ElectionGudie

May 24, 2007 Held

2,085,245
Voted
Ireland

Ireland

Election for Dáil Éireann (Irish House of Representatives)

Results

66%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:2,085,245
Valid Votes:2,065,810
Invalid Votes:19,435

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Fianna Fail 78 - 858,565

41.56%

Fine Gael 51 - 564,428

27.32%

Labour Party 20 - 209,175

10.13%

Sinn Fein 4 - 143,410

6.94%

Independents 5 - 118,951

5.76%

Green Party 6 - - 96,936

4.69%

Progressive Democrats 2 - 56,396

2.73%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 165 seats in the House of Representatives (Dail Eireann)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Mary MCALEESE *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Bertie AHERN
  • Assembly: Ireland has a bicameral Parliament (Oireachtas) consisting of the Senate (Seanad Eireann) with 60 seats and the House of Representatives (Dail Eireann) with 166 seats.

* The presidential term is renewable once.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by a majority system with preferential vote to serve a 7-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the President.
  • In the Senate (Seanad Eireann), 49 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 5-year terms and 11 members are appointed by the prime minister to serve 5-year terms*. In the House of Representatives (Dail Eireann) 165 members are elected through a single transferable vote (STV) proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms.**

* 49 members are elected by indirect vote by, among others, university graduates and locally elected representatives and 11 members are appointed by the prime minister. All members serve 5-year terms.

** One seat is reserved for the Speaker of the House. There are 43 multi-member districts with magnitudes from 3 to 5.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Soldiers of Destiny / Fianna Fáil (FF)
    • Leader: Bertie AHERN
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 78
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 81
  • Party: Family of the Irish / Fine Gael (FG)
    • Leader: Enda KENNY
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 51
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 31
  • Party: Labour Party (Lab.) / Páirti Lucht Oibre
    • Leader: Pat RABBITTE
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 20
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 21
  • Party: We Ourselves / Sinn Fein (SF)
    • Leader: Gerry ADAMS
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 4
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 5
  • Party: Green Party (GP) / Comhaontas Glas
    • Leader: Trevor SARGENT
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 6
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 6
  • Party: Progressive Democrats (PD) / Dan Pairtí Daonlathach
    • Leader: Michael McDOWELL
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 2
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 8

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Elections to the House of Representatives were last held on 17 May 2002.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 4,398,942 (2007)
  • Registered Voters: 3,110,914 (2007)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 2,203,345 (2007)

·         Is Ireland a signatory to CEDAW: No

·         Has Ireland ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (23 December 1985)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: N/A

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 22 (House of Representatives); 12 (Senate) (following the 2007 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 6 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Ireland a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has Ireland ratified CRPD: No

·         Population with a disability: 659,841 (est.)