Does a Dail election truly matter any more?

When general elections bring no policy change, we’ve only the Presidency as a choice of values, writes Gene Kerrigan

We’ve got two elections to deal with in the coming period. One Presidential, the other a general election. Of the two, the Presidential election is somewhat more significant.

Usually, the opposite is true.

The office of President is largely ceremonial, with few powers. A general election, on the other hand, decides which of the 158 TDs elected will make up the government. In theory, the Dail election matters most.

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