The 158 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:
This ensures that all Deputies from all 40 (three, four or five-seat) constituencies represent the entire electorate within their constituency and provide an essential democratic link between constituents, Parliament and Government.