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Teachtaí Dála (Deputies)

The 166 Members of Dail Éireann are directly elected by the people. Citizens aged 18 years and over may vote. To stand for election to Dáil Éireann a person must be at least 21 years of age.

Deputies to the Dáil have many functions and duties. A typical week of a Deputy involves:

  • meeting constituents and holding advice clinics,
  • attending the Dáil to raise and discuss matters of local and national interest,
  • attending Committee meetings,
  • representing constituents,
  • attending official functions etc.

This ensures that all Deputies from all 43 (three, four or five-seat) constituencies represent the entire electorate within their constituency and provide an essential democratic link between constituents, Parliament and Government.


Teachtaí Dála (TDs)