Adrian Kavanagh, 10th August 2018
Following on similar posts that were completed ahead of the 2011 General Election and the 2016 General Election, this post will list all of the Dail deputies who have retired/stepped down during the lifetime of the current Dail or who have announced that they will not be contesting the next general election. This list will not include any outgoing Dail deputies, who did contest their party’s selection convention but failed to win a nomination
11 of the TDs who were elected in 2016 will be retiring at the next election/not contesting the next election, amounting to 7.0% of the Dáil deputies who held seats after the 2011 Dail contests. Eleven of the TDs in this group (so far) are male, while none are female. This means that 8.9% of the current group of male TDs will be stepping down at the next general election, as against 0.0% of the current group of female TDs. 7 of the retiring TDs are Fine Gael TDs, 3 are Sinn Féin TDs and 1 is a Labour Party TDs.
So far, the level of TDs retiring/stepping down at the coming general election is not on a par with the level for the 2011 and 2016 General Elections, as discussed in greater detail here and here. 38 of the TDs who were elected in 2007 retired during the lifetime of the 30th Dail or retired at the 2011 contest, amounting to 22.9% of the TDs elected at the 2007 election. 6 of the retiring TDs in 2011 were female (15.8% of the total number of retiring TDs and 27.3% of the females elected at the 2007 contest) and 32 were male (22.2% of males elected at 2007 election). 21 of the TDs who were elected in 2011 (including the Dublin West by-election) retired/resigned during the lifetime of the 31st Dail or else retired/decided not to contest the 2016 General Election, amounting to 12.7% of the Dail deputies who held seats after the 2011 Dail contests. Nineteen of the TDs in this group were male and two were female.
Cavan-Monaghan: Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin SF
Cork North Central: Dara Murphy FG
Dublin Bay North:
Dublin South Central:
Dublin Bay South:
Dun Laoghaire: Sean Barrett FG
Kerry: Martin Ferris SF
Limerick City: Michael Noonan FG
Longford-Westmeath: Willie Penrose LAB
Louth: Gerry Adams SF, Peter Fitzpatrick FG
Mayo: Enda Kenny FG
Sligo-Leitrim:Tony McLoughlin FG
Waterford: John Deasy FG
This post will be updated if, and when, more TDs announce that they have decided not to contest the next general election.