Shaking up the Dáil

Key Takeaways: How the Electoral Commission will change Irish politics

A more conservative approach than expected, a possible referendum on the number of TDs, and a good day for the larger parties

Ms Justice Marie Baker, at the Electoral Commission press conference as decision to increase number of TDs in next Dáil by 14 is announced as part of Constituency Review today. Picture: Fergal Phillips

As politicians and their parties pore over the detail of the Electoral Commission’s highly anticipated redrawing of constituency boundaries, we take a look at the key takeaways from its report.

It was more conservative than expected

Ahead of the boundary redraw announcement this morning, the consensus among observers was that the commission would likely recommend a big jump in the number of Dáil seats at the next election.

After all, the reasoning went, it didn’t ...