Types of elections and referendums

    Who can run for office in a general election? How do you vote? What are the rules around campaigning and election posters? This document explains how general elections work in Ireland.

    The President is elected directly by the people of Ireland. Read about who can vote, who can stand for election and how the process works.

    This page explains how referendums works in Ireland.

    What is a bye-election and in what circumstances is a bye-election held?

    Gives an overview of how the European elections work in Ireland. Includes who can become a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), how candidates nominated for election to the European Parliament, how members of the European Parliament are replaced and candidate spending and donation limits

    Local elections in Ireland take place every 5 years and allow your community to elect representatives to local government.

    The Seanad is the upper house of the Oireachtas (the Irish parliament). This document describes how it is elected, who may run to become a senator, and its functions.
    This document is in: The Dáil, Seanad and President