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2020 Irish Election Thread

TI
TIGHazard Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called for a general election for Saturday the 8th February.

I assume BBC Parliament will at least take some RTE coverage.
NL
Ne1L C Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I daresay they'll simulcast RTE's coverage of the election.
JK
JKDerry UTV Newsline
A Saturday general election - is that a first for the Irish republic?
JK
JKDerry UTV Newsline
Does that mean counting will take place on Sunday 9th February or will they delay counting until Monday 10th February?

The Irish are known for a slower pace in terms of getting their results, usually over a number of days before all Dail seats are declared, as the STV system is a slower progress.
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
A Saturday general election - is that a first for the Irish republic?


According to Wiki, the last GE on a Saturday was 14th Dec 1918
PE
peterh Central (East) East Midlands Today
Thought Irish elections always took place on Saturdays which complicates their tv also Northern Ireland’s and uk tv as well with some weird channel arrangements use
LL
London Lite Founding member London London


JB
JBie World News
Thought Irish elections always took place on Saturdays which complicates their tv also Northern Ireland’s and uk tv as well with some weird channel arrangements use

No, it's usually a Thursday. The system of single transferable vote means that the count can continue through (and beyond) the weekend.

Edit: Presumably the count won't begin until Monday morning this time.
Last edited by JBie on 14 January 2020 8:44pm
DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
Presumably the validation of votes and the quotas will therefore be decided on Sunday before the actual count on the Monday.
AJ
AJB39
I expect full counting to take place on the Sunday into the Monday and possibly beyond. It’s inconceivable to me that they would until Monday to count. The Republic of Ireland has voted on Fridays for elections and referendums for many years now. The only exception was a children’s rights referendum which was held on a Saturday. I’d be surprised if BBC Parliament simulcast the results with RTÉ. I’m open to correction but I don’t think they’ve ever done that before. For those in the UK who are interested the full results coverage will be available to watch on the RTÉ Player online.
TV
TVLand UTV Newsline
AJB39 posted:
I’d be surprised if BBC Parliament simulcast the results with RTÉ. I’m open to correction but I don’t think they’ve ever done that before.

BBC Parliament carried RTÉ’s coverage last time round in 2016.
JK
JKDerry UTV Newsline
AJB39 posted:
I expect full counting to take place on the Sunday into the Monday and possibly beyond. It’s inconceivable to me that they would until Monday to count. The Republic of Ireland has voted on Fridays for elections and referendums for many years now. The only exception was a children’s rights referendum which was held on a Saturday. I’d be surprised if BBC Parliament simulcast the results with RTÉ. I’m open to correction but I don’t think they’ve ever done that before. For those in the UK who are interested the full results coverage will be available to watch on the RTÉ Player online.

BBC Parliament did air RTE coverage of the 2011 election, I remember watching it.

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