About the Seanad
A General Election to Seanad Éireann must be held within 90 days of the dissolution of Dáil Éireann. in 2016, the Dáil was dissolved on 3rd of February, the Seanad election has to take place before the 3rd of May 2016.
Dates and times involved in the general election to Seanad Éireann are shown below; Panel Members
See Guide to Seanad Eireann to learn more about Nominating bodies
- The period for nominations by Nominating Bodies will expire at noon on Monday 14 March 2016.
- The period for nominations by members of the Oireachtas will expire at noon on Monday 21 March 2016.
- The Seanad Returning Officer will sit for the completion of the panels on Wednesday 30 March 2016.
- The ballot papers will be issued to the electorate on Monday 11 April 2016.
- The poll will close at 11.00 a.m. on Monday 25 April 2016.
- The period for nominations in the university constituencies will expire on Thursday 3 March 2016.
- The ballot papers will be issued to the electorate on Monday 21 March 2016.
- The poll will close at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday 26 April 2016.
Seanad Éireann is composed of 60 Members as follows:
- 11 nominated by the Taoiseach
- 43 elected by five panels representing vocational interests namely, Culture and Education, Agriculture, Labour, Industry and Commerce and Public Administration
- Six elected by the graduates of two universities: - three each by the National University of Ireland and the University of Dublin (Trinity College)
See more on Seanad Eireann here