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Ceann Comhairle's automatic re-election


Samell

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Why does the Ceann Comhairle get an automatic re-election? they can campaign along with the rest of them surely, because an electoral return of 87 votes doesn't seem a huge target to reach?
 


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Because the CC is meant to be impartial in his role of adjudicator. He can't do that if he's being re-elected and has to play party politics. He also can't speak to the Dail in his role on behalf of his constituents. It wouldn't make any sense for him to have to stand for election. I'd be far happier if we adopted the UK tradition of appointing someone from the opposition benches though.
 

stripey cat

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Because the CC is meant to be impartial in his role of adjudicator. He can't do that if he's being re-elected and has to play party politics. He also can't speak to the Dail in his role on behalf of his constituents. It wouldn't make any sense for him to have to stand for election.
Does all this apply to the Leas-Cheann Comhairle?

If not, why not?
 

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Does all this apply to the Leas-Cheann Comhairle?

If not, why not?
Because they only step into place when the CC is unavailable. They're a deputy in so far as they act as a replacement, not an assistant. The day to day work for the LCC is pretty much non-existent, they focus on their work as a TD.

As the CC has few other commitments, the LCC is rarely ever used, usually only brought about by illness. The system has a good compromise, whereby a minister can't be LCC, and when acting the LCC can't make speeches or place votes (unless it's the casting one).
 

smore2102

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The Ceann Comhairle is automatically returned if he/she so wishes. If they don't want to return they can opt out.
 

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Garland Names the Skies

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I think it was the custom until the seventies that the Ceann Comhairle would be appointed from from the opposition. That custom was done away with I think by well guess who?
 

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I wonder would John O'Donoghue stand a chance of automatic re-election as well seeing as he was a Ceann Comhairle in the life of this Dáil or does his resignation remove that possibility?
 

Garland Names the Skies

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I wonder would John O'Donoghue stand a chance of automatic re-election as well seeing as he was a Ceann Comhairle in the life of this Dáil or does his resignation remove that possibility?
Removes it. Only being a serving CC at the time of election gives you the free pass
 

jackryan

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Even in the UK the major parties don't run against the speaker in the election, basically the same as a free run this can be done in a 1 seater!
 

NeilW

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Even in the UK the major parties don't run against the speaker in the election
It would be more accurate to say that the Tories dont run against sitting speakers. Labour has a bit of a track record of doing so.
 

Samell

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Was for the longest time FFs only seat. I think Joan Burton was returned quicker than him.
 

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