I was watching an interview the 2nd day of the count, with Martin Mansergh. The interviewer congratulated him on "becoming a TD". Manzer being Manzer, he explained that constitutionally he is still a senator, but becomes a TD when he signs in with the clerk of the Dail, when the new Dail meets. Or something like that.
Does anyone know the situation with an outgoing TD, defeated in the election, kind of the opposite to Manzer.
When does s/he cease to be a TD? Is it when the returning officer deems the new TDs elected? (Which is what I thought). Or is it when the new Teachtai sign themselves in? Or some point in between?
I ask this because in my job sometimes you have to write to TDs, and at the moment a situation has arisen where we are replying to letters written by a member of the 29th Dail, written before the election.
I was asked how does one begin the letter in the case of TD who lost out. Is it still "Dear Deputy". I answered decisively - "there is a case for yes, and there is a case for no". In the end, we started all the letters with "Dear Deputy", for the sake of form and not to rub salt in any wounds. Are we constitutionally correct, does anyone know/care?