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Ireland

Ireland

4,775,982 13

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

3,167,384 52.98%

Registered Voters (as of Oct. 4, 2013)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Prime Minister (<i>Taoiseach</i>) Prime Minister (<i>Taoiseach</i>) Head of Government
President President Head of State
Senate Seanad Éireann Upper House
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.

** The Prime Minister is nominated by the House of Representatives (Dail Eireann).

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by a majority system with preferential vote to serve a 7-year term.*
  • The Prime Minister (Taoiseach) is 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*. 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.**

* The presidential term is renewable once. The electoral system is alternative vote. The President is a member of Parliament ex officio.

* 43 members are elected by five panels representing vocational interests. 6 are elected by graduates of two colleges.

** 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%
House of Representatives 2002-05-18 - 2,952,400 -
Referendum 2002-10-19 1,446,588 2,923,918 49.47%
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%
House of Representatives 2011-02-25 2,243,176 3,209,177 69.9%
Referendum 2011-10-27 1,785,707 3,191,157 55.96%
President 2011-10-27 1,790,438 3,191,157 56.11%
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%

Voter Turnout