

1923-33

Kathleen Lynn

Sinn Féin

Dublin County

1923-27

Mary Reynolds

Cumann na nGaedheal, Fine Gael (1933-)

Sligo-Leitrim

1932-33
1937-61

Helena Concannon

Fianna Fáil

National University of Ireland

1933-37

Margaret Mary Pearse

Fianna Fáil

Dublin County

1933-37

Bridget Redmond

Cumann na nGaedheal, Fine Gael (1933-)

Waterford

1933-52

Bridget Rice

Fianna Fáil

Monaghan

1938-54

Mary Ryan

Fianna Fáil

Tipperary, Tipperary North (1948-)

1944-61

Honor Crowley

Fianna Fáil

Kerry South

1945-66

Celia Lynch

Fianna Fáil

Dublin South Central, Dublin North Central (1961-)

1954-77

Maureen O'Carroll

Labour

Dublin North Central

1954-57

Brigid Hogan-O'Higgins
(Hogan to 1958)

Fine Gael

Galway South, Galway East (1961-69), Clare/South Galway

1957-77

Sheila Galvin

Fianna Fáil

Cork City

1964-65

Joan Burke

Fine Gael

Roscommon, Roscommon/Leitrim (1969-)

1964-81

Eileen Desmond

Labour

Mid Cork, Cork South Central (1973-)

1965-69
1973-87

 

Table 2: Former women TDs first elected 1970 to date

Name

Party

Constituency

Dates

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

Fianna Fáil

Galway West

1975-97

Catherine (Kit) Ahern

Fianna Fáil

Kerry North

1977-81

Eileen Lemass

Fianna Fáil

Dublin Ballyfermot, Dublin West (1981-)

1977-82, 1982-87

Myra Barry

Fine Gael

Cork North East, Cork East (1981-)

1979-87

Carrie Acheson

Fianna Fáil

Tipperary South

1981-Feb. 82

Nuala Fennell

Fine Gael

Dublin South

1981-87, 1989-92

Mary Flaherty

Fine Gael

Dublin North West

1981-97

Alice Glenn

Fine Gael

Dublin Central

1981-82, 1982-87

Madeleine Taylor-Quinn
(Taylor to 1982)

Fine Gael

Clare

1981-82, 1982-92

Nora Owen

Fine Gael

Dublin North

1981-87, 1989-2002

Gemma Hussey

Fine Gael

Wicklow

Feb. 1982-89

Monica Barnes Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire
Nov. 1982-92, 1997-2002

Avril Doyle

Fine Gael

Wexford

Nov. 1982-87, 1992-97

Anne Colley

Progressive Democrat

Dublin South

1987-89

Geraldine Kennedy

Progressive Democrat

Dun Laoghaire

1987-89

Mary Mooney

Fianna Fáil

Dublin South Central

1987-89

Máirín Quill

Progressive Democrat

Cork North Central

1987-97

Theresa Ahearn

Fine Gael

Tipperary South

1989-2000

Niamh Bhreathnach

Labour

Dun Laoghaire

1992-97

Eithne Fitzgerald

Labour

Dublin South

1992-97

Helen Keogh

Progressive Democrat

Dun Laoghaire

1992-97

Deirdre Clune

Fine Gael

Cork South Central

1997-2002; 2007-2011

Marian McGennis

Fianna Fáil

Dublin Central

1997-2002

Sile De Valera

Fianna Fáil Clare
1977-81; 1987-2007

Cecilia Keaveney

Fianna Fáil

Donegal North East

1996-2007

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Labour

Kerry South

1992-2007

Liz O'Donnell

Progressive Democrat

Dublin South

1992-2007

Fiona O'Malley

Progressive Democrat

Dun Laoghaire

2002-2007

Mae Sexton

Progressive Democrat

Longford Roscommon

2002-2007

Mildred Fox

Independent

Wicklow

1995-2007

Marian Harkin

Independent

Sligo-Leitrim

2002-2007

Beverley Flynn *

Fianna Fáil

Mayo

1997-2011

Mary Coughlan

Fianna Fáil

Donegal South West

1987-2011

Mary Hanafin

Fianna Fáil

Dun Laoghaire

1997-2011

Máire Hoctor

Fianna Fáil

Tipperary North

2002-2011

Mary Wallace

Fianna Fáil

Meath East

1989-2011

Margaret Conlon

Fianna Fáil

Cavan Monaghan

2007-2011

Aine Brady

Fianna Fáil

Kildare North

2007-2011

Mary O'Rourke

Fianna Fáil

Longford West Meath

1982-2002; 2007-2011

Olwyn Enright

Fine Gael

Laois Offaly

2002-2011

Liz McManus

Labour

Wicklow

1992-2011

Mary Upton

Labour

Dublin South Central

1999-2011

Mary White

Green

Carlow Kilkenny

2007-2011

Mary Harney **

Progressive Democrat

Dublin South West

1981-2011

* Beverley Flynn was a Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo between 1997-2004 when she became an Independent TD. She was elected as an Independent in the 2007 elections, but rejoined Fianna Fáil in April 2008
** Mary Harney was a Fianna Fáil TD between 1981-1985 but joined the Progessive Democrats in 1985


Table 3: Dáil Éireann general election results by gender, 1918 to date

Election

Women

Men

% Women

1918

1

..68

1

1921

6

122

5

1922

2

126

2

1923

5

148

3

June 1927

4

149

3

Sept. 1927

1

152

1

1932

2

151

1

1933

3

150

2

1937

2

136

1

1938

3

135

2

1943

3

135

2

1944

4

134

3

1948

5

142

3

1951

5

142

3

1954

5

142

3

1957

5

142

3

1961

3

141

2

1965

5

139

4

1969

3

141

2

1973

4

140

3

1977

6

142

4

1981

11.

155

7

Feb. 1982

8

158

5

Nov. 1982

14.

152

8

1987

14.

152

8

1989

13.

153

8

1992

20.

146

12.

1997

20.

146

12.

2002

22.

144

13.

2007
22.
144
13
2011
25
141
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