1981 Irish general election

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1981 Irish general election
1981 Irish general election, seats per constituency
Irish general election 1981
1981 Irish general election

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166 seats in Dáil Éireann
84 seats needed for a majority
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Taoiseach before election

Charles Haughey
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Elected Taoiseach

Garret FitzGerald
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The 1981 Irish general election was held on 11 June 1981. The election was called by the Taoiseach Charles Haughey of Fianna Fáil. The election saw a significant shift in the political landscape of Ireland, with Fine Gael making substantial gains at the expense of Fianna Fáil.

Background[edit | edit source]

The election was precipitated by a number of factors, including economic difficulties, high unemployment, and social unrest. The Fianna Fáil government, led by Charles Haughey, had been in power since the 1977 general election and faced increasing criticism over its handling of the economy.

Campaign[edit | edit source]

The campaign was marked by intense competition between the two main parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. Garret FitzGerald, the leader of Fine Gael, campaigned on a platform of economic reform and social change. The Labour Party, led by Frank Cluskey, also played a significant role in the campaign, advocating for workers' rights and social justice.

Results[edit | edit source]

The election resulted in a hung Dáil Éireann, with no party achieving an outright majority. Fianna Fáil won 78 seats, a loss of 6 seats from the previous election. Fine Gael made significant gains, winning 65 seats, an increase of 22 seats. The Labour Party won 15 seats, a loss of 2 seats.

Party Seats Change Vote %
Fianna Fáil 78 -6 1,005,891 45.3%
Fine Gael 65 +22 657,296 29.8%
Labour Party 15 -2 291,193 13.1%
Others 8 - 266,000 11.8%

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Following the election, Garret FitzGerald of Fine Gael formed a coalition government with the Labour Party, becoming the new Taoiseach. The coalition government faced numerous challenges, including economic difficulties and social unrest.

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