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Ireland

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Senate

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Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
25.04.2016 to 26.04.2016
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
30.04.2021
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
60
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Elections were held for all the elective seats of the Senate following the premature renewal of the Dáil (House of Representatives) on 26 February 2016. Senate elections had previously been held in April 2011.
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
83.33%
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Fine Gael 50
Fianna Fail 44
Sinn Fein 23
Independents 19
Labour Party 7
Anti-Austerity Alliance - People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) 6
Independents 4 Change (I.4.C) 4
Social Democrat Party (PS) 3
Green Party 2
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
42
Number of women elected
18
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
30%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
Fourteen women were indirectly elected on 25 and 26 April 2016 while four others were appointed by Prime Minister on 27 May.
Sources
IPU Group (04.05.2016, 01.06.2016)
Women Indirectly Elected
14
Women Appointed
4

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
42
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
18
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
42
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
08.06.2016
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Denis O'Donovan (Male)
Date of election
08.06.2016