12: General Election 1997

In November 1994, Labour left the coalition with Fianna Fáil.

For the first time in Ireland, a party left government and formed a new government with the opposition parties of Fine Gael and Democratic Left.

This Rainbow Coalition ran again for the election of June 1997. Following the count, no party had a clear majority. Both Labour and the Progressive Democrats lost heavily. Discussions resulted in a government formed by a Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrat coalition backed by four independent TDs.