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Irish presidential election, 1938

The Irish presidential election in 1938 was the first Irish presidential election, held to fill the new office of President of Ireland.

After negotiations between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, a Fine Gael suggestion for the post endorsed by Fianna Fáil, independent Senator Douglas Hyde was nominated. Attempts by longtime Lord Mayor of Dublin Alfie Byrne to get a nomination failed (a candidate must be nominated by 20 members of the Oireachtas or by 4 local authorities) Hyde was declared elected without the need for a poll.

He was inaugurated as first President of Ireland in June 1938.

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