In Ireland, referendum likely on allowing remote voting for parliamentarians

By Rónán Duffy, 9 February 2022
Parliament buildings in Ireland (photo credit:
Parliament buildings in Ireland (photo credit:
A referendum allowing TDs and Senators to vote remotely has moved closer as the government confirmed it will be supporting a bill by one of its own TDs.  Article 15.11 of the constitution provides that “all questions in each House shall, save as otherwise provided by this Constitution, be determined by a majority of the votes of the members present and voting other than the Chairman or presiding member”. In effect, it means that TDs and Senators must be present in the building to cast votes in the Dáil and Seanad.  The rule meant that deputies and senators could not vote remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic and has also caused issues for TDs taking maternity or paternity leave. 
Read the full article here: The Journal


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