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Selection of the Ceann Comhairle

Find out about the selection of the Ceann Comhairle (chairperson) and the Leas-Cheann Comhairle (deputy chairperson) here.

The first business of a new Dáil after a general election is to select from its Members the Ceann Comhairle. The Ceann Comhairle is selected by secret ballot using the PR-STV (proportional representation with a single transferable vote) system.

Leas-Cheann Comhairle of the 33rd Dáil

Deputy Catherine Connolly was selected as Leas-Cheann Comhairle of the 33rd Dáil and then elected by an open vote in Dáil Éireann on 23 July 2020.

Ceann Comhairle of the 33rd Dáil

Ceann Comhairle of the 33rd Dáil

Seán Ó Fearghaíl was selected as Ceann Comhairle of the 33rd Dáil and formally elected by the Dáil on 20 February 2020. Deputy Ó Fearghaíl was Ceann Comhairle of the 32nd Dáil.

Who were the candidates?

Following the general election on 8 February 2020 and before the first sitting of the 33rd Dáil, two valid nominations were received by the Clerk of Dáil Éireann, Mr. Peter Finnegan, and were thus deemed to be candidates for the position of Ceann Comhairle.


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Who can nominate candidates for election to the Office of Ceann Comhairle?
How does the election of the Ceann Comhairle work?
What does the Ceann Comhairle do?
What does the Leas-Cheann Comhairle do?
Who has held the Office of Ceann Comhairle in the past?