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Irish general election, 1933

Irish general election, 1933

24 January 1933

152 of 153 seats in Dáil Éireann
77 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Leader Éamon de Valera W. T. Cosgrave
Party Fianna Fáil Cumann na nGaedheal
Leader since 26 March 1926 April 1923
Leader's seat Clare Cork Borough
Last election 72 seats, 44.5% 56 seats, 35.2%
Seats won 76 48
Seat change 4 8
Percentage 49.7% 30.4%
Swing 5.2% 4.8%

  Third party Fourth party
Leader Frank MacDermot William Norton
Party National Centre Party Labour Party
Leader since 1932 1932
Leader's seat Roscommon Kildare
Last election N/A 7 seats, 7.7%
Seats won 11 8
Seat change 11 1
Percentage 9.2% 5.7%
Swing 9.2% 2.0%

Percentage of seats gained by each of the three major parties, and number of seats gained by smaller parties and independents.

President of the Executive Council before election

Éamon de Valera
Fianna Fáil

Subsequent President of the Executive Council

Éamon de Valera
Fianna Fáil

The Irish general election of 1933 was held on 24 January 1933. The newly elected members of the 8th Dáil assembled at Leinster House on 8 February when the new President of the Executive Council and Executive Council of the Irish Free State were appointed. Fianna Fáil retained power, though fell one seat short of an overall majority.

The general election took place in 30 parliamentary constituencies throughout the Irish Free State for 153 seats in the lower house of parliament, Dáil Éireann.


  • Result 1
  • First time TDs 2
  • Re-elected TDs 3
  • Outgoing TDs 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6


8th Irish general election – 24 January 1933[1][2][3]
Party Leader Seats ± % of
First Pref
% FPv ±%
Fianna Fáil Éamon de Valera 77 +5 50.3 689,054 49.7 +5.2
Cumann na nGaedheal W. T. Cosgrave 48 –9 31.4 422,495 30.5 –4.8
National Centre Party Frank MacDermot 11 New 7.2 126,909 9.2
Labour Party William Norton 8 +1 5.2 79,221 5.7 –2.0
Independent N/A 9 –5 5.9 68,882 5.0 –5.4
Spoilt votes 14,707
Total 153 0 100 1,401,265 100
Electorate/Turnout 1,727,680 81.3%
  • Fianna Fáil minority government formed.

Excluding the Ceann Comhairle (speaker), Fianna Fáil, had won exactly half the seats and formed a government with support from the Labour Party, eventually winning enough by-elections to govern without Labour Party support.

First time TDs

Re-elected TDs

Outgoing TDs

See also


  1. ^ "8th Dáil 1933 General Election". Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Dáil elections since 1918". ARK Northern Ireland. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp1009-1017 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
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