The Leas-Cheann Comhairle Selection Process for the 32nd Dáil

On Thursday, 30 June 2016, the 32nd Dáil approved an amendment to Standing Order 11 regarding the election of the Leas-Cheann Comhairle. Under the changes, the candidate is to be selected by secret ballot and the person selected is then to be formally elected as Leas-Cheann Comhairle by an open vote in the Dáil.

Nominees

5 July 2016

The following valid nominations were received by the Clerk of Dáil Éireann, Mr. Peter Finnegan, by the close of nominations at 6 p.m. today, and were thus deemed to be candidates for the position of Leas-Cheann Comhairle:

  1. Sean Crowe, Dublin South-West;
  2. Bernard J. Durkan, Kildare North;
  3. Pat the Cope Gallagher, Donegal;
  4. Mattie McGrath, Tipperary.

Secret Ballot Results

06 July 2016

No. of Candidates 4
Seats 1
Total Valid Poll 145
Quota 73


Pat the Cope Gallagher selected on Count 4.

Candidate Name      
Count 1
Count 2
Count 3
Count 4
  No. of Votes No. of Votes Results No. of Votes Results No. of Votes Results
CROWE, Seán  31 +7 38 -38 Eliminated    
DURKAN, Bernard J.  51 +7 58 +10 68 -68 Eliminated
GALLAGHER, Pat the Cope  45 +4 49 +20 69 +29 98
McGrath, Mattie  18 -18 Eliminated        
Non-transferable       +8 8 +39 47