election – feb 1, 2016

President Higgins dissolved the 31st Dail on the advice of Taoiseach Enda Kenny on February 3. The members of the 32 Dail that are elected in this  coming election will meet on Thursday March 10the to select a Taoiseach to head the Government of the 32 Dail.

The outgoing government is a Fine Gael-Labor Party coalition that is headed by Taoiseach (Leader) Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton. The government was formed on March 9th, 2011 and the first day of the 31st Dail was elected on February 25, 2011. The electoral law required that the 31st Dail would be dissolved by March 9th 2016. Now if a member party of the coalition decides to leave for whatever reason that would dissolve that government or if the Taoiseach decides to call for an election that would happen when he decides just so it happens by the date of the electoral law time.

Of the 166 member of the 31st Dail there will be 20 that will not stand for their seats again in the 32nd Dail, a reduction of 8 from the current Dail. The reason for this is the passing of the Electoral Act of 2013. The Polls will be open from 7 am to 10 pm on February 26th

Party slogans are tied to the election process giving the voters an idea of what that particular party deems is important. The following is the selection of slogans.

*Fine Gael: “your hard work is working” & Let’s keep the recovery going”

*Labour Party: “Standing up for working families” & “Standing up for Ireland’s       future”

*Fianna Fail: “An Ireland for all”

*Sinn Fein: “Better with Sinn Fein”

*Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit: “A voice for people power, share the wealth”

*Renua Ireland: “Rewarding work, rebuilding trust”

*Social Democrats: “Building a better future” & “Reducing the cost of living”

*Green Party: “Think ahead, act now”

At the dissolution of the 31st Dail the breakdown of the Seats of each party is as follows.

Fine Gail-66 seats with Edna Kenny as Leader

Labor Party-33 seats with Joan Burton as Leader

Fianna Fail-21 seats with Michael Martin as Leader

Sinn Fein-14 seats with Gerry Adams as Leader

Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit-4 with no Leader

Renua Ireland-3 with Lucina Creighton as Leader

Social Democrats-3 with no Leader

Workers and Unemployed Action-1 with Seamus Healy as Leader

Independent-19 with no Leader

and there is one vacant seat

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