Public Policy Bulletin, 24-27 January 2020

Jan 23, 2020

In this week’s Public Policy bulletin, candidate nominations for the upcoming General Election in Ireland have closed with over 500 candidates in the race.

Candidate nominations close for General Election on 8 February 2020

With Ireland’s General Election set to be held on Saturday, 8 February 2020, the deadline for candidate nominations has now passed. After the close of nominations on Wednesday 22 January, there are 531 candidates in the race, out of which 162 are women. This makes up for 30 per cent of the candidacy.

You can take a look at the candidate profiles for your constituency using the Constituency Profiles tracker. Readers are informed that Wednesday 22 January was also the deadline for people who are not registered to vote to get on the Supplementary Register of Electors.


What next?

As the election campaign passes the halfway mark, political parties are vigorously campaigning across Ireland, with new policies on rural development, taxation, rent and pensions taking centre stage. With only over two weeks to go to the election date, candidates and voters are gearing up to elect a new Government for the next five years. With the 32nd Dáil now dissolved, the new Dáil will meet for the first time on Thursday, 20 February. There were 158 seats in the 32nd Dail, with 160 predicted in the next one to reflect the growing population of Ireland.

We will  be covering major party manifestos over the next week, so keep an eye out for updates in our news bulletin and on our website. You can also visit the Oireachtas website to learn more about the voting system in Ireland. You can also


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