Seasoned politicians were shocked to see candidates with no council seats taking out experienced TDs in Election 2020.
It goes against one of the most basic theories of Irish politics. If you cannot attract the 900 or so votes that can be enough to win many council seats, there is generally little chance of getting the 3,000-plus votes usually needed to win a Dáil seat.
The Leinster House authorities have tried to make it easier...
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