On Thursday, the 33rd Dáil will convene with some important business on the agenda.

While the political parties try to form a government, the Ceann Comhairle or leader of the Dáil will be elected.

Nominations for that position will be made public the evening before.

The day itself will start at midday, when the names of all 160 TDs will be read out by the Clerk of the Dáil, Peter Finnegan. 

If there is only one TD nominated for the position of Ceann Comhairle, their name will be called out and that is that.

However, if there is more than one nominated the process takes a bit longer.

Each candidate will be allowed to speak for five minutes, and then a secret ballot will take place.

Ballot papers will be handed out to TDs with the candidates in alphabetical order.

Voting will take place in the lobby of Leinster House, where specially constructed voting booths will be in place for privacy.

The vote will be by the system of proportional representation-single transferable vote, so members will be asked to vote according to preference.

A count will be carried out by the Clerk and his assistants, and once a candidate reaches the quota, the Clerk will announce the name and the Dáil will resume.

The first job of the new Ceann Comhairle will be to seek nominations for the position of Taoiseach.

With no party in a majority, it is likely a few names will be nominated - possibly the leaders of all three big parties.

There will be a debate on the merit of each candidate for Taoiseach which will be followed by a manual vote.

If nobody is elected to be Taoiseach, the Dáil will adjourn.


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