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Seanad Elections

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A Seanad election must take place not later than 90 days after the dissolution of the Dáil. The dates for the various stages of the election (nomination, polling etc) are appointed by order of the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.

On Tuesday 21 January, 2020 the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government made two Seanad General Election Orders.

Seanad (Panel Members) General Election Order

Seanad (University Members) General Election Order

Press Release.

The elections are held on the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote and by secret postal ballot.

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