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Ireland

Ireland

4,952,473 19

Population (as of July 1, 2016)

Elections in our database

3,401,681 54.56%

Registered Voters (as of Oct. 29, 2018)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Irish Senate Seanad Éireann Upper House
Irish House of Representatives Dáil Éireann Lower House

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Michael D. HIGGINS
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda KENNY
  • Assembly: Ireland has a bicameral Parliament (Oireachtas) consisting of the Senate (Seanad Éireann) with 60 seats and the House of Representatives (Dáil Éireann) with 166 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by a majority system with preferential vote to serve a 7-year term. The presidential term is renewable once. The electoral system is alternative vote. The President is a member of Parliament ex officio.
  • The Prime Minister (Taoiseach) is nominated by the House of Represenatives and appointed by the President.
  • In the Senate (Seanad Éireann), 43 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 5-year terms, 11 members are appointed by the prime minister to serve 5-year terms and 6 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 5-year terms.
    • ​43 members are elected by five panels representing vocational interests. 6 are elected by graduates of two colleges.
  • In the House of Representatives (Dáil Éireann) 166 members are elected through a single transferable vote (STV) proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms. One seat is reserved for the Speaker of the House. There are 43 multi-member districts with magnitudes from 3 to 5.
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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Referendum 1998-05-22 1,545,395 2,741,262 56.38%
Referendum 2002-03-06 1,247,526 2,741,262 45.51%
Irish House of Representatives 2002-05-18 1,878,609 3,002,173 62.57%
Referendum 2002-10-19 1,446,588 2,923,918 49.47%
Irish House of Representatives 2007-05-24 2,085,245 3,110,914 67.03%
Referendum 2008-06-12 1,621,037 3,051,278 53.13%
Referendum 2009-10-02 1,816,098 3,078,132 59.0%
Irish House of Representatives 2011-02-25 2,243,176 3,209,177 69.9%
President 2011-10-27 1,790,438 3,191,157 56.11%
Referendum 2011-10-27 1,785,707 3,191,157 55.96%
Referendum 2012-05-31 1,591,385 3,144,828 50.6%
Referendum 2012-11-10 1,066,239 3,183,686 33.49%
Referendum 2013-10-04 1,240,729 3,167,384 39.17%
Referendum 2015-05-22 1,949,725 3,221,681 60.52%
Referendum 2015-05-22 1,949,438 3,221,681 60.51%
Irish House of Representatives 2016-02-26 2,132,795 3,202,442 66.6%
Referendum 2018-05-25 2,159,655 3,367,556 64.13%
President 2018-10-26 1,473,900 3,401,681 43.33%
Referendum 2018-10-26 1,467,458 3,401,681 43.14%

Voter Turnout