TD’s Stepping Down

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One of the interesting parts of elections is trying to figure out who will replace outgoing TD’s as this represents the minimum number of new TD’s that will enter the Dáil this year. 39 new TD’s are guaranteed  to be elected during this General Election Campaign.

Fianna Fáil has the highest number of retirees with 21 TD’s stepping down including some high profile names like Brian Cowen. Fine Gael have 8 TD’s stepping down and strangely in two constituencies, both TD’s are standing down. They are in Galway and Cork South West where the party will be running a new panel of candidates.

Labour have 4 TD’s stepping down, including Micheal D Higgins who wants to run for the Presidency. Sinn Fein have one TD stepping down, and that is Arthur Morgan and Gerry Adams (Baron??) will be attempting to hold that seat. Two independents will also be stepping down.

There are three vacant seats in the Dáil due to the resignations of George Lee (Fine Gael – Dublin South), Martin Cullen (Fianna Fáil – Waterford) and Dr James McDaid (Fianna Fáil – Donegal North-East).

The full list is as follows:


  • Dermot Ahern (Louth)
  • Noel Dempsey (Meath West)
  • Tony Killeen (Clare)
  • Batt O’Keeffe (Cork North-West)
  • Michael Finneran (Roscommon-South Leitrim)
  • Seán Ardagh (Dublin South-Central)
  • Bertie Ahern (Dublin Central)
  • Noel Ahern (Dublin North-West)
  • Dr Jimmy Devins (Sligo-North Leitrim)
  • Beverly Flynn (Mayo)
  • Tom Kitt (Dublin South)
  • M.J. Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny)
  • Noel O’Flynn (Cork North Central)
  • Dr Rory O’Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan)
  • Ned O’Keeffe (Cork East)
  • Noel Treacy (Galway East)
  • Mary Wallace (Meath East)
  • Dr Michael Woods (Dublin North-East)
  • Niall Blaney (Donegal North-East)
  • Brian Cowen (Laois-Offaly)
  • John Cregan (Limerick)


  • Bernard Allen (Cork North-Central)
  • Ulick Burke (Galway East)
  • Paul Connaughton (Galway East)
  • Seymour Crawford (Cavan-Monaghan)
  • Olwyn Enright (Laois-Offaly)
  • Padraic McCormack (Galway West)
  • Jim O’Keeffe (Cork South-West)
  • PJ Sheehan (Cork South-West)


  • Michael D Higgins (Galway West)
  • Brian O’Shea (Waterford)
  • Liz McManus (Wicklow)
  • Mary Upton (Dublin South-Central)


  • Arthur Morgan (Louth)


  • Mary Harney (Dublin Mid-West)
  • Jackie Healy-Rae (Kerry South)

Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for and UCC Express.

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