Members of the 1st Dáil

1st Dáil Éireann
2nd Dáil
Jurisdiction Irish Republic
Meeting place Mansion House
UCD (Earlsfort Terrace)
Term 21 January 1919 – 10 May 1921
Election 1918 general election
Government Government of the 1st Dáil
Members 105
Ceann Comhairle Seán T. O'Kelly
Count Plunkett
until 22 January 1919
Cathal Brugha
until 22 January 1919
President of Dáil Éireann Éamon de Valera
Cathal Brugha
until 1 April 1919

This is a list of the 105 MPs who were elected for Irish seats at the 1918 United Kingdom general election. Sinn Féin emerged as the largest party, but refused to attend the British House of Commons in Westminster. Instead the Sinn Féin MPs (soon to be known as Teachtaí Dála) vowed to establish their own parliament known as Dáil Éireann, which met for the first time on 21 January 1919 in Mansion House in Dublin. The other MPs for Irish seats, from the Irish Parliamentary Party and the Irish Unionist Party, refused to attend the First Dáil. The majority of Sinn Féin's MPs were imprisoned at the time so only 27 elected representatives attended the initial meeting of the First Dáil. The First Dáil lasted 892 days.

Election result (Ireland only)

Party Seats
Sinn Féin 73[n 1]
Irish Unionist 22
Irish Parliamentary 6
Labour Unionist 3
Independent Unionist 1

Members by constituency

Those who agreed to be members

Members of the 1st Dáil
Constituency Name Party
Carlow James Lennon Sinn Féin
Cavan East Arthur Griffith[n 2] Sinn Féin
Cavan West Paul Galligan Sinn Féin
Clare East Éamon de Valera[n 3] Sinn Féin
Clare West Brian O'Higgins Sinn Féin
Cork City Liam de Róiste Sinn Féin
Cork City James J. Walsh Sinn Féin
Cork East David Kent Sinn Féin
Cork Mid Terence MacSwiney[n 4] Sinn Féin
Cork North Patrick O'Keeffe Sinn Féin
Cork North East Thomas Hunter Sinn Féin
Cork South Michael Collins Sinn Féin
Cork South East Diarmuid Lynch[n 5] Sinn Féin
Cork West Seán Hayes Sinn Féin
Donegal North Joseph O'Doherty Sinn Féin
Donegal South Peter Ward Sinn Féin
Donegal West Joseph Sweeney Sinn Féin
Dublin Clontarf Richard Mulcahy Sinn Féin
Dublin College Green Seán T. O'Kelly Sinn Féin
Dublin Harbour Philip Shanahan Sinn Féin
Dublin North Frank Lawless Sinn Féin
Dublin Pembroke Desmond FitzGerald Sinn Féin
Dublin South George Gavan Duffy Sinn Féin
Dublin St James's Joseph McGrath Sinn Féin
Dublin St Michan's Michael Staines Sinn Féin
Dublin St Patrick's Constance Markievicz Sinn Féin
Dublin St Stephen's Green Thomas Kelly Sinn Féin
Fermanagh South Seán O'Mahony Sinn Féin
Galway Connemara Pádraic Ó Máille Sinn Féin
Galway East Liam Mellows[n 6] Sinn Féin
Galway North Bryan Cusack Sinn Féin
Galway South Frank Fahy Sinn Féin
Kerry East Piaras Béaslaí Sinn Féin
Kerry North James Crowley Sinn Féin
Kerry South Fionán Lynch Sinn Féin
Kerry West Austin Stack Sinn Féin
Kildare North Domhnall Ua Buachalla Sinn Féin
Kildare South Art O'Connor Sinn Féin
Kilkenny North W. T. Cosgrave Sinn Féin
Kilkenny South James O'Mara Sinn Féin
King's County Patrick McCartan Sinn Féin
Leitrim James Dolan Sinn Féin
Limerick City Michael Colivet Sinn Féin
Limerick East Richard Hayes Sinn Féin
Limerick West Con Collins Sinn Féin
Londonderry City Eoin MacNeill[n 7] Sinn Féin
Longford Joseph McGuinness Sinn Féin
Louth John J. O'Kelly Sinn Féin
Mayo East Éamon de Valera[n 3] Sinn Féin
Mayo North John Crowley Sinn Féin
Mayo South William Sears Sinn Féin
Mayo West Joseph MacBride Sinn Féin
Meath North Liam Mellows[n 6] Sinn Féin
Meath South Eamonn Duggan Sinn Féin
Monaghan North Ernest Blythe Sinn Féin
Monaghan South Seán MacEntee Sinn Féin
National University of Ireland Eoin MacNeill[n 7] Sinn Féin
Queen's County Kevin O'Higgins Sinn Féin
Roscommon North Count Plunkett Sinn Féin
Roscommon South Harry Boland Sinn Féin
Sligo North J. J. Clancy Sinn Féin
Sligo South Alexander McCabe Sinn Féin
Tipperary East Pierce McCan[n 8] Sinn Féin
Tipperary Mid Séamus Burke Sinn Féin
Tipperary North Joseph MacDonagh Sinn Féin
Tipperary South P. J. Moloney Sinn Féin
Tyrone North West Arthur Griffith[n 2] Sinn Féin
Waterford County Cathal Brugha Sinn Féin
Westmeath Laurence Ginnell Sinn Féin
Wexford North Roger Sweetman Sinn Féin
Wexford South James Ryan Sinn Féin
Wicklow East Seán Etchingham Sinn Féin
Wicklow West Robert Barton Sinn Féin

Denotes members who attended the opening session of the First Dáil on 21 January 1919.

Those who refused to be members

Constituency Name Party
Antrim East Robert McCalmont Irish Unionist
Antrim Mid Hugh O'Neill Irish Unionist
Antrim North Peter Kerr-Smiley Irish Unionist
Antrim South Charles Curtis Craig Irish Unionist
Armagh Mid James Rolston Lonsdale Irish Unionist
Armagh North William Allen Irish Unionist
Armagh South Patrick Donnelly Irish Parliamentary
Belfast Cromac William Arthur Lindsay Irish Unionist
Belfast Duncairn Edward Carson Irish Unionist
Belfast Falls Joseph Devlin Irish Parliamentary
Belfast Ormeau Thomas Moles Irish Unionist
Belfast Pottinger Herbert Dixon Irish Unionist
Belfast St Anne's Thomas Henry Burn Labour Unionist
Belfast Shankill Samuel McGuffin Labour Unionist
Belfast Victoria Thompson Donald Labour Unionist
Belfast Woodvale Robert Lynn Irish Unionist
Donegal East Edward Kelly Irish Parliamentary
Down East David Reid Irish Unionist
Down Mid James Craig Irish Unionist
Down North Thomas Watters Brown Irish Unionist
Down South Jeremiah McVeagh Irish Parliamentary
Down West Daniel M. Wilson Irish Unionist
Dublin Rathmines Maurice Dockrell Irish Unionist
Dublin University Arthur Warren Samuels Irish Unionist
Dublin University Robert Henry Woods Independent Unionist
Fermanagh North Edward Archdale Irish Unionist
Londonderry North Hugh Anderson Irish Unionist
Londonderry South Denis Henry Irish Unionist
Queen's University of Belfast William Whitla Irish Unionist
Tyrone North East Thomas Harbison Irish Parliamentary
Tyrone South William Coote Irish Unionist
Waterford City William Redmond Irish Parliamentary

See also


  1. Sinn Féin won 73 constituencies but 4 MPs were elected for 2 constituencies, so there were 69 persons elected for Sinn Féin in total.
  2. 1 2 Arthur Griffith was elected for two constituencies; Cavan East and Tyrone North West.
  3. 1 2 Éamon de Valera was elected for two constituencies; Clare East and Mayo East.
  4. Died on hunger strike in prison on 25 October 1920
  5. Resigned his seat, effective 6 August 1920.[1]
  6. 1 2 Liam Mellows was elected for two constituencies; Galway East and Meath North.
  7. 1 2 Eoin MacNeill was elected for two constituencies; Londonderry City and National University of Ireland.
  8. Died in prison on 6 March 1919


  1. "RESIGNATION OF DEPUTY FOR SOUTH-EAST CORK.". Dáil Éireann debates. 6 August 1920. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
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