My grandfather's ( Pádraig Ó Caoimh) leading role (as General Secretary) at Sinn Féin headquarters (6 Harcourt Street, Dublin) made him shoulder particular responsibility for the party's preparedness for the General Election in which, as it turned out, Sinn Féin candidates were elected without opposition, to 124 of the 128 seats in the twenty-six counties. In the North, Sinn Féin won 6 seats.
In the Dáil, a few days before nominations closed, Piaras Béaslaí (Kerry East) asked whether any instructions had been sent to the Comhairlí Ceantair as regards the selection of candidates with a knowledge of Irish. The reply was reported:
"P. O'Keeffe (Cork North) said there were not, but they would find when the return came in that they would have a bigger proportion of Irish speakers in the House than after the 1918 Elections. He objected strongly to the complaint made in the Report on this point. Very little progress could be made if they got nothing else from the Gaelic league but destructive criticism."