The first thing that a new Dáil does after a general election is to elect a Ceann Comhairle from the members of the Dáil. The Ceann Comhairle has the unique role of being the chairperson of the Dáil. Even though they are a member of a political party, they must act impartially and must try to ensure that all parties and independent members are treated fairly. You can find information on the the current Ceann Comhairle here.
Because the Ceann Comhairle cannot actively engage in politics once they are appointed, the Constitution states that they will be automatically re-elected in a general election.
The Ceann Comhairle chairs the proceedings in the house and has a number of important functions;
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