Up to 19 more TDs will sit in the Dáil after the next general election


At least nine and up to 19 additional TDs will sit in the Dáil after the next general election.

Cabinet today signed an amendment to the mandate of the Electoral Commission, which had called for the number of seats in the next Dáil to be increased following last week’s census.

The commission called for the number of seats to be increased to a minimum of 169, meaning nine additional seats, or a maximum of 179, which could be 19 additional to the current 160.

“This is being proposed as part of the constitution in response to the latest population estimates,” a government spokesman said.

This means constituencies will likely need to be redrawn to accommodate the extra seats.

According to the constitution, there must be at least one TD for every 20,000 to 30,000 inhabitants.

Last April, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) estimated Ireland’s population at 5 million and at the time of the last general election in 2016, 4.74 million people lived in Ireland.

The cabinet also signed amendments to the Electoral Reform Act 2022 and the Electoral Reform Act 1997 that mean general elections will be protected from online interference.

The law completed phase two in the Dáil last week and Housing Secretary Darragh O’Brien said today he expects it to be passed before the summer. Up to 19 more TDs will sit in the Dáil after the next general election

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