2007 Irish general election

The 2007 Irish general election took place on Thursday, 24 May after the dissolution of the 29th Dáil by the President on 30 April, at the request of the Taoiseach. The electorate was given the task of choosing the members of the 30th Dáil who met on 14 June to nominate a Taoiseach and ratify the ministers of the Government of the 30th Dáil. While Fine Gael gained 20 seats, Fianna Fáil remained the largest party. The election was considered a success for Fianna Fáil; however, Fianna Fáil's junior coalition partners in the 29th Dáil, the Progressive Democrats, lost six of their eight seats.

2007 Irish general election

 2002 24 May 2007 2011 

165 of 166 seats in Dáil Éireann
84 seats needed for a majority
Turnout67.0% 4.4pp
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Bertie Ahern Enda Kenny Pat Rabbitte
Party Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Labour
Leader since 19 December 1994 2 June 2002 25 October 2002
Leader's seat Dublin Central Mayo Dublin South-West
Last election 81 seats, 41.5% 31 seats, 22.5% 20 seats, 10.8%
Seats before 78 32 21
Seats won 77 51 20
Seat change 1 19 1
Popular vote 858,565 564,428 209,175
Percentage 41.6% 27.3% 10.1%
Swing 0.1% 4.8% 0.7%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Trevor Sargent Gerry Adams Michael McDowell
Party Green Sinn Féin Progressive Democrats
Leader since 6 October 2001 13 November 1983 11 September 2006
Leader's seat Dublin North N/A[fn 1] Dublin South-East
(defeated)
Last election 6 seats, 3.8% 5 seats, 6.5% 8 seats, 4.0%
Seats before 6 5 8
Seats won 6 4 2
Seat change 0 1 6
Popular vote 96,936 143,410 56,396
Percentage 4.7% 6.9% 2.7%
Swing 0.9% 0.4% 1.3%

Percentage of seats gained by each of the five biggest parties, and number of seats gained by smaller parties and independents.

Taoiseach before election

Bertie Ahern
Fianna Fáil

Taoiseach after election

Bertie Ahern
Fianna Fáil

On 12 June 2007, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party reached agreement on a draft Programme for Government, this was subsequently ratified by the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party and Green Party members on 13 June 2007. This resulted in the formation of a coalition government on 14 June 2007 between Fianna Fáil, the Green Party and the Progressive Democrats. The government was initially supported by four Independent TDs.[1]