Eligibility for Membership of Dáil Eireann


To be eligible for membership of the Dáil:

  • You must be a citizen of Ireland
  • You must be over 21 years of age and
  • You must not be disqualified from election to the Dáil


You are disqualified from membership of Dáil Eireann if:

  • You are not a citizen of Ireland
  • You have not yet reached 21 years of age
  • You are a member of a local authority
  • You are a senior official of an institution of the European Union, for example, a member of the European Commission or a judge, advocate general or registrar of the European Court of Justice or a member of the Court of Auditors of the European Community
  • You are a member of the Garda Siochana
  • You are a full-time member of the Defence Forces
  • You are a civil servant and it does not specifically state in your contract of employment that you may be a member of the Dáil
  • You are a person of unsound mind
  • You are presently in prison serving a term greater than 6 months
  • You are the President, a member of the Seanad, the Comptroller and Auditor General or a Judge.

Page edited: 27 July 2014