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General elections

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A general election must be held within 30 days of the dissolution of the Dáil. The procedure is that the Clerk of the Dáil issues a writ to the returning officer in each constituency instructing them to hold an election.

The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government appoints the polling day which must be between the 18th and 25th day (excluding Good Friday, Sundays and public holidays) after the issue of the writ. The Minister also appoints the polling period which must consist of at least 12 hours between 7am and 10.30pm.

More information about general elections is available in the following documents:

General election posters and signs

The law forbids the erection of posters or signs on poles or other structures in public places unless you have the written permission of the owner of the pole or other structure in advance of putting up the posters or signs. Posters are only allowed to be erected for a certain specified time period before an election. Posters can be erected 30 days before the election or from the date of the polling day order for the election, whichever is the shorter period of time.

Following a general election, a party or candidate must remove posters within a 7-day period. After that date, an on-the-spot fine of €150 is issued by your local authority in respect of each offence. Your local authority will remove the poster as the fine is issued. If a party or candidate has been issued with a fine and refuses to pay, they can be prosecuted in the District Court by their local authority to enforce payment.

Page edited: 24 May 2016

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Gaeilge

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