Saturday December 7, 2019

New TDs are welcomed, but their stay may be short

The winners of last week’s Dáil contests have mixed chances when it comes to the next general election

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

3rd December, 2019
Mark Ward outside Leinster House with his son Oisín yesterday: the new Sinn Féin TD faces the toughest challenge of the four new deputies when it comes to getting re-elected at the next general election. Picture: Leah Farrell/

Every institution has its rituals to welcome new members. College graduates don their cap and gowns when receiving their degrees. Gardaí throw their hats in the air when they graduate from the Garda Training College in Templemore in Co Tipperary.

In the Dáil, new TDs who have won by-elections are applauded as they walk down the steps of the chamber to shake the hands of the Taoiseach and the opposition party leaders.


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