What happens with DSW if the Dáil is dissolved?

peadarmc

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Apologies if this has been asked already. Im aware that the first votes from the islands have already been cast in the DSW by-election, but if cowen goes to the park and calls for the dissolution of Dáil Éireann then does the by-election still go ahead considering that the Dáil has been dissolved??
I know at this stage its hypothetical, but does anyone know what the protocol is if such were to happen? Would the by-election still go ahead?
 


Ulster-Lad

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The by-election is for election to the current Dáil. If the Dáil is dissolved then there would be no by-election. Would be a GE instead. That is if it happens before Thursday. They have already started to vote on the islands.
 

H.R. Haldeman

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We are dancing around the edge of several potential constitutional crises at the moment. Not there yet, but one may crop up in the coming weeks.
 

gijoe

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If the Dail is dissolved the by-election is called off. It would be a humdinger though where the Donegal islands will have voted in a by-election for a vacancy that no longer exists!
 

Red_93

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Something similar happened before with of Eileen Desmond of labour in the Cork Mid constituency whereby she was elected, but did not take her seat in the dail due to it being dissolved the day after she won her seat. She subsequently went on to hold her seat and sat at cabinet as minister for social welfare.
 

peadarmc

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Thanks for the info guys. I guess it would be more clear cut if there had been no votes cast already! But now that there have its a tricky constitutional situation!

Obviously the Dáil hasnt been dissolved and this is so far hypothetical and may remain that way but its an interesting predicament none-the-less
 

happycamper

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well they're casting votes for someone to get elected in to the 30th Dail - if that doesn't exist (if it's dissolved before the elected representative is elected) their votes disappear in to thin air / where else can they go?
 


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