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    Default Ceann Comhairle's automatic re-election

    Why does the Ceann Comhairle get an automatic re-election? they can campaign along with the rest of them surely, because an electoral return of 87 votes doesn't seem a huge target to reach?

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    Because the CC is meant to be impartial in his role of adjudicator. He can't do that if he's being re-elected and has to play party politics. He also can't speak to the Dail in his role on behalf of his constituents. It wouldn't make any sense for him to have to stand for election. I'd be far happier if we adopted the UK tradition of appointing someone from the opposition benches though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sync View Post
    Because the CC is meant to be impartial in his role of adjudicator. He can't do that if he's being re-elected and has to play party politics. He also can't speak to the Dail in his role on behalf of his constituents. It wouldn't make any sense for him to have to stand for election.
    Does all this apply to the Leas-Cheann Comhairle?

    If not, why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stripey cat View Post
    Does all this apply to the Leas-Cheann Comhairle?

    If not, why not?
    Because they only step into place when the CC is unavailable. They're a deputy in so far as they act as a replacement, not an assistant. The day to day work for the LCC is pretty much non-existent, they focus on their work as a TD.

    As the CC has few other commitments, the LCC is rarely ever used, usually only brought about by illness. The system has a good compromise, whereby a minister can't be LCC, and when acting the LCC can't make speeches or place votes (unless it's the casting one).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sync View Post
    I'd be far happier if we adopted the UK tradition of appointing someone from the opposition benches though.
    The UK has no such tradition.

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    The Ceann Comhairle is automatically returned if he/she so wishes. If they don't want to return they can opt out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilW View Post
    The UK has no such tradition.
    Apologies, alternating.
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    I think it was the custom until the seventies that the Ceann Comhairle would be appointed from from the opposition. That custom was done away with I think by well guess who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sync View Post
    Apologies, alternating.
    There is no tradition of alternating speaker either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sync View Post
    Apologies, alternating.
    Nope it doesn't even have that.

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