Dail-origin of name 1948
De Valera Won't Join Coalition Government From Overseas Dispatches. Dublin, Feb. 8 (Sunday). Prime Minister Eamon De Valera, shorn of his majority in the Irish Dail (Parliament) for the first time in 16 years, declared tonight that he would not participate in a coalition Government. He said however, that he was willing to form a new Government, '"if I get sufficient support in the Dail." This was interpreted to mean that he hopes to remain in power through the support of minor parties, which would vote for him in the Dail without receiving representation In his cabinet. Fails to Win Majority. De Valera's own Fianna Fail Party failed to win a majority in the Dail for the first time since 1932 in Wednesdays general elections. Therefore, he would have to count on minor party support to -stay in control of the Government when the Dail meets February 18. Leaders of the six opposition parties were working eagerly to line up a solid bloc which could outvote De Valera. Addresses 2.000. Although no party in Eire presently has a very secure political hold, De Valera said that he was opposed to another general election " for a long time." Earlier, he told 2.000 persons in Carlow Square that the "present position is clearly unsatisfactory. A coalition of five or six parties now oposing Fianna Fail with different . views and conflicting programs and a combined strength only about equal to Fianna Fail, obviously could not last." But despite moderate gains by Labor and the leftist Republican Party, there were few signs in Catholic Eire of the strong Socialist swing that occurred in Britain and on the Continent following the war. Still Largest Party. De Valera's Fianna Fail emerged from Wednesday's hotly debated election as still the largest party in Eire. Complete returns showed it won 66 of the 147 seats in the new Parliament. The combined opposition won 76. A postponed election in Carlow and Kilkenny Counties next Tuesday .will fill the remaining five seats. Privately Fianna Fail leaders expressed relief that their , setback was no greater than it actually was. New taxes on beer, tobacco, and other luxuries caused much vocal discontent and several strikes in the past year. This provided one of the main campaign issues for leftists who claimed the once radical De Valera had become more and more conservative in his 16 straight years as Prime Minister. Labor Seats Increase. Eire's two labor parties, whose Socialist aims resemble those of the British Labor Party, jumped from a combined total of 12 seats in the old Dail to 18. But the striking fact was that the total number of labor votes actually was about the same as in 1944. although six more labor deputies were elected this time due to peculiar shifts under the complicated proportional-representation system.