Irish general election, 2002
The election for the 29th Dáil was held on 17 May 2002
. The results were:
The Irish general election of 2002 entered the history books for five facts:
- The re-election of the Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrat government, the first occasion since 1969 when an Irish government won re-election;
- The meltdown in Fine Gael support, which saw the main opposition party drop from 54 to 31 seats, lose all but two seats in Dublin, and see the defeat of almost all its Front Bench, including its Deputy Leader, Jim Mitchell;
- The electoral success of Sinn Féin, which increased its seat number from 1 to 5;
- The failure of the Irish Labour Party, contrary to all expectations, to increase its seat total;
- The election of a large number of independent candidates to Dáil Éireann.
In the immediate aftermath of the election, Fine Gael leader Michael Noonan
announced his resignation from the leadership. All other potential leaders having lost their seat, Enda Kenny
was chosen as the new leader.