He finished with 74 votes, putting him ahead of his nearest rival, Fine Gael’s Andrew Doyle, who got 58.
O’Fearghail will now be in charge of keeping order in the Dail and pushing Dail reforms.
It is the first time a Ceann Comhairle has been elected by secret ballot, with the position previously being always held by the government nominee.
Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!
All Digital Access + eReader
Unlimited Access for 1 Month
Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.
€149 For the 1st Year
Unlimited Access for 1 Year
90 Day Pass
Get a Business Account for you and your team