ELECTIONS HELD IN 1989
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|15 June 1989|
|Elections were held for all the seats of the House of Representatives (Dáil Eireann) following the premature dissolution of this body on 25 May 1989. Dáil elections were previously held in February 1987.|
|Ending weeks of speculation, Prime Minister Charles Haughey (Fianna Fáil) announced the date of the premature general elections on 25 May 1989. Observers interpreted this decision as an attempt to take advantage of the ruling party's high standing in opinion polls and to secure a working majority in the Dáil. It was also believed to have been prompted by negative forecasts in the economic sector.
During the three-week campaign, the opposition parties, led by centre-right Fine Gael, judged the calling of the election unnecessary and opportunistic. They moreover concentrated on exploiting hardships caused by the Government's health services reform – part of the economic austerity programme which entailed a reduction of public spending. Mr. Haughey countered by pointing to his party's consequent positive achievements (lower inflation, interest rates, deficit). Fine Gael leader Alan Dukes emphasized the need for a redistribution of the tax burden to combat high levels of unemployment and emigration.
On polling day, centre-right Fianna Fáil (Soldiers of Destiny) failed to obtain the absolute Dáil majority it sought for the fourth straight time, and the overall outcome was generally deemed indecisive. In this context, Mr. Haughey was again elected Prime Minister on 12 July after forming a coalition with the Progressive Democrats party.
|Round no 1 (15 June 1989): Elections results|
|Number of registered electors||2,448,810|
|Blank or invalid ballot papers||20,779|
|Round no 1: Distribution of votes|
|Round no 1: Distribution of seats|
|Distribution of seats according to sex:|
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