Types of elections and referendums

General elections
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.

Presidential elections 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.

Referendums
This document explains how referendums works in Ireland.

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

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