Dunne first stood for election to
Dáil Éireannat the Dublin County by-election held on 29 October 1947, following the death of Fianna FáilTD Patrick Fogarty. He was placed last of four candidates, and the seat was won for the new Clann na Poblachtaparty by its leader Seán MacBride, who went on to become Minister for Foreign Affairs.
At the 1948 general election, Dunne stood again in the Dublin County constituency, which had been reduced in size and now had only 3 seats, rather than the previous five. He was elected without reaching the quota and took his seat in the
He was re-elected at the 1951 general election and again at the 1954 general election, but did not contest the 1957 general election. He stood again in Dublin County at the 1961 election as an independent candidate, when he was returned to the
17th Dáil. He held his seat at the 1965 general election, this time standing again as a Labour party candidate.
He died aged 51 on 25 June 1969, only seven days after being returned at the 1969 general election for the new Dublin South West constituency, before he could sign the Roll in the
19th Dáil. The by-election for his seat was held on 4 March 1970 and won for Fianna Fáilby Seán Sherwin; the Labour candidate, Matt Merriganlost by only 262 after Dunne's widow Cora stood as independent candidate.
* [http://electionsireland.org/candidate.cfm?ID=2274 Seán Dunne's electoral history] (ElectionsIreland.org)
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